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Obama declares disaster areas in Miss., Louisiana

Posted 8/30/2012 in National

President Barack Obama has declared federal emergencies in areas of Louisiana and Mississippi hit hard by Isaac, moving to speed federal aid and recovery efforts to the hurricane-battered Gulf Coast.



Favre attorneys take aim at racy claims

Posted 8/30/2012 in National

Brett Favre shouldn't have to respond to some embarrassing claims about his personal life that two massage therapists are making in a lawsuit, his lawyers say.


What to watch for at the GOP convention today

Posted 8/30/2012 in National

Here are some things to watch for at the Republican National Convention today: 1. MITT'S BIG NIGHT: Mitt Romney makes his case to the nation about why he should be elected president -- and why he thinks President Barack Obama should be sent packing. The speech could set the tone of Romney's campaign for the final two months.

Ryan's role: Defending Romney and slamming Obama

Posted 8/30/2012 in National

With a no-nonsense tone, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan embraced his role as Barack Obama's top agitator -- and Mitt Romney's chief defender


Two arrested for Caledonia bomb threat

Posted 8/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A pair of juveniles have been arrested for bomb threat at Caledonia High School.



Isaac evacuees: More trickle than stream

Posted 8/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Hurricane Isaac made its slow churn through the Gulf of Mexico, some coastal residents took no chances, boarding up their homes and heading north to ride out the storm.



Mississippi State's Fitzpatrick tracks Isaac at close range

Posted 8/29/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

On Tuesday morning around 10, as Isaac inched closer to the Gulf Coast and people across the region collectively held their breath, Pat Fitzpatrick was at his home in Slidell, a place that knows the effects of storm surge all too well.


For Sullivan, Eselin, Katrina led to a new life in Columbus

Posted 8/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It has become the benchmark by which all storms are measured. It has become the stark demarcation between life before and after, with Hurricane Katrina sitting squarely in the middle of coastal residents' collective memory -- as vivid today as the muddy water lines and red spray-paint which can still be seen on homes uninhabitable, abandoned.


City ordinance draws ire of some business owners

Posted 8/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fire Marshal Todd Weathers presented a proposal to members of the city council earlier this year requiring that all nightclub owners who have entertainment systems inside their establishments install a shunt, or a device that automatically shuts off the music when a fire alarm goes off.



City passes on grant to replace dilapidated homes

Posted 8/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With city departments adjusting to budget cuts recommended by the Columbus City Council, Travis Jones, director of federal programs, said the tight Fiscal Year 2013 budget means a change in some of the grants his office will pursue.


Isaac causing flooding across Coast

Posted 8/29/2012 in National

The sun rose over the Mississippi Gulf Coast on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina to flooded and deserted streets and sporadic power outages.


WTVA to add ABC

Posted 8/29/2012 in Area

WTVA will pick up ABC broadcasts



Project aims to improve hospital safety with family engagement

Posted 8/29/2012 in National

Head of the hospital bed raised? Check. Patient's teeth brushed? Check. Those simple but often overlooked steps can help protect some of the most critically ill patients -- those on ventilators -- from developing deadly pneumonia. And if they knew about them, family members could ensure the steps weren't forgotten.


Book raises questions about bin Laden's death

Posted 8/29/2012 in National

A firsthand account of the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden contradicts previous accounts by administration officials, raising questions as to whether the terror mastermind presented a clear threat when SEALs first fired upon him.

In New York City, identifying the dead, and finding closure

Posted 8/29/2012 in National

On a wind-swept island off New York City, the remains of 850,000 people rest in pine boxes in a grid of covered trenches -- but many are not resting in peace.


Flight attendant's career landing in Guinness book

Posted 8/29/2012 in National

A flight attendant is landing in the Guinness World Records book after spending 63 years moving about the cabin.


Romney nominated; wife Ann convention star speaker

Posted 8/29/2012 in National

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, praised lovingly by his wife from their national convention stage as the "man America needs" and cheered by delegates eager to propel him into the fall campaign against President Barack Obama.

With choreographed conventions, is something lost?

Posted 8/29/2012 in National

As Chris Christie's moment at the microphone neared, delegates to the Republican National Convention were atwitter at the chance to hear the New Jersey governor speak. After all, who knew what might happen? "He doesn't seem to have a filter," said David Shimkin, a delegate from New York.


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