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Akin makes first appearance since rape remarks in Mo.

Posted 8/25/2012 in National

Bolstered by thousands of small individual donations, embattled Republican Congressman Todd Akin reaffirmed his commitment to his U.S. Senate campaign Friday while re-emerging publicly in Missouri for the time since making inflammatory remarks about rape and pregnancy.

Tropical storm Issac forces GOP to scrap first day of convention

Posted 8/25/2012 in National

Republican officials abruptly announced plans Saturday night to scrap the first day of their national convention, bowing to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac as it bore down menacingly on Florida.

Drought bares mean side of thirsty Miss. River

Posted 8/25/2012 in State

Another day, another sandbar to clear on the clogged Mississippi River.

Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies at 82

Posted 8/25/2012 in National

Neil Armstrong was a quiet, self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step onto the moon. The modest man, who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter-million miles away, died Saturday. He was 82.

NYPD: Empire State victims hit by police gunfire

Posted 8/25/2012 in National

All nine people wounded during a dramatic confrontation between police and a gunman outside the Empire State Building were struck by bullets fired by the two officers, police said Saturday, citing ballistics evidence.

Jerry Nelson, puppeteer behind Count von Count, dies at 78

Posted 8/25/2012 in National

Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer behind a delightful menagerie of characters including Count von Count on "Sesame Street" and Gobo Fraggle on "Fraggle Rock," has died.


Breaking: Newell found guilty of manslaughter for second time

Posted 8/24/2012 in Area

James C."Chuck" has been convicted of manslaughter for the second time by a circuit court jury


Trucks brings his blues to Tuscaloosa

Posted 8/24/2012 in Area

Derek Trucks was once a name associated with the words "child prodigy." The guitar player gained national attention when he began touring off and on with his uncle Butch Trucks' band, The Allman Brothers Band, at the age of 13. Today, Trucks, now 33 and a full-time member of The Allman Brothers Band, has left the child prodigy talk behind and is moving towards the category of living blues legend.

Romney: Big business is fine, helped by tax havens

Posted 8/24/2012 in National

Creating a potential headache for his campaign, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said big businesses in the U.S. were "doing fine" in part because they get advantages from offshore tax havens.

Drought worsens in Plains, despite cooler temperatures

Posted 8/24/2012 in National

While other corn growers already have knocked down their drought-ravaged crops to feed them to livestock, Nebraska farmer Doug Nelson still waits for his maize to mature, well aware it won't be a banner year.


Ill. police: Teenager held 2 years escapes captors

Posted 8/24/2012 in National

A teen girl reported missing more than two years ago told police she escaped a home in southwestern Illinois where she had been held captive and repeatedly sexually assaulted.



Isaac could shake up security for GOP convention

Posted 8/24/2012 in National

Tropical Storm Isaac could force a shakeup of the security plans for the GOP convention in Tampa, because about half of the expected officers come from other parts of Florida and some could be forced to stay home for the storm, authorities said Thursday.



Prosecutors: Colo. suspect angry over academics

Posted 8/24/2012 in National

James Holmes was a promising neuroscience doctoral candidate, but by the end of the program's first year, he had fallen out of favor with professors and failed a key exam, prosecutors said.


'Hopper King: 42K grasshoppers keep MSU prof hopping

Posted 8/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Pavlov had his dogs. Goodall had her chimps. And JaVonn Hill has his ... grasshoppers?

NCAA investigating Mississippi State University football

Posted 8/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The NCAA is conducting an investigation into a "potential recruiting irregularity" involving the Mississippi State University football program.

Shelton sentenced to 7 years

Posted 8/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local businessman Benny Shelton has been found guilty of one count of sexual assault against a minor and will serve seven years in prison for the offense. Shelton was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison, with five years suspended.

Delinquent tax deadline today

Posted 8/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County property owners who haven't paid their 2011 ad valorem taxes have until 5 p.m. today to do so before the tax liens are sold Monday at the Trotter Convention Center. As of this morning, around 2,000 properties remained on the delinquent tax roll, totaling around $1.8 million in back taxes.


Proposed garbage rate hike comparable to area cities

Posted 8/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council is looking to increase garbage rates by $2 beginning Oct. 1. The increase would raise the rate from $15 to $17 and it would be the third increase in the service in three years -- two by the council and one by the city's garbage contractor, Golden Triangle Cooperative Service District. But at $17, are Columbus residents still getting a bargain?



Bryant: No benefits for deferred-status immigrants

Posted 8/24/2012 in State



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