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Gay marriage arguments flooding federal courts

Posted 8/6/2014 in National

Federal appeals courts soon will hear arguments in gay marriage fights from nine states, part of a slew of cases putting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a final verdict.



Judge: Ala. abortion clinic law unconstitutional

Posted 8/6/2014 in Area

A new Alabama law restricting doctors who perform abortions would force several women's clinics to shut down, placing unconstitutional restrictions on a woman's right to obtain one, a federal judge ruled Monday.


Oktibbeha moves closer to new industrial park

Oktibbeha County took a step toward funding a new industrial park when supervisors approved a resolution supporting a Golden Triangle Development LINK-backed project that economic developers conservatively hope will create more than 1,000 new jobs.

Kroger officials: Columbus expansion to be finished before end of year

Posted 8/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kroger officials say the remodeling project underway at its Columbus location will be complete "prior to the holidays" this year.

Owner of property injured when wall falls

Posted 8/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Faulty construction work may be to blame for the collapse of the back wall of a downtown Columbus building Tuesday afternoon, officials say.

Supervisors refinance '07 Paccar bond issue

Posted 8/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County could save about $500,000 over the remaining 13 years of its industrial bond by refinancing the bond at a lower interest rate, a financial advisor told the county's board of supervisors Monday.

CLRA's Short to retire on Dec. 31

Posted 8/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"We" is the ideal pronoun for Roger Short. Instead of doing his job as executive director of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority as a solitary figure, Short relished the opportunity to identify areas he could help improve the quality of life in the city of Columbus and in Lowndes County.

Cochran foe challenges GOP Senate primary loss

Posted 8/5/2014 in State

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, the tea party-backed challenger who lost a primary runoff to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, has formally asked the state Republican Party to overturn the June 24 election results and declare him the winner.


Arias to represent herself at death penalty trial

Posted 8/5/2014 in National

Jodi Arias bathed in the spotlight soon after her arrest for the killing of her ex-boyfriend, and she remained there for years, offering jailhouse interviews, using Twitter from behind bars and spending 18 days on the witness stand during her murder trial.



Poll: No agreement on paying for highways

Posted 8/5/2014 in National

Small wonder Congress has kept federal highway and transit programs teetering on the edge of insolvency for years, unable to find a politically acceptable long-term source of funds. The public can't make up its mind on how to pay for them either.



Grand Canyon investigating squirrel-kicking video

Posted 8/5/2014 in National

Authorities are looking into a viral Internet video that shows a man kicking a squirrel off what appears to be the edge of the Grand Canyon.


Graceland Too operator to be remembered

Posted 8/5/2014 in State

The public reopening of Graceland Too, a candlelight vigil and a midnight showing of a documentary about Graceland Too operator Paul MacLeod will highlight a daylong celebration Aug. 12 of the man dubbed the World's Number One Elvis fan.

Cadence Bank purchase contract on Starkville agenda

Starkville aldermen are expected to address a purchase contract for Cadence Bank on Tuesday, but the city's progress toward a possible transaction is unknown after staff members were only recently authorized to pursue the property.


Report calls for more thought on Mississippi's savings

Posted 8/4/2014 in State

In a year when Mississippi filled its rainy-day fund to the legal limit, should it be saving even more? That's not exactly the recommendation from a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts.


Regional airports produce $2.5 billion

Posted 8/4/2014 in State

A study by state transportation officials shows Mississippi's 73 airports generate more than $2.5 billion annually in economic activity.

Brothers arrested in weekend shooting

Posted 8/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Sunday morning shooting left two injured and two men behind bars.


Toddler drowns Sunday in Tombigbee

Posted 8/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A West Point toddler drowned Sunday afternoon as he and his family were boating in the Tombigbee River.


Crawford stabbing sends two to hospital

Posted 8/4/2014 in Area

A Saturday morning argument over a man sent two women to the hospital and one to jail.


House tumult shows immigration still flummoxes GOP

Posted 8/4/2014 in National

Midterm elections that will decide control of the Senate are three months away, and the 2016 presidential campaign will start in earnest soon after. Yet the Republican Party still can't figure out what to do about illegal immigration.



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