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Defense seeks to introduce Trayvon Martin's texts

Posted 7/10/2013 in National


Wiseman vetoes Spruill firing

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman issued his promised veto Tuesday against the aldermen's decision to fire Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill.

CMSD asks court to dismiss Liddell's suit

Posted 7/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees is asking the court to throw out a suit that would return Dr. Martha Liddell to the position of schools superintendent.

Turner agrees to garnishment to avoid eviction

Posted 7/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County Justice Court civil affidavit shows Swoope Real Estate, Inc., settled a civil suit last week against Ward 4 Councilman Marty Turner's business, Turner Furniture LLC, for unpaid rent.

Fireworks show declared success despite weather

Posted 7/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Arts Commission awarded the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation a $1,000 grant which was used for sponsoring blues artist and headlining act Grady Champion at last week's Independence Day celebration event, "Fireworks on the Water."

Miss. open carry gun law on hold a while longer

Posted 7/9/2013 in State

Mississippi's open carry gun law remains on hold at least few more days. Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd says he'll decide by Friday whether to further extend his June 28 order that blocked the law from taking effect July 1.

CAO situation underscores salary disparity

As the drama unfolds over the future of Starkville Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill's firing by the board, officials have asked a common question: If aldermen do override a promised veto, how will the city fill the position with a candidate as strong as the former Addison, Texas mayor?


#1 Eater in the world to eat slugburgers

Posted 7/9/2013 in State



A break for smokers? Glitch may limit penalties

Posted 7/9/2013 in National



Crash investigators turn to cockpit decisions

Posted 7/9/2013 in National


Police seek two in East Columbus shootout

Posted 7/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is looking for two men suspected of exchanging gunfire in the middle of the street and shooting into a home Sunday morning.

Council paves way for business incubator

Posted 7/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus has agreed to apply for a public works grant through the Economic Development Administration and approve a partnership structure subject to negotiation with a developer that would fund renovation of a property at Yorkville Park Square and turn it into a business incubator.


Secret move keeps bin Laden records in the shadows

Posted 7/8/2013 in National

The nation's top special operations commander ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout to be purged from Defense Department computers and sent to the CIA, where they could be more easily shielded from ever being made public.


Immigration, student loan top congressional agenda

Posted 7/8/2013 in National

Republicans and Democrats will put good will to the test when Congress returns this week to potentially incendiary fights over nominations, unresolved disputes over student loans and the farm bill, and the uncertainty of whether lawmakers have the political will to rewrite the nation's immigration laws.

Spruill's firing contradicts previous board action

Three aldermen who chose to fire Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill Tuesday voted to reappoint her and 12 other key city positions back to their jobs with three-month review periods in 2009, city minutes show.


Constitutionality of 'harmless error' law raised

Posted 7/8/2013 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court may decide the constitutionality of a 1994 state law that allows it to find "harmless" errors committed by juries in death penalty cases.



Miss. River closed during search for sunken tug

Posted 7/8/2013 in State



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