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Student with gun causes lock-down at CHS

Posted 11/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus High School was on lock- down Thursday after a student brought a handgun onto the campus.



Change in CAFB contract could threaten jobs

Posted 11/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nearly 500 Columbus employees were at risk for losing their jobs earlier this week after DynCorp lost its seven-year contract at Columbus Air Force Base.


Battered by storm, Staten Islanders feel forgotten

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

Gazing at her bungalow, swept from its foundation and tossed across the street, Janice Clarkin wondered if help would ever come to this battered island off the coast of Manhattan. "Do you see anybody here?" she asked, resignation etched on her face. "On the news, the mayor's congratulating the governor and the governor's congratulating the mayor. About what? People died."


Runners find no race in New York

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

Adam Frye got the news as he was headed toward the Javits Center on Friday to pick up his packet of material for the New York City Marathon. The race was canceled. Blame it on Sandy.


George Lucas' filmmaking rooted in rebellion

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

There's no mistaking the similarities. A childhood on a dusty farm, a love of fast vehicles, a rebel who battles an overpowering empire -- George Lucas is the hero he created, Luke Skywalker.


Fight intensifies over northwest coal exports to Asia

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

The progressive college town of Bellingham, Wash., is known for its stunning scenery, access to the outdoors and eclectic mix of aging hippies, students and other residents. But lately it's turned into a battleground in the debate over whether the Pacific Northwest should become the hub for exporting U.S. coal to Asia.


South Korean zoo elephant imitates human speech

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

An elephant in a South Korean zoo is using his trunk to pick up not only food, but also human vocabulary.


IRS not enforcing rules on churches and politics

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

For the past three years, the Internal Revenue Service hasn't been investigating complaints of partisan political activity by churches, leaving religious groups who make direct or thinly veiled endorsements of political candidates unchallenged.


Prayer group asks God to bless nation before election approaches

Posted 11/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Thursday morning, in downtown Columbus, an estimated 150 people gathered to bow their heads and pray in the YMCA gymnasium.

Seatbelt violation traffic stop leads to gun arrest

Posted 11/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a Columbus man Thursday afternoon.


Lowndes County Foundation joins forces with CREATE

Posted 11/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the state's largest community-giving organizations announced a partnership with a local endowment group Thursday.



Controversial drainage project put on hold

Posted 11/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A joint project between the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and Tombigbee Water Management has been temporarily placed on hiatus. Drainage work in the Pickensville Road/Pickens Drive area has come to a halt as some engineering changes to the project are being made.



Deja Moo: MSU, Texas A&M have much in common

Posted 11/2/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Normally, the Mississippi State University football team would wear its maroon jerseys for Saturday's home game against Texas A&M. The Aggies would wear their white uniforms.



Hamilton man confesses to Starkville arson

Posted 11/2/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Hamilton, Miss., man has confessed to setting fire to a house he owns in Oktibbeha County, officials with the Starkville Police Department say.


SHS band's success begins at middle schools

Posted 11/2/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In a lot of respects, Starkville High School Band Director Shawn Sullivan and the school's head football coach Jamie Mitchell have eerily similar responsibilities.


Oct. jobs report likely to show modest hiring

Posted 11/2/2012 in National

The October employment report the government will release Friday will likely solidify the picture of the U.S. job market that's emerged this year: Companies are hiring steadily but cautiously. And unemployment remains high.



Flowers and ritual pay respect during Day of the Dead

Posted 11/2/2012 in National

Mexicans cleaned the bones of dead relatives and decorated their graves with flowers and candy skulls. In Haiti, voodoo practitioners circled an iron cross at a cemetery and poured moonshine to honor their ancestors. Some Guatemalans held a wild horse race to remember the dead.



Gang rules 6 years after start of Mexico drug war

Posted 11/2/2012 in National

Forest-camouflaged pickups roared to life as the Mexican soldiers pulled on their black masks and hoisted their Heckler & Koch G3 assault rifles.



Businessman accused of oil spill fraud

Posted 11/2/2012 in National

A Louisiana businessman faces a federal wire fraud charge for allegedly seeking to get BP PLC to pay him $1.4 million for supplying a helicopter that the oil giant allegedly did not authorize to pay for during its response to the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.



Illinois mother stabs two children out of anger at husband

Posted 11/2/2012 in National

Neighbors heard the couple shouting at each other, but they never saw it get physical. Artur Plackowska said his wife recently told him she loved him.



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