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Mississippi death row inmate seeking new trial

Posted 1/13/2014 in State

Mississippi death row inmate Caleb Corrothers argues he deserves a new trial because a Lafayette County judge refused to allow an expert to testify about the reliability of eyewitness identification.

 

 

Camp Shelby looks to future in cyberspace, drones

Posted 1/13/2014 in State

As Camp Shelby's role as the National Guard's largest mobilization center is winding down, its leaders are focusing now on a future in cyberspace and drones for the facility.

 

High court case: abortion clinic protest-free zone

Posted 1/13/2014 in National

Eleanor McCullen clutches a baby's hat knit in pink and blue as she patrols a yellow semicircle painted on the sidewalk outside a Planned Parenthood health clinic on a frigid December morning with snow in the forecast. The painted line marks 35 feet from the clinic's entrance and that's where the 77-year-old McCullen and all other abortion protesters and supporters must stay under a Massachusetts law that is being challenged at the U.S. Supreme Court as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. Arguments are set for Wednesday.

 

Kilgore named school board president over Gray's objection

Posted 1/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jane Kilgore has been named president of the Lowndes County School Board. However, the vote was not unanimous with board member Jacqueline Gray vehemently voicing her objections.

 

County administrator search to continue into February

Posted 1/12/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County's search for a new county administrator is expected to last through February as supervisors use an informal process to hone a list of more than 30 applicants to five or so preferred candidates.

Smith, Oglesby receive top honors from city, county schools

Posted 1/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District and the Lowndes County School District honored some of their own on Friday.

Buzzie Dorn, U.S. Army veteran and tireless volunteer, dead at 92

Posted 1/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This is how people described him: A proud veteran. A tireless volunteer. A man who never shied away from voicing his opinions. A man who held his faith dear. His name was Buzzie Dorn and he lived in Columbus. He died Jan. 4 at the age of 92.

Officials say it's too early to evaluate J5/Broaddus

Posted 1/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City financial data shows that J5/Broaddus was paid $30,000 through four months for regular services since the firm was hired for a newly created project managing position for Columbus.

Felony arrests up in both city and county

Posted 1/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Felony arrests in Lowndes County and the City of Columbus rose in 2013, according to data provided by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department and the Columbus Police Department.

Ex-Republican runs as Dem for Senate

Posted 1/12/2014 in State

Bill Marcy said Friday that he's changing party labels, but not his conservative beliefs, to run as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi this year.

 

Former Reagan spokesman, Speakes dies at 74

Posted 1/12/2014 in State

Larry Speakes, who spent six years as acting press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, died Friday in his native Mississippi. He was 74.

 

 

Entrepreneur: Boost California wages to $12-an-hour

Posted 1/12/2014 in National

Democrats across the nation are eager to make increasing the minimum wage a defining campaign issue in 2014, but in California a proposal to boost the pay rate to $12 an hour is coming from a different point on the political compass.

 

 

Proposed Medicare drug change stirs access worries

Posted 1/12/2014 in National

In a move that some fear could compromise care for Medicare recipients, the Obama administration is proposing to remove special protections that guarantee seniors access to a wide selection of three types of prescription drugs.

 

 

VA under fire for proposed filing rule

Posted 1/12/2014 in National

For veterans seeking disability compensation, the application process is supposed to be so easy that a handwritten note on a napkin will initiate a claim or an appeal.

 

Looking for Super Bowl tickets? You pay, they play

Posted 1/12/2014 in National

Welcome to the Super Bowl, where demand always beats supply and the teams don't really matter.

 

Four arrested in contraband seizure outside prison

Posted 1/12/2014 in State

Rankin County deputies have seized several plastic bags of tobacco, a dozen cellphones with phone chargers and other items and arrested four people accused of trying to toss the items over a fence at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.

 

 

Chief official believed N.J. lane closings illegal

Posted 1/12/2014 in National

The September lane closings near the George Washington Bridge that caused huge traffic jams and now appear to have been politically orchestrated by a member of Gov. Chris Christie's administration and key allies violated federal law, a chief official said in an email ordering the lanes reopened.

 

Israel's Ariel Sharon dies at 85

Posted 1/12/2014 in National

It was vintage Ariel Sharon: His hefty body bobbing behind a wall of security men, the ex-general led a march onto a Jerusalem holy site, staking a bold claim to a shrine that has been in contention from the dawn of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

 

Clay supes shoot down night meetings

Posted 1/10/2014 in Area

Clay County supervisors entertained the possibility of meeting in the afternoon twice a year, but a motion to enact the policy failed to get a majority vote and was subsequently withdrawn.

 

 

New merger report draft could become final version

Posted 1/10/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The culmination of almost 15 meetings of the Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure could come 9 a.m. Tuesday as committee members are expected to discuss the final draft of their long-awaited school merger report.

 

 

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