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Officials: 31 suspended in Army day care scandal

Posted 12/20/2012 in National

At least 31 people were suspended from two Army day care centers at Fort Myer, Va., last week after officials scrutinized their backgrounds and found criminal convictions including fourth-degree sexual assault and drug use, a defense official said Wednesday.


If Friday were the last day for Earth, what would you do?

Posted 12/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Scientific Mayans measured the passage of time with the Mayan Long Count calendar. It has 5,125 year cycles, with the 12th cycle or "Baktun" ending on Friday, December 21, 2012. While it is questionable if the Mayans ever made a prophesy of the end of the world, movie makers and writers have latched on to the Apocalypse hype. Modern scientists have assured us the world will not end Friday.

Mom, children arrested for felony shoplifting

Posted 12/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A mother and her two adult children were arrested Tuesday after they attempted to steal approximately $1,200 in merchandise from Walmart in Columbus.

October sales tax receipts down $14K from 2011

Posted 12/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second month in a row, sales tax receipts are down for Columbus. According to Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen, the city's sales tax check for the month of December is down almost $14,000 from December 2011.

Sears Hometown Store, Ross to open at Leigh Mall

Posted 12/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By next Christmas, shopping enthusiasts will likely have three new stores to choose from when searching for that perfect gift.


Benghazi review slams State Department

Posted 12/19/2012 in National

The leaders of an independent panel that blamed systematic State Department management and leadership failures for gross security lapses in the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya will explain their findings to Congress on Wednesday.



Heavy price: Medicare overpaying for back braces

Posted 12/19/2012 in National

You can find it on the Internet for $250 or less. But if Medicare is paying, a standard-issue brace for back patients costs more than $900.



Instagram says users' photos won't appear in ads

Posted 12/19/2012 in National

Instagram, the popular mobile photo-sharing service now owned by Facebook, said Tuesday that it will remove language from its new terms of service suggesting that users' photos could appear in advertisements.



Facebook users hit 'like,' stores jump into action

Posted 12/19/2012 in National

Facebook isn't just for goofy pictures and silly chatter. Whether shoppers know it or not, their actions online help dictate what's in stores during this holiday season.


Southaven mayor indicted for misuse of taxpayer money

Posted 12/19/2012 in State

A north Mississippi mayor accused of misusing taxpayer money on several purchases including at a Canadian sex shop was indicted Tuesday on one count each of embezzlement, false pretense and making fraudulent statements.


CAFB contractor dies from electrocution

Posted 12/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An contractor died of electrocution Tuesday afternoon while working on Columbus Air Force Base.


Aldermen vote down proposal to stop municipal project

Posted 12/19/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Even though the Oktibbeha County Chancery Court has authorized the city of Starkville to issue general certificates of participation to fund an $8 million municipal project that includes a new City Hall, there was a motion made at the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night to rescind all action pertaining to these certificates.


Judge upholds Kemper Co. power plant license

Posted 12/19/2012 in State

Mississippi Power Co.'s $2.8 billion Kemper County coal-fired plant is one step closer to legal clearance after a judge denied a Sierra Club challenge to the plant's license.


Investors turn against gun makers after massacre

Posted 12/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Investors shunned some of the nation's largest gun makers Tuesday, putting up for sale the manufacturer of the Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle used in the Connecticut school shooting and worrying that the attack could soon bring stricter gun laws.

Council approves $1.2 million loan; proposes new welcome sign

Posted 12/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council is moving forward with a $1.2 million loan needed for the purchase of some new equipment and the completion of a drainage project. Stephen Edds of Jackson-based Baker Donelson appeared before the council Tuesday night, bringing some good news about the loan with him. "Christmas has come early for Columbus," Edds said.

City begins search for new CFO

Posted 12/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The search to find the replacement for Columbus Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen is officially under way. The Columbus City Council accepted the resignation of Bernsen during Tuesday's meeting.


Too big to jail? Execs avoid laundering charges

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

When the Justice Department announced its record $1.9 billion settlement against British bank HSBC last week, prosecutors called it a powerful blow to a dysfunctional institution accused of laundering money for Iran, Libya and Mexico's murderous drug cartels.



Developers worried about new rules for apps

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

A cellphone game for kids about U.S. geography, "Stack the States," gets rave reviews from parents. Its creator, Dan Russell-Pinson, considered making the 99-cent app better by adding a feature to allow children to play online against one another. But with the Federal Trade Commission issuing more stringent online child privacy rules, he's not even pursuing the idea.


Around world, massacres have spurred gun control

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

If there's anywhere that understands the pain of Newtown, it's Dunblane, the town whose grief became a catalyst for changes to Britain's gun laws.


Obama backs off hard lines in search of compromise

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

Narrowing a "fiscal cliff" negotiating gap, President Barack Obama is backing off what had once been ironclad positions.



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