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Columbus native Murray crowned Miss Mississippi

Posted 7/14/2014 in State

Experience and persistence paid off Saturday night when Jasmine Murray of Columbus was crowned Miss Mississippi 2014 at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

 

Feds, Mississippi in dispute over state waters

Posted 7/14/2014 in State

Since July 2013, Mississippi has claimed its state waters extend nine miles south into the Gulf of Mexico. The federal government refuses to recognize the declaration, standing by a 1960 U.S. Supreme Court decision that determined the offshore boundary for Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama was three miles out.

 

 

Arrest may have caused prison fight

Posted 7/14/2014 in State

A prison fight in which nine inmates were stabbed was related to an attempt to smuggle contraband into the Walnut Grove prison, says Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps.

 

 

Hinds may get building bigger than Nissan

Posted 7/14/2014 in State

A notice from the governor's office to the Army Corps of Engineers indicates that an installation bigger than Nissan's is being considered for western Hinds County.

 

Researchers try to save huge salamander

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

With a long, slimy body and beady eyes, North America's largest salamander wouldn't top any cutest animal lists. The hellbender's alien appearance and mysterious ways have earned the big amphibian a bad reputation and unflattering nicknames ranging from snot otter to devil dog.

Michelle Knight says fame comes with complications

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

Michelle Knight has discovered that the fame that followed her escape from Ariel Castro's house of horrors cuts both ways.

 

Israel says it has downed drone along southern coast

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

The Israeli military said it downed a drone on Monday along the country's southern coastline, the first time it encountered an unmanned aircraft since the campaign against Gaza Strip militants began last week.

 

Underground lab tackles Japan nuclear waste issue

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

Reindeer farms and grazing Holstein cows dot a vast stretch of rolling green pasture here on Japan's northern tip. Underground it's a different story.

 

Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

 

U.S. jails struggle with role as makeshift asylums

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

Peering through the chain link of a holding pen at the Cook County Jail, a man wrapped in a navy varsity jacket leans toward clinical social worker Elli Petacque Montgomery, his bulging eyes a clue that something's not right. "They say I got bipolar, that's all," he says.

Perkins shows interest in Sportsplex upgrades

Posted 7/12/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville will begin to explore options Tuesday for fixing road surfaces within the Sportsplex's property that are showing significant tied to increasing traffic and the infrastructure's age.

County schools propose $47 million bond issue

Posted 7/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County voters who reside outside the Columbus city limits will go to the polls next month to vote on a $47 million bond issue, which will fund a variety of construction projects and technology initiatives throughout the Lowndes County School District.

Clay Co. commits to Communiversity

Posted 7/12/2014 in Area

Clay County supervisors unanimously approved an inter-local agreement with East Mississippi Community College to set aside money for a new workforce training facility.

 

City schools will not declare shortfall

Posted 7/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District expects to spend more money than it takes in during the 2014-15 school year. Even so, the school board will not declare a budget shortfall.

 

Inspection stickers still required, despite efforts to end them

Posted 7/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"The report of my death was an exaggeration," humorist Mark Twain once quipped. The same could be said of Mississippi's vehicle inspection program. Annual vehicle safety inspections continue to be required in the state, but there has been confusion among drivers who may have read the headlines about the law's demise in the state legislature.

 

Biden calls on governors to lead nation

Posted 7/12/2014 in National

Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the political gridlock crippling Washington, calling on Republican and Democratic governors alike to lead the nation "out of this mess" while insisting that Congress approve billions of dollars to repair the country's aging infrastructure.

 

 

Deportation effort sputters as migrants cross again

Posted 7/12/2014 in National

A U.S. effort to discourage immigrants' repeated attempts to enter the country illegally by dropping them back in Mexico hundreds of miles away from where they were caught has been sharply scaled back after producing relatively modest gains.

 

 

House chairman: $3.7B border request 'too much'

Posted 7/12/2014 in National

A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House.

 

Associate: Tommy Ramone, last of the Ramones, dies

Posted 7/12/2014 in National

Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate said Saturday.

 

Miss. agrees to extradite suspect

Posted 7/12/2014 in State

The state of Mississippi has agreed to extradite a suspect in the gunfight that killed one person and injured nine others last month in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

 

 

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