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Black Women in America: Peeling Back the Labels

Posted 1/23/2012 in National



Movie set to film in Oxford

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

OXFORD -- While Oxford has been the backdrop for many independent films over the last few years, it hasn't played host to a major motion picture in well over a decade.



Marion County students could get cash

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

COLUMBIA -- In Marion County, they're giving students cash for going to school. A local business group has decided to donate $200 to each of the county's four high schools so officials can pay the sum to a student with perfect attendance.



Judge to hear pardons challenge from Hood

Posted 1/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- A Hinds County judge will hear arguments from Attorney General Jim Hood who is challenging dozens of pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour.



Hattiesburg woman charged in DUI death

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

HATTIESBURG -- A 37-year-old Hattiesburg woman is in the Forrest County Jail charged with driving-under-the-influence/causing death or mutilation.



Man found guilty in second murder trial

Posted 1/23/2012 in Area

MERIDIAN -- Julius Wesley Kiker, of Lucedale, has been convicted for a second time in the shooting death of his wife, Renee Kiker, at their Lucedale home on March 6, 2002.



Budget cuts recommended for health care programs

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Legislative budget writers want to slash the state general fund appropriation for the state Department of Health to $20.7 million -- the lowest level it has seen since 1990, when it received $20.3 million.



2 dead, 100 hurt in Alabama as storms pound South

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

CLAY, Ala. -- Severe storms and possible tornadoes pounded the South on Monday, injuring more than 100 people and killing at least two in Alabama, including a man who lived in an area devastated by a deadly twister outbreak in the spring.



Mississippi casinos win more in December

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi casinos won more money from gamblers in December, the only month in 2011 that gaming revenues were higher than in 2010.



Previous offender arrested on charge of suspicion of burglary

Posted 1/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 19-year-old man is being held in connection to a Friday-morning burglary. Davanta Hayden was arrested Friday morning on Mill Street after police received a stolen-property tip, Cpl. Donnie Elkin said. Charges are still pending and could be issued on Monday, Elkin said.



Columbus city officials: Uptick in crime is a reality

Posted 1/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith didn't mince words: Columbus has a crime problem, and he and the City Council are determined to do whatever it takes to eradicate it.



Starkville school board names finalists for superintendent job

Posted 1/22/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Starkville School District's Walter Gonsoulin is one of four in-state semifinalists and one of five for the vacant superintendent job at Starkville. The Starkville schools board of trustees released Friday a list of semifinalists -- the first time names have been revealed during the search -- and announced its plans for interviews. "I don't want to say too much right now, but I will say I'm extremely thankful for the board's interest in me," Gonsoulin said following Friday's meeting. "I'm really looking forward to the interview process."


Vikings coach, Columbus native Leslie Frazier reflects on season

Posted 1/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Adversity is going to make Leslie Frazier stronger. The Columbus native certainly experienced a fair share of setbacks and change in his first full season as head coach of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.


Celebrity rooster back home in Ocean Springs

Posted 1/21/2012 in State

Carl the rooster is back in Ocean Springs. Carl is one of a small band of roaming roosters who have become a quirky novelty of downtown Ocean Springs.



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