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Quebec crash missing presumed dead, toll 50

Posted 7/11/2013 in National


Boston bombing suspect pleads not guilty

Posted 7/11/2013 in National

His arm in a cast and his face swollen, a blase-looking Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing in a seven-minute proceeding that marked his first appearance in public since his capture in mid-April.


Back to negotiations after student loan plan fails

Posted 7/11/2013 in National


Many public buildings ban open carry of guns

Posted 7/10/2013 in State

Even if Mississippi's open carry gun law takes effect, people still won't be allowed to take firearms into the Capitol or many other state or local government buildings.

Wendy's demolition paves way for new restaurant

Posted 7/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Relax, Wendy's customers. Although demolition crews began knocking down the restaurant Tuesday, the move is being made only to make room for an updated Wendy's at the same location on Highway 45 North in Columbus.

Island committee finalized

Posted 7/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A team of city officials, county officials and developers has been formed to explore community development in the area known locally as the Island. It was announced previously that Lowndes County supervisors Leroy Brooks and Jeff Smith as well as Columbus councilmen Gene Taylor and Kabir Karriem would serve on the committee.

Presley announces rural high-speed Internet effort

Posted 7/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley appeared in Lowndes County yesterday to announce an initiative to bring high-speed Internet to rural and metropolitan areas lacking access.

Redden arrested, hearing set for Aug. 19

Posted 7/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus businessman who pleaded guilty to domestic violence/aggravated assault is back in jail on simple assault charges. John Alan Redden, 51, of 500 Riverside Drive, turned himself into the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department Tuesday afternoon after a bench warrant was issued for his arrest for violation of suspended sentence.

Wiseman's veto hammers aldermen over transparency

Posted 7/10/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman took to the offensive Tuesday, hammering aldermen over transparency issues in his veto of Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill's abrupt removal from office.


GOP wants delay in health law's individual mandate

Posted 7/10/2013 in National

Framing a new argument against President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional GOP leaders called Tuesday for a delay in the law's requirement that individual Americans carry health insurance.



Defense seeks to introduce Trayvon Martin's texts

Posted 7/10/2013 in National


Wiseman vetoes Spruill firing

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman issued his promised veto Tuesday against the aldermen's decision to fire Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill.

CMSD asks court to dismiss Liddell's suit

Posted 7/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees is asking the court to throw out a suit that would return Dr. Martha Liddell to the position of schools superintendent.

Turner agrees to garnishment to avoid eviction

Posted 7/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County Justice Court civil affidavit shows Swoope Real Estate, Inc., settled a civil suit last week against Ward 4 Councilman Marty Turner's business, Turner Furniture LLC, for unpaid rent.

Fireworks show declared success despite weather

Posted 7/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Arts Commission awarded the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation a $1,000 grant which was used for sponsoring blues artist and headlining act Grady Champion at last week's Independence Day celebration event, "Fireworks on the Water."

Miss. open carry gun law on hold a while longer

Posted 7/9/2013 in State

Mississippi's open carry gun law remains on hold at least few more days. Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd says he'll decide by Friday whether to further extend his June 28 order that blocked the law from taking effect July 1.

CAO situation underscores salary disparity

As the drama unfolds over the future of Starkville Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill's firing by the board, officials have asked a common question: If aldermen do override a promised veto, how will the city fill the position with a candidate as strong as the former Addison, Texas mayor?


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