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Effort to build gay marriage support heads South

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Less than two weeks after a federal judge declared Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, a new effort has been launched in the South seeking to build wider acceptance of gay and lesbian couples in the hope of overturning similar bans across the region.

Group plans to use donation toward 'Field of Dreams'

Posted 2/24/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Soccer Complex, which opened in 2012, has been a benefit for people young and old in Columbus and Lowndes County, but there's a select group of people that deserves its own 'Field of Dreams.'

Community Outreach seeks public support to help poor

Posted 2/24/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A disabled woman sat in the dark of her Southside home last week. Cold, alone and with only threadbare clothing to protect her from the cold, she had nowhere to turn. Her lights, water and gas had been turned off when she unable to pay the bill. With no family to aid her she made a desperate phone call. And luckily for that woman, Glenda Buckhalter was on the other end of the line.

GOP intent on highlighting health care woes

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

House Republicans intent on highlighting the woes of President Barack Obama's health care law need to look no further than their own back yards, some of which are traditionally liberal strongholds.

Bills seek to tackle backlog of untested rape kits

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, a number of states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades.


National Governors meeting: Legalized pot buzz just smoke

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

All the buzz at the National Governors Association meeting over legalizing pot, some say, is just smoke.



Miss. awards more school security grants

Posted 2/24/2014 in State

The state Board of Education has awarded school security grants to 24 more Mississippi school districts, but still hasn't managed to spend even half the $5 million that the state Legislature appropriated for the program in 2013.



Legislative votes become campaign fodder

Posted 2/24/2014 in State

The campaign is nearly underway for the 2015 Mississippi legislative elections, a time when lawmakers often find that past decisions come back to haunt them in nasty attacks by their opponents.



'Which (blank) are you?' Online quizzes go viral

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

For a compulsive online quiz-taker like Chrissy Noh, the temptation was too great to resist: "Which sandwich are you?"



Officials: Wiretaps, aides led to drug lord arrest

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

As Mexican troops forced their way into Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's main hideout in Culiacan, the country's most powerful drug lord sneaked out of the house through an escape tunnel beneath the bathtub.


CNN says Piers Morgan's talk show is ending

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

CNN's prime-time talk show "Piers Morgan Live" is coming to an end, the news channel said Sunday.

Sochi cleans up as world leaves Olympics behind

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

By the busload, the world's athletes and visitors rolled toward Sochi's airport and took off for home today, fresh from a Winter Games experience that many Russians pronounced a smashing success and that the Olympic movement's chief enthusiastically labeled a victory for the region and the host nation.

Island committee returns from Chattanooga with ideas

Posted 2/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In 1969, Walter Cronkite reported on a CBS broadcast that an annual Environmental Protection Agency study found Chattanooga, Tenn., to be the dirtiest city in America.

Free fallin': Family says alleged bank robbery was a desperate act in a life that had spiraled out of control

Posted 2/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Ashby Barton came to Columbus two weeks ago to enter treatment for his addictions he hoped to bring a photograph of his late girlfriend. He put it in a box, along with some other items. The picture of his girlfriend, though, which was taken before she died in a December car crash, was most important to Barton.


Caledonia students shine at science fair

Posted 2/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Ole Miss frat suspended, noose suspects kicked out

Posted 2/22/2014 in State

A fraternity chapter at the University of Mississippi was indefinitely suspended Friday by its national organization and three of its freshman members were kicked out because of their suspected involvement in hanging a noose on a statue of James Meredith, the first black student to enroll in the then all-white college.


SCM launching a mid-week produce market this season

Posted 2/22/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Community Market will offer a supplemental mid-week market this season that is expected to be open Tuesday afternoons during the market's normal spring and summer months, Greater Starkville Development Partnership officials confirmed this week.

Mexico's Sinaloa drug chief arrested

Posted 2/22/2014 in National

The world's most-wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, arrived at the Mexico City airport after his arrest early Saturday and was being taken directly to prison, said Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam.


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