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When presidents die, power transfer can be fraught

Posted 11/23/2013 in National

As President John F. Kennedy lay dying 50 years ago at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Vice President Lyndon Johnson was hurried into a small room in Minor Medicine, where he stood silently against a wall. After a wait of some 35 minutes, presidential aide Kenneth O'Donnell entered and approached Johnson, who had been two cars behind Kennedy when the shots were fired in Dealey Plaza. "He's gone," O'Donnell told him.

 

Rick Santorum steps out in new role as movie mogul

Posted 11/23/2013 in National

Rick Santorum was glad-handing a friendly crowd at a cocktail reception the other night, seeking support just as he did for many grueling months on the 2012 campaign trail for the Republican presidential nomination. But this time he wasn't looking to get on a ticket : well, not yet, anyway : but rather, to sell tickets. Movie tickets.

 

 

Mississippi kidnapping suspect wants out of jail until Feb. sentencing

Posted 11/23/2013 in State

A woman convicted of kidnapping a 6-year-old relative to pressure the girl's mother in a dispute over a piece of land and a portable storage shed in east Mississippi asked a judge on Friday to let her out of jail pending sentencing.

 

 

MVSU student accused of shooting teenager

Posted 11/23/2013 in State

Itta Bena Acting Police Chief Ted Washington says a Mississippi Valley State University student has been arrested in the shooting of a Leflore County High School student Tuesday night during a parking lot brawl after a basketball game.

 

 

Abortion doc's death ruled accidental

Posted 11/23/2013 in State

Madison Police Lt. Eddie Lawrence told The Clarion-Ledger that an autopsy performed on Friday showed that Dr. Joseph Booker Jr. suffered a stroke and drowned in a bathtub at his home.

 

Jackson abortion clinic owner not fazed despite pressure

Posted 11/23/2013 in State

Abortion clinic owner Diane Derzis has stared down protesters, laughed off those who call her "baby killer" and smiled through clenched teeth while bantering with people who want to close her centers in the South.

 

To GOP, all roads lead to 'Obamacare'

Posted 11/23/2013 in National

All roads lead to "Obamacare" for Republicans. So much so that they acted like they had barely hit a small speed bump when Democrats voted unilaterally on Thursday to weaken century-old Senate filibuster rules and make it harder for the GOP to block confirmation of President Barack Obama's nominees.

 

 

Hard bargains in Geneva on Iran nuclear deal

Posted 11/23/2013 in National

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and five foreign ministers launched an intensive diplomatic push Saturday to close a deal curbing Tehran's nuclear program while cautioning that significant obstacles remained on the fourth day of marathon talks.

 

Philippine death toll rises above 5,000

Posted 11/23/2013 in National

The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record has risen above 5,000 and is likely to climb further, although recovery efforts are beginning to take hold, Philippine officials said Friday.

 

Doctor who helped CIA charged with murder

Posted 11/23/2013 in National

Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden has been charged with murder over a 2006 surgery he performed, his lawyer said Friday, raising new doubts whether the physician will regain his freedom.

 

852 Thai children set human Christmas tree record

Posted 11/23/2013 in National

Christmas is not a holiday in predominantly Buddhist Thailand, and its palm trees outnumber pines, but the country still set a world record with its holiday spirit.

 

Gun group considered leaving Newtown

Posted 11/23/2013 in National

The gun industry's national trade association and lobbying organization considered moving its offices from Newtown after last year's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the president and CEO of the National Shooting Sports Foundation said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.

 

Guilty plea in bird deaths at wind farms a first

Posted 11/23/2013 in National

A major U.S. power company has pleaded guilty to killing eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms and agreed to pay $1 million as part of the first enforcement of environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities.

SPD Chief Lindley placed on indefinite administrative leave

Posted 11/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Aldermen placed Starkville Police Chief David Lindley on indefinite administrative leave Friday after the board met for almost an hour behind closed doors.

 

C. African Republic: Kony wants to surrender

Posted 11/22/2013 in National

 

 

New indictment filed in Miss. ricin case

Posted 11/22/2013 in State

 

 

Link lands second economic development investment

Posted 11/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Golden Triangle Regional Development Link announced Thursday that Finally LLC, a filing and folder products manufacturer, will move operations to Starkville and invest about $1 million in the new venture.

 

The assassination of John F. Kennedy: Nov. 22, 1963 is a moment frozen in time for many

Posted 11/22/2013 in National

The afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963 wasn't all that different from any other day in Columbus. Nancy Johnson, a stay-at-home mom and part-time student at Mississippi State College for Women (now MUW) had one eye on her ironing, the other on her favorite soap opera, "As The World Turns."

Councilmen, dept. heads to tour wards before retreat

Posted 11/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen and department heads are having a retreat Dec. 5 and they'll tour each ward the city in the days beforehand to assess issues that are unique to the city's different areas.

Weyerhaeuser gives grant to school

Posted 11/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

West Lowndes Middle School was recently awarded a $5,000 grant through Weyerhaeuser Giving and plans to use the money to buy electronics and gift cards to encourage students to score higher on tests.

 

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