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Last of 'Columbus Six' armed robbers sentenced

Posted 12/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The six men arrested following the 2011 armed robbery of a Columbus woman inside her Sandpiper Apartment Complex home have been sentenced to a combined 114 years behind bars, according to Lowndes County Circuit Court documents.

KiOR inches near deal for Columbus II

Posted 12/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR's plan to build a second refinery in Columbus is closer to being a done deal. Lowndes County Port Authority director John Hardy said the Texas-based alternative fuel refinery has hired engineering firm Neel-Schaffer to survey some land officials could potentially purchase from the county to locate a second plant.

Wassail Fest, parade set for weekend

Posted 12/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Come rain or shine, the shows will go on this weekend. Main Street Columbus director Barbara Bigelow said this morning that plans for the rescheduled Downtown Wassail Fest and the Columbus Christmas Parade will go on despite the weather.

Indiana man rides horse across country to raise funds for rescue operation

Posted 12/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Josh Campbell rode "Cojak" into Columbus on Wednesday shortly after noon. The man and his horse had been traveling for 35 days. They started their journey in Elizabeth, Ind., and are headed to Roswell, N.M. -- a 2,800-mile trek that Campbell expects to complete by the end of April.

 

Defense bill aims to address sexual assault crisis

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

A comprehensive defense policy bill that aims to deal with the epidemic of sexual assault in the military is heading to the Senate, where it could get slowed by Republican outrage over majority Democrats' limits on GOP power.

 

Jennings wins new trial on rape charge

Posted 12/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a new trial for Toney Jennings, who was convicted in 2011 of statutory rape in Lowndes County.

BSP extends property lease, moves in equipment

Posted 12/13/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

BSP Filing Solutions has extended a lease with Starkville for production space at Airport Road's South Hangar from two to five years, Oktibbeha County economic development representative Joey Deason confirmed Thursday.

 

Study: Medicaid expansion would spur Miss. economy

Posted 12/13/2013 in State

Mississippi is losing billions of dollars in potential economic activity because state leaders, so far, have chosen not to extend Medicaid to hundreds of thousands more people, a nonprofit group said a report Thursday.

 

 

C Spire to acquire Alabama communication firm

Posted 12/13/2013 in State

C Spire has announced plans to acquire Callis Communications, which provides cloud-based unified communications as a service for businesses.

 

 

Security company in shooting not licensed

Posted 12/13/2013 in State

Vicksburg records show T&T Security, the company hired by the promoters of a party during which one man was killed and two others were shot, was not licensed to do business in the city.

 

GOP struggle widens as Boehner rebukes hard right

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

The Republican establishment's much-anticipated pushback against the tea party wing is underway. House Speaker John Boehner made that clear Thursday, when he renewed his denunciation of groups that try to defeat GOP incumbents they consider too willing to compromise with Democrats.

 

Consumers' big purchases lift hopes for economy

Posted 12/13/2013 in Business

Americans ramped up spending at retail businesses in November, providing a boost to the economy just in time for the holidays.

 

Huge crowds gather in hopes of seeing Mandela body

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

Tens of thousands of South African mourners waited in line on Friday to view the body of Nelson Mandela, which was lying in state for the third and final day, with the likelihood that many would be turned away before the casket is taken away later in the day.

Feds join battle on citrus disease

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

The federal government is getting involved in the fight against citrus greening disease, in hopes of saving Florida's -- and possibly the entire nation's -- citrus crop.

 

Exercise helps women tolerate breast cancer drugs

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

Exercise might help women beat breast cancer. Researchers found it can ease the achy joints and muscle pain that lead many patients to quit taking medicines that treat the disease and lower the risk of a recurrence.

 

North Korea executes leader's uncle

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

North Korea said today that it executed Kim Jong Un's uncle as a traitor for trying to seize supreme power, a stunning end for the leader's former mentor, long considered the country's No. 2.

Newlywed pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

A Montana newlywed pleaded guilty Thursday to killing her husband of eight days by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park while they argued about her second thoughts about the marriage.

Charity to raffle off a Picasso for $138

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

For aspiring art collectors everywhere, there is hope.

Missing American in Iran was on unapproved CIA mission

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

An American who vanished nearly seven years ago in Iran was working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission that, when it came to light inside the government, produced one of the most serious scandals in the recent history of the CIA -- but all in secret, an Associated Press investigation found.

 

Multiple stabbings after Denver game

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

At least three people were stabbed in a parking lot at Sports Authority Stadium Field at Mile High after the Denver Broncos' game Thursday night.

 

 

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