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Colombia's 'Queen of Cocaine' shot to death

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Griselda Blanco, a convicted drug trafficker who was once known as the "Godmother" and the "Queen of Cocaine," has been shot to death by an unidentified gunman, police in Colombia said Tuesday.


Miss. budget hearings set for mid-September

Posted 9/5/2012 in State

Mississippi money minders will meet later this month to start planning a state budget for fiscal 2014, which begins next July 1.



County continues work on budget

Posted 9/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

County Administrator Ralph Billingsley told the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors that the budget process is continuing as it approaches its Sept. 15 deadline.



Food-stamp use climbs to record

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Food-stamp use reached a record 46.7 million people in June, the government said Tuesday, as Democrats prepare to nominate President Barack Obama for a second term with the economy as a chief issue in the campaign.



Officials still assessing Isaac damage

Posted 9/5/2012 in State


Smith indicted on weapons charge

Posted 9/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

German Terrel Smith was last week indicted by a federal grand jury on one count possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.


Triplett guilty, gets 40 years

Posted 9/4/2012 in Area

Robert Triplett found guilty of child pornography, receives 40-year sentence


Triplett faces child porn charges

Posted 9/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Robert Triplett is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court today on charges of child pornography. Triplett, 58, of 181 Golding Rd., pleaded guilty to one count possession of child pornography in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi in August 2010.


Firefighter resigns after Facebook post

Posted 9/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus Firefighter has resigned after making a controversial post on his Facebook page. Veteran firefighter Brad Alexander has resigned, and two other firefighters and a police department officer face disciplinary action after "liking'' Alexander's post.


Democrats open convention

Posted 9/4/2012 in National

Four years later Democrats have gathered again, this time in support of a president who carries the power and the burden of incumbency, both in evidence as the opening gavel is struck at the Democratic National Convention.


C Spire targets MSU, Ole Miss in unique partnership

Ticket sales for SEC football games may not be floundering, but with mattress-sized, high-definition television screens becoming the norm in American households, and an extensive television contract with ESPN still in its honeymoon stage, two SEC West schools are turning to social media in order to get fans off the couch and into the stadium.



Another disaster brings candidates to Gulf

Posted 9/4/2012 in National

Mitt Romney wasted no time after accepting the GOP presidential nomination in heading to Louisiana to see the damage from Hurricane Isaac, changing his schedule on the fly to get there the very next day. President Barack Obama also tweaked his travel plans to make sure he gets there Monday, ahead of his own nominating convention.


Facing possible ban German far-right changes tack

Posted 9/4/2012 in National

At a rally of Germany's biggest far-right party, skinheads raise fists to nationalist chants and wear T-shirts that skirt the limits of German law: "Enforce National Socialism" reads one; another proclaims the wearer to be "100 percent un-kosher." Some cover illegal neo-Nazi tattoos with masking tape because police are on the prowl.


Study questions how much better organic food is

Posted 9/4/2012 in National

Patient after patient asked: Is eating organic food, which costs more, really better for me?


Red Bull heir arrested in deadly Thai hit-and-run

Posted 9/4/2012 in National

A grandson of the creator of the Red Bull energy drink has been arrested for driving a Ferrari that struck a police officer and dragged his dead body down a Bangkok street in an early-morning hit-and-run, police said Monday.


Why does Social Security need 174,000 bullets?

Posted 9/4/2012 in National

It didn't take long for the Internet to start buzzing with conspiracy theories after the Social Security Administration posted a notice that it was purchasing 174,000 hollow-point bullets. Why is the agency that provides benefits to retirees, disabled workers, widows and children stockpiling ammunition? Whom are they going to use it on?


'Show me the money'

Posted 9/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Good Morning America's Elisabeth Leamy, second from left, helps present the Mississippi's Sheriff's Boys and Girls Ranch a check for more than $100,000 on July 25.


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