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Crime dominates council discussion

Posted 1/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith assured residents Tuesday he is doing all he can to curtail crime in The Friendly City. Smith read a letter addressed to all Columbus residents, and the council spoke to Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen about ways to prevent crime.

Iguanas and Madonna: Bryan's Records and Pets to close after six decades

Posted 1/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The sign on the door says closed, but the door opens regularly, a massive ring of keys dangling from the keyhole. Customers enter and chat easily with the store's owners. They exchange handshakes.

The W needs more men -- and women, Borsig says

Posted 1/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

January has been a month of firsts for Dr. Jim Borsig, Mississippi University for Women's new president. This week marked another first -- public speaking outside the campus environment.


State plans teacher evaluation system

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

TUPELO -- The Mississippi Department of Education is developing a system for evaluating its educators that could be ready to be used during the 2014-15 school year.



Police hiring lawsuit settled

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

ABERDEEN -- A settlement has been announced between the city of Tupelo and former police recruit Latana Williams.


Lowndes sheriff's office makes arrests in burglaries

Posted 1/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County authorities have a second suspect in custody from a mid-December burglary. Billy Ross Petty Jr., 35, of 1124 Sixth Ave. N. in Columbus, was taken into custody Sunday after a deputy saw him walking along Sixth Avenue North in Columbus, Lowndes County Chief Deputy Greg Wright said.


Looking toward the future: Starkville to focus on long-term improvements

Posted 1/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Board of Aldermen debated establishing a litter program at its weekend retreat, but members took no action.



Police chiefs meet at WH to discuss terror fight

Posted 1/18/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is providing senior state and local police officials with its analysis of homegrown terrorism incidents, including common signs law enforcement can use to identify violent extremists.



Columbia student hit by car after exiting bus

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

COLUMBIA -- A 13-year-old Columbia student was hit by a car while trying to cross a street after getting off a school bus.



Hood: Judge should invalidate some Barbour pardons

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Tuesday he'll ask a state judge next week to revoke several pardons Haley Barbour issued in his final days as governor, including those for five convicts who worked as trusties at the Governor's Mansion.



Hood: Some pardoned by Barbour gave proper notice

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he won't challenge the pardons of 13 people who met a state constitutional requirement to publish a notice that they were seeking a pardon. The state constitution says the notice must be published for at least 30 days in a newspaper in or a near the county where the crime occurred.



Bryant to give State of the State speech next week

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said he'll offer specific policy proposals when he gives his first State of the State address next week.



Corinth seeks city-only liquor election

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

CORINTH -- The city of Corinth will ask the Legislature to approve a city-only vote on the sale of alcoholic beverages.



Work halted on Waveland Police Department

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

WAVELAND -- Construction has been stopped on the Waveland's new police station. Mayor David Garcia tells the Sea Coast Echo that the work stoppage is only temporary.



Jackson businessman Stuart M. Irby found dead

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Authorities said a prominent Jackson businessman took his own life Tuesday, days after his wife was released from prison by then-Gov. Haley Barbour.



Officials have meeting on Gulf restoration plans

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

GAUTIER -- Federal and state officials have presented plans to hold BP to its promise to make the Gulf whole in the wake of the 2010 oil-spill disaster.



Police looking for sexual assault suspect (Video)

Posted 1/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Police are looking for a man believed to be responsible for a sexual assault incident that occurred at a Columbus laundrymat.



Civil rights office to be area center in Meridian

Posted 1/17/2012 in State

MERIDIAN -- A civil rights office started by an activist who was later slain and his wife is being turned into a center to reach out to students in Meridian, just as it did decades ago.



Prekindergarten programs drop during recession

Posted 1/17/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- The expansion in public prekindergarten programs has slowed and even been reversed in some states as school districts cope with shrinking budgets. As a result, many 3- and 4-year-olds aren't going to preschool.



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