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Under new SAT, 1,600 is perfect again

Posted 3/6/2014 in National

The perfect score will again be 1,600. What's more, the essay will be optional, students will no longer be penalized for wrong answers and the vocabulary is shifting to do away with some high-sounding words such as "prevaricator" and "sagacious."



California gold discovery spurs rush of theories

Posted 3/6/2014 in National



Building permits 3-6-14

Posted 3/6/2014 in Business



Doctors hope for cure in a 2nd baby born with HIV

Posted 3/6/2014 in National

A second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment -- in this instance, four hours after birth.


Agent: Game show host Geoff Edwards dies at 83

Posted 3/6/2014 in National

Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and '80s host of TV game shows including "Jackpot!" and two incarnations of "Treasure Hunt," died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83. Edwards died of complications of pneumonia at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica, agent Fred Westbrook said.

Mayor outlines future goals for city

Posted 3/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Quality of life is an often-used phrase from local politicians, a puzzle they all talk about solving when they get elected. Columbus Mayor Robert Smith has been elected three times now and knows the puzzle has many pieces: Infrastructure, financial stability, safety, aesthetics and many others.

Clinkscales out, Amos in as drug court judge

Posted 3/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Councilmen accepted the resignation of Nicole Clinkscales as the city's drug court judge in executive session Tuesday. Fellow municipal judge Marc Amos will replace Clinkscales until the current fiscal year ends on Oct. 1.

City disqualified for rehab grant due to error

Posted 3/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi Development Authority public relations and media manager Jeff Rent confirmed the city of Columbus' HOME rehabilitation/reconstruction grant application did not pass because publication guidelines prior to a public hearing were not met.

Caledonia considering annexation possibilities

Posted 3/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The town of Caledonia has taken a tentative step toward annexation. During their monthly meeting Tuesday night, the town's board of aldermen voted to have Oxford-based firm Bridge & Watson Inc., conduct a comprehensive study on what would happen if Caledonia's town limits were expanded.


Hump Day chaos sends Columbus cops scrambling

Posted 3/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It has been one of those days for the Columbus Police Department this morning. A flurry of calls had police scrambling to respond to reports of a murder, a threatened suicide, a car flying through Southside at a high speed and a pair of car crashes, all before 8 a.m.


Airbus expanding operations in Columbus

Posted 3/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More helicopters are about to begin being made in the Golden Triangle. On Tuesday, Guillaume Faury, the president and CEO of Airbus Helicopters, announced that the company will begin producing AS350 AStar helicopters at its plant in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park.


Chism: Holloway's early appointment is not off the table

A conference committee is needed to work out the differences in two Starkville-Oktibbeha County school merger bills after the House struck the Senate's school consolidation bill Tuesday and replaced it with its own language.



Starkville Municipal Court case load drops in 2013

Starkville Municipal Court recorded a significant decrease in the number of misdemeanor, felony and traffic citation cases handled by the system in 2013.


Goal met, Vernon mayor earns paycheck

Posted 3/5/2014 in Area

Vernon Mayor Glenn Crawford can now collect a paycheck from the city. The first-term mayor and longtime businessman made a campaign promise to residents: he won't accept a salary until the city adds 50 new jobs or posts a 20 percent increase in revenues under his leadership and that of the current council.


Teacher pay raise plan moves to Miss. Senate

Posted 3/5/2014 in State

The head of an educators' union is praising Mississippi lawmakers for moving forward with a teacher pay raise proposal, but he's asking them to do more.



Mississippi House panel advances revised religious practice bill

Posted 3/5/2014 in State

A Mississippi House panel on Tuesday changed and passed a bill that says state and local government cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices.



Prosecutor in Army sex case wanted charges dropped

Posted 3/5/2014 in National

Less than a month before an Army general's trial on sexual assault charges, the lead prosecutor broke down in tears as he told a superior he believed the primary accuser in the case had lied under oath.



Republican group says gay marriage consistent with values of freedom

Posted 3/5/2014 in National

A group of Republicans has come out in support of legalizing gay marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, arguing that allowing same-sex unions is consistent with the Western conservative values of freedom and liberty once championed by Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater.


Possible diplomatic exit? Ukraine players converge on Paris

Posted 3/5/2014 in National

Top diplomats from the West and Russia trying to find an end to the crisis in Ukraine are gathering in Paris today as tensions simmered over the Russian military takeover of the strategic Crimean Peninsula.

Kitchens expected to rule on Gibbs case

Posted 3/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens is expected to make a decision on the fate of a Columbus woman accused of depraved heart murder.


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