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Retired judge to oversee Miss. election challenge

Posted 8/16/2014 in State

A retired chancery judge who is now a Methodist minister will oversee a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff.



Federal officials rethinking giving excess military gear to police

Posted 8/16/2014 in National

After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.


Columbus mayor says 'No' to pay raise

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith will ask city councilmen to rescind a $10,000 pay raise he voted himself last week.

City Hall number listed on fundraiser flyer

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Whether or not you plan on attending a private fundraiser for Mayor Robert Smith tonight, you have a vested interest in the event if you are a Columbus resident.

Mayor, council violated open meetings laws

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Ethics Commission has issued a preliminary report stating that meetings of the Columbus mayor and city council that took place this year violated three sections of the state's Open Meetings Act.

Columbus twins land spot in feature film

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus, meet your youngest movie stars. Scarlett and Summer Atkinson went to Jackson on Wednesday to film a scene or two for "The Hollars," a feature film being made in the capital city.


Sturgis motorcycle rally ending hiatus this weekend

Posted 8/15/2014 in Area

Sturgis' annual bike rally returned from a lengthy hiatus Thursday night with a kick-off party in Louisville and will continue through Sunday morning.



Authorities ID victim pulled from pond Thursday

Posted 8/15/2014 in Area

A man found dead in a pond Thursday at a Hamilton chemical plant has been identified.


Arrest report: 8-15-14

Posted 8/15/2014 in Area

Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager is giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that provides free machine guns and other surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.

Turmoil, tear gas give way to hope

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

County police in riot gear and armored tanks gave way to state troopers walking side-by-side with thousands of protesters as the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teen was shot by a city police officer overwhelmingly avoided violence Thursday after nearly a week of unrest and mounting public tension.

Pope's small car fascinates South Koreans

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

Pope Francis' choice of wheels during his five-day South Korean visit has surprised many in this painfully self-conscious country, where big shots rarely hit the streets in anything but expensive luxury cars.

Ebola puts focus on drugs made in tobacco plants

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

It's an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment for Ebola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories.


Lawsuit challenges loss to Sen. Cochran in Miss.

Posted 8/15/2014 in State

A tea party-backed candidate asked a Mississippi court on Thursday to declare him the winner of the June 24 Republican runoff against incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran or order a new election.



Robin Williams' wife: He had Parkinson's

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death, his wife said Thursday.



Study blames humans for most of melting glaciers

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

More than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the world's glaciers can be blamed on humans, a new study finds.



Big sinkhole develops on U.S. 61 in Natchez

Posted 8/15/2014 in State

State highway workers have blocked off a big sinkhole that developed this week on U.S. 61 near Natchez Regional Medical Center.



Obama: No Iraq rescue; further airdrops unlikely

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

President Barack Obama on Thursday promised to expand U.S. humanitarian relief to Iraqis threatened by the advancing army of the Islamic State militants.


Browning on Business: Columbus getting a new pizza restaurant, fabric store

Posted 8/14/2014 in Business

Lost Pizza Company is coming to Columbus.


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