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Attention turns to Peterson's missing fourth wife

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

She loomed over Drew Peterson's murder trial, though her disappearance and the suspicion that the former Illinois police officer killed her was never mentioned in front of the jury.

Texas to open fastest U.S. highway with 85 mph limit

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

Texas will soon open a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the country, giving eager drivers a chance to rip through a trip between two of the state's largest metropolitan areas.


Miss. folk artist 'Preacher' Dennis dies at 96

Posted 9/7/2012 in State

The Rev. Herman "Preacher" Dennis, who turned a Mississippi Delta grocery store into a folk-art castle that became a roadside attraction, has died. He was 96.


Obama's convention evolution now complete

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

President Barack Obama's convention evolution is complete. Eight years ago, the little-known Democrat rocketed into the political spotlight with a soaring convention keynote address. Four years later, he accepted the Democratic Party's nomination and became its standard bearer.


Claim of Romney taxes theft a puzzling whodunit

Posted 9/7/2012 in National


Costa Rica escapes serious damage from big quake

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

The bulletins were terrifying: a powerful earthquake had struck off the coast of this Central American country, spawning a tsunami warning and bringing fears of widespread catastrophe.


Quakes kill at least 50 in mountainous SW China

Posted 9/7/2012 in National


Road Dept. has eye on Peterbilt location

Posted 9/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Road Department may soon have a new place to call home.


Lathan convicted in armed burglary case

Posted 9/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Corey Lathan was found guilty of burglary and armed robbery in circuit court Thursday.


For Pete's sake ... Horse lover finds answered prayer in rescue horse

Posted 9/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Lisa Oswalt was 3 years old, her father bought her a pony. "He always said it was the worst mistake he ever made," says Oswalt, now 46. "Except for maybe about three years, I've had horses ever since."

Kitten goes for 100-mile ride on NY woman's bumper

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

A woman says a 6-week-old kitten hitched a ride on the outside of her vehicle as she drove about 100 miles over upstate New York roads.


Test scores not likely to affect status for Starkville, Columbus

Posted 9/6/2012 in Area

State test scores are on the rise, but when the Mississippi Department of Education's accountability rankings are released later this month, school officials in at least two local districts expect to remain at the same level as last year.



City will dip into reserves to make budget

Posted 9/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Columbus' mayor and city council continue to work toward a 2013 budget deadline of Sept. 14, some last-minute financial discoveries have increased the city's deficit by almost $100,000.



CPD: No sidearms at disciplinary hearings

Posted 9/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department issued a memo Wednesday that prohibits officers from wearing their sidearms when appearing before the city council on matters involving disciplinary action.



Starkville ready for 'New South Weekend'

Football season is upon us in Starkville, and so are New South Weekends.



Barnes and Noble kicks off expansion with Friday event

In an ode to the balance of athletics and studies, one of the most recognized brands in sports has helped give one of the nation's largest chain bookstores a new look on the campus of Mississippi State University.



Putin leads young Siberian cranes in flight

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Vladimir Putin flew a motorized hang glider to lead a flock of young Siberian white cranes in flight, a characteristic stunt for Russia's action-man, animal-loving president.


Rights Watch: Evidence of wider waterboarding

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Human Rights Watch said it has uncovered evidence of a wider use of waterboarding in American interrogations of detainees than has been acknowledged by the United States, in a report Thursday that details further brutal treatment at secret CIA-run prisons under the Bush administration-era U.S. program of detention and rendition of terror suspects.


Mo. bishop faces bench trial in case tied to abuse

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

A Missouri judge will try the criminal case against the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to be charged with shielding an abusive priest, three weeks before it was to go before a jury.



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