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North Korean elections: 100 percent mandatory

Posted 3/7/2014 in National

North Korean voters will make a choice Sunday when they elect a new national legislature, but not for a candidate. The ruling elite have already done that for them, and there's only one per district.

Federal agents arrest man on assault charges

Posted 3/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 30-year-old who has been arrested 12 times since he turned 18 is behind bars after being captured Tuesday by U.S. Marshals.

Teen facing armed robbery charges

Posted 3/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A teenager has been arrested and charged with armed robbery. Brian Devonshay Hill, 19, of 319 Ponderosa Dr., was arrested Wednesday morning for his alleged role in a February robbery.

Police: Columbus man pulled knife on woman, rammed car

Posted 3/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault for an incident that occurred last month at a local gas station.

With city's error, no grant for low income homeowners

Posted 3/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second time in less than six months, the city of Columbus is not eligible for a state grant because of errors on its part. The city has three low income residents who could have received state funding to rehabilitate or rebuild their homes. They won't, though, because city officials failed to follow a publication guideline that disqualified its application for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program grant.


Miss. House passes bills to restrict labor unions

Posted 3/6/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are moving ahead with a package of bills to restrict some labor union organizing and picketing practices.


Browning on Business: RadioShack mum on which stores it will close

Posted 3/6/2014 in Business

Two questions. One: Could the Golden Triangle soon lose its RadioShacks? Two: Could Columbus be home to a new burger joint?


Vernon opry celebrates 25 years of live country music

Posted 3/6/2014 in Area

On Saturday, March 8, the Back Street Opry in the historic Lamar Theatre in Vernon, Ala., will celebrate its 25th anniversery with a free Grand Ole Opry-style stage show.



Miss. religion bill draws debate on discrimination

Posted 3/6/2014 in State

A gay-rights group is asking Mississippi legislators to specify that a religious-practices bill won't open the way for discrimination if it becomes law.


Republicans rule Taylor can stay on party ballot

Posted 3/6/2014 in State

Former Democratic Mississippi congressman Gene Taylor will stay on the Republican primary ballot opposing incumbent U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo.

Arrest report: 3-6-14

Posted 3/6/2014 in Area


General to admit guilt on 3 counts; denies assault

Posted 3/6/2014 in National

A U.S. Army general accused of sexually assaulting a junior officer will admit guilt on three lesser charges but maintains his innocence on allegations that he forced her to perform oral sex, his lawyer said Wednesday night.



Marriages and divorces 3-6-14

Posted 3/6/2014 in Business



Facebook to delete posts for illegal gun sales

Posted 3/6/2014 in National

Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally or without a background check.



Cost a growing factor in college decisions

Posted 3/6/2014 in National

A new survey of the nation's college freshmen has found that the percentage attending their first-choice school has reached its lowest level in almost four decades, as cost and the availability of financial aid have come to play an influential role in decisions of where to enroll.



Passengers in court over Carnival cruise

Posted 3/6/2014 in National

About three dozen passengers who sailed on the ill-fated Carnival Triumph cruise ship that drifted at sea for days are hoping to collect thousands of dollars apiece as a result of lingering medical and mental problems they say were caused by their nightmarish experience.



Under new SAT, 1,600 is perfect again

Posted 3/6/2014 in National

The perfect score will again be 1,600. What's more, the essay will be optional, students will no longer be penalized for wrong answers and the vocabulary is shifting to do away with some high-sounding words such as "prevaricator" and "sagacious."



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