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Gulf of Mexico residents hail ruling against BP

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Environmentalists, recreational fishermen and people who make their living on the Gulf of Mexico are hailing a federal judge's ruling that could mean $18 billion in additional fines for BP over the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

 

 

Miscommunication blamed for deadly U.S. mistake

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Avoidable miscommunication between U.S. air and ground forces led to a "friendly fire" incident in Afghanistan that killed five U.S. soldiers and one Afghan in June, according to a military investigation report.

 

More violence at troubled Nashville juvenile jail

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Despite its idyllic-sounding name, the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center had seen a decade of violent clashes, breakout attempts and attacks on guards.

 

States urge Supreme Court to take up gay marriage

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

A stinging rejection of same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana, issued by a unanimous and unequivocal U.S. appeals court, has brought hope to those fighting the laws that the Supreme Court will feel pressure to rule soon in their favor.

 

 

Some Christians arm as Mideast perils mount

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Every day around sunset, dozens of residents of this small Lebanese Christian village on the border carry their automatic rifles and deploy on surrounding hills, taking up positions and laying ambushes in case Muslim extremists from neighboring Syria attack.

 

 

Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

 

 

The buzz on caffeine in coffee: A genetic quirk

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Scientists have woken up and smelled the coffee -- and analyzed its DNA. They found that what we love about coffee -- the caffeine -- is a genetic quirk, not related to the caffeine in chocolate or tea.

 

 

State Senator Terry Brown dies

Posted 9/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Senator Terry Brown has died. He was 64.

 

Turner disputes use of I.C. Cousins proceeds

Posted 9/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Sim Scott Park community center is getting some new exercise equipment and one Columbus councilman is claiming the funding for the upgrades is going to the wrong part of the city.

 

Council to hold public hearing today on budget

Posted 9/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The public will have an opportunity to speak with city leaders about a proposed 1.1-mill tax increase today.

 

City, county officials attend annual Tenn-Tom Conference

Posted 9/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nine public officials from Columbus and Lowndes County attended the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Opportunities Conference last week. The trip -- which seven city officials and two county officials made -- cost roughly $9,850.

Friday night: Two local rivals and one dedicated trainer

Posted 9/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jason Miller reached into his black bag and pulled out another roll of white athletic tape. The heat was beating down at Aberdeen High School's stadium, but Miller's red 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was parked in the shade. A New Hope football player was seated in the truck bed; Miller wrapped his wrist and thumb. A steady line of 4 to 5 players gathered near the truck, waiting their turn to become battle ready.

Browning on Business: New hotel, Columbus Starbucks to open in coming weeks

Posted 9/4/2014 in Business

The Hyatt Place in Columbus will open by mid-November. Sunny Sethi, the hotel's developer, said furniture is being installed this week inside the 70,000 square foot structure, which stands four stories tall just off Highway 45 North, south of Belk.

Lowndes man sentenced for shooting wife's lover

Posted 9/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes county man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2011 shooting death of his wife's lover.

 

Oktibbeha County awaiting potential storm shelter grant

Oktibbeha County supervisors should know in three or four months if the county will receive a significant federal grant for construction of a domed-roof storm shelter on Industrial Park Road.

 

Perkins, Wynn tangle over conference travel

Starkville aldermen approved a November conference trip for Mayor Parker Wiseman and Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn on Tuesday, but the matter pit Vice Mayor Roy A. Perkins and the first-term representative at odds over the value of continuing education and ever-tightening city finances.

 

USDA to buy up to $13M in canned pink salmon

Posted 9/4/2014 in Business

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to buy up to $13 million in canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen.

 

Leaders: U.S., UK will 'not be cowed' by militants

Posted 9/4/2014 in National

NATO leaders grappled today with whether the alliance has a role in containing a mounting militant threat in the Middle East, as heads of state converged in Wales for a high-stakes summit also focused on the crisis in Ukraine and next steps in Afghanistan.

 

Miss. could stop accepting legal child refugees

Posted 9/4/2014 in State

Catholic, Methodist and Episcopal leaders are scheduled to meet this morning with Gov. Phil Bryant, asking Mississippi to keep sponsoring a 34-year-old program that resettles children with legal refugee status.

 

 

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