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County volunteers respond to 2 trailer fires

Two trailer fires within the first 26 hours of 2014 sent volunteer firefighters scrambling across the eastern portion of Oktibehha County on Wednesday and Thursday.


Contrast for parties in 2016 presidential race

Posted 1/3/2014 in National

For Democrats and Republicans, the early stages of the 2016 presidential contest are worlds apart.



Lawmaker to file online voter registration bill

Posted 1/3/2014 in State

State Sen. David Blount, a Democrat from Jackson, is drawing up a bill for the 2014 Legislature to allow online voter registration. The Legislature convenes at noon Tuesday.



Mississippi flag causes flap in S. California

Posted 1/3/2014 in State

Some Southern California attorneys want the Mississippi state flag, the last in the nation to include a Confederate symbol, removed from a display at Santa Ana's civic center.



13-year-old Amory student's drug-testing lawsuit settled

Posted 1/3/2014 in Area

The Amory school system and parents of a 13-year-old have settled a lawsuit over a student drug testing.



2 newspapers call for clemency for NSA leaker Edward Snowden

Posted 1/3/2014 in National

The New York Times and Guardian newspapers have called for clemency for Edward Snowden, saying that the espionage worker-turned-privacy advocate should be praised rather than punished for his disclosures.



Poll: Americans have little faith in government

Posted 1/3/2014 in National

Americans enter 2014 with a profoundly negative view of their government, expressing little hope that elected officials can or will solve the nation's biggest problems, a new poll finds.


Marines delay female fitness plan after half fail

Posted 1/3/2014 in National

More than half of female Marines in boot camp can't do three pullups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to integrate women into combat jobs.


Kerry: Mideast peace still possible

Posted 1/3/2014 in National

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted his Palestinian partner in peace-making efforts on Thursday, accusing him of embracing terrorists "as heroes," harsh words that clouded the start of Secretary of State John Kerry's tenth trip to the region to negotiate a peace deal he claims is "not mission impossible."


City's insurance premiums jump to 6-year high

Posted 1/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus is going to pay $55,000 more to insure itself in 2014 than it did in 2013. The overall 2014 premium is $315,621 -- the highest amount in six years and an almost 18-percent increase over 2013's premium, which was $260,038.

Expert: Keep resolutions 'realistic, within reach'

Posted 1/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's that time of year. As the world rings in 2014, millions of people make New Year's Resolutions. In order to keep those resolutions, a local certified clinical counselor offered some suggestions.

Gov. Bryant pushing welfare drug testing

Posted 1/2/2014 in State

Republican Phil Bryant is starting his third year as Mississippi governor, and he says he wants to make public safety the top focus of the 2014 legislative session, which begins at noon Tuesday. He wants to train more state troopers and create "strike force" groups to help local law enforcement officers in areas where mayors or county supervisors say there are problems with gangs, drugs or violent crime.

Browning on Business: Indian restaurant opening in Columbus

Posted 1/2/2014 in Business

Indian cuisine is coming to Columbus. Pankaj Patel, who operates Columbus Inn & Suites, said Tandoori Oven is slated to open Jan. 16. The new restaurant will be located at the inn, in the spot that once housed Good Time Lounge.


Amtrak to suspend some services in Jan., Feb.

Posted 1/2/2014 in Business

Amtrak passenger train service will shut down in Mississippi and other areas in the Southeast for several days in January and February for rail maintenance by Norfolk Southern Railway.



Silicon metal production plant coming to Burnsville

Posted 1/2/2014 in State

Mississippi Silicon will locate a new silicon metal production facility in Burnsville in Tishomingo County.



Officer Joseph Maher released from the hospital

Posted 1/2/2014 in Area

Tupelo officer Joseph Maher who was shot while trying to stop a bank robber last week, has been released from the hospital.



Building permits 1-2-14

Posted 1/2/2014 in Business



Justice delays health law's birth control mandate

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama's new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.



Marketing efforts to uninsured youth ramp up

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

The so-called "young invincibles" are so important to the success of the Affordable Care Act that supporters and detractors are spending millions to reach them with racy ads, social media campaigns and celebrity endorsements.



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