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China ship hears 'signal'; unclear if jet-related

Posted 4/5/2014 in National

A Chinese ship involved in the hunt for the missing Malaysian jetliner reported hearing a "pulse signal" Saturday in southern Indian Ocean waters with the same frequency emitted by the plane's data recorders, as Malaysia vowed not to give up the search for the aircraft.

 

Questions arise over vendors used in Pilgrimage events

Posted 4/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Roughly 600 pounds of crawfish and 200 pounds of shrimp were sold at the Pilgrimage kick-off party Monday and Nancy Carpenter, the executive director of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, called the event a success.

 

Columbus site gets $67M in Kerr-McGee settlement

Posted 4/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The site of a defunct plant in Columbus is part of a $5.15 billion dollar settlement from the company that acquired Kerr-McGee. Of that, $67 million for prospective environmental work will go to the environmental trust created to clean up the 14th Avenue North site.

 

 

Woman faces up to 76 years in meth case

Posted 4/4/2014 in State

Warren County prosecutors say a Bolton woman faces up to 76 years in prison after being convicted Tuesday on methamphetamine charges.

 

 

Texting-while-driving ban rejected by Miss. House

Posted 4/4/2014 in State

The state House says it's OK, so Mississippi drivers can text away. House members killed a texting-while-driving ban Wednesday night on a voice vote in the closing minutes of the 2014 Legislature.

 

 

Miss. governor signs religious practices bill

Posted 4/4/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday that supporters say will assure unfettered practice of religion without government interference but that opponents worry could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.

 

A parent's plea: Help identify my son's shooter

The mother of 18-year-old Zacharias Blanchard, one of five victims in Sunday's Club Rock shooting, gave a simple plea to the public Thursday: Help investigators find the person or persons responsible for her son's injury.

Purdue police captain taking over MSU's operations

Mississippi State University named Tim A. Potts, a law enforcement agent with a 23-year career, as the university's next police chief. His appointment is pending approval by the State College Board. Potts is expected to begin serving MSU May 15.

Letterman's departure will reshape late-night

Posted 4/4/2014 in National

Jimmy Fallon's fast start replacing Jay Leno on the "Tonight" show the past two months had a secondary effect: David Letterman suddenly seemed old.

 

Reports: Paula Deen restaurant closes

Posted 4/4/2014 in National

A wildly popular Georgia restaurant at the center of a lawsuit that left the reputation of famed Southern celebrity cook Paula Deen in shambles has reportedly closed.

 

 

Senate panel votes to release CIA torture report

Posted 4/4/2014 in National

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to release parts of a hotly contested, secret report that harshly criticizes CIA terror interrogations after 9/11, and the White House said it would instruct intelligence officials to cooperate fully.

 

 

Fort Hood gunman had 'unstable' condition

Posted 4/4/2014 in National

Unstable mental health may be the "fundamental, underlying cause" of a soldier's shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left four people dead, though an argument with another service member likely preceded the attack, according to investigators.

 

 

Wife: Miss. man among victims

Posted 4/4/2014 in National

Renee Powell Westbrook had just returned home from her job at the state Department of Human Services when she heard the news from a friend: There had been a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, where her husband, Sgt. Jonathan Westbrook was stationed between tours in Afghanistan.

 

Judge dismisses Rennie Gibbs' depraved heart murder case

Posted 4/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A judge has dismissed murder charges against a Columbus resident who was charged with depraved heart murder after the 2006 stillborn death of her child. Lowndes County Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens issued his ruling Wednesday in the case against 24-year-old Rennie Gibbs.

City sets April 10 public hearing for tax increase

Posted 4/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One week from today, Columbus residents will have their say on a proposed millage increase that would fund a bond issue for capital improvements. Mayor Robert Smith and city councilmen have scheduled a hearing for April 10 at the Columbus Municipal Complex. The meeting begins at 5 p.m.

Play ball? MUW weighs its options

Posted 4/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the coming weeks, Mississippi University for Women plans to hire a consultant to evaluate bringing intercollegiate athletics back to the university.

 

Informal approval forced city's hand with Richardson's development

Former Community Developer William Snowden OK'd preliminary plans for Clayton Richardson's Shaggy Hound development before he purchased property adjacent to Starkville High School and began the city's formal development review process, Mayor Parker Wiseman confirmed Wednesday.

 

OCSD seeking limits on nightclub hours

Oktibbeha County sheriff's deputies are developing new rules limiting nightclub's operating hours, a move similar to one approved by Lowndes County last year, after a Sunday shooting at Club Rock left five people injured.

Browning on Business: Cotton District cafe closes after 6 years

Posted 4/3/2014 in Business

Jean's Cafe, a little Cotton District restaurant in Starkville with a faithful following and cheese wontons capable of inspiring near-religious devotion, closed Saturday.

 

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