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TV ratings: Another record for Super Bowl

Posted 2/4/2014 in National

For the fourth time in five years, the Super Bowl has set a record for the most-watched television event in U.S. history, drawing 111.5 million viewers even though the Seattle Seahawks' 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos wasn't really competitive.



South Africa: Mandela's will worth $4.1M

Posted 2/4/2014 in National

Nelson Mandela's estate, worth roughly $4.1 million, will be shared between his family, members of his staff, schools that he attended and the African National Congress, the movement that fought white rule and now governs South Africa, the will's executors said Monday.



Official: Heroin in packets in Hoffman's N.Y.home

Posted 2/4/2014 in National

Tests have confirmed there was heroin in at least some of the scores of plastic packets in the apartment where Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead, a law enforcement official said Monday, and authorities are working to determine whether the drug was mixed or tainted with anything else.



A new entitlement? The right to preschool

Posted 2/4/2014 in National

Republican governors and lawmakers who now control a majority of state capitols have been pushing aggressively to cut spending and shrink government -- with one glaring exception.


Columbus Schools choir director charged with child enticement

Posted 2/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District Public Relations Officer and choral instructor Michael Jackson has been arrested and charged with enticement of a child to meet for lustful purposes.

Monday profile: Caledonia native goes back to school

Posted 2/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Arl Taylor is a 44-year-old married father of two -- and college student. It happened like this: He graduated from Caledonia High School in 1987 and attended East Mississippi Community College in Scooba. Then he got married. Then he went to work at Weyerhauser in Columbus. Roughly a decade later, recurring knee pain forced him to leave that job.

Contract with Retail Strategies not on city agenda

Posted 2/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen are not expected to consider contracting with Retail Strategies during Tuesday's council meeting.


Nothing controversial in Super Bowl ads

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

What Super Bowl ads will people discuss over the water cooler a day after the big game? There were no crude jokes. Sexual innuendo was kept to a minimum. And uncomfortable scenes were missing.



Report: U.S. abortion rate at lowest since 1973

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

The U.S. abortion rate declined to its lowest level since 1973, and the number of abortions fell by 13 percent between 2008 and 2011, according to the latest national survey of abortion providers conducted by a prominent research institute.



Mississippi legislator says CON law outdated

Posted 2/3/2014 in State

A Republican state lawmaker thinks it's time for Mississippi to ditch its certificate-of-need requirement that limits where hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities can open and what services they can offer.



Starkville gearing up for 2 percent renewal push

Starkville aldermen are expected to begin the process toward securing another decade of 2 percent food and beverage taxing authority today during a 5 p.m. special-call meeting at the Starkville Sportsplex.


Bruno Mars delivers red hot set at Super Bowl

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

Anybody worried about how Bruno Mars would do on one of the world's largest stages had obviously never seen the young star perform live. That all changed Sunday night when tens of millions got their first chance to see why he's one of the most exciting live acts of his generation.

Punxsutawney Phil predicts longer winter

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

Emerging from his lair on Super Bowl Sunday, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil couldn't predict the winner of the big game but his handlers said he was sure of his weather forecast: There will be six more weeks of winter.

Woody Allen's allies cast doubt on abuse claims

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

Some of Woody Allen's close allies have come to his defense, casting doubt on renewed accusations by Dylan Farrow that she was sexually assaulted by her then adoptive father when she was 7.

Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in NYC apartment

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

He was only 46, busy as ever and secure in his standing as one of the world's greatest actors.


Farm bill plows under direct payments

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

Farm subsidies that have guided agriculture through record profits in recent years are going away in the five-year farm bill that could become law in the coming week. But new subsidies in the legislation could be just as generous, and farmers aren't complaining.


Sheriff's department dealing with retirements

Posted 2/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Department is losing four of its senior ranking officers to retirement. Narcotics Commander Bobby Grimes and Jail Administrator Billy Pickens retired from the department on Friday. Seasoned investigator Travis Robertson will leave in coming months, as will patrol supervisor Steve Hatcher.

Looking toward the future: Local student test driving Google Glass

Posted 2/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The new frontier has come to Columbus. Dustin Vance, a senior at Mississippi University for Women, is test driving Google Glass. What's Google Glass? Essentially a tiny computer being developed by Google that users wear like a pair of glasses. An endless supply of technology is at a user's fingertips -- or eyelashes.


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