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Disabled Iowa plant workers awarded $240M

Posted 5/2/2013 in National

For decades, the lives of 32 mentally disabled Iowa turkey processing plant workers were controlled by their Texas-based employer, which profited handsomely by hiring them out.



Poison-letters suspect faces detention hearing

Posted 5/2/2013 in State

The first time James Everett Dutshcke's name came up in court regarding ricin-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others, he wasn't the man charged in the case. And it was a defense lawyer for the first man to fall under suspicion, not the government, pointing the finger at Dutschke.



Atheist group sues Rankin schools over prayer event

Posted 5/2/2013 in State

A Mississippi high school forced students to attend on-campus programs where fellow students urged them to turn to Jesus for hope and eternal life, according to an atheist group that has sued.


Wiseman, Moreland clash on regulation

Is Starkville a business-friendly community? It depends on which of the mayoral candidates you ask. Mayor Parker Wiseman and Starkville Parks Commission Chairman Dan Moreland verbally sparred over economic issues and the city's growth regulations during the Starkville High School-sponsored mayoral debate Tuesday at the Greensboro Center.


Candidates report raising $107K in campaign money

Municipal campaign finance reports show 15 Starkville alderman and mayoral candidates raised a combined $107,772.74 in contributions by April 30.


Karriem, Turner lead in campaign contributions

Posted 5/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A look at the campaign finance reports from the Columbus primary election next Tuesday shows a noticeable disparity in contributions made to candidates.

Bush to serve as acting public works director

Posted 5/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After the sudden death of City of Columbus Public Works Director Mike Pratt, Casey Bush will serve as the acting public works director.

Jobless numbers fall, but still up from 2012

Posted 5/2/2013 in Area

The decline seen in February from Lowndes County's 11.6 employment rate in January continued in March, Mississippi Department of Employment Security statistics released Wednesday showed.


Building permits 5-2-13

Posted 5/2/2013 in Business


Alabama man arrested minutes after robbery

Posted 5/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A mother and son were taken into custody Thursday morning after the son robbed the Rite Aid pharmacy on Highway 45 in Columbus.

Market Street Festival begins Friday

Posted 5/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Downtown Columbus will be a mecca for arts and entertainment Friday evening and all day Saturday during the 18th Market Street Festival.


FDA: Morning-after pill OK for ages 15 and up

Posted 5/1/2013 in National

The government on Tuesday lowered to 15 the age at which girls can buy the morning-after pill without a prescription and said the emergency contraception no longer has to be kept behind pharmacy counters.


Organizers say National Prayer event much needed after recent tragedies

Posted 5/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On a postcard-perfect, blue-sky Monday, two bombs rocked downtown Boston, ripping through the fabric of Americans' collective conscious and staining the sidewalks red. But instead of tearing the country apart, many say it drew them closer together -- a nation brought to its knees, not by violence but by faith.

District 3 firefighters secure grant

Posted 5/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors signed off on an Assistance to Firefighters Grant recently awarded to District 3 Volunteer Fire Department Tuesday during its board meeting that will provide the department more than $50,000 for equipment purchases.

Beal attack ad inconsistent with previous position

A discrepancy emerged Tuesday between Democratic mayoral candidate Mary Lee Beal's previous support of a 2011 judicial complex bond referendum and a recently mailed attack ad against the current administration's plan.


Tests link deadly ricin to Obama letter suspect

Posted 5/1/2013 in State


Spears takes over for Gerard at Eurocopter

Posted 5/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The head of American Eurocopter's Lakota helicopter production facility is leaving the company, officials announced Monday.


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