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Obama commutes sentences for 8 drug convictions

Posted 12/20/2013 in National

President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug sentences in the most expansive use yet of his power to free inmates.



Options set for those lacking new health coverage

Posted 12/20/2013 in National

People whose existing health care insurance has been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage as required under the law.



Pa. pastor appeals defrocking over gay wedding

Posted 12/20/2013 in National

A United Methodist pastor defrocked for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding has appealed the decision, a move that offered the latest evidence of a split in the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination and came as yet another state legalized gay marriage.



Corinth woman enters guilty plea to passing phony money

Posted 12/20/2013 in State

A Booneville woman faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to passing a counterfeit bill at a supermarket in Corinth.



Alcorn State's president resigns amid probe

Posted 12/20/2013 in State

Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II has resigned amid an investigation into university purchasing practices.



Three men charged in Ole Miss student killing

Posted 12/20/2013 in State

Sheriff's deputies have arrested three men in the killing of a University of Mississippi graduate student.



Miss. soldier killed in helicopter crash

Posted 12/20/2013 in State

The Department of Defense says a Mississippi soldier is among six soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan.


2 kids kidnapped, one's throat cut in Miss.

Posted 12/20/2013 in State

A man lured two brothers, ages 5 and 8, from their yard in south Mississippi and took them to his camper trailer, where he sexually abused them and slashed the older boy's throat, authorities said Thursday.


Miss. Board of Education approves preschool grants

Posted 12/20/2013 in State

Mississippi education officials have awarded $2 million to 11 groups to provide preschool for 4-year-olds. It's Mississippi's first use of state money to pay for prekindergarten classes.



Two arrested in Monroe Co. burglary

Posted 12/20/2013 in Area

Authorities in Monroe County say two Aberdeen men have been arrested in connection with a home burglary.


MSU police chief charged with DUI, placed on administrative leave

Posted 12/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University Police Chief Georgia Lindley was placed on administrative leave with pay after she was charged with driving under the influence Thursday.

Browning on Business: Longtime Columbus restaurant is closing

Posted 12/19/2013 in Business

Ranch House, an east Columbus restaurant whose breakfast and lunch buffet has developed a devoted following through the years, is closing. Joyce Alexander has run the business for eight years. She got emotional this week thinking about Sunday, when she will lock the door at 807 Alabama St. for the last time.

Fired CFO files claim against Columbus school district

Posted 12/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kenneth Hughes filed a tort claim alleging that he was wrongfully fired on May 12 by former superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell for "his having reported illegal activity which negatively affected school district finances for Columbus Municipal School District."

Columbus schools return $75K grant

Posted 12/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School board on Monday voted unanimously to return a $75,000 grant and officially end Project 2020. The money will return to the Wal-Mart Foundation.

Tax revenues up across Golden Triangle

Posted 12/19/2013 in Area

Sales tax revenues for the three Golden Triangle cities have something in common this month: They're higher than they were last December.


White House greets budget deal with caution, hope

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

There were no champagne corks popping at the White House after Congress passed a two-year budget deal, no declarations of a new era of cooperation in President Barack Obama's second term.


Aldermen approve lowest Carver Drive ditch bid

Posted 12/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Aldermen approved the lowest bid -- Hattiesburg-based Precision Construction's almost-$700,000 offer -- Tuesday, which clears the way for concreting efforts to begin along Carver Drive's drainage ditch.

3 candidates emerge for Starkville's CAO job

Posted 12/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Three candidates emerged as finalists for Starkville's vacant chief administrative officer's position Tuesday.


Advisory panel recommends more oversight for NSA

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

If President Barack Obama follows even half of the recommendations urged by his advisory panel, the National Security Agency would significantly change the way it does business.



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