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U.S. jails struggle with role as makeshift asylums

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

Peering through the chain link of a holding pen at the Cook County Jail, a man wrapped in a navy varsity jacket leans toward clinical social worker Elli Petacque Montgomery, his bulging eyes a clue that something's not right. "They say I got bipolar, that's all," he says.


City schools will not declare shortfall

Posted 7/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District expects to spend more money than it takes in during the 2014-15 school year. Even so, the school board will not declare a budget shortfall.


Inspection stickers still required, despite efforts to end them

Posted 7/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"The report of my death was an exaggeration," humorist Mark Twain once quipped. The same could be said of Mississippi's vehicle inspection program. Annual vehicle safety inspections continue to be required in the state, but there has been confusion among drivers who may have read the headlines about the law's demise in the state legislature.

County schools propose $47 million bond issue

Posted 7/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County voters who reside outside the Columbus city limits will go to the polls next month to vote on a $47 million bond issue, which will fund a variety of construction projects and technology initiatives throughout the Lowndes County School District.

Clay Co. commits to Communiversity

Posted 7/12/2014 in Area

Clay County supervisors unanimously approved an inter-local agreement with East Mississippi Community College to set aside money for a new workforce training facility.

Perkins shows interest in Sportsplex upgrades

Posted 7/12/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville will begin to explore options Tuesday for fixing road surfaces within the Sportsplex's property that are showing significant tied to increasing traffic and the infrastructure's age.


Miss. agrees to extradite suspect

Posted 7/12/2014 in State

The state of Mississippi has agreed to extradite a suspect in the gunfight that killed one person and injured nine others last month in the French Quarter of New Orleans.



Biden calls on governors to lead nation

Posted 7/12/2014 in National

Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the political gridlock crippling Washington, calling on Republican and Democratic governors alike to lead the nation "out of this mess" while insisting that Congress approve billions of dollars to repair the country's aging infrastructure.



Deportation effort sputters as migrants cross again

Posted 7/12/2014 in National

A U.S. effort to discourage immigrants' repeated attempts to enter the country illegally by dropping them back in Mexico hundreds of miles away from where they were caught has been sharply scaled back after producing relatively modest gains.



House chairman: $3.7B border request 'too much'

Posted 7/12/2014 in National

A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House.


Associate: Tommy Ramone, last of the Ramones, dies

Posted 7/12/2014 in National

Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate said Saturday.

Israeli bombing turns Gaza into ghost town

Posted 7/12/2014 in National

It's the holy month of Ramadan, when people throughout the Muslim world meet with friends and family, buy presents for loved ones and break a day-long fast each evening amid colorful street scenes.

Shooting suspect collapses twice in court

Posted 7/12/2014 in National

A man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, after forcing his way into their suburban Houston home collapsed in court twice Friday as a prosecutor read out details of the crime.

His agenda in gridlock, Obama relishes roadshow

Posted 7/12/2014 in National

Welcome to Barack Obama's split-screen presidency.


Tracy Morgan sues Wal-Mart for deadly crash

Posted 7/12/2014 in National

Former "Saturday Night Live" star Tracy Morgan has sued Wal-Mart over a highway crash involving one of its drivers that left him seriously injured and a fellow comedian dead.


UN warns Iraq of 'chaos' if no progress

Posted 7/12/2014 in National

The U.N. urged Iraq's leaders Saturday to overcome their deep divisions and move quickly to form a new government that can unite the country and confront a surging militant threat, warning that failure to do so "risks plunging the country into chaos."

Wounded deputies welcomed back to work

Posted 7/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Lowndes County Sheriff's Department deputies who were shot in the line of duty have returned to work. Lt. Larry Swearingen and Lt. Clint Sims were honored Thursday along with the E-911 dispatchers, first responders and fellow officers who were on the scene of the March 18 shooting in a New Hope subdivision.

CL&W will not face penalties for overflows

Posted 7/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Light and Water will not face financial penalties stemming from an inquiry by the Environmental Protection Agency regarding sanitary sewage overflows.

Board chooses Hickman as superintendent

Posted 7/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees selected Dr. Philip Hickman as its superintendent of schools during a special meeting today. Hickman, 38, comes to Columbus from Houston, Texas, where he served as an assistant superintendent in the country's seventh-largest school district.


Girl hoped to have been cured of HIV relapses

Posted 7/11/2014 in State

A Mississippi girl born with the AIDS virus and in remission for more than two years despite stopping treatment now shows signs that she still harbors HIV -- and therefore is not cured.



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