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Iran mother recalls act of mercy for son's killer

Posted 5/2/2014 in National

Her son's killer stood on a chair on the gallows, his hands shackled, the noose around his neck. Hundreds crowded outside the jailhouse in a northern Iranian town to see if the mother, Samereh Alinejad, would exercise her right to kick the chair out from under him to let him hang.

Photo: Contemplating careers

Posted 5/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Barry Crump, a senior at West Lowndes High School, ponders a question during a mock interview event on Thursday.


High school senior class prank leads to 62 arrests

Posted 5/2/2014 in National

Sixty-two students were arrested Thursday after police said they broke into their high school overnight for a senior class prank, urinating in hallways, greasing doorknobs with petroleum jelly and taping hot dogs to lockers.


Arrest report: 5-2-14

Posted 5/2/2014 in Area

High court won't hear two school lawsuits

Posted 5/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Supreme Court will let stand a lower court ruling that upheld the firings of Lynn Wright and Stacey Hester by the Lowndes County School Board.


Body of Louisville boy missing from tornado found

Posted 5/2/2014 in Area

After searching for part of four days, searchers found the body Thursday of an 8-year-old boy killed in one of the tornadoes that tore through Mississippi earlier in the week.


Apartment manager faces additional embezzlement charges

Posted 5/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The former manager of a Columbus apartment complex has been arrested and charged with embezzlement for the second time in two months.

Bidder steps up to buy Sanderson Plumbing

Posted 5/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Woodflour Corporation of Chicago has made a $2.75 million offer to purchase the Columbus company that began manufacturing toilet seats on Tuffy Lane Road in 1940.


L.A. NAACP head resigns over move to honor Sterling

Posted 5/2/2014 in National

The president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP resigned Thursday, following outrage over a decision he later reversed to give Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling an award for promoting civil rights.


Nevada rancher's neighbors weary of attention

Posted 5/2/2014 in National

American flags flap in the wind on the two-lane state highway to Cliven Bundy's ranch. Along the roadside, self-described militia members in camouflage who came to defend him from the federal government lounge and smoke, loaded pistols on their hips.

Anheuser-Busch trial highlights gender bias

Posted 5/2/2014 in National

From male-only corporate jets to guys' golf outings and hunting trips, Francine Katz says her time in the Anheuser-Busch executive suite was rife with exclusion, intentional slights and outright discrimination.


61,494 in Miss. enroll in health exchange

Posted 5/2/2014 in State

New figures show 61,494 Mississippi residents have signed up for private health insurance using a federal government website, out of more than 117,000 who were eligible.



Gov. Bryant signs final bills from session

Posted 5/2/2014 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant has signed more than 100 bills that fund state government and assorted other proposals that passed during the final days of the 2014 legislative session in early April.



Court system seeks computer upgrades in FY 2014 budget

Aldermen signaled their support Thursday for a small budget request to finish a two-year computer upgrade process for the Starkville Municipal Court system but said a project to digitize court and city clerk records would have to wait until funding becomes available.



55 colleges face federal sex assault investigation

Posted 5/2/2014 in National

Some of the 55 colleges and universities facing federal investigation for their handling of sexual abuse allegations say they're cooperating with the U.S. Education Department, though few are offering details about what information the agency is seeking.



Browning on Business: Shoe store coming to downtown Columbus

Posted 5/1/2014 in Business

For a couple of weeks there has been a sign in front of a vacant storefront in downtown Columbus that reads, "Taylor Smith Shoes." Just beneath that sign is another that reads, "Coming Soon."



State Court of Appeals sides with county on Co-Op Road

Posted 5/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Court of Appeals overturned Tuesday a judge's order to the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors to re-open Co-Op Road.


New voter registration deadline for June 3 primaries is Saturday

Posted 5/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New voters in Lowndes County have until Saturday to register with the Lowndes County Circuit Clerk's office.


Lowndes declared federal disaster area

Posted 5/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Damage survey teams from the National Weather Service in Jackson confirmed four tornadoes hit Lowndes County during Monday's severe weather outbreak.



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