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Mississippi House panel advances revised religious practice bill

Posted 3/5/2014 in State

A Mississippi House panel on Tuesday changed and passed a bill that says state and local government cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices.


County administrator candidates down to three

AdCare Healthcare Regional Vice President John Thomas became the second candidate to pull out of the Oktibbeha County administrator search when he voluntarily removed his name from the running Monday.

Kitchens expected to rule on Gibbs case

Posted 3/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens is expected to make a decision on the fate of a Columbus woman accused of depraved heart murder.

Ukrainian MUW professor keeping close eye on conflict

Posted 3/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With Russia and Ukraine teetering on the brink of armed conflict, a local professor is speaking out about what is happening in his home country. George Pinchuk, a native of Ukraine, teaches biology at Mississippi University for Women and his wife, Lesya Pinchuk, teaches at Mississippi State University. The two have been in the United States for nearly 25 years.

MUW janitor faces child molestation charge

Posted 3/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A janitor at Mississippi University for Women has been arrested and charged with molesting a child for lustful purposes.

Columbus man arrested on kidnapping, sexual assault charges

Posted 3/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is behind bars after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman and held her against her will last week.

County mulls project to extend sewer service

Posted 3/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As one quality-of-life project to help under-served Lowndes County residents ends, another may soon be beginning. Officials from the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District and Columbus Light and Water are discussing the possibility of extending sewer service to a subdivision in District 4 just outside the Columbus city limits.

Putin: Russia has right to use force in Ukraine

Posted 3/4/2014 in National

Russian President Vladimir Putin pulled his forces back from the Ukrainian border this morning yet said Moscow reserves the right to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine. He accused the West of encouraging an anti-constitutional coup in Ukraine and driving it onto anarchy and declared that any sanctions the West places on Russia will backfire.

Reeves unveiling new teacher pay raise proposal

Posted 3/4/2014 in State

The Mississippi Senate will consider a teacher pay raise plan that's different from a proposal already passed by the House.

Toronto mayor appears on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Posted 3/4/2014 in National

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford laughed off Jimmy Kimmel's suggestion that he get help for his drinking problem and was reported to be upset about his appearance on the late night TV talk show.

Mushing family a strong presence in Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

Posted 3/4/2014 in National

Don't get Dallas and Mitch Seavey wrong. They love each other, even though they might not say it in so many words. But they're also fierce competitors, more than happy to pass each other on the nearly 1,000 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to be the first to reach Nome.


Black Caucus cites Medicaid as unaddressed issue

Posted 3/4/2014 in State

Medicaid expansion is one of the biggest issues Mississippi lawmakers are failing to address this year, the chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus said Monday.


Miss. inmate sues over execution drug info

Posted 3/4/2014 in State

Lawyers for a woman facing the death penalty in Mississippi say the state isn't telling them enough about where it's getting execution drugs and how it plans to use them.


Man charged in Amory beating murder

Posted 3/4/2014 in Area

Christopher Lee Thompson remains in jail, charged with the beating death of an Amory man.



Mississippi religious-practices bill faces deadline

Posted 3/4/2014 in State

A Mississippi House panel will decide today whether to kill a religious-practices bill or keep it alive with or without changes.



Search continues for missing toddler

Posted 3/4/2014 in State

The search continues for a missing Madison County toddler.


Dollar General leads boom in discount store expansion

Posted 3/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new Dollar General is opening in Columbus. The space will open on Highway 50, replacing a smaller Dollar General across the street. It will be the 10th Dollar General in Columbus.

Lawyers seek dismissal in stillborn-death case

Posted 3/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Mississippi woman who gave birth to a stillborn child at age 16 is challenging a "depraved heart murder" charge that was filed against her by prosecutors who said her cocaine use killed the baby.

Shale brings high hopes in Mississippi

Posted 3/3/2014 in State

Residents living above an oil-rich shale formation that stretches across southwest Mississippi and Louisiana have been waiting on a boom for years. A steady trickle of drilling is already boosting the rural region's economy, and spending by two oil companies could make 2014 the year that many other locals finally cash in on the oil far beneath their feet.


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