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Dems seek luster for Obama from Bill Clinton

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Bill Clinton takes center stage at the Democratic National Convention today as President Barack Obama's nomination is placed before a party hoping that the last president to preside over sustained growth can help propel him to re-election in a sputtering economy.



Garbage rate increase still won't cover cost, council told

Posted 9/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a budget hearing set for Thursday, the Columbus City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution to raise garbage fees $2 a month, beginning Oct. 1.



Three are suspended in Facebook incident

Posted 9/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus firefighters and a Columbus police officer have been suspended for 30 days after they "liked" a Facebook post made by a former firefighter.



Caledonia weighs fee options

Posted 9/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia may soon be using a collection agency to collect outstanding fines. During Tuesday night's board meeting, the mayor and alderman heard from Mississippi Warrant Network and American Municipal Services.


Trainer suggests pursuing $3M loan

District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer pushed for pursuing a $3 million loan to ensure the county's planned road projects are completed on schedule during the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.


Aldermen approve $1.5 million for drainage, sewage projects

There was some confusion at the Starkville Board of Alderman meeting when it came time to vote on a $1.5 million project aimed at addressing some of the city's sewage infrastructure issues, including the long-debated Carver Drive ditch.


Mass. inmate sex-change ruling praised, condemned

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

A ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery to an inmate is being praised by advocates as important recognition that the surgery is a legitimate treatment for gender-identity disorder, even as critics including Sen. Scott Brown call it "an outrageous abuse of taxpayer dollars."


National debt hits $16 trillion; Republicans critical

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the national debt has topped $16 trillion, the result of chronic government deficits that have poured more than $50,000 worth of red ink onto federal ledgers for every man, woman and child in the United States.


Syria comes under scathing international criticism

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Syria came under scathing international criticism Wednesday, with Turkey calling the country a terrorist state and Egypt's leader calling on President Bashar Assad to "learn from recent history" and step down.

Dawn craft to depart asteroid for dwarf planet

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

After spending a year gazing at Vesta, NASA's Dawn spacecraft was set to cruise toward the most massive space rock in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter -- a voyage that will take nearly three years.


Chance encounter leads to torture suspect's arrest

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

A chance encounter at a restaurant in a Denver suburb led to the arrest of an Ethiopian immigrant who authorities say tortured political prisoners decades ago in his home country, according to testimony from a Department of Homeland Security official Tuesday.



Political conventions highlight Hispanic split

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

The Hispanics with the highest profiles in this year's political conventions, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, stand as opposites in a cultural and political split that has divided millions of U.S. Latinos for decades.


First lady's message: Obama is just like you

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Michelle Obama's message: President Barack Obama is just like you.


Romney campaign, RNC raise $100 million in August

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has raised at least $100 million in August, The Associated Press has learned, hitting that mark for a third consecutive month with a fundraising prowess that has let him outraise President Barack Obama so far this summer.


UMass students nosh on 6,700-pound seafood stew

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

The University of Massachusetts has again welcomed students back to campus with a world record-breaking culinary treat.


Pentagon says book contains secrets

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

A former Navy SEAL's insider account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden contains classified information, the Pentagon said Tuesday, and the admiral who heads the Naval Special Warfare Command said details in the book may provide enemies with dangerous insight into secretive U.S. operations.


Colombia's 'Queen of Cocaine' shot to death

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Griselda Blanco, a convicted drug trafficker who was once known as the "Godmother" and the "Queen of Cocaine," has been shot to death by an unidentified gunman, police in Colombia said Tuesday.


Miss. budget hearings set for mid-September

Posted 9/5/2012 in State

Mississippi money minders will meet later this month to start planning a state budget for fiscal 2014, which begins next July 1.



County continues work on budget

Posted 9/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

County Administrator Ralph Billingsley told the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors that the budget process is continuing as it approaches its Sept. 15 deadline.



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