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High court looks at death row inmate with low IQ

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

A Floridian with an IQ as high as 75 may be diagnosed as mentally disabled and be eligible for help getting a job. But on death row, the state says having an IQ higher than 70 categorically means an inmate is not mentally disabled and may be executed.

 

 

Disney ends funding to Boy Scouts over gay policy

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

The Walt Disney Company will cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2015 because of a policy that bans gay adult leaders in the organization.

 

Will soldier be left behind in Afghanistan?

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since 2009, has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him. But if he is released, will America's only prisoner of the Afghan war be viewed as a hero or a deserter?

 

March health deadline approaches

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

Sick of hearing about the health care law? Plenty of people have tuned out after all the political jabber and website woes. But now is the time to tune back in, before it's too late.

 

 

Razzies pick Will and Jaden Smith as worst actors

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

Will and Jaden Smith have something they can bond over. They were both awarded Razzies for their performances in "After Earth."

 

DeGeneres' selfie crashes Twitter

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

Ellen DeGeneres' goal of setting a retweet record with her star-studded selfie was achieved before the Oscars telecast was even over.

'12 Years a Slave' rises up at Academy Awards

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama "12 Years a Slave" best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards.

Laws, renowned surgeon and Columbus native, dead at 81

Posted 3/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Henry Laws, the son of a Columbus drugstore owner who went on to graduate from Harvard Medical School and become a nationally renowned doctor who a colleague dubbed a "surgeon's surgeon," has died.

Councilmen: Non-quorum meetings are often useful

Posted 3/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith has called non-quorum meetings with councilmen on four occasions in the past month to discuss matters involving public and taxpayer interest. Splitting meetings into non-quorum groups keeps the city from being required to post notice of a special call meeting and legally permits city leaders to meet without inviting the general public or media.

Gone, but not forgotten: Cemeteries help tell the story of the area's black history

Posted 3/1/2014 in Area

State officials this month will consider nominating a place known as the Starkville Colored Cemetery to the National Register of Historic Places. It sits less than a mile from the Oktibbeha County Courthouse. No one knows who owns it, though.

Democrat Childers will seek seat in U.S. Senate

Posted 3/1/2014 in State

Former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, D-Booneville, re-entered Mississippi politics Friday, declaring his candidacy for U.S. Senate.

 

Meredith calls noose on Ole Miss statue 'foolish'

Posted 3/1/2014 in State

James Meredith says it was "foolish" for anyone to leave a noose and a Confederate emblem on a statue of him at the University of Mississippi, the school he integrated in 1962.

 

Taylor will seek to reclaim seat from Palazzo

Posted 3/1/2014 in State

Former U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor of Bay St. Louis said it was the dysfunction of Washington that drove him to seek a return to the job he held for two decades. This time, though, he'll be running as a Republican.

 

Report could delay action on road funds until 2016

Posted 3/1/2014 in State

Proponents of increased Mississippi highway funding aren't just going to be waiting until 2015. They'll probably be waiting until 2016.

 

 

Man wakes up in body bag at funeral home

Posted 3/1/2014 in State

Workers at a Mississippi funeral home say they found a man alive and kicking when they opened a body bag.

 

 

Longtime Miss. agriculture leader Bost dies at 90

William Bost, who directed the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service for nearly two decades, has died at age 90.

 

 

Long waits frustrate callers to health exchanges

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

For those trying to enroll through online health exchanges, help has long been advertised as just a phone call away.

 

 

Gay marriage fight pits Texas attorney general vs. gay friend

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

When Greg Abbott was paralyzed by a fallen tree in 1984, Mark Phariss flew 500 miles to his friend's bedside. They were law school pals who swapped stories over dinner, job leads and airport rides, and they still exchange Christmas cards today.

 

 

Primaries offer 1st major test of voter ID

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots -- the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.

 

 

Man's speeding excuse? I won the lottery!

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

Massachusetts man busted for speeding had a pretty good excuse when he was pulled over: He had just won a big lottery prize and was on his way to collect his cash.

 

 

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