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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.


Two sought in credit card theft

Posted 1/10/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville authorities are searching for two people in connection with a stolen credit card.


Biden to meet with NRA to discuss gun safety

Posted 1/10/2013 in National

The Obama administration is sitting down with gun owners groups -- including the National Rifle Association -- as officials look at ways to curb gun violence.


Violence plays role in shorter life expectancy

Posted 1/10/2013 in National

The United States suffers far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation, due in part to the widespread possession of firearms and the practice of storing them at home in a place that is often unlocked, according to a report released Wednesday by two of the nation's leading health research institutions.



Self-portraits: Holmes sticks out tongue, has guns

Posted 1/10/2013 in National



Tax code now longer than the Bible

Posted 1/10/2013 in Business

Too intimidated to fill out your tax return without help? Join the club. At nearly 4 million words, the U.S. tax law is so thick and complicated that businesses and individuals spend more than 6 billion hours a year complying with filing requirements, according to a report Wednesday by an independent government watchdog.



Facing backlash, AIG won't join lawsuit against US

Posted 1/10/2013 in Business

Afraid of looking like a world-class ingrate, AIG on Wednesday decided against suing the federal government over the $182 billion bailout that saved the giant insurance company from collapse.



Obama taps Lew for Treasury

Posted 1/10/2013 in Business

Jack Lew, President Barack Obama's nominee for treasury secretary, is a premier federal budget expert who would take the helm of the government's main agency for economic and fiscal policy just as the administration girds itself for a new confrontation with congressional Republicans over the nation's debt and deficits.


Business brief: Woodard new bankruptcy judge

Posted 1/10/2013 in Business

Burr & Forman LLP Birmingham partner, Jason Woodard will be sworn into office on January 16, 2013 as a bankruptcy judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.


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