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Teen convicted of rape of half-sister sentenced to 10 years

Posted 11/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus teen will spend 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in Lowndes County Circuit Court on Wednesday to raping his half-sister.

Two women charged in Columbus meth lab bust

Posted 11/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A routine traffic stop lead to the discovery of a meth lab and the arrest of two women over the weekend.


Miss. abortion clinic again seeks to block law

Posted 11/29/2012 in State

Attorneys for Mississippi's only abortion clinic are again asking a federal judge to block a state law that threatens to eventually close the facility, though a closing is not expected any time soon.



Oktibbeha Co. suffers rash of auto burglaries

Posted 11/29/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department is asking for help in locating those responsible for a rash of auto burglaries.


Murder suspect to be charged in shooting incident

Posted 11/29/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A man awaiting trial on a murder charge is a suspect in a shooting that left one man injured in a Starkville trailer park Tuesday night.


Dropout program faces challenges at start-up

Posted 11/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District continues to move forward with its dropout prevention plan, dubbed "Project 2020," but the challenges have just begun.



Soldier's treatment focus of hearing in WikiLeaks case

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

A retired Marine Corps colonel denied Tuesday that a three-star general directed the harsh pretrial confinement of an Army private charged with passing reams of classified documents to the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks.



Greater email privacy won't hinder law enforcement's efforts

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

A Senate bill to protect the privacy of electronic communications won't keep federal agents from combing through your inbox if they believe a crime has been committed, legal experts say.


Business brief: Conn inducted

Posted 11/29/2012 in Business

Lance Conn, a home builder from Columbus, was inducted as the 2013 Vice President of the Home Builders Association of Mississippi (HBAM) during ceremonies held at the Fall Board of Directors Meeting in Jackson.


Marriages and divorces 11-29-12

Posted 11/29/2012 in Business



White House, Congress talk as 'fiscal cliff' nears

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

Amid increasing anxiety that the White House and top Republicans are wasting time as the government slides toward an economy-rattling "fiscal cliff," administration officials are heading to Capitol Hill for talks with congressional leaders.



Bangledesh factory owner: 'I didn't know fire exits needed'

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

The owner of a Bangladesh clothing factory where a fire killed 112 people says he was never informed the facility was required to have an emergency exit, a sign of how far removed the leaders of the nation's garment industry are from issues of worker safety.



Obama asks Romney to lunch

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

Bitter campaign foes just weeks ago, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are sharing lunch at the White House with an eye on overlapping interests rather than the sharp differences that defined their presidential contest.



Three BP employees in court on oil spill charges

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

A BP rig supervisor said Wednesday that he is innocent of manslaughter in the deaths of 11 workers in the 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig that started the spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.


Ruling in Concorde crash appeal expected today

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

A French appeals court is set to decide today whether to uphold a manslaughter conviction against Continental Airlines for the July 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people.


Palestinians certain to win recognition as a state

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

The Palestinians are certain to win U.N. recognition as a state today but success could exact a high price: delaying an independent state of Palestine because of Israel's vehement opposition.



CVB recommends funding for seven events

Posted 11/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Festivals throughout Lowndes County are one step closer to receiving funding through the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Controversy surrounds rejected grant

Posted 11/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city school board recently rejected a $75,000 grant intended to fund a dropout prevention program, but the project is still underway, despite concerns some board members have raised about the circumstances surrounding the grant and the feasibility of maintaining the program in future years if the district is required to foot the bill.

State auditor investigating CVB

Posted 11/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau is under investigation by the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor.

Longtime legislator Turner dead at 64

Posted 11/28/2012 in Area

A longtime member of the state legislature, who represented a portion of Lowndes County, has died at age 64. Bennie Turner, D-West Point, died Tuesday afternoon at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.


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