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Miss. woman has helped solve 8 cases around the country

Posted 10/13/2014 in State

From her desk in Orange Grove, Ellen Leach helped identify a skull found in a bucket of cement at a Missouri truck stop.



Mechanical problem blamed for fatal Maine hayride crash

Posted 10/13/2014 in National

A mechanical problem caused a Jeep towing a wagon full of passengers to careen down a steep hill and slam into a tree during a Halloween-themed hayride in the woods, killing a teenager and injuring more than 20 other people, authorities said.



Ambush suspect could lose advantage as leaves fall

Posted 10/13/2014 in National

For the past month, ambush suspect Eric Frein has capitalized on relatively mild temperatures, dense tree cover and his own survival skills to successfully elude a manhunt in the woods of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains.


Iraqi Yazidi girl tells of captivity in IS group

Posted 10/13/2014 in National

The young Yazidi girl rocked apprehensively as she described the ordeal that took her from her family, snatched from her home by militants in Iraq, then sold as a slave in Syria before finally escaping to Turkey.

Domestic violence victims eligible for waiver

Posted 10/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Domestic violence victims are now eligible for a 60-day waiver for utility deposits.

Lowndes school board votes to move forward with capital improvements

Posted 10/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Just over a month after a bond intended to fund a capital improvement plan for the district failed to pass, The Lowndes County School Board on Friday voted to move forward with some items in that plan.

Record-breaking crowd cheers Dawgs to sixth win

Posted 10/11/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Today, when the Associated Press releases its weekly poll, one will be a number Mississippi State and its emotionally exhausted fans will cherish.


As Mexico cracks down, drug money comes to U.S.

Posted 10/11/2014 in National

For a company that booked $12 million in annual sales importing snacks like chile- and lime-flavored chips from Mexico, Baja Distributors Inc.'s offices were oddly quiet.


Flavors fuel food industry, but remain a mystery

Posted 10/11/2014 in National

They help give Coke its distinctive bite and Doritos its cheesy kick. But the artificial and natural flavors used to rev up the taste of processed foods remain a mystery to most Americans.


Columbus redistricting work session scheduled

Posted 10/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A work session on Columbus' redistricting plan has been tentatively set for Oct. 21 at the Municipal Complex.



Insurance savings may offset tax increases in annexed areas

Posted 10/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you own one of the 638 homes or 44 businesses recently annexed into the city of Columbus, you'll be paying more property taxes, but some of that cost will be offset by lower insurance rates due to improved fire protection.


Perkins, Vaughn block consent agenda items

Posted 10/11/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Board of Aldermen meetings could run late into their respective nights if two aldermen continue to block consent agenda items as they did Tuesday.


Man sends newspaper check years after rack thefts

Posted 10/11/2014 in National

Some 54 years after stealing several newspaper racks, a U.S. Navy veteran has sent a letter of apology and a check for $200 to The Ledger of Lakeland, Florida.



Nissan recalls 2013 Altimas for hood latch problem

Posted 10/11/2014 in Business

Nissan is recalling more than 238,000 Altima midsize cars worldwide because a secondary latch can fail and allow the hoods to fly open while the cars are in motion.



Girl Scouts membership drops sharply

Posted 10/11/2014 in National

For the second straight year, youth and adult membership in the Girl Scouts has dropped sharply, intensifying pressure on the 102-year-old youth organization to find ways of reversing the trend.



7 plaintiffs in no-fly list lawsuit cleared to fly

Posted 10/11/2014 in National

Seven people who challenged their placement on the government's no-fly list are now free to fly, the first time the U.S. has ever informed someone whether they are or are not excluded.



Georgia prisoner accused of lying about possible Ebola infection

Posted 10/11/2014 in National

Prosecutors have accused a prisoner in Georgia of lying about potentially getting Ebola while traveling in Africa, a claim that triggered an emergency response at an Atlanta area jail and hospital.



Dallas Ebola patient displayed symptoms at first ER visit

Posted 10/11/2014 in National

The man said he'd recently traveled from West Africa, was in severe pain -- rating it an eight on a scale of 10 -- and had a fever that spiked to 103 degrees, enough to be flagged with an exclamation point in the hospital's record-keeping system.



Unclear if UAW will charter union in Mississippi

Posted 10/11/2014 in State

Some union supporters say they hope the United Auto Workers will charter a formal local union at Nissan Motor Co.'s plant, but it remains unclear whether the union will do so.


Death penalty not sought in child death case

Posted 10/10/2014 in Area

Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for a Clay County woman charged with capital murder in the death of her infant.


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