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New VA secretary nominee not a health care expert

Posted 7/3/2014 in National

A onetime Army Ranger and former CEO of a Fortune 500 consumer products company, Robert McDonald may face his toughest challenge yet in fixing the huge, scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department.


Today's political victories could vex Republicans in 2016

Posted 7/3/2014 in National

Conservative Republicans claimed victory this week in the Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom and the White House's acceptance that an immigration overhaul won't happen this year. Today's victories could haunt the GOP in two years' time, as the party's presidential nominee looks for much-needed support among women and Hispanics in the 2016 election.



Scientists withdraw report on simpler stem cells, cite 'extensive' errors

Posted 7/3/2014 in National

U.S. and Japanese scientists who reported that they'd found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells withdrew that claim Wednesday, admitting to "extensive" errors in the research.



Supersized: Behemoth TVs start to take off

Posted 7/3/2014 in Business

Supersized isn't just for french fries.



Stocks close at all-time highs as hiring surges

Posted 7/3/2014 in Business

Stocks closed at their latest all-time highs Wednesday following news that business hiring surged in June, adding to evidence that the U.S. economy is picking up momentum.


Hurricane Arthur forms in the Atlantic

Posted 7/3/2014 in National

Arthur strengthened to a hurricane early today and threatened to give North Carolina a glancing blow on Independence Day, prompting the governor to warn vacationers along the coast not to risk their safety by trying to salvage their picnics and barbecues.


Romney insists he won't be a candidate in 2016

Posted 7/3/2014 in National

Returning to the same New Hampshire farm where he launched his last presidential campaign, Mitt Romney on Wednesday insisted he would not pursue a third White House bid but called on voters to punish President Barack Obama by giving Republicans the Senate majority this fall.



FBI: Colorado woman aimed to go to Syria for jihad

Posted 7/3/2014 in National

FBI agents tried more than once to discourage a 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who said she was intent on waging jihad in the Middle East before arresting her in April as she boarded a flight she hoped would ultimately get her to Syria, court documents unsealed Wednesday show.



Seventh Annual Southside Blues Festival to celebrate community

Posted 7/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The seventh annual Southside Blues Festival will be held July 3-5 at Townsend Park. The festival is a free, open event that will feature live music, a softball tournament and food vendors, according to event committee member Wendy Blunt.


Council approves Trotter contracts

Posted 7/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen on Tuesday approved the remaining contracts for renovation of the Trotter Convention Center.

School superintendent search down to two

Posted 7/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The next superintendent for the Columbus Municipal School District could be announced as early as this afternoon. Members of the school board held a specially called meeting this morning where they met with finalists Dr. Phillip Hickman and Dr. David Fonseca.


Aldermen consider Cadence building as new police HQ

Aldermen began a process Tuesday that could uproot the Starkville Police Department from its current location and place a new base of operations deep in the heart of downtown Starkville.



Obama vows to act alone, taunts Republicans

Posted 7/2/2014 in National

President Barack Obama defiantly dared congressional Republicans on Tuesday to try to block his efforts to act on his own and bypass a divided Congress that has thwarted his policy initiatives.


Dems hope Supreme Court decision will energize female supporters

Posted 7/2/2014 in National

Their Senate majority in peril, anxious Democrats have seized the Supreme Court decision that some companies need not provide birth control to women as fresh evidence of the GOP's "war on women" -- an argument they hope will energize female voters who could decide the balance of power on Capitol Hill.


Lawsuit filed over access to Miss. poll books

Posted 7/2/2014 in State

Thirteen Mississippi residents and a Texas group, True the Vote, are suing over access to poll books from the Republican primary runoff between Sen. Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel.



McDaniel not giving up GOP runoff against Cochran

Posted 7/2/2014 in State

Chris McDaniel has presented no evidence to support his claim that voter fraud pushed Senate incumbent Thad Cochran to victory in Mississippi's GOP runoff. And without evidence, the tea party-backed hopeful is going to have a tough time overturning Cochran's nearly 6,800-vote win.



Miss. tax revenues grow strongly for third year

Posted 7/2/2014 in State

Mississippi tax collections continued growing strongly in the just-concluded budget year, posting another year of 5 percent growth and ensuring that money will be available to help improve local roads and bridges.



Regulators accuse T-Mobile of bogus billing

Posted 7/2/2014 in Business

T-Mobile US knowingly made hundreds of millions of dollars off its customers in potentially bogus charges, federal regulators alleged Tuesday in the first lawsuit of its kind against a wireless provider.



Boy Scout killed at camp brought gun from Nevada

Posted 7/2/2014 in National

Police say a 12-year-old boy who died from a gunshot wound at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego brought the handgun with him from his hometown of Las Vegas.



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