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Myanmar opium fight failing; soldiers, police shooting up

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Every morning, more than 100 heroin and opium addicts descend on the graveyard in this northeastern Myanmar village to get high. When authorities show up, it's for their own quick fix: Soldiers and police roll up the sleeves of their dark green uniforms, seemingly oblivious to passers-by.


Founder of Westboro church in care facility

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., who founded a Kansas church widely known for its protests at military funerals and anti-gay sentiments, is in a care facility, according to a church spokesman.


Frozen for 1,600 years, Antarctic moss revived

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Scientists have revived a moss plant that was frozen beneath the Antarctic ice and seemingly lifeless since the days of Attila the Hun.


States looking at $0 community college tuition

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Nothing sparks consumer demand like the word "free," and politicians in some states have proposed the idea of providing that incentive to get young people to attend community college.



Earthquake strongly felt across Los Angeles

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

A predawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin Monday, rattling nerves and shaking buildings along a 150-mile swath of Southern California but causing no major damage.


Putin approves Crimea annexation draft

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Russia's President Vladimir Putin today approved a draft bill for the annexation of Crimea, one of a flurry of steps to formally take over the Black Sea peninsula.


Why do plane transponders have an 'off switch?'

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Ever since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, a fascinated public has asked: Why can somebody in the cockpit shut off the transponder?



China finds no terror link to its nationals on jet

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Checks into the background of the Chinese citizens on board the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner have uncovered no links to terrorism, the Chinese ambassador in Kuala Lumpur said today.


Developer: Hyatt Place will be open for business in June

Posted 3/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Hyatt Place under construction on Highway 45 since 2010 will be open for business in June. That's what Sunny Sethi, the hotel's developer, said last week while giving a tour of the four-story, 70,000 square foot structure, which sits just south of Belk in Columbus.


Columbus School Board meets tonight

Posted 3/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 6 at Brandon Central Services.


Golden Triangle sales tax returns up slightly

Posted 3/17/2014 in Area

Sales tax dispersions to Golden Triangle cities were up slightly in January when compared to January 2013.

Supervisors could choose county administrator today

Posted 3/17/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County's search for a new administrator could drag into April unless supervisors pull the trigger on a hire during their 5:30 p.m. meeting today at the county courthouse.


Starkville Restaurant Week begins today

Posted 3/17/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Greater Starkville Development Partnership officials are optimistic an influx of in- and out-of-town patrons will visit 33 participating venues, thereby driving up local 2 percent food and beverage tax returns, this week during the second annual Starkville Restaurant Week.



South at heart of close fight to control Senate

Posted 3/17/2014 in Area



Bail cut for man accused in son's shaking death

Posted 3/17/2014 in State

Bail for a Vicksburg man accused of shaking his infant son to death has been lowered by more than 97 percent.



Itawamba Co. purchases land for growth

Posted 3/17/2014 in State

Itawamba County now has 261 acres to market to prospective companies.



Heroin on the rise in Mississippi

Posted 3/17/2014 in State

Heroin, a deadly drug that plagues other areas of the nation, is on the rise in South Mississippi.



Miss. ability to borrow still adequate

Posted 3/17/2014 in State

Mississippi could borrow $1.8 billion to use for new buildings, highways and economic development incentives over the next five years and rising state revenue probably could support that amount of borrowing, a report by Treasurer Lynn Fitch suggests.



Pilot suicide a taboo topic in past crash probes

Posted 3/17/2014 in National

As police investigate the two pilots of a Malaysian passenger jet that disappeared more than a week ago, a possibility they must consider -- however remote and improbable -- is that one of them committed suicide -- and mass murder in the process.



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