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Hoaxes, scams abound after disasters like Boston attack

Posted 4/19/2013 in National

A blond, bespectacled girl with a serious expression and a red T-shirt chugs along a street in runner's togs and bib in a photo shared thousands of times on social media soon after the Boston Marathon explosions.



Air search finds no trace of missing man

Posted 4/19/2013 in National

A short break in windy weather on Thursday allowed a rancher with a helicopter to search a rugged mountainside in southeastern Oregon for a young Oklahoma man who set out to test himself against the wilderness.



Dick Van Dyke tweets for help with health issue

Posted 4/19/2013 in National



Poll: Public pessimism on economy grows

Posted 4/19/2013 in National

For the third year in a row, the nation's economic recovery has hit a springtime soft spot.



Obama, victims' families overcome by gun owners

Posted 4/19/2013 in National

Four months ago, President Barack Obama promised a grieving nation he would do everything in his power to change gun laws after 26 students and staff were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School.



New app helps Icelanders avoid accidental incest

Posted 4/19/2013 in National

ou meet someone, there's chemistry, and then come the introductory questions: What's your name? Come here often? Are you my cousin?


12 bodies recovered after Texas blast, 200 injured

Posted 4/19/2013 in National

The bodies of 12 people have been recovered after an enormous Texas fertilizer plant explosion that demolished surrounding neighborhoods for blocks and left about 200 other people injured, authorities said today.


Sheriff: Storage unit led to arrests in DA deaths

Posted 4/19/2013 in National

Investigators in the slayings of two North Texas prosecutors got their big break from a tip that pointed them to a cache of guns and a Crown Victoria hidden in a storage unit, a sheriff said.



Cotton District Arts Festival showcases area's creativity, culture

Posted 4/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

2013 Cotton District Arts Festival artisan vendors Carl Carbonell and Kate Thomas say the annual festival not only provides them with a great way to showcase their talents to a large, supportive crowd but also allows the two Mississippi State University graduates a sort of homecoming back to the art scene in which they thrived while in college.


Police: 5 to 15 people killed in Texas explosion

Posted 4/18/2013 in National

Rescue workers searched rubble early today for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin and leveled homes and businesses for blocks in every direction.

February tax revenues down nearly $40K

Posted 4/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the sixth consecutive month, sales tax receipts are down for Columbus. The city's sales tax check for the month of April is $698,385.72 -- a $37,403.25 decrease from April 2012, it is the sharpest decrease from a previous year's monthly total since September 2010.

MUW kicks off homecoming today

Posted 4/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The long blue line is coming home, with hundreds expected to celebrate Mississippi University for Women's homecoming, which kicks off today and continues through Sunday.

Corinth man arrested for mailing suspected ricin

Posted 4/18/2013 in State

A Mississippi man accused of mailing letters with suspected ricin to national leaders believed he had uncovered a conspiracy to sell human body parts on the black market and claimed "various parties within the government" were trying to ruin his reputation.


Bryant signs charter school, other education bills

Posted 4/18/2013 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant continues to tout the potential of new education measures. The Republican Bryant signed four bills into law Wednesday at Northwest Rankin High School, where he pledged last fall to seek many of the changes and promised students he would come back to sign the bills before them.


Caledonia hires interim town clerk

Posted 4/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Voters in Caledonia will see a familiar face around Town Hall for the next few weeks.

Lathan optimistic about Golden Triangle's future

Posted 4/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Golden Triangle is poised for new industries and job growth, said Brenda Lathan, Golden Triangle Development Link vice president for economic development, during GTDL's quarterly luncheon Wednesday at East Mississippi Community College.


Marriages and divorces 4-18-13

Posted 4/18/2013 in Business


Bryant expected to sign local school merger bills

Posted 4/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two Golden Triangle school consolidation bills should receive Gov. Phil Bryant's signature by the end of the month, state Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, confirmed Tuesday.


Purvis man faces trial in Turkey over 'stones'

Posted 4/18/2013 in State

An American tourist who collected stones during a six-day beach holiday with his wife was briefly detained in Turkey and faces trial for attempting to smuggle historical artifacts, he said on Wednesday.


War medicine now is helping Boston bomb victims

Posted 4/18/2013 in National

The bombs that made Boston look like a combat zone have also brought battlefield medicine to their civilian victims. A decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has sharpened skills and scalpels, leading to dramatic advances that are now being used to treat the 13 amputees and nearly a dozen other patients still fighting to keep damaged limbs after Monday's attack.


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