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Jeb Bush: Political reporters 'crack addicts'

Posted 3/11/2013 in National



Miss. hospitals pressing for Medicaid expansion

Posted 3/11/2013 in State

Hospital administrators are pressuring Mississippi lawmakers to expand Medicaid, an option under President Barack Obama's health care law that state Republicans have so far resisted pursuing.


Prude makes one last junket on district dime

Posted 3/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At a time when the Columbus Municipal School District was cutting non-essential expenses, Tommy Prude spent close to $1,000 on a conference that was held just two days before his term on the school board ended.

Petty pulls out of Columbus mayor's race

Posted 3/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the four candidates for Columbus mayor said late Sunday night that he intends to withdraw from the race only two days after filing his paperwork to qualify.

Taking a stand against the sex trade

Posted 3/11/2013 in Area

The first time 19-year-old Shamere McKenzie walked into a strip club, she made $300 within five minutes. She didn't even have to take off her clothes. Just like that, any reservations she had quickly fell away.


Cardinals count down to conclave

Posted 3/11/2013 in National

Cardinals gathered for their final day of talks Monday before the conclave to elect the next pope, amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs more of a manager pope to clean up the Vatican or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful at a time of crisis.


Study: Even ancient mummies had clogged arteries

Posted 3/11/2013 in National

Even without modern-day temptations like fast food or cigarettes, people had clogged arteries some 4,000 years ago, according to the biggest-ever hunt for the condition in mummies.


AP analysis: Soldiers' combat stress felt far from front lines of battle

Posted 3/11/2013 in National

The gritty combat in Afghanistan is thousands of miles away. But the analysts in the cavernous room at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia relive the explosions, the carnage and the vivid after-battle assessments of the bombings over and over again. The repeated exposure to death and destruction rolling across their computer screens is taking its own special toll on their lives.


Last-day qualifiers make it four-way race for mayor

Posted 3/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus mayoral race is heating up, with two more candidates qualifying late Friday afternoon for the June 4 municipal election.

Two seats set, race is on for other Starkville municipal positions

Two Republicans - incumbent Ward 1 Alderman Ben Carver and incoming Ward 5 Alderman Scott Maynard - locked up their respective municipal races Friday after no other challengers emerged before the qualification deadline.

Thankless, but essential

Posted 3/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some do it for the thrill. Others do it because they feel it is a lifelong calling. Some do it because they simply need a job out of law school. But ask any attorney who serves as a public defender and you will hear that it is, most often, a thankless job.

MERIT program survives as elective course

Posted 3/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The highly contentious gifted program within the Lowndes County School District was saved Friday, thanks in part to the outcry from students' parents. A standing-room-only crowd packed into the Lowndes County School Board meeting Friday morning, anxiously waiting to hear the school board's decision on whether or not to cut the gifted program, commonly referred to as MERIT, for seventh and eighth-graders within the district.


Bryant gets bill permanently allowing payday loans

Posted 3/9/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers may never have to debate payday loan interest rates again.



Bluecutt wreck kills Ethelsville man

Posted 3/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An Ethelsville, Ala. man died early Saturday in a motorcycle accident on Bluecutt Road.



Senate approves bill barring higher local pay

Posted 3/9/2013 in State

Cities and counties will be barred from raising minimum wages in their localities, if Gov. Phil Bryant approves.



Southaven's Mayor Davis files for re-election

Posted 3/9/2013 in State

A north Mississippi mayor, who's facing a myriad of legal problems and announced he would not seek a fifth term, did an about-face Friday and filed for re-election as an Independent.


Arrest report 3-10-13

Posted 3/9/2013 in Area

Sistine chimney installed as conclave nears

Posted 3/9/2013 in National

The Vatican sought Saturday to quash speculation that divisions among cardinals could drag out the conclave to elect the new pope, while preparations for the vote plowed ahead with firefighters installing the Sistine Chapel chimney that will tell the world when a decision has been reached.


Colo shooting suspect was hospitalized, restrained

Posted 3/9/2013 in National

Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes was taken from jail to the psychiatric ward of a hospital in November because he was considered a danger to himself, and he was frequently held in restraints while hospitalized, according to a court document released Friday.



Hagel: Optimistic on reaching commando agreement

Posted 3/9/2013 in National

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he believes U.S. officials will be able to work things out with Afghan leaders who have ordered special operations forces out of Wardak province, even as commandos face a Monday deadline to leave.



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