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Christo fills former natural gas tank in Germany

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

Artist Christo has unveiled his latest spectacular creation: a balloonlike installation that fills the inside of a former natural gas storage tank in Germany's industrial Ruhr region.


Gay marriage: Senator's shift, GOP soul-searching

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

A Republican senator's embrace of gay marriage is the latest sign of soul-searching in a party struggling to adapt in a society whose demographics -- and views on emotional issues -- are changing fast.



Man who set fire to sub gets 17 years

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

A shipyard worker who set fire to rags aboard a nuclear submarine because he wanted to go home was sentenced to a little more than 17 years in federal prison Friday for the blaze that transformed the vessel into a fiery furnace, injured seven people and caused about $450 million in damage.



Cops: Guard shot finger trying to remove ring

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

A federal prison guard has been charged with shooting his own finger in a drunken attempt to remove his wedding ring during an argument with his wife at their northwestern Pennsylvania home, police said.



Deer hunting weapons bill goes to Miss. governor

Posted 3/15/2013 in State

Some hunters who use modern rifles may no longer have to sit out primitive weapon deer season in Mississippi. A bill that would allow hunters to use weapons of choice on private land during this brief part of deer season is headed to the desk of Gov. Phil Bryant.



Md. poised to be 18th state to ban death penalty

Posted 3/15/2013 in National

It's been eight years since Maryland executed a convicted killer, but that could be the last time if the General Assembly, as expected, gives final passage this week to a bill to abolish capital punishment.



Report: Grand jury investigating NJ Sen. Menendez

Posted 3/15/2013 in National

Sen. Robert Menendez is being investigated by a Miami federal grand jury for his role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor and friend, The Washington Post reported Thursday.



Software glitch delays 660,000 tax refunds

Posted 3/15/2013 in National

The Internal Revenue Service says 660,000 taxpayers will have their refunds delayed by up to six weeks because of a problem with the software they used to file their tax returns.



Marriages and divorces 3-17-13

Posted 3/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Miss. court grants appeal in 'King Of Torts' case

Posted 3/15/2013 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court has reinstated the appeal of a lawsuit against a former federal prosecutor and a political blogger over a book they co-wrote about the judicial corruption case involving former attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.



Gov. signs bill for student-led prayer

Posted 3/15/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday that could lead to student-led prayer over school intercoms or at graduations or sporting events. The American Civil Liberties Union said the measure, which becomes law July 1, is likely to prompt a lawsuit in the school year that begins in August.



State board setting new school rating system for 2012-13

Posted 3/15/2013 in State

Graduation rates will make a difference this year in how Mississippi high schools and school districts are rated.



Renovations under way at Lion Hills

Posted 3/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Renovations are under way at Lion Hills Golf Club, as East Mississippi Community College readies the facilities for an expansion of its Mayhew campus in 2013.


Mayor Smith, local leaders encouraged by Washington reception

Posted 3/15/2013 in Area

Mayor Robert Smith returned from Washington, D.C. Wednesday with good news -- state senators and representatives were "receptive and sympathetic" to his attempt to secure federal funding for the Highway 45 bypass and a 14th Avenue drainage ditch project.

McGough will serve five years for sexual battery of minors

Posted 3/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former New Hope woman accused of having a sexual relationship with two 15-year-old boys was found guilty of two counts of sexual battery Thursday in Lowndes County Circuit Court, ending a two-year legal battle and more than five hours of jury deliberations.

Maynard gets head-start on alderman job

Posted 3/15/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Incoming Ward 5 Alderman Scott Maynard is going door-to-door in his ward this campaign season. He's not glad-handing for votes. Instead, he is getting to know his constituents and make sure he understands his ward's needs.

Jobless rates continue uptick in Golden Triangle, state

Posted 3/14/2013 in State

New unemployment data shows the Golden Triangle continuing to lag behind the state's unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.7 percent, but officials with the Mississippi Department of Employment Services say its hard to put a lot of faith in January numbers.

Woman found guilty in sexual battery case involving two minors

Posted 3/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Christy McGough was found guilty Thursday of checking two juvenile boys out of New Hope High School without permission in 2011 and engaging in sexual acts with them on multiple occasions.


Work continues on Kerr-McGee rehabilitation

Posted 3/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A decade has passed since the Kerr-McGee chemical plant on 14th Avenue was shut down and sealed off from the public, but residents say the toxic after-effects linger, endangering the health of approximately 3,500 people who call this East Columbus neighborhood their home.


Latin America sees change under region's first pope

Posted 3/14/2013 in National

The famous words uttered to announce that a leader of the Catholic Church has been chosen now have special resonance for Latin America, which had felt neglected by the Vatican and has finally produced the New World's first pope.


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