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Miss. religious-practices bill goes to negotiation

Posted 3/28/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers could try to write a final version of a religious-practices bill that has sparked concerns about anti-gay discrimination.



Security firms watch social media for feisty fans

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

As Minnesota Vikings fans were getting ready for the final game at the Metrodome last December, officials at Whelan Security noticed social media chatter suggesting some of the faithful might rush the field and try to steal a piece of history.



Turkey attempts to block YouTube

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

Turkish authorities pressed Thursday to block access to YouTube following similar action against Twitter, a move sure to provoke further outrage in a country where social media is widely used.



$1T student loan debt widens wealth gap

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

Every month that Gregory Zbylut pays $1,300 toward his law school loans is another month of not qualifying for a decent mortgage.



Commanders fired in nuke cheating scandal

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

The Air Force took the extraordinary step Thursday of firing nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announcing it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base, responding firmly to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported.


Obama exchanges gifts with Pope

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

The exchange of gifts is a de rigueur part of every papal audience but Thursday's presentation had an unusually loud element to it.


Obama says more than 6M signed up for health care

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

Back on track after a stumbling start, President Barack Obama's heath care overhaul reached a milestone Thursday, with more than 6 million Americans signed up for coverage through new insurance markets.


Borsig: All welcome at MUW homecoming

Posted 3/27/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women President Jim Borsig is encouraging everyone to attend the college's homecoming this weekend.

Grand jury to hear case of former CMSD employee

Posted 3/27/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The case of a former Columbus Municipal School District employee charged with enticement of a child may soon be heading to a Lowndes County grand jury.

Revamped Catfish in the Alley set for Saturday

Posted 3/27/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Catfish in the Alley returns, bigger and better, on Saturday as one of several special events that will kick off the 74th Annual Columbus Spring Pilgrimage.

Unemployment stats show continued improvement

Posted 3/27/2014 in Area

For the month of February, Mississippi's jobless rate sank to the lowest it has been since October 2008. Rates in the Golden Triangle area also dropped.

Authorities: Man 'destroyed' girlfriend's home

Posted 3/27/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 27-year-old man has been charged with malicious mischief after he allegedly "destroyed" his girlfriend's home, according to local law enforcement.


Gov. bemoans revising school starting date

Posted 3/27/2014 in State

Local school boards again have control of their own academic calendars after Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed SB 2571, a bill that applies technical amendments to educational law and strikes a 2012 provision requiring the state's public schools to start their year no earlier than the third Monday in August.


Former shooting suspect wanted for burglary, attack

Posted 3/27/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville police officers are searching for 18-year-old Deangelo Dewayne Manning, who was previously wanted in connection to a Halloween shooting, after he allegedly broke into a Catherine Street home and attacked its residents with a knife.

Browning on Business: New boutique in downtown Columbus

Posted 3/27/2014 in Business

In downtown Columbus on Fifth Street there is a four-month old boutique to know about. It is called In Style Boutique. The owner is Jackie Watson of Columbus and she said her passion, for as long as she can remember, was to open an apparel store for fashionable women.

Missing plane 'black box' chirps gone by mid-April

Posted 3/27/2014 in National

Equipment inside two nearly indestructible boxes aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane recorded critical information that would help investigators reconstruct what went wrong.

Arrest report: 3-27-14

Posted 3/27/2014 in Area


No dates set for 2 executions in Mississippi

Posted 3/27/2014 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court has not set execution dates for two inmates, making it increasingly unlikely that either execution would take place this week.



Harrah's announces it will close Tunica casino

Posted 3/27/2014 in State

The long decline of what was once the nation's third-largest casino market was underlined Wednesday when the largest casino in Mississippi's Tunica County announced it would close.



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