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As Republican infighting grows, donors call for calm

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

Worried about "Republican-on-Republican violence," top party donors are taking action, with one firing off a letter calling for more civility and another seeking to block businessman Donald Trump from the debate stage altogether.



Congress heads back to work with looming funding deadline

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

Members of Congress return today from July Fourth fireworks and parades facing a daunting summer workload and an impending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall.



New Orleans: Officer arrested for obstruction of justice

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

New Orleans police have arrested one of their own for obstruction of justice as they investigate last month's shooting death of another police officer.



South Carolina Senate votes to take down Confederate flag

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

The push to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse is about to clear its first hurdle.



Parks report not expected until early Aug.

The Starkville Parks Advisory Board is unlikely to deliver its report of recommendations for the citywide system, members confirmed Thursday, after numerous issues prevented the group from meeting in June.



Lawyers: Cosby's drugs-sex admission could help women's suit

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

Bill Cosby's admission that he obtained quaaludes to give young women he was pursuing for sex could bolster defamation claims lodged by his accusers, the women's lawyers said after The Associated Press reported on newly released court documents.



San Francisco status as 'sanctuary' criticized after slaying

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on the streets after San Francisco officials disregarded a request from immigration authorities to keep him locked up.



The anti-pot taboo shrinks in presidential politics

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

Presidential candidates are talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago.


ASA: Lawsuit against us has been withdrawn

Posted 7/6/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A federal lawsuit filed against American Specialty Alloys, an upstart aluminum company that toyed with locating in Lowndes County, has been withdrawn, according to the company's spokesperson.


Higher water, sewer bills in West Point

Posted 7/6/2015 in Area

Water and sewer bills will be increasing for residents in West Point on Oct. 1. City leaders approved the increases last week.



Court legalizes same-sex marriage, but what about local churches?

Posted 7/4/2015 in Area

Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, but that holds no bearing on individual religious institutions -- they can marry whom they choose within their walls.


Palmer Home works to free modern slaves

Posted 7/4/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When people think of modern day slavery or human trafficking, they often think of women from distant countries being smuggled into port cities.

Gov. Bryant receives human trafficking task force report

Posted 7/4/2015 in State

The fastest growing criminal industry does not involve illegal weapons or drugs. It involves the sale of human beings, and it's happening in Mississippi.

Lowndes Co.: A long road to a license

Posted 7/4/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first same-sex marriage license in the Golden Triangle was issued Wednesday.


Tuition up this fall at 9 Miss. community colleges

Posted 7/4/2015 in State

Nine of Mississippi's 15 community and junior colleges will raise charges on students this fall, with the average price of tuition and fees rising by 4 percent statewide.



Heaven scent: Finding may help restore fragrance to roses

Posted 7/4/2015 in National

Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.



Forgiveness of Charleston church shooter prompts discussion

Posted 7/4/2015 in National

Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night's revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the white man accused of killing nine of the historic black church's members, including the pastor.



Government faces burden in proving airlines worked together

Posted 7/4/2015 in Business

As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other.



Pope to Christians: Put aside divisions amid persecution

Posted 7/4/2015 in National

Pope Francis appealed on Friday to faithful from all Christian churches to put divisions aside and concentrate on what unites them amid the persecution and slaying of Christians in parts of the world.



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