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CL&W goes forward with meter contractor

Posted 3/24/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Installation of a new, $3.5 million water meter system will soon begin. Columbus Light and Water's Board of Directors voted unanimously Thursday to approve a contract with Utility Management Solutions to install the new mobile system.

Power restored to most businesses after fire

Posted 3/24/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A blown transformer behind the Trotter Convention Center caused a minor fire Saturday and shut down power to several businesses on Fifth Street.

Restaurant Week tallies record number of ballots

Posted 3/24/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

More visitors cast ballots in Starkville Restaurant Week in five days this year than 2013's entire week, and organizers say they expect weekend baseball crowds to set a high benchmark for future competitions.


Inmates attempt to sneak drugs into jail

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

Two Alcorn County regional jail inmates are being returned to the state penitentiary in Parchman after attempting to smuggle drugs and contraband into the Corinth facility.



Miss. court denies extra compensation to ex-inmate

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

The state of Mississippi says Frank Sanders Tipton is due $41,097 for the 300 days he was wrongfully incarcerated in prison.



Man shot while fishing in Rankin Co.

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

A man is hospitalized in stable condition after being shot multiple times while fishing with his three sons.



Combs endorses Canton union push

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

Sean "Diddy" Combs is adding his support those seeking a union at Nissan Motor Co. Combs endorsed the effort by video at a free pro-union concert by rapper Common Friday night at Jackson State University.



Health law birth control coverage before justices

Posted 3/24/2014 in National

The Obama administration and its opponents are renewing the Supreme Court battle over President Barack Obama's health care law in a case that pits the religious rights of employers against the rights of women to the birth control of their choice.


'Significant' oil spill closes Texas channel

Posted 3/24/2014 in National

No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway, but more help was being called in Monday to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat.

No 'signs of life' after huge landslide

Posted 3/24/2014 in National

Hopes of finding any more survivors from a massive mudslide that killed at least eight people waned as searchers pulled more bodies from the tangled debris field and crews worked through the night into Monday in rural Washington state.


Mississippi legislative voting often confusing

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers consider hundreds of bills each year. While most votes are straightforward, House and Senate operating rules can make it difficult for spectators -- or even new lawmakers -- to understand what's happening when legislation passes or fails.



Kids learn stroke signs in class through imitation

Posted 3/24/2014 in National

Andrea Esteban tried to smile with half her face, crossing her eyes in the process, and her third-grade classmates giggled. Matthew Velez struggled to speak, "Luh, luh, uh, gronk," and the kids erupted in laughter.


Gibbs case intersects divisive, difficult issues

Posted 3/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rennie Gibbs's daughter, Samiya, was a month premature when she simultaneously entered the world and left it, never taking a breath. To experts who later examined the medical record, the stillborn infant's most likely cause of death was also the most obvious: the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.

Firm receives accolade for soccer complex design

Posted 3/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local engineering firm Neel-Schaffer has received the American Council of Engineering Companies' top honor for its role in designing the Columbus Soccer Complex.

KiOR stares down default on MDA loan

Posted 3/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If KiOR does not finalize the details of a $25 million commitment from a California investor within the next nine days the company expects to default on a $75 million loan it received from the state of Mississippi.

Miley: 'They knew he had weapons'

Posted 3/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When local law enforcement went to check on a New Hope man whose family was concerned about his welfare Tuesday, they had no idea that what started as a routine call would turn into one of the bloodiest days for law enforcement in recent history.

Answers sought in New Hope shooting case

Posted 3/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man accused of shooting two Lowndes County deputies and injuring a third is sitting alone in a Monroe County jail cell. Kenneth "Kent" Coscia, 30, has been in solitary confinement since he allegedly opened fire on Lowndes County Sheriff's Department deputies Tuesday, according to Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell.


Zacharias Road bill heading to conference committee

Posted 3/22/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A joint House-Senate conference committee is expected to form and negotiate a final version of HB 615, a bill that would rename a portion of Miss. Highway 25 after former Mississippi State University President Donald Zacharias.



Hefty fees for some drugs under ACA

Posted 3/22/2014 in National

Breast cancer survivor Ginny Mason was thrilled to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act despite her pre-existing condition. But when she realized her arthritis medication fell under a particularly costly tier of her plan, she was forced to switch to another brand.


Gun used against Pope to be exhibited

Posted 3/22/2014 in National

The gun used by a would-be assassin to shoot Pope John Paul II will be on display at a museum dedicated to the pontiff as a sign of God's protection of him, according to priests in charge of the museum.


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