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Man charged with murder in beheading

Posted 10/1/2014 in National

An Oklahoma man apparently uttered Arabic words during an attack in which he allegedly severed a co-worker's head, and had "some sort of infatuation with beheadings," but the killing appeared to have more to do with the man's suspension from his job than his recent conversion to Islam, a prosecutor said Tuesday.



Drug and device firms paid $3.5B to care providers

Posted 10/1/2014 in National

From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine.


School spending by rich is widening wealth gap

Posted 10/1/2014 in National

Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they'll count the ways: Preschool can lift children from poverty. Top high schools prepare students for college. A college degree boosts pay over a lifetime. And the U.S. economy would grow faster if more people stayed in school longer.

Index ranks Norway tops for well-being of elderly

Posted 10/1/2014 in National

A global index reflecting economic security, health and other factors -- and not deducting for cold winters -- ranks Norway and Sweden with the highest level of well-being for older people. Of the 96 nations in the index, Afghanistan ranked last.

Details of presidential security breaches evolve

Posted 10/1/2014 in National

The embarrassing disclosures about lapses in presidential security just keep coming for the Secret Service.


Tornado rescue convinces woman of purpose

Posted 10/1/2014 in Area

Lauren Swann pulled out her iPhone and posed for a selfie. Her boyfriend, John Servati, a swimmer for Alabama, leaned over her left shoulder. The only light in the basement allowed the camera to frame their smiles. For that split second, everything was perfect.



Nazi hunter pushes for new probe

Posted 10/1/2014 in National

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has identified dozens of former members of Nazi mobile death squads who might still be alive, and is pushing the German government for an investigation, The Associated Press has learned.



Mississippi has 2 more cases of enterovirus

Posted 10/1/2014 in State

Mississippi health officials are confirming two more cases of a virus that causes respiratory illness in children.


VISTA program entering third year in Golden Triangle

Posted 9/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two years ago, Tina Sweeten-Lunsford had a 40-hour a week volunteer at the Columbus Arts Council. Sweeten-Lunsford, executive director with the CAC, wanted to do what she could to get the volunteer some benefits. She remembered that as a young woman she had been a VISTA volunteer and ended up in Alaska with a $423-a-month stipend.

No rate increase for CL&W customers

Posted 9/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The CL&W Board of Directors met Sept. 18 to discuss the water budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins Wednesday. During that meeting, the board voted down a recommendation from CL&W General Manager Todd Gale to increase water and sewer rates by 7.5 percent beginning in October.

Columbus man arrested for Friday shooting

Posted 9/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been arrested for a weekend shooting and more arrests are expected, according to officials with the Columbus Police Department.


West Nile case confirmed in Lowndes

Posted 9/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County is one of 21 counties in the state to have a confirmed report of West Nile Virus this year.


Photo: Trailer fire on Highway 45

Posted 9/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Volunteer firemen hose down a semi-truck trailer that caught fire on its way up Highway 45 North on Monday.

Big smile in Denver bank robbery suspect mug shot

Posted 9/30/2014 in National

The mug shot of a man captured after trying to flee a bank robbery in Denver shows him flashing a broad, toothy grin.

Peters: Parks down to $61K in SED back payments

Posted 9/30/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Parks and Recreation now owes about $61,000 in back payments for electric and water services after receiving an additional $96,000 in annual funding and a $60,000 financial bailout from the city this fiscal year, Director Herman Peters said.


Changes coming for DUI enforcement

Posted 9/30/2014 in State

Changes in Mississippi's DUI law that are due go into effect on Wednesday are getting mixed reviews from some in the judicial system.



West Point PD seeking armed robbery suspect

Posted 9/30/2014 in Area

The West Point Police Department is looking for a suspect in a weekend armed robbery of a gas station.



Tourism exec: Miss. needs to shout its message

Posted 9/30/2014 in State

Tourism leaders from across the state are in Biloxi this week and will be joined by Gov. Phil Bryant, who is expected to address a request for an additional $5 million to market Mississippi as a destination.



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