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Gov. Bryant declares Miss. emergency over storms

Posted 12/26/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency for several Mississippi counties after severe storms moved through the state.



Home-brewed beer faces Catch-22 in Mississippi

Posted 12/26/2012 in State

Catch-22 would be a good name for beer brewed at home in Mississippi. The attorney general says home-brewing is legal in the state with a permit from the Department of Revenue. But here's the catch: State tax officials say the law doesn't allow permits specifically for home-brewers.



Russian parliament endorses anti-US adoption bill

Posted 12/26/2012 in National

The upper chamber of Russia's parliament on Wednesday unanimously voted in favor of a measure banning Americans from adopting Russian children. It now goes to President Vladimir Putin to sign or turn down.


Nigeria: Warehouse said to hold fireworks explodes

Posted 12/26/2012 in National

A massive explosion ripped through a warehouse full of fireworks in Nigeria's largest city on Wednesday, sparking a fire that threatened surrounding city blocks and sending a plume of thick smoke high into the sky.

NY firemen's killer mapped out plan for slayings

Posted 12/26/2012 in National

The ex-con turned sniper who killed two firefighters wanted to make sure his goodbye note was legible, typing out his desire to "do what I like doing best, killing people" before setting the house where he lived with his sister ablaze, police said.

The Christmas story: Sheep have always played a prominent role in Christmas imagery

Posted 12/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For those outside the Christian faith, that sheep would be the most prominent animal in Christian imagery might seem an odd choice.

Latimer resigns as CVB attorney

Posted 12/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Chris Latimer, the board attorney for the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitor's Bureau, has resigned.


Lawmakers look to restrict gun magazine capacity

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

Lawmakers from both parties voiced their willingness Sunday to pursue some changes to the nation's gun laws, but adamant opposition from the National Rifle Association has made clear than any such effort will face significant obstacles.



Anti-tax conservatives say no to tax-increase

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

In the city where a protest over tax policy sparked a revolution, modern day tea party activists are cheering the recent Republican revolt in Washington that embarrassed House Speaker John Boehner and pushed the country closer to a "fiscal cliff" that forces tax increases and massive spending cuts on virtually every American.



Pro-gun people petition to deport Piers Morgan

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the U.S. over his gun control views.


Idaho Sen. Crapo arrested for DUI

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

A conservative U.S. senator from Idaho who has said he doesn't drink because of his Mormon faith has been charged with drunken driving.


Illegal immigrant audits rising at businesses

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached its highest number yet of companies audited for illegal immigrants on their payrolls this past fiscal year.



Syrian Christians fear bleak future

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

With Christmas just days away, 40-year-old Mira begged her parents to flee their hometown of Aleppo, which has become a major battleground in Syria's civil war.



Army teams going to Africa as terror threat grows

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

A U.S. Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year, part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists and give the U.S. a ready and trained force to dispatch to Africa if crises requiring the U.S. military emerge.



Russia, India sign weapons deals worth billions

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

Russia and India signed weapons deals worth billions of dollars Monday as President Vladimir Putin sought to further boost ties with an old ally.



Analysis: Career criminals new issue for lawmakers

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

The Mississippi Supreme Court has sent the Legislature a message: If you want burglary considered a violent crime to catch more career criminals, you'd better write it into the law. A majority of the high court, in a Harrison County case, rejected home burglary as a crime of violence for the purpose of state sentence enhancement.



Lawmakers see 'fiscal cliff' deal as elusive

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

With anxiety rising as the country lurches towards a "fiscal cliff," lawmakers are increasingly skeptical about a possible deal and some predict the best possibility would be a small-scale patch because time is running out before the year-end deadline.



Alabama man dies in three-car crash

Posted 12/24/2012 in Area

A fatal car accident on Highway 12 in Lowndes County claimed the life of an Alabama man Sunday morning.



Eurocopter lands $80-million contract

Posted 12/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

American Eurocopter has landed an $80-million contract to supply 22 new helicopters for a prominent medical transport service, the company announced Friday.



Death row inmate continues pursuit of new trial

Posted 12/22/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi attorney general's office has until Jan. 10 to respond to a death row inmate's ongoing effort to win a new trial for the killing of two university students in 1992.



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