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Copple sentenced to life: 'Please forgive me'

Posted 12/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The public may never know exactly what happened in that little downtown Columbus tavern on the morning of Feb. 16, defense attorney Steve Wallace said. But a 12-person Lowndes County jury composed of eight men and four women found Daniel Paul Copple guilty Thursday of murdering Mark Caudill and James Bennett Mann II on that morning inside the Elbow Room Lounge. Jurors received the case about 11:45 a.m. Thursday morning and returned with the verdict about 1:30 that afternoon.


Wesson man faces charges in alleged hay scam

Posted 12/9/2011 in State

CRYSTAL SPRINGS -- A Wesson man has been charged with selling hay over the Internet. Authorities say the problem is James Darin Hoffman had no hay.



Bryant organizes inauguration

Posted 12/9/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Republican Gov.-elect Phil Bryant has chosen "Rising Together" as the theme for his Jan. 10 inauguration.



State health advocates say education could cut teen pregnancy

Posted 12/9/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Health advocates are urging school districts to adopt enhanced sex education classes, saying it would cut teen pregnancy rates and infections with sexually-transmitted diseases.



Original Hooters in Florida gets a facelift

Posted 12/9/2011 in National

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The original Hooters was a ramshackle, dove-gray, two-story building perched on a stretch of road between Tampa and Clearwater Beach.



State police: Va. Tech gunman acted alone

Posted 12/9/2011 in National

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Investigators believe the gunman who killed a Virginia Tech policeman acted alone and that he changed clothes after fleeing the scene, then killed himself with his handgun when another officer spotted him, state police said Friday.



State ME testifies in Elbow Room murder trial

Posted 12/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There was no hesitation in Dr. Adel Shaker's voice. Either of the gunshot wounds Mark Caudill suffered the morning of Feb. 16 would have been fatal alone.



Daniel Copple found guilty of murder in double killing at Elbow Room (video)

Posted 12/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Daniel Paul Copple was found guilty Thursday afternoon on two counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault.



Healthy Starkville: $25,000 in grants to promote health

Posted 12/8/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Healthy Starkville committee announced details of $25,000 in cash grants that will be used by community organizations to promote healthy activities and lifestyles in Starkville.


Boys and Girls Club plans educational community garden

Posted 12/8/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- By the spring, members of the Oktibbeha County Boys and Girls Club will be growing and harvesting their own fruits and vegetables.


Starkville man faces Internet sex charge

Posted 12/8/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville man was arrested Saturday and charged with sexual battery after using the Internet to lure a minor into sex. Oktibbeha County sheriff's deputies charged Jason R. Carson, 20, of 414 Hancock Circle, with one count of sexual battery, one count of dissemination of sexually oriented materials to a minor, and one count of computer luring of a minor for sexual purposes after the minor's family members made a complaint to the OCSO.



Police arrest six in drug investigation

Posted 12/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local police cooperated Dec. 2 to arrest six Columbus residents on cocaine charges.



Development Link shares successes at annual luncheon

Posted 12/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four billion and counting. Dollars, that is. The Columbus Lowndes Development Link used its Wednesday annual luncheon to celebrate the economic development agency's successes this year and since its founding.



Copple accused of murder: 'I'm just doing everything I can to live'

Posted 12/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Daniel Paul Copple said he does not remember much from the morning of Feb. 16, but he does remember being in the Elbow Room Lounge, entering a fight with Mark Caudill who had a gun and at least one gunshot going off.


Canine rescue: Humane Society saves more than 100 dogs

Posted 12/8/2011 in Area

MACON -- Christmas greetings flank each end of Jefferson Street in downtown Macon: Peace on Earth, Joy to the World. A few miles away, in an abandoned factory, those who have known little peace or joy are getting a second chance following one of the largest canine rescues Mississippi animal rights activists have seen in recent years.


Census: Widening income gap as blacks leave cities

Posted 12/8/2011 in State

WASHINGTON -- Affluent black Americans who are leaving industrial cities for the suburbs and the South are shifting traditional lines between rich and poor, according to new census data. Their migration is widening the income gap between whites and the inner-city blacks who remain behind, while making blacks less monolithic as a group and subject to greater income disparities.



Obama: Morning-after pill decision 'common sense'

Posted 12/8/2011 in National



Sandusky posts bail in latest sex abuse charges

Posted 12/8/2011 in National

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky posted bail this morning after spending a night in jail following a new round of sex-abuse charges filed against him.



AP Exclusive: Inside Romania's secret CIA prison

Posted 12/8/2011 in National

WASHINGTON -- In a busy residential neighborhood minutes from the center of Bucharest, Romania, is a secret that the Romanian government has tried for years to protect.



State could change process for failing schools

Posted 12/8/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi State Superintendent Tom Burnham said Wednesday he will propose a law to allow the state to either forcibly merge or require new elections in failing school districts because the current reform system doesn't work.



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