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J5 Broaddus using study to assist public works

Posted 4/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus' project managing firm will run the city's public works department starting Monday. The arrangement will last a month, according to J5 Broaddus senior project manager Robyn Eastman.

Community rallies around young Steens cancer patient

Posted 4/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Just before spring last year, Will Ayers, a 13-year-old student at Caledonia Middle School, had a procedure at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. When the results came in, he and his mother were at home in Steens, and his mother said they had to go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.


MSU dedicates $1.2M 4-H complex in West Point

Posted 4/12/2014 in Area

The 4-H Foundation of Mississippi has opened a 63-acre multipurpose youth complex in West Point.



Miss. farmers to plant more cotton and soybeans

Posted 4/12/2014 in State

With corn prices down, Mississippi farmers are likely to plant more cotton than 2013's record low acreage. But soybeans are still king, with almost as many acres expected to be planted than all other crops combined.



4 arrested for counterfeiting after motel shooting

Posted 4/12/2014 in State

Four people involved in a shooting in Ocean Springs on Friday night have been charged with making counterfeit money at a motel in Ocean Springs.



Lawyer files civil suit against doctor

Posted 4/12/2014 in State

A judge wants to hold a trial in August on a Greenwood attorney's civil lawsuit against a doctor involved in an alleged murder-for-hire plot.



Woman gets life in stiletto heel slaying

Posted 4/12/2014 in National

A Houston woman was sentenced to life in prison Friday for fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5-inch stiletto heel of her shoe, striking him at least 25 times in the face and head.



Subway: 'Yoga mat chemical' almost gone

Posted 4/12/2014 in National

Subway says an ingredient dubbed the "yoga mat chemical" will be entirely phased out of its bread by next week.



Police: No known target in school stabbing rampage

Posted 4/12/2014 in National

No evidence has surfaced yet to show that a boy charged in a stabbing rampage at his high school was targeting any particular student, and efforts to establish a motive are stalled because the suspect isn't talking and many victims remain hospitalized, a police chief said Friday.



Geologists link small quakes to fracking

Posted 4/12/2014 in National

Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.



High fees eroding many 401(k)s

Posted 4/12/2014 in National

It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.



New 'face,' but some old problems for 'Obamacare'

Posted 4/12/2014 in National

Abruptly on the spot as the new face of "Obamacare," Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political.



Iran rejects naming new UN envoy after U.S. refusal

Posted 4/12/2014 in National

Iran rejected naming a new diplomat Saturday to represent it at the United Nations, with one lawmaker urging the Islamic Republic to stand up to "bullying" from the U.S., which has rejected granting its pick a visa.



O'Brien: Colbert 'right person' to do 'Late Show'

Posted 4/12/2014 in National

Don't feel bad for Conan O'Brien. Again.



Obama: Right to vote under threat in the U.S.

Posted 4/12/2014 in National

In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for millions of black Americans and other minorities.



Latimer: Budget committee should use caution with meeting input

Posted 4/11/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Attorney says Ward 4 Alderman Jason Walker's interaction at Thursday's budget discussion changed the nature of the meeting.



New Hope teacher sent home after taking breathalyzer

Posted 4/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A New Hope High School teacher was sent home Wednesday after a student allegedly found alcohol in the teacher's bag.


Residents question city's approach for infrastructure

Posted 4/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During a public hearing Thursday on a proposed millage increase for capital improvements in Columbus, more residents expressed concern over the lack of a defined plan and the approval of a long-term loan for short-term fixes than the tax increase that would be needed to fund them.

CMSD board holds special meeting as bomb threats continue

Posted 4/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At roughly 8:30 a.m. today a bomb threat was reported at Joe Cook Elementary School. It was the sixth bomb threat in four days. Members of the Columbus Municipal School board have called a special meeting Thursday to speak with law enforcement about their options.


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