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Vernon council approves city hall upgrades

Posted 5/21/2014 in Area

The Vernon City Complex will be a bit more colorful in a few weeks.

Brooksville man arrested after Columbus shooting

Posted 5/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Brooksville man was arrested Monday and charged with possession of a stolen firearm after gunfire was exchanged near an apartment complex in Columbus.

Columbus man charged in hit and run

Posted 5/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries after he allegedly struck a woman with his vehicle and then fled the scene


Antitrust experts: 2 big deals better than 1

Posted 5/21/2014 in Business

Antitrust experts say AT&T's bid for DirecTV could reap immediate regulatory rewards. Coming so quickly on the heels of a rival cable company merger -- the pairing of Comcast and Time Warner Cable -- makes it easier for regulators to approve both transactions because they create two counterbalanced giants in pay TV.



Mississippi-based international case nets 16 arrests on fraud

Posted 5/21/2014 in State

Sixteen people from several states and other countries have been arrested on charges that they took part in a fraud that used stolen information to get money and goods and then ship them to South Africa and Nigeria, according to documents unsealed in federal court Tuesday.



U.S. hacking victims fell prey to mundane ruses

Posted 5/21/2014 in National

The victims were their own worst enemies. The hacking techniques the U.S. government says China used against American companies turned out to be disappointingly mundane, tricking employees into opening email attachments or clicking on innocent-looking website links.


Bees created unwanted buzz at Kentucky store

Posted 5/21/2014 in National

After setting things abuzz by trapping customers in a store, a hive of honeybees has been safely removed from downtown Danville in central Kentucky.


Reid: Senate will OK judge who wrote drone memos

Posted 5/21/2014 in National

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is predicting victory as senators near a vote on one of President Barack Obama's most contentious picks for a federal judgeship, a former administration official who authored secret documents justifying the use of drones to kill an American overseas.



Supreme Court justice suspends execution

Posted 5/21/2014 in National

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued an order late Tuesday suspending the planned execution of a Missouri inmate with a little more than an hour to spare before the inmate's scheduled lethal injection.


2 bomb blasts in Nigeria kill at least 118

Posted 5/21/2014 in National

Two car bombs exploded at a bustling bus terminal and market in Nigeria's central city of Jos on Tuesday, killing at least 118 people, wounding dozens and leaving bloodied bodies amid the flaming debris.

First lady Obama: Arts education good for good schools

Posted 5/21/2014 in National

Delivering a forceful argument on the role of the arts in education, Michelle Obama said Tuesday that it isn't something to be introduced after student test scores go up but is a critical element of achieving those higher test scores in the first place.

House bill would speed VA firings as outcry grows

Posted 5/21/2014 in National

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki would be granted more authority to fire or demote senior executives under a bill headed to the House floor. The measure comes as pressure builds on Capitol Hill to overhaul the beleaguered agency in response to allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths.


House GOP bill would roll back school lunch rules

Posted 5/21/2014 in National

House Republicans are proposing to let some schools opt out of healthier school lunch and breakfast programs if they are losing money.


Council tables $5 million infrastructure bond issue

Posted 5/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Action on a $5 million bond issue for capital improvements was tabled during Tuesday's Columbus City Council meeting.

Carpenter: Overlapping events helped Pilgrimage

Posted 5/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several overlapping events during this year's Pilgrimage season helped increase ticket sales and hotel stays over the 16-day period, Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter said.

Columbus woman charged with arson

Posted 5/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cicely Alyse Hopkins, 26, of 114 Poplar Street, was arrested Monday by officers with the Columbus Police Department and charged with felony arson.

Columbus man pleads guilty to sexual battery

Posted 5/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to sexual battery.

CMSD superintendent search officially begins

Posted 5/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Almost a year since its last superintendent was ousted, the Columbus Municipal School District has officially opened the search for its next permanent leader.


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