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Former Mississippi police chief to plead guilty

Posted 1/7/2014 in State

A former Mississippi police chief accused of demanding money or property in exchange for dropping criminal charges against people is scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday in a federal bribery and extortion case.


Miss. lawmakers face long agenda in 2014 session

Posted 1/7/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers start their three-month session at noon today, and they face a long agenda. They'll write a budget, seek ways to control prison costs, debate education policy and argue about health care.


Tesla charging station to bring electric cars to Wyoming

Posted 1/7/2014 in National

In the least populated county in the least populated state, old Ford and Chevy pickup trucks roam -- and rule -- the roads.

New Year's resolutions lead to crowded gyms

Posted 1/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you hit the gym this month, you may have to wait a little longer than usual for a turn on the treadmill. As people vow to keep the common New Year's resolution of getting into shape, local gyms are filled to near capacity. Beth Jeffers, owner of The Fitness Factor, said her gym sees an average membership increase of 15 to 20 percent in the first of the year.

Local entities to be reimbursed $238K for Silicor investment

Posted 1/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A year after the Mississippi Silicon project fell through in Lowndes County, entities are getting reimbursed nearly a quarter of a million dollars.

South buckles down for cold blast

Posted 1/6/2014 in Area

Farmers hustled to harvest citrus and protect strawberries, homeless shelters admitted all comers, Terrebonne Parish jail inmates got extra blankets and people were warned to protect pipes, plants and pets as arctic air smacked into the Deep South and temperatures plummeted in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Current, former administrators vying for vacant Oktibbeha job

From current and former government administrators to doctoral student and fast food restaurant manager, Oktibbeha County's current list of county administrator applicants is comprised of people with a wide array of backgrounds. Thirty-two people have applied for the vacant position.


Wal-Mart eyes legal action over donkey meat recall

Posted 1/6/2014 in National

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it's considering taking legal action against "responsible parties" after DNA testing showed traces of fox meat in the donkey meat it sold in China.



Selling social media clicks becomes big biz

Posted 1/6/2014 in National

Celebrities, businesses and even the U.S. State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore "click farms," where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers.



Health law to put calorie info on vending machines

Posted 1/6/2014 in National

Office workers in search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change under new labeling regulations for vending machines included in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law.


Some states confirm water pollution from drilling

Posted 1/6/2014 in National

In at least four states that have nurtured the nation's energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen.


Police ask to give sick leave to wounded officer

Posted 1/6/2014 in Area

Tupelo police want to donate unused sick leave to the officer who was wounded during a deadly bank robbery.



Meridian city block for sale, real fixer-upper

Posted 1/6/2014 in State

A block of four buildings in downtown Meridian is for sale by its owner and bidding starts at $1, plus back taxes that total about $20,000.



Ban on conjugal visits resisted

Posted 1/6/2014 in State

A Memphis-based civil rights group and a Mississippi prisoners' advocacy group will lead a rally in Jackson against Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps' decision to end conjugal visits for state inmates.



U.S. Senate race will impact Miss. session

Posted 1/6/2014 in State

Mississippi faces a contentious Republican primary battle for the U.S. Senate this year with state lawmaker Chris McDaniel trying to unseat Thad Cochran, the man who's been in Congress almost as long as McDaniel has been alive.



Batiste files challenge to death sentence

Mississippi death row inmate Bobby Batiste has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal.


Sticker shock: Cubans aghast at car prices

Posted 1/6/2014 in National

Cubans are eagerly flocking to Havana car dealerships as a new law takes effect eliminating a special permit requirement that has greatly restricted vehicle ownership in the country. To their dismay on Friday, the first day the law was in force, they found sharply hiked prices, some of them light years beyond all but the most well-heeled islanders.

Board member wants new middle school

Posted 1/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After serving on the Lowndes County School District board for more than a decade, Jacqueline Gray continues to be an advocate for the students of West Lowndes.

Progress equals less land at Lowndes port

Posted 1/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Those who oversee the Columbus-Lowndes County Port say they face a good news/bad news scenario. The good: The six industries operating at the port pay more than $1 million in taxes to the city of Columbus and Lowndes County, and about $350,000 to the port authority, each year. The bad: They're running out of land.


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