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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.


Miss. Senate OKs adding 'In God We Trust' to seal

Posted 2/1/2014 in State

The Mississippi Senate voted Friday to add "In God We Trust" to the state seal, as requested by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Currently, it has an eagle and the words, "The Great Seal of the State of Mississippi" without a slogan.


Soil and Conservation to host tree giveaway

Posted 2/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Soil and Water Conservation District employees will hold their annual tree giveaway day Thursday. The first 300 people who come to the district's office on Martin Luther King Drive can pick up a bundle of five different species of trees to plant.

House, Senate bills would make Holloway OCSD conservator

Two bills moving through the Mississippi Legislature would place Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway in control of the Oktibbeha County School District on July 1 and provide him short- and long-term local financing options to improve the two systems' campuses for state-mandated consolidation in 2015.


Suspect booked in Monroe County shootings

Posted 2/1/2014 in Area

Monroe County authorities say an Amory man has been arrested in connection with the shooting of two people earlier in January.



Lawmakers plan district to take failing schools

Posted 2/1/2014 in State

Some lawmakers want to set up a separate statewide school district to take over individual failing schools.


Manslaughter verdict in buttocks-injection trial

Posted 2/1/2014 in State

To hear Natasha Stewart tell it, she was just trying to help an insecure woman when she helped arrange for her to get silicone injections in her buttocks, shots that prosecutors say were deadly. A jury disagreed, convicting Stewart on Friday of culpable negligence manslaughter.


Man accused of killing father & grandmother

Posted 2/1/2014 in State

A 20-year-old Jackson man is accused of gunning down his 49-year-old father and 74-year-old grandmother.


Train derails in Miss., 50 residents evacuated

Posted 2/1/2014 in State

A train derailment Friday in southeast Mississippi sparked a small evacuation and highway closure after rail cars began leaking fuel oil.


Republicans ponder scandal's toll on Gov. Christie's future

Posted 2/1/2014 in National

Fellow Republicans are assessing the damage of new allegations that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about a traffic-blocking operation orchestrated by top aides earlier than he has acknowledged.



Child who survived deadly Ky. house fire recuperating

Posted 2/1/2014 in National

A girl who escaped a western Kentucky house fire that killed her mother and eight siblings is recuperating from burns and communicating with her hospital nurses, a family friend said Friday.



Cruise line cites fog, not illness, for return

Posted 2/1/2014 in National

A cruise ship that had more than 180 passengers and crew fall sick with an apparent stomach virus returned to a Houston-area port early due to a dense fog advisory and not because people were vomiting and had diarrhea, a Princess Cruises spokeswoman said Friday.



Boston could prove sympathetic to bombing suspect

Posted 2/1/2014 in National

Given the powerful grief and anger over the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston would seem to be a particularly hostile place for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to stand trial. But it might just be his best hope of escaping a death sentence.



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