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Jackson police shooting puts emphasis on training

Posted 4/9/2013 in Area

When it comes to a day in the life of a law enforcement officer, every encounter could be a potential life or death situation. Given the recent shooting death of a detective inside a police station in Jackson, local law enforcement officials said training and proper equipment are keys to ensuring officer safety.

 

Grilling on the River set to return

Posted 4/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a one-year hiatus, Grilling on the River is coming back this weekend. The sixth installment of the annual barbecue cooking and entertainment festival will be held from 4-11 p.m. Friday and will continue 9 a.m. Saturday at the Columbus Riverwalk.

 

CMSD considers Lee sale, impact of charter school law

Posted 4/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District has yet to reach a decision on the sale of the Lee Middle School property. After meeting for nearly three-and-a-half hours Monday, the CMSD Board of Trustees entered into an hour-long executive session to discuss potential litigation and the sale of district-owned property.

Market opening for first run under Main Street control

Starkville Community Market organizers are preparing to launch the annual community event for the first time under Starkville Main Street Association's control.

 

Investigation begins after two children die in N.C. pit collapse

Posted 4/9/2013 in National

It was common knowledge around a rural North Carolina neighborhood that Jordan Arwood was digging a two-story-deep pit on his property. Some said it was for a bunker and warned their children to stay out of it.

 

 

Thirteen people killed in shooting spree in Serbia

Posted 4/9/2013 in National

A 60-year-old veteran gunned down 13 people in Serbia, including a baby, in a pre-dawn house-to-house rampage Tuesday before trying to kill himself and his wife, police and hospital officials said.

 

 

FDA approves return of drug for morning sickness

Posted 4/9/2013 in National

Talk about a comeback: A treatment pulled off the market 30 years ago has won Food and Drug Administration approval again as the only drug specifically designated to treat morning sickness. That long-ago safety scare, prompted by hundreds of lawsuits claiming birth defects, proved to be a false alarm.

 

 

North Korea urges foreigners to vacate South Korea

Posted 4/9/2013 in National

North Korea on Tuesday urged all foreign companies and tourists in South Korea to evacuate, saying the two countries are on the verge of nuclear war. The new threat appeared to be an attempt to keep the region on tenterhooks over its intentions.

 

 

FDA taking a new look at robot surgeons

Posted 4/9/2013 in National

 

Mouseketeer, girl next door Annette Funicello passes at 70

Posted 4/9/2013 in National

She was the first crush for a generation of boys, the perfect playmate for a generation of girls. Annette Funicello, who became a child star as a cute-as-a-button Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s, ruled among baby boomers, who tuned in every weekday afternoon to watch her on their flickering black-and-white television sets.

 

Hospital group says 'alarm fatigue' can be deadly

Posted 4/9/2013 in National

Constantly beeping alarms from devices that monitor the vital signs of the critically ill have "desensitized" hospital workers who sometimes ignore the noise, leading to at least two dozen deaths a year on average, a hospital accrediting group said Monday.

 

 

Analysis: Legislature often like extended family

Posted 4/8/2013 in State

It was a poignant bookend to the 2013 session of the Mississippi Legislature -- the passing of a House of Representatives seat from father to surviving son.

 

 

Monroe Co. hopes to get federal prisoners

Posted 4/8/2013 in Area

Monroe County supervisors have told Sheriff Cecil Cantrell to work out a deal to house federal prisoners in the local detention center.

 

Margaret Thatcher, Iron Lady, dead at 87

Posted 4/8/2013 in National

Love her or loathe her, one thing's beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain. Thatcher's former spokesman, Tim Bell, said that the former prime minister had died Monday morning of a stroke. She was 87.

Monday profile: 'Big Red Bus' puts Meady in spotlight

Posted 4/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Robert Meady is a man of few words who prefers to keep to himself. For two weeks each spring, he makes an exception, however. He is the guy who drives "the big red bus" during the Columbus Pilgrimage. In that role, he is surrounded by people, most of whom want to know all about the bus.

Brooks: Juneteenth still in limbo

Posted 4/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Juneteenth festival founder Leroy Brooks said the likelihood of a 17th consecutive installment of the event will likely hinge on whether or not the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors has a change of heart from its decision last month against funding it.

Columbus chapter celebrates National Boys & Girls Club Week

Posted 4/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus chapter of the Boys and Girls Club is celebrating National Boys and Girls Club week with week-long festivities. Nadia Dale, director of the local club, said she is excited about the week ahead.

 

Senators work on deal expanding background checks

Posted 4/8/2013 in National

Talks between two influential senators have emerged as the most promising route for a bipartisan breakthrough on expanding federal background checks for gun buyers, a pivotal part of President Barack Obama's plan for combating gun violence.

 

 

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