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Miss. House passes sales tax holiday for guns

Posted 2/26/2014 in State

Plans are moving forward for a Mississippi sales tax holiday for guns, ammunition, bows, arrows and accessories.


1st-term Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba dies at 66

Posted 2/26/2014 in State

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba (SHOW-kway Lu-MOOM-bah), a nationally prominent attorney and human rights activist who persuaded voters into accepting a sales tax to fix crumbling roads and infrastructure in Mississippi's capital, died Tuesday.


Police: Children in car while mom smokes pot

Posted 2/26/2014 in Area

Baton Rouge police have arrested a 30-year-old Mississippi woman after they found her smoking marijuana in the car with her two young children, then leaving them in the car while she went shopping in Cortana Mall.


Arrest report: 2-26-14

Posted 2/26/2014 in Area

Millport mayor picks up new title

Posted 2/26/2014 in Area

Millport Mayor Icie Wriley returned to town Monday with a new distinction.


Ovary removal aids high-risk women but at what age

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

For women who carry a notorious cancer gene, surgery to remove healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take. New research suggests some may benefit most from having the operation as young as 35.



Kingpin's high-tech gadgetry helped him stay free

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Mexico's most powerful drug cartel leader employed high-tech communications gadgetry and sophisticated counterespionage practices to elude an international manhunt for 13 years, The Associated Press has learned.



Asiana Airlines penalized $500K over crash

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

In the first penalty of its kind, federal transportation officials on Tuesday docked Asiana Airlines $500,000 for failing to promptly contact passengers' families and keep them informed about their loved ones after a deadly crash last year at San Francisco International airport.



Arizona governor returns home amid furor over religious beliefs bill

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Gov. Jan Brewer returned to Arizona on Tuesday and faced a pressing decision about a bill on her desk that has prompted a national debate over religious and gay rights.



Child dies from infected rat; family sues Petco

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

A San Diego family is suing Petco after the death of their 10-year-old son from a bacterial infection they say he contracted from his pet rat.



New blues makers honor Patton, Mississippi Sheiks

Posted 2/26/2014 in State

Two new Mississippi Blues Trail marker unveiled Tuesday honor legendary blues artist Charley Patton and country blues guitar and fiddle group, the Mississippi Sheiks.



Government: Cut out school junk food ads

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

It's not just about what America's kids are getting in the lunch line. The Obama administration is moving to phase out junk food advertising on football scoreboards and elsewhere on school grounds -- part of a broad effort to combat child obesity and create what Michelle Obama calls "a new norm" for today's schoolchildren and future generations.



Obama threatens Karzai with full withdrawal

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Frustrated with his Afghan counterpart, President Barack Obama is ordering the Pentagon to accelerate planning for a full U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year.


Army study gives women taste of combat tasks

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

tanding just over 5 feet, Army Spc. Karen Arvizu is barely a foot taller than the anti-tank missile she carries in both arms and loads into an armored vehicle. She stands on her tip-toes to wrestle open the 300-pound top hatch.


Congress signals tough fight for Pentagon overhaul plan

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Lawmakers signaled a difficult battle ahead for the Obama administration's plan to dramatically overhaul the nation's military, voicing opposition Tuesday to proposed cuts in benefit packages, long-standing weapons programs and bases that mean money and jobs across America.



National drop in obese toddlers, study suggests

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Toddler obesity shrank sharply in the past decade, a new study suggests. While promising, it's not proof that the nation has turned a corner in the battle against childhood obesity, some experts say.


Brooks no longer leading Juneteenth, will still be involved

Posted 2/25/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Supervisor Leroy Brooks started the Afro-American Culture Organization, which has coordinated Columbus' annual Juneteenth festival, 32 years ago and had been its president since then. He announced Monday the dissolution of the group and the formation of another -- Juneteenth-Columbus, Inc.

Man facing robbery charge after hitchhiker incident

Posted 2/25/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was arrested for strong-armed robbery after he allegedly robbed a female hitchhiker.

Weather a factor in utility bill delivery delays

Posted 2/25/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Earlier this month, some Columbus Light and Water customers, primarily in East Columbus, didn't receive their February bill in time to pay it in time. Some customers received two bills.


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