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Miss. school rating at bottom, but preschools get good mark

Posted 1/10/2015 in State

Mississippi again ranks last in the nation in school performance according to an influential evaluation released Thursday.



KiOR says Miss. seeks to destroy it in court ploy

Posted 1/10/2015 in State

Bankrupt biofuel maker KiOR and controlling shareholder Vinod Khosla say the state of Mississippi is using legal tactics in an attempt to squeeze money from the company.


France hunts suspect, prepares for mass anti-terrorism rally

Posted 1/10/2015 in National

France vowed to combat terrorism with "a cry for freedom" in a giant rally for unity today after a three-day spree of violence horrified the world.


Miss. House leader urges defeat of education amendment

Posted 1/10/2015 in State

The second-highest leader of the Mississippi House said Thursday that legislators have fulfilled their promises to improve public schools, and he urged voters to defeat an education funding proposal that will be on the ballot in November.



Zimmerman arrested on assault charge

Posted 1/10/2015 in National

Florida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws, has been arrested for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend.



AP sources: Romney considering third run for White House

Posted 1/10/2015 in National

In a move that surprised his most loyal supporters and former staff, Mitt Romney told several donors Friday he is seriously considering a third run for the White House.



Congress, court ship Keystone decision back to Obama

Posted 1/10/2015 in National

Congressional Republicans and Nebraska's Supreme Court have shipped the Keystone XL oil pipeline project right back to a reluctant President Barack Obama.



Je suis Charlie? Attack sparks debate on free speech limits

Posted 1/10/2015 in National

Are we all Charlie now?



Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Sinker cypress and causes

Posted 1/10/2015 in National

THE ATCHAFALAYA SWAMP, La. -- The bridge is closed that leads over Bayou Mercier to Greg's cypress cabin, creating a circuitous detour and an even quieter-than-usual space on the edge of the swamp. I don't mind the detour.


Leonard Pitts: Terrorists usher in the 'end of satire'

Posted 1/10/2015 in National

Dear Terrorists: OK, you win. We surrender.

Fire destroys Lowndes couple's home on Hildreth Road

Posted 1/9/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Lowndes County resident Candi Knight stood in her front yard Thursday morning and watched fire ravage her home of 13 years, she had some comfort in knowing both she and her husband, Steve, were safe.

CMSD receives credit for returned books

Posted 1/9/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District will receive $159,610 worth of credit for $506,000 worth of textbooks ordered in May.

Riverwalk to see major expansion

Posted 1/9/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Plans are in the works for the construction of a 14-mile pathway that will connect Riverside Park to Columbus Air Force Base.

Slimantics: Bonfire brings community together

Posted 1/9/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The inaugural Columbus Christmas Tree Bonfire proceeded as planned Thursday night despite frigid temperatures that surely kept many would-be spectators from attending the event.

Wiseman vetoes board's actions targeting LGBT employees

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman issued his promised vetoes of two board resolutions.


Columbus mayor talks 2014 successes, 2015 plans

Posted 1/9/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith's vision is for the city to be one of hope, choice and opportunity.



Paris attack raises fears of support surge for extreme right

Posted 1/9/2015 in National

A day after terror struck Paris, Europe's far-right and anti-immigrant parties pressed home the message that has fueled their resurgence: The continent's rising numbers of Muslims are dangerous.



From Egypt's leader, an ambitious call for reform in Islam

Posted 1/9/2015 in National

Egypt's president opened the new year with a dramatic call for a "revolution" in Islam.



Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

Posted 1/9/2015 in National

President Barack Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, a sweeping proposal he argues would strengthen the U.S. workforce.



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