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After 11 years as EMCC president, Young stepping down

Posted 1/24/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They say the customer is always right. Dr. Rick Young, president of East Mississippi Community College, thinks they are on to something.

Saturday night fire destroys Columbus home

Posted 1/24/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire Chief Martin Andrews said his department responded to a call around 5:35 p.m. regarding a fire in the 700 block of Moores Creek Road.

 

Alabama seeks to stay order overturning gay marriage ban

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

The Alabama attorney general is asking a federal judge to stay a ruling that overturned Alabama's ban on gay marriage, as advocates cheer what once seemed an improbable victory in the deeply conservative state.

 

 

Mississippi fugitive arrested in Utah after 34 years

Posted 1/24/2015 in State

A man who police say has been on the run since he escaped from a Mississippi jail 34 years ago was arrested Thursday in a small central Utah town, police said.

 

 

Miss. health officer opposes change to vaccine requirement

Posted 1/24/2015 in State

Mississippi has some of the worst rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in the U.S., but public health officials brag that it ranks best in the nation for childhood immunization.

 

 

Surprise! Magnets used to plant drugs under cars from Mexico

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

Drug smugglers are turning "trusted travelers" into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under their cars in Mexico.

 

 

GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses.

 

 

NTSB: Planes should have improved technology so they can be found

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

U.S. accident investigators recommended Thursday that all passenger planes making long flights over water carry improved technology that will allow them to be found more readily in the event of a crash.

 

 

Added protections for consumer information on health website

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government's health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates.

 

 

Japan: Still working to free hostages after unverified video

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

A visibly shaken Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said early today that Japan was working to free two hostages held by the extremist Islamic State group.

 

Bill targeting open meetings has Columbus roots

Posted 1/23/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi legislators are considering whether to redefine what a "public meeting" is and Columbus is at the center of the debate.

Open Meetings Act violation claim expected against Starkville

Posted 1/23/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's former Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill confirmed Wednesday she is in the process of filing an Open Meetings Act violation against the city.

Trotter to hold first post-renovation event Saturday

Posted 1/23/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The newly renovated Trotter Convention Center will host its first big event Saturday, despite continued construction on the buildings exterior.

During MEC stop in Golden Triangle, locals say industry is area's greatest asset

Posted 1/23/2015 in Area

Business and community leaders from the Golden Triangle attended the Mississippi Economic Council's annual Regional Round-Up at East Mississippi Community College in Mayhew on Thursday.

 

SPD seek armed robbery suspect

Posted 1/23/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville police are seeking a suspect in a reported armed robbery early this morning where a store clerk was wounded.

 

 

Miss. House passes pair of low-impact Common Core bills

Posted 1/23/2015 in State

Mississippi House members overwhelming approved a pair of bills Thursday that may immunize members against controversy over Common Core State Standards, but could have little effect over what's taught in the state's public school classrooms.

 

Magnificent blue glow of Hong Kong seas also disturbing

Posted 1/23/2015 in National

Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say.

 

Divisions emerge among House GOP under pressure to govern

Posted 1/23/2015 in National

The most conservative lawmakers in the House Republican majority have gotten their way a lot in recent years. That may be starting to change.

 

GOP pushes abortion bill through House on March for Life Day

Posted 1/23/2015 in National

With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans muscled broadened abortion restrictions through the House on Thursday.

 

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