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Nunnelee visits

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rep. Alan Nunnelee talks to the media Tuesday after spending the day visiting local industries and businesses. Nunnelee made stops at Weyerhauser, Columbus Marble Works and the Columbus-Lowndes Economic Development Link during his tour of Lowndes County.


Jury hears testimony in Newell murder trial

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Testimony began in Lowndes County Circuit Court Tuesday in the murder trial for James Chuck Newell. Newell, of Vernon, Ala., was arrested in May 2008 and charged with the shooting death of Adrian Boyette, 31, at the Slab House bar near Caledonia.



Teacher evaluation talk skips detail of Miss. plan

Posted 8/22/2012 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are learning about teacher evaluations, possibly as preparation for basing educators' pay on their performance. But some lawmakers may not realize the state Department of Education is in the midst of an intensive effort to create a statewide evaluation system.



Justice Dept. opens civil rights unit in Alabama

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

The Justice Department said Tuesday it was establishing its first civil rights unit in Alabama, a move that comes after the state's crackdown on illegal immigration raised broader concerns about compliance with federal laws.



City council votes to consider private bus service

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus residents may soon have another way to travel around the Friendly City. Columbus Federal Programs Director Travis Jones told city council members Tuesday about the possibility of a private bus service coming to Columbus.



Common sense urged as West Nile Virus hits area

Posted 8/22/2012 in Area

West Nile virus is reaching its peak throughout the state, with Lowndes and Monroe counties among the most recent to report diagnosed cases.


Obama shifts to Ryan education plan

Posted 8/21/2012 in National

It's not just Medicare. President Barack Obama plans to start picking apart other sections of Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's sweeping budget proposals as he tries to paint the GOP ticket as too extreme for the nation. Next up: education.

Funding, open meeting debate dominate CVB meeting

Posted 8/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Festival organizers seeking grant money from the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau will have a new set of guidelines in 2013. The CVB Board of Directors voted in two separate motions to define quality of life events versus tourism events.


Man in coma after weekend assault at bar

Posted 8/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A weekend assault has left one man in a medically-induced coma and investigators searching for details.


Man killed, deputy injured in Monday altercation

Posted 8/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An officer-involved shooting Monday has left one man dead and an Oktibbeha County sheriff's deputy in the hospital with stab wounds.


Murder, sex crimes trials set for Circuit Court

Posted 8/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A murder trial and a pair of sex-related crimes are scheduled for today in the 16th Circuit Court in Lowndes County.



Supervisors OK software upgrade

Posted 8/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the purchase of a $75,000 software upgrade to the county emergency dispatch system during Monday's board meeting.



11-mile stretch of Mississippi River closed

Posted 8/21/2012 in State

Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage Monday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said.



Settlement in suit over illegal workers

Posted 8/21/2012 in State

Federal court records show a Mississippi company that was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on illegal immigrants has settled a discrimination lawsuit by four black women who claimed the company gave preferential treatment to Latinos.



SPD arrests 70 during students' first weekend back in town

Posted 8/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Police Department arrested more than 70 people this weekend in a special detail devoted to cracking down on underage drinking.



IHL waits for state legislature to respond to funding requests

Posted 8/21/2012 in State

The Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) is awaiting an answer from the Mississippi Legislature after approving a list Thursday of the top 10 construction priorities for each of the state's public universities. The costs of those projects would be $684 million.



Afghan militants hit U.S. military chief's plane

Posted 8/21/2012 in National

ilitants fired rockets into a U.S. base in Afghanistan and damaged the plane of the chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff while he was on a visit, but the general was not near the aircraft, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition said today.


Phyllis Diller blazed trail for female comedians

Posted 8/21/2012 in National

Phyllis Diller was the template for self-deprecating female comedians. She not only motivated a generation of funny women, such as Ellen DeGeneres and Whoopi Goldberg, her silver-tongued zingers -- often punctuated by her trademark cackle -- paved the way for them. And she inspired funny guys, too.


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