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World Changers volunteers have local impact

Posted 6/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three-hundred and fifteen teenagers from across the country descended on Columbus this week. Known as a Christian mission group called "World Changers," the students each paid $250 to do volunteer work throughout the community. They say they do it for the love of Christ and their fellow man.

Investigation continues in tea party official's death

Posted 6/28/2014 in State

A tea party official charged with conspiring to take photos of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's wife inside a nursing home apparently committed suicide Friday, police said, days after Cochran won a nasty Republican primary.

The new promised land: Big plans for GTR park

Posted 6/28/2014 in Area

The transformation of the prairie into a sprawling industrial haven continues.

Turnover, turmoil mark Starkville aldermen's first year of leadership

Posted 6/28/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

While Starkville aldermen's first year in office was mired by numerous instances of public backlash, the departure of key employees and claims of shady dealings, the city has quietly positioned itself for industrial expansion and enjoyed seeing in excess of $100 million in projects enter planning and development stages.

Cosmic caffeine: Astronauts getting espresso maker

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

Talk about a cosmic caffeine jolt. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine.


Miss. universities seek $76.3M budget increase

Posted 6/28/2014 in State

The College Board voted Friday to seek an additional $76.3 million in state funding for Mississippi's eight public universities when the Legislature gathers next year to write the 2016 budget.



GOP runoff shows new angle to minority voting

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

Sen. Thad Cochran's GOP primary victory, thanks in part to black Mississippians who turned out to vote for him, exemplifies a new math that politicians of all persuasions may be forced to learn as this country's voting population slowly changes complexion.



Review: Veterans Affairs a struggling agency beset with ills

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

Citing "significant and chronic system failures" in the nation's health system for veterans, a review ordered by President Barack Obama portrays the Department of Veterans Affairs as a struggling agency battling a corrosive culture of distrust, lacking in resources and ill-prepared to deal with an influx of new and older veterans with a range of medical and mental health care needs.


Mountain lion scares shoppers in Utah

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

Utah authorities captured a mountain lion Friday that startled people but didn't hurt anybody at a shopping center in a Salt Lake City suburb.


U.S. plans to curb land mines, join treaty

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

After two decades of waffling, the United States on Friday announced its intention to join an international treaty banning land mines, without setting a time frame while working through possible complications on the Korean Peninsula.



High court poised to decide birth-control dispute

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice.


Bobby Womack, R&B singer-songwriter, dies at 70

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70.

Caledonia native named MUW Dean of Students

Posted 6/27/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Caledonia native has been named the new Dean of Students at Mississippi University for Women. Sirena Cantrell will become the new dean of students July 1, according to a press release issued by the college.

Trotter negotiations status unknown after nearly a month

Posted 6/27/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Installation of a new roof and air conditioning unit for the Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus are in progress, but the status of negotiations for other components of the facility's renovation remains unknown.

LCSD purchases digital devices for all students

Posted 6/27/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Every child in the Lowndes County School District will soon have access to a personal digital device.


West Point projects $220K surplus in '15 budget

Posted 6/27/2014 in Area

West Point selectmen on Tuesday adopted the general fund budget for the city's 2014-15 fiscal year, which projects nearly $1 million more in revenue than the current budget year that ends June 30.



Caregivers arrested in prescription drug theft

Posted 6/27/2014 in State

Biloxi police have arrested a couple accused of exploiting a vulnerable adult by taking the man's prescription drugs and other property.


Crawford woman charged with making fake rape report

Posted 6/27/2014 in Area

The Starkville Police Department arrested a Crawford woman Thursday after she allegedly admitted to filing a false rape allegation.


Cotton District, downtown qualify for new Internet service

Posted 6/27/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's Cotton District/Downtown/Historic Central "fiberhood" has qualified for C Spire's high-speed, fiber optic Internet service that promises a 1 gigabit up-and-down connection for residential users, the company announced Thursday.



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