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Tornado levels Lowndes Co. church

Posted 4/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A tornado completely destroyed Springfield M.B. Church on Monday. It had stood for nearly 150 years in a field on the east side of Highway 45 South, down toward Macon.

Neighbors help neighbors in storm's aftermath

Posted 4/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Beverly Smith lives with her 86-year-old mother, Alice Nickoles, at the corner of Lacy and Hutcherson roads in east Lowndes County. On Tuesday afternoon, they were approaching 24 hours without power, but were in good spirits.

Time is running short to save Rosie's plant

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

Loraine Osborne is a Rosie. She isn't THE Rosie, but she worked as a riveter at the Willow Run bomber plant in Michigan alongside Rose Will Monroe, the inspiration for a character that came to symbolize female empowerment and the we're-all-in-this-together spirit of the American homefront during World War II.


Former Mississippi police chief sentenced

Posted 4/30/2014 in State

A former police chief in Mississippi has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for conspiring to demand money and property from people in exchange for dropping criminal charges.



Kemper power plant will cost more

Posted 4/30/2014 in State

The Southern Companies says the expected startup date of its coal gas-fired power plant in Kemper County is being pushed back to the first half of 2015.



Right mix of conditions brewed tornado outbreak

Posted 4/30/2014 in Area

Weather from nearly all parts of the country combined to brew this week's killer tornadoes.


Forecasters downplay 3rd-day dire predictions

Posted 4/30/2014 in Area

Ruth Bennett died clutching the last child left at her day care center as a tornado wiped the building off its foundation. A firefighter who came upon the body gently pulled the toddler from her arms.

Italy court: Knox struck mortal blow in killing

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

The Italian appeals court that reinstated the conviction against Amanda Knox in her British roommate's 2007 murder said in a lengthy reasoning made public Tuesday that Knox herself delivered the fatal blow out of a desire to "overpower and humiliate" the victim.


Woman admits tossing dog into traffic over dispute

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

A New Jersey woman has admitted killing her neighbor's small dog by throwing it into traffic during an argument over a parking space.


Oklahoma inmate dies after botched execution

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

A botched execution that used a new drug combination left an Oklahoma inmate writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney Tuesday, leading prison officials to halt the proceedings before the inmate's eventual death from a heart attack.


Employee opens fire at FedEx center

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

A FedEx employee wearing ammunition draped across his chest "like Rambo" opened fire Tuesday at a package-sorting center outside Atlanta, wounding six people before committing suicide, police and witnesses said.



Senate ready to sink effort to boost minimum wage

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

Hemmed in by solid Republican opposition, the Senate seems ready to hand a fresh defeat to President Barack Obama by blocking an election-year bill increasing the federal minimum wage.



2 more to plead guilty to dog fighting in Ala.

Posted 4/30/2014 in Area

An Auburn man accused of organizing high-stakes dog fights in Alabama is scheduled in federal court to enter a guilty plea.



3 killed in Alabama storms, many without power

Posted 4/30/2014 in Area

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency reported three deaths from strong storms and possible tornadoes that swept through the state Monday night and early Tuesday.


8 killed, unknown number of injured, missing as tornado rips into Louisville

Posted 4/29/2014 in Area

During an early-morning news conference today, Winston County Coroner Scott Gregory said there were eight confirmed deaths in Louisville, with victims ranging in age from 25-to-75-years old. Search and rescue operations continued this morning.

East Columbus, Lowndes sustain damage but no serious injuries reported

Posted 4/29/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The total number of tornadoes will not be confirmed until the National Weather Service conducts a statewide survey, but there were at least five tornadoes that caused significant damage in the state.


Education a new defining issue for 2016 GOP class

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

Raising U.S. educational expectations through national goals was a priority for Republican President George W. Bush. But many of his would-be successors in the GOP are calling for just the opposite of government-set rules, and it's splitting the party as the GOP class of 2016 presidential hopefuls takes shape.



Minimum wage approaches likely rejection

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

The push by President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage seems ready to join the parade of issues that gets buried in Congress but -- the party hopes -- propels voters to the polls this November.



450-pound gator caught on Pass Christian beach

Posted 4/29/2014 in State

An alligator drew quite a crowd to the beach in Pass Christian on Monday before being trapped and hauled off by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.



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