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Indiana explosion now homicide investigation

Posted 11/20/2012 in National

Authorities launched a homicide investigation Monday into the house explosion that killed two people and left numerous homes uninhabitable in an Indianapolis neighborhood.



New push for most to get at least one HIV test

Posted 11/20/2012 in National

There's a new push to make testing for the AIDS virus as common as cholesterol checks.



Pakistan court acquits Christian girl of blasphemy

Posted 11/20/2012 in National

A Pakistani court on Tuesday acquitted a Christian girl accused of blasphemy over the burning of the Muslim holy book, her lawyer said.



Obama sends Clinton to Mideast

Posted 11/20/2012 in National

President Barack Obama dispatched Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East on Tuesday as the U.S. urgently seeks to contain the bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas.



FBI: 4 Calif. men charged in alleged terror plot

Posted 11/20/2012 in National

Four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans and destroy U.S. targets overseas by joining al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan, federal officials said Monday.


Columbus School District turns down $75,000 grant

Posted 11/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Uncertainty about donation from ministry may have influenced board members to reject money.

Council to take closer look at bus deal

Posted 11/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Discussions between an Indiana bus company and the Columbus City Council are expected to continue Tuesday night.

Crisis averted: Twinkies likely to survive sale of Hostess

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

Twinkie lovers, relax. The tasty cream-filled golden spongecakes are likely to survive, even though their maker will be sold in bankruptcy court.


Phone scam targets 4-County customers

Posted 11/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

4-County Electric Power Association is urging its members to beware of a telephone scam.


Jindal: Liking people is key to expanding GOP tent

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says the Republican Party needs to go back to basics to attract the broad coalition of voters credited with putting President Barack Obama back in the White House.


Charlie Mitchell: Making sense of charter schools

Posted 11/19/2012 in State

It's hard to know what workaday people envision when the notion of "charter schools" is floated, usually as an all-purpose cure for whatever ails public education.


Battle over Nativity scene goes to court

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

Damon Vix didn't have to go to court to push Christmas out of the city of Santa Monica. He just joined the festivities.


AP Analysis: Miss. Civil Rights Museum hires manager

Posted 11/19/2012 in State

The newly hired project manager for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum says she wants the museum to tell stories of everyday people who helped shatter barriers of segregation.



EPA turns down requests for ethanol waiver

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday denied requests from several governors to waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol.


Wilder to plead guilty on murder charge

Posted 11/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is expected to plead guilty to capital murder today in Lowndes County Circuit Court.


One worker still missing after Gulf oil rig fire

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

As crews searched Sunday for a worker still missing after an oil platform explosion and fire, doctors said one of four men burned in the blaze is improving and is now in fair condition.



Stamps to increase one cent

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

The cost of mailing a first-class letter will go up by a penny in January.


Aldermen to vote on GTRD Link funding

Posted 11/19/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen will vote Tuesday night on the Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority's 2013 budget, which includes the final $100,000 for the first year of a three-year contract with the Golden Triangle Regional Development Link.

West Lowndes fights to recover from disheartening state review

Posted 11/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The criticism was swift and biting -- so much so that several attendees of the Lowndes County School Board meeting last week said they inwardly cringed as consultants ripped West Lowndes High School to shreds.

CVB to vote on first round of festival funding

Posted 11/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Event organizers seeking grants for festivals taking place January through July of next year will present their proposals Monday to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's Board of Trustees. The new model is part of an overhaul of the board's festival grant guidelines.


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