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Southern Baptists choose Arkansas pastor for president

Posted 6/11/2014 in National

An Arkansas megachurch pastor was elected Tuesday to lead the country's Southern Baptists as the conservative denomination tries to turn around declining membership, church attendance and baptisms and faces increasing conflict with mainstream culture, especially over its conviction that gay sex is immoral.



City saved $4K by consolidating position

Posted 6/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus saved $4,058 in taxpayer money by consolidating the duties of a retiring employee.


Financial disclosures missing for 5 county officials

Posted 6/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While all elected officials in Lowndes County have filed statements of economic interest this year for 2013 with the Mississippi Ethics Commission, filings from previous years since 2009 from three supervisors and two judges are missing from the database.


Man stabbed at Columbus motel

Posted 6/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man was stabbed at a Columbus motel Monday night but is refusing to press charges against his attacker.


School board clashes again

Posted 6/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A member of the Columbus Municipal School Board asked the entire five-person board to resign Monday night. Jason Spears made his motion after the board voted against several expenditures for school improvements that would have totaled $1.1 million.

Council to discuss bond money plans

Posted 6/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council is meeting today at 1:30 p.m. to discuss its capital improvements program.


Report: Social Security judges rubber-stamp disability claims

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

Four Social Security judges are headed to Capitol Hill to face accusations they rubber-stamped claims for disability benefits, approving billions of dollars in payments from the cash-strapped program.



Thunderstorms down trees, knock out power

Posted 6/10/2014 in State

Thunderstorms pushing across Mississippi have produced high winds and hail, but Oxford appears to have dodged a tornado warning and ominous looking clouds with no damage.



Family: Nunnelee's brain surgery went well

Posted 6/10/2014 in State

A Republican congressman from north Mississippi is recovering from brain surgery.



Miss. Senate candidates focus on debt, farmers

Posted 6/10/2014 in State

Republican U.S. Senate challenger Chris McDaniel promised Monday to protect naval shipbuilding despite a national debt he views as the greatest threat to American security, while incumbent Thad Cochran focused on his record of helping Mississippi farmers.



Ron Paul backs tea party challenger

Posted 6/10/2014 in State

Former presidential candidate Ron Paul on Monday added his name to the list of tea party supporters of Chris McDaniel's effort to deny longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi a seventh term.



VA: 45-day average wait for first-time visits in Miss.

Posted 6/10/2014 in State

Patients seeking care through the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical center in Jackson are waiting an average of 45 days for their first appointment with a primary care doctor, according to a wide-ranging audit released Monday.



VA official concedes 'integrity issue,' apologizes

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

A top Veterans Affairs Department official is acknowledging "an integrity issue here among some of our leaders" as the embattled agency reels from mounting evidence that workers fabricated data on veterans' waits for medical appointments in an effort to mask frequent, long delays.



Police: Vegas cop killers had anti-government view

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

A husband and wife who went on a deadly shooting rampage in Las Vegas harbored anti-government beliefs and left a swastika and a "Don't tread on me" flag on the body of one of the two police officers they killed, authorities said Monday.


Photographers hired to shoot everyday life

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

When Anzalee and Kristain Rhodes look back at their daughter's first year of life, they won't be examining blurry, red-eyed camera phone photos. They'll have crisp, finely detailed professional shots of a baby growing up before their eyes.


Morgan crash fuels debate over tired truckers

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

A New Jersey highway crash that severely injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian is drawing attention to the dangers of tired truckers just as the industry and its allies in Congress are poised to roll back safety rules on drivers' work schedules.



City council holding special meeting Tuesday

Posted 6/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will hold a special call meeting Tuesday to discuss its capital improvements program.



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