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Miss. House seeks to end self-destruct switch

Posted 2/10/2014 in State

A figurative self-destruct switch is turned on at many state agencies in Mississippi. No time bombs are ticking in the office buildings that overlook the Capitol. But laws that authorize many agencies specify a date that the law will be repealed and the agency will cease to exist.



Fans shun Sochi over bombs, bureaucracy, big bucks

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

When Sven Kramer wins Olympic gold, he likes to celebrate by communing with the Dutch fans who worship him. Four years ago at the Vancouver Games, 3,000 packed a cavernous hall and went wild when Kramer appeared.


Horses' future uncertain if New York City carriage rides end

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

Time may be running out for the iconic horse carriages that carry tourists around New York City's Central Park. Mayor Bill de Blasio has already declared his intention to shut down the industry, saying it is inhumane to keep horses in modern-day Manhattan.


Experts increasingly contemplate end of smoking

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

Health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America. They have long wished for a cigarette-free America, but shied away from calling for smoking rates to fall to zero or near zero by any particular year.


Fla. detective: 9 bullet holes in loud music SUV

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

Nine bullet holes were found in an SUV after an argument over loud music at a Florida convenience store that left a teen dead, an investigator testified Saturday at the trial of the man charged with opening fire.


North Korea rescinds invitation to U.S. envoy

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

North Korea has canceled for a second time its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to visit the country to discuss a long-detained American's possible release, the State Department said Monday.


Options being considered for multi-purpose arena

Posted 2/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Preliminary discussions on a potential multi-purpose arena for local agricultural groups are ongoing. A feasibility study in the works includes possible financial assistance from the state and where the facility would be located.

Federal judge denies Terry's appeal

Posted 2/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A federal judge denied former Lowndes County supervisor Jim Terry's appeal of his 2007 fraud in office conviction Thursday.

Murder, pornography cases headline circuit court

Posted 2/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The February session of the Lowndes County Circuit Court begins Monday with the trial of three Columbus men accused in the 2011 shooting death on College Street.

It's never too late: Columbus woman finally gets her GED

Posted 2/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mary Thomas got her GED late last year. When her name was called during the commencement ceremony at MUW, she set out across the stage with the help of a walker. She is 88 years old, after all.

University report: More riders utilizing SMART buses

Ridership of the Starkville-Mississippi State University Area Rapid Transit program is increasing as more residents become aware of the bus transit system, the university reported Friday.


Robbery suspect also faces felony escape charge

Posted 2/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The suspect of a bank robbery Thursday has received an additional charge of felony escape, Columbus Police Department spokesperson Latasha Key confirmed Friday.



Miss. gets $5.6 million to help struggling schools

Posted 2/9/2014 in State

Mississippi is getting $5.6 million in federal money to pay for efforts to improve poorly performing schools.



New trial ordered in MSU firearm case

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Mississippi State University student who was convicted of having a firearm on campus.



Media sometimes try, fail to keep NSA's secrets

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

News organizations publishing leaked National Security Agency documents have inadvertently disclosed the names of at least six intelligence workers and other government secrets they never intended to give away, an Associated Press review has found.


Bottle released by Mass. scientist in 1956 found

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

It was April 1956, and the No. 1 song was Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel." At the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, scientist Dean Bumpus was busy releasing glass bottles in a large stretch of the Atlantic Ocean.

New wave of heroin claims Hoffman and others

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

Heroin was supposed to be an obsolete evil, a blurry memory of a dangerous drug that dwelled in some dark recess of American culture.


Court papers: Woman stole baby

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

An hour after a woman reported her newborn son missing from a Wisconsin home, police were questioning her step-sister -- found with a prosthetic pregnancy belly, baby clothes and a stroller, but no baby, according to court documents.



Sochi hijack attempt over Ukrainian prisoners

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

A Ukrainian man who allegedly tried to hijack a Turkey-bound commercial flight and divert it to Sochi on the day of the Winter Olympics' opening ceremony wanted to press for the release of anti-government protesters in his country, authorities said Saturday.



Obama signs farm bill that trims food stamps

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country, while trimming the food stamp program that inspired a two-year battle over the legislation.



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