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Rare meningitis outbreak grows; 4 dead, 22 sick

Posted 10/4/2012 in National

An outbreak of a rare form of meningitis is likely to grow after sickening 26 people in five states, including four who died, health officials warned.


Crappie Masters is big catch for competitors -- and local economy

Posted 10/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dozens of competitors have descended on Columbus Lake at the John C. Stennis Lock and Dam this week to prepare for this weekend's Crappie Masters National Championship.


Toddler shooting won't result in negligence charges

Posted 10/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A two-year-old child shot himself after being left unattended in a room with a loaded handgun on Saturday, but law enforcement officials say they are no longer investigating the incident and no charges will be filed for negligence.



'SOB' comment strains relations as county asks city for waiver

Posted 10/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Underlying tension between Columbus city councilmen and Lowndes County officials came to the surface during Tuesday's meeting of the Columbus City Council.


First debate sets up moment of high-risk theater

Posted 10/3/2012 in National

President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney come face to face for the first time in this presidential campaign Wednesday night for a nationally televised debate that will give millions of Americans a chance to size up two fierce competitors in a moment of high-risk theater.


Photo ID rule for Election Day in Pa. is blocked

Posted 10/3/2012 in National

A judge has ruled that Pennsylvania voters won't have to show photo identification to cast ballots on Election Day, a move that could help President Barack Obama in a presidential battleground state.


Wisconsin anchor: Viewer criticizing weight is a bully

Posted 10/3/2012 in National

Jennifer Livingston has always rebuffed personal attacks, so when the Wisconsin television anchorwoman got an email from a viewer criticizing her weight, she thought nothing of it.


House committee: Security requests denied in Libya

Posted 10/3/2012 in National

Leaders of a House committee said Tuesday that U.S. diplomats in Libya made repeated requests for increased security for the consulate in Benghazi and were turned down by officials in Washington.



Intelligence effort named citizens, not terrorists

Posted 10/3/2012 in National

A multibillion-dollar information-sharing program created in the aftermath of 9/11 has improperly collected information about innocent Americans and produced little valuable intelligence on terrorism, a Senate report concludes.



White House widening covert war in North Africa

Posted 10/3/2012 in National

Small teams of special operations forces arrived at American embassies throughout North Africa in the months before militants launched the fiery attack that killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya. The soldiers' mission: Set up a network that could quickly strike a terrorist target or rescue a hostage.


Rare century-old $5 Alaska bill to be auctioned

Posted 10/3/2012 in National

The $5 bill displayed for decades on Charles Fairbanks IV's wall was long a treasured family heirloom from Alaska. Now, to the surprise of the grandson of a turn-of-a-century vice president, it's also become a likely treasure trove.


Caledonia Aldermen consider breach-of-property pay outs

Posted 10/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Caledonia Board of Aldermen received updates Tuesday night on damages paid to two town residents who allege the water department crossed their properties without easements to make repairs.



Feds want more information on Miss. voter ID law

Posted 10/3/2012 in State

Federal officials are pushing Mississippi to do more to prove that voter identification requirements won't discriminate against minorities.



Aldermen may have votes to override expected veto

Posted 10/3/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

City Attorney Chris Latimer was called on Tuesday night at the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting to explain why, in the case of a veto, abstentions count toward an override.


Fight breast cancer, buy stamps

Posted 10/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus post offices kicked off breast cancer awareness month Monday with pink, pink, everywhere, from pink-frosted doughnuts for customers to pink balloons competing for space with envelopes and parcels in the Bluecutt Road facility's lobby.

Oktibbeha schools conservator stresses parental involvement

Posted 10/2/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County parents got their first glimpse Monday night of the woman tasked with getting their schools back on track following last week's state takeover.

Moon rocks exhibit open to public

Posted 10/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Linda Marlbrough may be the only instructor in the history of Greater Columbus Learning Center to need a police escort when she leaves the building. Then again, she carries precious cargo -- two locked boxes containing authentic moon rocks that are both ageless and priceless.


Okt. Supervisors consider bid for comprehensive plan

Posted 10/2/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Every Supervisor at the table seemed to agree: Oktibbeha County needs a comprehensive plan.



County committee to examine pair of bids

Posted 10/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A committee appointed by the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors will soon begin discussions on the expansion of a steel company and county water service.



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