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AT&T aims for TV's future with $48.5B DirecTV deal

Posted 5/19/2014 in National

Priming itself for the age of Internet-delivered video, AT&T Inc. said it would buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion in cash and stock, or $95 per share.


LGBT group faces Miss. political hurdles

Posted 5/19/2014 in State

A national civil rights group called Human Rights Campaign faces significant challenges as it tries to make Mississippi's legal climate more open for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.



MSU mulls $60M project for pair of dormitories

Posted 5/19/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University is considering spending $60.5 million to build two new residence halls. The College Board Thursday approved plans for MSU to hire the McCarty Company Design Group to design two 356-bed dormitories, plus a 10,000-square-foot facility for the Sonny Montgomery Center for America's Veterans.



$100K bond for man accused of exploiting Cochran's wife

Posted 5/19/2014 in State

A magistrate in Mississippi has scheduled a preliminary hearing Thursday for a conservative Mississippi blogger who is accused of photographing the bedridden wife of Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran without permission.



Federal court trial takes up Ala. abortion law

Posted 5/19/2014 in National

A federal court trial begins Monday over an Alabama abortion law that proponents say will make abortions safer and opponents say will close three of Alabama's five licensed abortion clinics.



Saturday shooting leaves one injured

Posted 5/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Saturday morning shooting left one man injured and a suspect in custody.


Infrastructure issues prioritized in each ward

Posted 5/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If a majority of councilmen vote in favor of a $5 million bond issue when they meet Tuesday, a 1.1 mill property tax increase is coming to residents and business owners in Columbus.

Inspire Charter Schools readying for state's announcement

Posted 5/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In less than three weeks, local charter school hopefuls will find out whether Columbus' Inspire Charter School will be opening its doors this fall.

Child porn arrest made in West Point

Posted 5/17/2014 in Area

A West Point man has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

Man accused of exploiting Sen. Cochran's ill wife

Posted 5/17/2014 in State

Authorities say a conservative Mississippi blogger went into a nursing home, photographed the bedridden wife of Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran without permission and posted an image online as part of an anti-Cochran video.


Lawmaker: Bring back firing squad executions

Posted 5/17/2014 in National

In the wake of a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma last month, a Utah lawmaker says he believes a firing squad is a more humane form of execution. And he plans to bring back that option for criminals sentenced to death in his state.


Contractor chosen for Old West Point Road work

Posted 5/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors have selected a contractor to do infrastructure upgrades on a one-mile stretch of Old West Point Road.


MSMS students offered $20M in scholarships

Posted 5/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On May 24th as the Mississippi School for Math and Science Class of 2014 dons their caps and gowns and proceeds to graduate, they will certainly have much on their minds. But one thing the vast majority won't be worried about is how they will pay for college.


Starkville public works, IT expenditures remain under budget

Posted 5/17/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's public works and information technology departments' fiscal year expenditures are expected to be under budget. Similar funding levels next year should be adequate, department heads said Friday.


Obama and Congress move to address VA firestorm

Posted 5/17/2014 in National

The Obama administration and Congress are moving quickly to respond to a growing political firestorm over allegations of treatment delays and falsified records at veterans' hospitals nationwide.



AAA: Americans ready to travel after rough winter

Posted 5/17/2014 in National

A strong case of cabin fever and a little more money to spend should inspire a greater number of Americans to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend.


Government fine hardly the end of GM recall saga

Posted 5/17/2014 in National

General Motors' agreement to pay a $35 million federal fine for concealing defects in small-car ignition switches and to give the government greater oversight of its safety procedures closes one chapter of the automaker's recall saga. But it's far from over.


Police unions push for medical coverage of PTSD

Posted 5/17/2014 in National

Police unions across the U.S. are pushing for officers to be able to collect workers' compensation benefits if they suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, whether they got it from the general stress of police work or from responding to a deadly shooting rampage.



Salvation Army wedding ring winners marry

Posted 5/17/2014 in State

The altar was draped in burlap and the wedding cake was decorated with burlap roses as Angel White married Charles Morris on Saturday, giving thanks to an anonymous woman who put their wedding rings into a Salvation Army kettle back in November.


City, county seek grant for playground

Posted 5/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When the soccer complex was built at the site formerly known as Burns Bottom, one feature that was nixed due to budget constraints was a playground.


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