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FBI: Colorado woman aimed to go to Syria for jihad

Posted 7/3/2014 in National

FBI agents tried more than once to discourage a 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who said she was intent on waging jihad in the Middle East before arresting her in April as she boarded a flight she hoped would ultimately get her to Syria, court documents unsealed Wednesday show.



Seventh Annual Southside Blues Festival to celebrate community

Posted 7/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The seventh annual Southside Blues Festival will be held July 3-5 at Townsend Park. The festival is a free, open event that will feature live music, a softball tournament and food vendors, according to event committee member Wendy Blunt.


Council approves Trotter contracts

Posted 7/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen on Tuesday approved the remaining contracts for renovation of the Trotter Convention Center.

School superintendent search down to two

Posted 7/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The next superintendent for the Columbus Municipal School District could be announced as early as this afternoon. Members of the school board held a specially called meeting this morning where they met with finalists Dr. Phillip Hickman and Dr. David Fonseca.


Aldermen consider Cadence building as new police HQ

Aldermen began a process Tuesday that could uproot the Starkville Police Department from its current location and place a new base of operations deep in the heart of downtown Starkville.



Obama vows to act alone, taunts Republicans

Posted 7/2/2014 in National

President Barack Obama defiantly dared congressional Republicans on Tuesday to try to block his efforts to act on his own and bypass a divided Congress that has thwarted his policy initiatives.


Dems hope Supreme Court decision will energize female supporters

Posted 7/2/2014 in National

Their Senate majority in peril, anxious Democrats have seized the Supreme Court decision that some companies need not provide birth control to women as fresh evidence of the GOP's "war on women" -- an argument they hope will energize female voters who could decide the balance of power on Capitol Hill.


Lawsuit filed over access to Miss. poll books

Posted 7/2/2014 in State

Thirteen Mississippi residents and a Texas group, True the Vote, are suing over access to poll books from the Republican primary runoff between Sen. Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel.



McDaniel not giving up GOP runoff against Cochran

Posted 7/2/2014 in State

Chris McDaniel has presented no evidence to support his claim that voter fraud pushed Senate incumbent Thad Cochran to victory in Mississippi's GOP runoff. And without evidence, the tea party-backed hopeful is going to have a tough time overturning Cochran's nearly 6,800-vote win.



Miss. tax revenues grow strongly for third year

Posted 7/2/2014 in State

Mississippi tax collections continued growing strongly in the just-concluded budget year, posting another year of 5 percent growth and ensuring that money will be available to help improve local roads and bridges.



Regulators accuse T-Mobile of bogus billing

Posted 7/2/2014 in Business

T-Mobile US knowingly made hundreds of millions of dollars off its customers in potentially bogus charges, federal regulators alleged Tuesday in the first lawsuit of its kind against a wireless provider.



Boy Scout killed at camp brought gun from Nevada

Posted 7/2/2014 in National

Police say a 12-year-old boy who died from a gunshot wound at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego brought the handgun with him from his hometown of Las Vegas.


TV food star's new show delayed after online tiff

Posted 7/2/2014 in National

The Travel Channel is delaying the new series "Man Finds Food" after its star's online war of words.


Ex-Monroe County deputy scheduled for sentencing

Posted 7/2/2014 in Area

Former Monroe County sheriff's deputy Danny Earl Starks will be sentenced July 14 after pleading guilty to charges that he punched a handcuffed suspect during an arrest while on duty in October 2012.



Ex-clerk accused of altering marriage records

Posted 7/2/2014 in State

A former Hinds County deputy circuit clerk is charged with altering public records to list herself as married so she could have a conjugal visit with a prisoner.



Public invited to meet superintendent candidates

Posted 7/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board is encouraging the community to attend tonight's announcement of the superintendent finalists.



Lowndes Co. schools approve $54M budget

Posted 7/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School Board held a specially called meeting Monday night and unanimously approved a proposed budget, which projects nearly $52 million in revenue for the district for the 2014-2015 school year.


City-county projects may need revisions

Posted 7/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Plans for a pair of joint projects between the city of Columbus and Lowndes County will have to be revised after bids for the work came in over the projected budget, county supervisors learned Monday during their regular meeting.


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