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Lawyer: 'American Sniper' said ex-Marine 'straight-up nuts'

Posted 2/12/2015 in National

Shortly before he was shot to death by a troubled former Marine at a Texas gun range, legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle texted a buddy, "This dude is straight-up nuts," a defense attorney told jurors Wednesday.


Special education voucher plan passes in Senate

Posted 2/12/2015 in State

Mississippi senators have voted to give $7,000 vouchers to a small percentage of special education students so they could go to private school or receive other education services outside the public schools.



Miss. Senate rejects effort to dump Common Core standards

Posted 2/12/2015 in State

Mississippi could create a 27-member commission to recommend new academic standards for its schools, under a bill passed by the state Senate on Wednesday.



Business brief: Phillips promoted

Posted 2/12/2015 in Business



Building permits 2-12-15

Posted 2/12/2015 in Business



Brain stents show big promise for certain stroke patients

Posted 2/12/2015 in National

Stroke experts are reporting a major advance: Stents similar to the ones used to open clogged heart arteries also can be used to clear a blood clot in the brain, greatly lowering the risk a patient will end up disabled.



Unlikely new musical tells 'Duck Dynasty' family's tale

Posted 2/12/2015 in National

It's all seemed like one big unlikely mashup: the Deep South, God-fearing family of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" turning their tale into a song and dance musical on stage in Sin City.



Accused shooter of 3 Muslim students had earlier run-ins

Posted 2/12/2015 in National

The North Carolina man accused of killing three Muslim students in a dispute over parking spaces had earlier run-ins with his neighbors, sometimes while wearing a handgun on his hip.



Obama's successor could inherit Mideast conflict

Posted 2/12/2015 in National

Seeking war power authority for three years, President Barack Obama is setting up the prospect that his successor will become the third American president in a row overseeing U.S. military forces grappling with turmoil in the Middle East.


Tagert considering bid for Nunnelee's vacant House seat

Posted 2/11/2015 in State

Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert is considering a bid for former U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee's vacant House seat.

Franklin Elem. principal resigns; interim named

Posted 2/11/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Franklin Academy Medical Sciences and Wellness School has a new leader.

LINK: 'Moderate' response from retail effort

Posted 2/11/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Golden Triangle Development LINK is reporting "moderate" response from communities in the region to its reinvigorated retail development strategy.

City failed to lower flag for Nunnelee

Posted 2/11/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus inadvertently failed to fully comply with a state administrative order for all Mississippi cities to fly flags at half-staff in memory of late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee.


Store robbed, cashier taken

Posted 2/11/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus convenience store was robbed this morning.



Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations

Posted 2/11/2015 in State

With rampant diabetes and obesity, Mississippi and West Virginia have struggled with health crises. Yet when it comes to getting children vaccinated, these states don't mess around.



West Point police chief addresses pit bull shooting

Posted 2/11/2015 in Area

West Point citizens need to lock up their dogs and car doors.



Demonstration school funding important as MSU's land pledge isn't permanent

Posted 2/11/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Time is of the essence for Oktibbeha County school administrators to come up with local funding to build a demonstration school.



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