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City ordinance draws ire of some business owners

Posted 8/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fire Marshal Todd Weathers presented a proposal to members of the city council earlier this year requiring that all nightclub owners who have entertainment systems inside their establishments install a shunt, or a device that automatically shuts off the music when a fire alarm goes off.



City passes on grant to replace dilapidated homes

Posted 8/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With city departments adjusting to budget cuts recommended by the Columbus City Council, Travis Jones, director of federal programs, said the tight Fiscal Year 2013 budget means a change in some of the grants his office will pursue.


Isaac causing flooding across Coast

Posted 8/29/2012 in National

The sun rose over the Mississippi Gulf Coast on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina to flooded and deserted streets and sporadic power outages.


WTVA to add ABC

Posted 8/29/2012 in Area

WTVA will pick up ABC broadcasts



Project aims to improve hospital safety with family engagement

Posted 8/29/2012 in National

Head of the hospital bed raised? Check. Patient's teeth brushed? Check. Those simple but often overlooked steps can help protect some of the most critically ill patients -- those on ventilators -- from developing deadly pneumonia. And if they knew about them, family members could ensure the steps weren't forgotten.


Book raises questions about bin Laden's death

Posted 8/29/2012 in National

A firsthand account of the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden contradicts previous accounts by administration officials, raising questions as to whether the terror mastermind presented a clear threat when SEALs first fired upon him.

In New York City, identifying the dead, and finding closure

Posted 8/29/2012 in National

On a wind-swept island off New York City, the remains of 850,000 people rest in pine boxes in a grid of covered trenches -- but many are not resting in peace.


Flight attendant's career landing in Guinness book

Posted 8/29/2012 in National

A flight attendant is landing in the Guinness World Records book after spending 63 years moving about the cabin.


Romney nominated; wife Ann convention star speaker

Posted 8/29/2012 in National

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, praised lovingly by his wife from their national convention stage as the "man America needs" and cheered by delegates eager to propel him into the fall campaign against President Barack Obama.

With choreographed conventions, is something lost?

Posted 8/29/2012 in National

As Chris Christie's moment at the microphone neared, delegates to the Republican National Convention were atwitter at the chance to hear the New Jersey governor speak. After all, who knew what might happen? "He doesn't seem to have a filter," said David Shimkin, a delegate from New York.

CPD helps end Clay County standoff

Posted 8/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department's Special Response Team responded to a hostage situation late Tuesday at Apostolic Drive in Clay County.


Small fire extinguished at Cook Elementary

Posted 8/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Emergency responders rushed to the scene of a small fire at Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School this morning, but the fire was out upon arrival, and no students had to be evacuated.



2012 Legends concert canceled, future of event uncertain

Posted 8/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Organizers of the Legends Concert announced Monday they will not hold the event this year because of a lack of funds.


Cantrell: Isaac not much of a factor at Convention

Posted 8/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Tropical Storm Isaac advances through the Gulf, attendees of the Republic National Convention in Tampa, Fla. continue to move forward with planned activities.


City of Starkville ready to 'get swept up'

Posted 8/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The population in Starkville could easily double this weekend with the influx of Mississippi State University and Jackson State University football fans as they converge for Saturday's season-opening football game.


Up in smoke: Teen pot use linked to later declines in IQ

Posted 8/28/2012 in National

Teens who routinely smoke marijuana risk a long-term drop in their IQ, a new study suggests.

Ann Romney, Christie on deck at GOP convention

Posted 8/28/2012 in National

Republicans are eager to showcase Mitt Romney as a man who understands everyday Americans and a leader who can fix the economy, with GOP National Convention speeches Tuesday by the woman who knows him best and tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. But with New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast waiting fearfully to see where a massive storm makes landfall, politics has become an awkward enterprise and no one knows what sort of party the GOP gathering will turn out to be.


Starkville's improved fire rating means savings for businesses

Posted 8/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local business owners could see as much as a nine-percent drop in insurance premiums in Starkville thanks in part to the city's fire department, which this year received the best fire protection rating it has ever had.


Paul delegates mounting floor fight over new rules

Posted 8/28/2012 in National

Rep. Ron Paul's delegates are trying to mount a floor fight over new GOP rules designed to limit the ability of insurgent presidential candidates to amass delegates to future Republican conventions.


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