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Pew: Most Facebook users take a break

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

Too much drama, boredom and scads of irrelevant information are just some of the reasons Facebook users give for taking a break from the world's biggest social networking site for weeks at a time, according to a new study.



Slayings highlight risks of 'gun therapy' for vets

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

Chris Kyle, reputed to be the deadliest sniper in American military history, often took veterans out shooting as a way to ease the trauma of war. Taking aim at a target, he once wrote, would help coax them back into normal, everyday life with a familiar, comforting activity.



Despite court ruling, EPA raises biofuel estimate

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Days after a federal appeals court said the Obama administration is setting overly optimistic production quotas for the struggling biofuels industry, the government has issued new standards that raise production estimates for 2013.


Columbus council approves gun buy-back program

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council has approved a gun buy-back program. Passed by a unanimous vote during Tuesday's council meeting, the gun buy-back initiative will allow Columbus residents to trade their guns for cash. The proposal was introduced by Mayor Robert Smith on behalf of Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem.

City employee fired after drug test

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A city employee who was involved in a automobile wreck in downtown Columbus last week has been fired after testing positive for marijuana.


Comprehensive Plan aims to guide development

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A city project that began as a discussion during a community charrette in 2009 has finally become a reality. The Columbus City Council approved a comprehensive plan for the city during a Tuesday morning public hearing in the courtroom at City Hall.


Columbus native, civil rights icon dies

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Diane Hardy Thompson, one of three African-American women who integrated then-Mississippi College for Women in 1966, has died at an Augusta, Ga., burn center. She was 64.


Charlie Mitchell: Special status of utilities source of much consternation

Posted 2/6/2013 in State

The situation with Mississippi Power Company and its coal-fired plant under construction in Kemper County has a lot of people upset. Here why: We pick where to shop for clothes and food. We compare prices, at least to some degree, on other necessities such as gasoline for our cars. But we don't get to pick where we buy tap water or electricity.


Aldermen override mayor's pay-raise veto

The Starkville Board of Aldermen got the five votes needed Tuesday night to override Mayor Parker Wiseman's veto of a pay increase for himself and the board.

Rep. Gardner 4th Miss. lawmaker to die since Nov.

Posted 2/5/2013 in State

Mississippi state Rep. Joe Gardner of Batesville, known for his quiet demeanor and carefully considering all sides of complex issues, died Monday. He was 68.


Bill would let 2 workers per school carry guns

Posted 2/5/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers may let two teachers or other employees per public school carry concealed weapons.


Castleberry re-appointed to CVB board

Posted 2/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area developer Mark Castleberry was re-appointed to a second four-year term to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau on a 3-1 vote by the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors on Monday.

Two arrested in New Hope meth lab bust

Posted 2/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A search for stolen property in New Hope resulted in the discovery of a meth lab and the arrest of two people on Monday.

Authorities storm Alabama bunker, rescue kidnapped boy

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

Law enforcement officers stormed an underground bunker Monday in southeastern Alabama, freeing a 5-year-old boy and shooting his captor to death after they became convinced the child was in imminent danger, officials said.

Columbus students use skills to earn scholarship money

Posted 2/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus High School students won more than $12,000 in scholarship money at the 2013 Scholar's Olympiad Competition last week at East Mississippi Community College. Thirteen students from McKellar Center, the school's vocational program, competed in a series of competitions.


Mississippi Sovereignty bill fizzles

Posted 2/5/2013 in State

Mississippi, a state that defied federal authority during the Civil War and the civil rights movement, won't revive its efforts to nullify federal laws -- at least not this year.


Experts find remains of King Richard III

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

He was king of England, but for centuries he lay without shroud or coffin in an unknown grave, and his name became a byword for villainy.

Monkey business? US unsure of Iran's space claims

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

The United States expressed doubt on Monday about Iran's claim that it safely returned a monkey from space, saying it is questionable that the monkey survived -- or if the flight happened at all.


Senate tries again to move anti-violence bill

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

Senate Democrats, bolstered by Republican support, on Monday launched a new attempt to broaden a law protecting women from domestic abuse by expanding its provisions to cover gays, lesbians and Native Americans.



Pakistani girl shot by Taliban appears on video

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

In her first video statement since she was nearly killed, a Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban remained defiant in arguing for girls' education, saying Monday she would keep up the same campaign that led to her attack.



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