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Education a new defining issue for 2016 GOP class

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

Raising U.S. educational expectations through national goals was a priority for Republican President George W. Bush. But many of his would-be successors in the GOP are calling for just the opposite of government-set rules, and it's splitting the party as the GOP class of 2016 presidential hopefuls takes shape.



Minimum wage approaches likely rejection

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

The push by President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage seems ready to join the parade of issues that gets buried in Congress but -- the party hopes -- propels voters to the polls this November.



450-pound gator caught on Pass Christian beach

Posted 4/29/2014 in State

An alligator drew quite a crowd to the beach in Pass Christian on Monday before being trapped and hauled off by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.



Doctor: 3 victims critical in Ga. FedEx shootings

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

A doctor says three victims are in critical condition -- and two of them with life-threatening wounds -- after they were shot multiple times at a FedEx station outside Atlanta.



Campus rape addressed by White House task force

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

The Obama administration admonished colleges and universities -- "No more turning a blind eye" -- as it released guidelines designed to stem sexual assaults on campuses and help the victims.



Air search for missing Malaysian plane called off

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

The aerial search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was called off Monday, and the underwater hunt will be expanded to include a vast swath of ocean floor that may take at least eight months to thoroughly search, Australian officials said.



Kerry backs off Israel 'apartheid' comment

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

Secretary of State John Kerry says he chose the wrong word in describing Israel's potential future after coming under withering criticism for saying the Jewish state could become an "apartheid state" if it doesn't reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.



Local schools dismiss early today

Posted 4/29/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Golden Triangle under tornado watch, conditions to worsen this afternoon

Posted 4/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a tornado watch for the entire Golden Triangle Area until 9 p.m. Monday


A zest for dolls and life: West Point woman with impressive doll collection says 'you have to be interested in something'

Posted 4/28/2014 in Area

Marguerite Breland's apartment is full of dolls. She does not know how many. Not too long ago her great-granddaughter counted and put the tally at around 100.

Volunteers keep Market Street Festival humming

Posted 4/28/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Main Street Columbus prepares for the thousands of people who will descend on downtown this weekend during Market Street Festival, hundreds of volunteers are working behind the scenes.


Forecast: Miss. in for days of nasty weather

Posted 4/28/2014 in State

Foul weather probably won't leave Louisiana and Mississippi until Wednesday, the National Weather Service said Sunday.


MSU program promotes entrepreneurs

Posted 4/28/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Charles Parker acquired Rod Sox, a manufacturer of fishing rod protectors, last May. The first thing he did was tell owners of stores who supplied the product that they would not be receiving any new stock for six months.

Tornadoes kill 16 in Arkansas, 1 in Oklahoma

Posted 4/28/2014 in National

Three years after a tornado devastated the Little Rock suburb of Vilonia, its residents again huddled in storm cellars as the most powerful twister this year carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburbs north of the state capital, killing at least 16 people.

Report: 4 in 5 U.S. high school students graduate

Posted 4/28/2014 in National

U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma.

Diggers find Atari games in landfill

Posted 4/28/2014 in National

A decades-old urban legend was put to rest Saturday when workers for a documentary film production company recovered "E.T." Atari game cartridges from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert.


Lawmakers pass third child protection bill

Posted 4/28/2014 in State

Beginning July 1, Mississippi mental health care professionals will report if a committed individual has children or has visitation with minors. The information goes the Mississippi Department of Human Services, the agency responsible for child protection issues.



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