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Ex-BP worker files whistleblower suit over cleanup

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

NEW ORLEANS -- A former BP employee has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company, claiming he was fired for airing concerns about the cleanup of Mississippi's shoreline after the Gulf oil spill.

 

 

Ex-Ohio death row inmate says not guilty to threat

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

OTTAWA, Ohio -- A Scotsman released from an American prison after spending two decades on Ohio's death row pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he threatened a judge who prosecuted his original case.

 

 

Federal judge, W. Allen Pepper Jr. dies

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

GREENVILLE -- U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr., appointed to the bench in 1999 by President Bill Clinton, died Tuesday.

 

 

Lawmakers, others laud Phil Bryant's speech

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Some reaction to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's first State of the State address Tuesday night:

 

 

Bryant unveils policy details in State of State

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Republican Gov. Phil Bryant used his first State of the State address Tuesday evening to unveil detailed policy proposals, from education to health care to energy, saying he wants to create a "Mississippi Works Agenda."

 

 

December state jobless rate dips to 10.4 percent

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi's unemployment rate dipped to 10.4 percent in December, as more people withdrew from the labor force.

 

 

Columbus police arrest accused laundromat burglar

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested the man accused of burglarizing Watkins Washette on Saturday and stealing a load of laundry in addition to cash from arcade games.

 

 

Search continues for convicted sex offender

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

U.S. marshals and Lowndes County sheriff's deputies continue to search for a convicted sex offender this week. Jesse Steven Shelton, 41, was convicted in 1999 of attempted sodomy in the first degree.

 

 

Deputies make arrests in home burglaries

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office arrested three people Monday -- including two juveniles -- in connection with two unrelated home burglaries. Jeremy Marc Adams, 29, of 8061 Highway 12 E. No. 9, was charged Monday afternoon in connection with a home burglary on Woodlawn Drive.

 

 

Tempers continue to simmer, boil over at CVB meetings

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"Does not get along well with others" seems to be routine at Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board meetings. The show was on again Monday evening as board members accused, yelled and generally disagreed among themselves and with others.

 

New dealer selling Chrysler; former dealer charging rent

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The general manager of Columbus' new and only Chrysler dealership is glad to add the last line of the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram family to the business. The owner of Columbus' former Chrysler dealership said he is doing well without the line but is still charging the automaker rent for the sign on his property.

Class to show how disability can become ability

Posted 1/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sometimes, she has trouble finding a parking spot. Other times, she can't quite grab what she's reaching for. To an able-bodied person, these moments are nothing more than a slight inconvenience.

Harris Road bridge closes for repairs

Posted 1/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Those driving over the bridge on Harris Road in the Sessums community will have to take a detour as work starts on repairing faulty supports.

 

Marine denies firing at Iraqi women and children

Posted 1/24/2012 in National

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A Marine facing sentencing over one of the worst attacks on civilians by U.S. troops during the Iraq War told a judge Tuesday in a surprise development that he never fired his weapon at any women or children.CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) -- A Marine facing sentencing over one of the worst attacks on civilians by U.S. troops during the Iraq War told a judge Tuesday in a surprise development that he never fired his weapon at any women or children.

 

 

MDAH awards preservation, landmark grants, appoints Carpenter to board

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- The Church of the Annunciation in Columbus and the Old Byhalia High School Auditorium have been awarded Community Heritage Preservation grants.

 

 

Proposals could limit governor's pardon power

Posted 1/24/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi lawmakers might ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment limiting the governor's power to pardon convicted criminals, the chairman of the Senate Constitution Committee said Monday.

 

 

Judge delays decision on pardoned inmates

Posted 1/24/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A Mississippi judge on Monday delayed a decision on whether to invalidate some pardons, including those of convicted killers, issued by Haley Barbour in his final days as governor.

 

 

Alabama hit again by tornadoes; 2 dead, 100 hurt

Posted 1/24/2012 in Area

OAK GROVE, Ala. -- Knowing this community's history of tornadoes, Jhan Powers gets nervous anytime violent weather rolls in. While her house was spared this time, a tornado demolished nearby mobile homes -- all of which were just a short drive from a path of destruction cut just last year by a deadly twister.

 

 

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