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CalStar anticipating growth as it gets started

Posted 8/26/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CalStar threw the switch on its brick and paver manufacturing plant in June to test equipment. In July, employees began making product.

Man sentenced in aggravated assault conviction

Posted 8/26/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man convicted last week of two counts of aggravated assault was sentenced Monday to serve 32 years in prison.

Lowndes murder trial begins today

Posted 8/26/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The murder trial involving a Steens man accused of shooting his wife's lover is scheduled to begin today in Lowndes County Circuit Court.


West Point chief: 1 arrest in weekend fight

Posted 8/26/2014 in Area

The police chief of West Point said one man was arrested Monday and more arrests are expected in a weekend assault that hospitalized a 32-year-old former Marine.



Miss. test scores dip in transition to Common Core

Posted 8/26/2014 in State

Student scores on a key state test fell in Mississippi schools in 2013-2014, a transitional year when school districts shifted teaching emphasis from old state standards to the new Common Core State Standards.


Michael Brown funeral mourners urge black Americans to take action

Posted 8/26/2014 in National

The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown -- recalling him as a "gentle giant," aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college.


Hard to swallow? Burger King may move to Canada

Posted 8/26/2014 in Business

Some Burger King customers are finding it hard to swallow that the home of the Whopper could move to Canada.



Report: No proof veterans died because of delays

Posted 8/26/2014 in National

The Veterans Affairs Department says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months for appointments while employees falsified records to cover up the delays.



Syria warns U.S.: No unilateral strikes on militants

Posted 8/26/2014 in National

Syria said Monday it was ready to help confront the rising threat from the Islamic State group, but warned the United States against carrying out airstrikes without Damascus' consent, saying any such attack would be considered an aggression.



Freed U.S. reporter's father praises son's noble cause

Posted 8/26/2014 in National

The overjoyed father of the American journalist freed by Islamic militants said Monday that his son and others who venture into dangerous lands like Syria deserve praise for wanting to "bear witness ... tell the truth about what's going on."



Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

Posted 8/26/2014 in National

The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May.



Not guilty plea in French Quarter dancer's death, dismemberment

Posted 8/26/2014 in Area

A woman has entered a not guilty plea in connection with the death and dismemberment of a French Quarter strip club dancer whose body parts washed ashore in 2012 on the Mississippi coast.



Miss. House speaker plans listening tour

Posted 8/26/2014 in State

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn will travel the state in late September to gather ideas for the 2015 legislative session, and he said he'd like to hear possible ways to improve education, health care and job creation.



'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' win Emmy Awards

Posted 8/26/2014 in National

"Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" triumphed at Monday's Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable fare retains the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series such as "Orange Is the New Black."



Liberia: Doctor given experimental Ebola drug dies

Posted 8/26/2014 in National

A Liberian doctor who received one of the last known doses of an experimental Ebola drug has died, officials said Monday.


MSU ready to unveil fan experience-driven renovations at Davis Wade

Posted 8/25/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Renovations at Mississippi State University's Davis Wade Stadium, from the installation of more than 6,000 additional seats down to the university's emblem on new elevator buttons, will be ready for Saturday's kickoff against Southern Miss., MSU Athletics Director Scott Stricklin says

MBI turns deputy shooting investigation over to DA

Posted 8/25/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A New Hope man remains in custody more than five months after being accused of shooting two Lowndes County deputies in front of his Drake Circle home.


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