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Anonymous donors pay strangers' layaway accounts

Posted 12/16/2011 in National

OMAHA, Neb. -- The young father stood in line at the Kmart layaway counter, wearing dirty clothes and worn-out boots. With him were three small children.



State court rejects appeal in girlfriend burning case

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

JACKSON -- The Mississippi Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal from a man sentenced to life in prison for dousing his girlfriend with gasoline and setting her on fire.



South Carolina man pleads guilty in Mississippi cigarette case

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

TUPELO -- A South Carolina man is the latest person to plead guilty to federal charges related to a scheme to avoid paying taxes on thousands of packs of cigarettes.



Bryant wants to be 'big idea governor' in Mississippi

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

Republican Gov.-elect Phil Bryant on Thursday asked businesspeople, lobbyists, legislators and state agency leaders to help him shape an agenda for Mississippi's 2012 legislative session.



Bayer: Threshold met for $750 million rice deal

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Rice growers met a threshold to move forward with a $750 million settlement over genetically modified rice, the company blamed for the problem said Thursday.



Dead and dying horses found in Yazoo pasture

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

The Yazoo County Sheriff's Department is investigating the discovery of several dead and malnourished horses near Bentonia.



Building Permits 12-15-11

Posted 12/15/2011 in Business

Building Permits for November, Dec. 6- Dec. 12



Conn inducted as Home Builders Association of Mississippi secretary/treasurer

Posted 12/15/2011 in Business

Lance Conn, a home builder from Columbus, was inducted as the 2012 secretary/treasurer of the Home Builders Association of Mississippi during ceremonies held as the fall board of directors meeting in Jackson.



Eight projects to lead oil spill restoration efforts

Posted 12/15/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Citing "widespread and extensive" damage from the disastrous 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a group of state and federal environmental officials said Wednesday it's important to begin restoration and listed eight proposed projects to kick off the effort.



Lowndes County Arrest Report 12-15-11

Posted 12/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reports the following felony arrests:



Engineering experts hit safety culture in BP spill

Posted 12/15/2011 in State

WASHINGTON -- BP and the oil industry drilling in the Gulf of Mexico lacked the proper safety attitude to handle the large risks of deep-water drilling, leading to the many bad decisions behind the nation's worst offshore spill, a panel of expert engineers said Wednesday.



Poll: Most Americans want payroll tax extension

Posted 12/15/2011 in National

WASHINGTON -- Most Americans want Congress to vote to continue the payroll tax reduction, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll that comes as Democrats and Republicans wrestle over whether to extend the cut through 2012



Judge gives Lohan attagirl

Posted 12/15/2011 in National

A judge offered Lindsay Lohan something Wednesday that she hadn't heard from a court in nearly two years: Praise.



Time names 'The Protester' as 'Person of Year'

Posted 12/15/2011 in National



Police arrest second man in video burglary

Posted 12/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The second suspect in the burglary caught on video turned himself in Tuesday night, police said. Columbus police officer Terrie Songer said Tavarous Mason, 28, of 416 John Colbert Road in Macon, turned himself in to Noxubee County authorities.



Columbus installs new traffic signals

Posted 12/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some of the city's winking traffic lights are more energy efficient thanks to a state grant. Columbus Light and Water employees have been seen at intersections around town installing new traffic signals.



Oktibbeha County Arrest Report 12-15-11

Posted 12/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The following people were arrested on felony charges from Dec. 6 to Dec. 11, according to an Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office:



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