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Miss. House staff says Gibbs still in Legislature

Posted 1/11/2013 in Area

Mississippi House officials said Thursday that ailing Democratic Rep. David Gibbs of West Point remains a member of the Legislature.


Pulley details plans in first school board meeting

Posted 1/11/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County School Board held its first official meeting with new district conservator Margie Pulley on Thursday, where she announced the district's after-school program would start later this month.



Pentagon moving to freeze hiring, delay contracts

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

The Pentagon will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay some contract awards and curtail some maintenance to prepare for drastic budget cuts if Congress can't reach an agreement on a final spending plan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.



Colo. theater shooting case enters new phase

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

A judge has ordered the Colorado theater shooting suspect to stand trial, but his attorneys say they're not ready to enter a plea.



Sheriff: Calif. teen planned attack on classmates

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into a rural California high school on Thursday, shot one student and fired at others and missed before a teacher and another staff member talked him into surrendering, officials said.



Inaugural pastor withdraws over anti-gay remarks

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

The evangelical pastor chosen to give the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration withdrew from the ceremony Thursday after remarks surfaced that he made two decades ago condemning the gay rights movement.


Bryant backs new restrictions on abortion in Miss.

Posted 1/11/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant told several dozen pastors and other abortion opponents Thursday that he supports a bill that would ban the procedure once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. It's similar to a bill that was filed and killed by a Senate chairman last year.


Flooded streets, some mudslides in parts of Miss.

Posted 1/11/2013 in State

Heavy rain brought isolated mudslides, flooded streets and downed trees to parts of Mississippi on Thursday as a large storm system moved across the South.



Tyler Perry offers $100K reward in Fla. cold cases

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

Filmmaker Tyler Perry is offering a $100,000 reward for information in the decade-old case of two men who went missing after separate encounters with a sheriff's deputy in southwestern Florida.



Ex-Gitmo inmates claim Bin Laden movie excuses torture

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

Two former Guantanamo detainees on Thursday condemned "Zero Dark Thirty," a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden whose brutal interrogation scenes have sparked a discussion over the use of extreme methods in the U.S. campaign against terror.


2 dead in Oktibbeha fire

Posted 1/10/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Officials with the state fire marshal and the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office are expected to announce that two bodies have been recovered from debris following a Wednesday house fire on Bardwell Road that kept emergency services occupied late into the night.

Chism: Gibbs may withdraw resignation

Posted 1/10/2013 in Area

One day after Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn announced the resignation of veteran lawmaker David Gibbs, one member of the House is saying Gibbs may be trying to withdraw his resignation.


MSU officials: No secure data released in hacking incident

Posted 1/10/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State officials scrambled Wednesday to ensure no sensitive data was compromised after a cyber-attack resulted in information from one MSU server being posted online.


Annunciation restorations continue as church anticipates 150th

Posted 1/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Since 1863, Annunciation Catholic Church has been an anchor of downtown Columbus. The beautiful arches, delicate craftsmanship and intricate stained glass windows are a familiar part of the city and have made the church a historic landmark.


D.C. church's bells to ring for same-sex couples

Posted 1/10/2013 in National

The Washington National Cathedral had been ready to embrace same-sex marriage for some time, though it took a series of recent events and a new leader for the prominent, 106-year-old church to announce Wednesday that it would begin hosting such nuptials.



More teachers may win certification in Mississippi

Posted 1/10/2013 in State

Officials with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards say more Mississippi teachers are seeking certification from the group, and that could be good news for students.


Turner to challenge Stewart in Ward 4 election

Posted 1/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Incumbent Fred Stewart will have some competition in the race for the Ward 4 City Council in the upcoming municipal election. Columbus business owner Marty Turner, 35, qualified for the election on Tuesday.


Miss. resolution: Support all Sandy recovery aid

Posted 1/10/2013 in State

A Democratic state lawmaker said Wednesday he's filing a resolution that urges Mississippi's entire congressional delegation to support federal spending for Hurricane Sandy recovery.


Search for suspects continues in drug sweep

Posted 1/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Agents with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department Narcotic Division are still looking for seven people after a Wednesday drug round-up that resulted in the arrest of 10 people.


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