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Columbus school board begins superintendent interviews

Posted 6/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board is conducting face-to-face interviews this week with candidates hoping to be the district's next superintendent.

New citizen input policy passes

Posted 6/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City councilmen approved a new policy Tuesday requiring residents fill out a form six days in advance of a council meeting if they want to speak at council meetings.

City may lose some storm cleanup reimbursement

Posted 6/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Chief Operations Officer David Armstrong notified city councilmen Tuesday that the city is at risk of losing about $35,000 in storm cleanup reimbursement from the April 28 tornado.

KiOR begins layoffs, more expected

Posted 6/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR laid off approximately 18 employees at its Columbus facility Tuesday and that is likely only the beginning.

Vernon makes switch in contractors

Posted 6/18/2014 in Area

The City of Vernon's industrial park infrastructure work will be performed by a new construction company.

Arrest report: 6-18-14

Posted 6/18/2014 in Area


U.S. aims for trial of Benghazi suspect held on ship

Posted 6/18/2014 in National

The capture of an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, gave U.S. officials a rare moment of good news.



Miss. GOP senator seeking union and black support

Posted 6/18/2014 in State

Six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran is trying to survive an intense tea party challenge in Mississippi by reaching out to union members and black voters -- two groups that traditionally support Democrats.



Deadly brawl is latest test of self-defense laws

Posted 6/18/2014 in National

A Colorado prosecutor said he's frustrated that the state's "Make My Day" law prevents him from charging a man who killed an acquaintance during a drunken brawl that spilled into his home, becoming the latest test to self-defense gun laws nationwide.



DA: Employee let tea party members into courthouse

Posted 6/18/2014 in State

An investigation shows a county employee let three tea party members into the Hinds County Courthouse after everyone went home election night, according to District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith.



Miss. may have 1st case of mosquito-borne virus

Posted 6/18/2014 in State

The Mississippi State Department of Health is investigating its first potential case of chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) virus, a mosquito-borne illness traditionally found in Africa and Asia.



Deadly bat disease fungus found in Mississippi

Posted 6/18/2014 in State

The fungus that causes a deadly bat disease has been found for the first time in Mississippi, though the disease itself has not been found there.



Tuscaloosa Marine Shale: Oil's thirst for water

Posted 6/18/2014 in State

It takes between 6 million and 11 million gallons of water to frack an oil well in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation of southwest Mississippi and central Louisiana.



$1,000-a-pill Sovaldi jolts health care system

Posted 6/18/2014 in National

Your money or your life?


Carpenter: Spring events spike hotel occupancy

Posted 6/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Participant and hotel stay data for events held during Pilgrimage and other events this spring continues to trickle in, and the numbers tell a success story.

City looks to tighten policy on public comments

Posted 6/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A committee formed Monday to develop the new citizen input policy at council meetings. The draft they proposed will be considered for approval during tonight's 5 p.m. meeting at the Columbus Municipal Complex.


Nine of 15 community colleges to raise tuition

Posted 6/17/2014 in State

Tuition at Mississippi's junior and community colleges will increase by an average of about 4 percent this fall, according to figures from the state Board of Community and Junior Colleges.


MSU's Kibler set to lead Sul Ross State University

Posted 6/17/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Bill Kibler, Mississippi State University vice president for student affairs, is expected to take over as president of Texas-based Sul Ross State University before fall semester after he was recently named the position's sole finalist.


KFC probes whether scarred girl was asked to leave Jackson store

Posted 6/17/2014 in State

KFC Corp. says it's investigating allegations that a restaurant employee in Jackson asked a 3-year-old to leave because her facial injuries disturbed other patrons.



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