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Man found dead with gunshot wound in Southside apartment

Posted 10/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are investigating a homicide after a body was found Saturday in a south Columbus apartment.

Suspect in A.J.'s Grocery shooting in custody

Posted 10/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The suspect in a shooting in a convenience store parking lot off Highway 373 earlier this month has turned himself in to Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.

Looking for soldiers: Historians, archaeologists survey Confederate section of Friendship Cemetery for unmarked Union graves

Posted 10/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Gary Lancaster leaned over the computer set out in Friendship Cemetery among clusters of land surveying equipment Friday afternoon. On the screen in front of him was a rough underground map of the grave sites of about 1,000 soldiers who died in Columbus after the Battle of Shiloh in 1862 -- soldiers whose lives and deaths he's been researching for years.

An unfair tax?: Drivers take issue with hybrid/electric car fees; lawmakers claim they are reasonable in face of road, bridge crisis

Posted 10/13/2018 in Area

When Mike Buehler received a notice from the Mississippi Department of Revenue a week ago that he would be required to pay a fee for driving his 2014 Tesla each year, he bit his lip and did a little research before forming an opinion. The verdict? "It's unfair," the Starkville radiologist said.

 

Mississippi Board of Education could add student advisers

Posted 10/13/2018 in State

Two Mississippi public high school students could soon become advisers to the state Board of Education.

 

 

Band halftime program -- police held at gunpoint -- draws ire

Posted 10/13/2018 in State

A Mississippi high school band is being barred from a state competition and some performances after a halftime skit depicting three police officers being held at gunpoint was performed in a community where two officers were shot to death last month.

 

 

Trump celebrates return of American pastor from Turkey

Posted 10/13/2018 in National

President Donald Trump welcomed American pastor Andrew Brunson to the Oval Office on Saturday, celebrating his release from nearly two years of confinement in Turkey that had sparked a diplomatic row with a key ally and outcry from U.S. evangelical groups.

 

 

Mississippi truck driver facing charges after 11 vehicle crash kills 3

Posted 10/13/2018 in National

State police say a tractor-trailer driver is facing charges following a crash in Pennsylvania that killed three people, including a toddler, and injured seven others.

 

 

Congress heads toward postelection fight over border wall

Posted 10/13/2018 in National

Congress is heading toward a postelection showdown over President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, as GOP leaders signal they're willing to engage in hardball tactics that could spark a partial government shutdown and the president revs up midterm crowds for the wall, a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign and a top White House priority.

 

 

Officials broach idea of charging for National Mall protests

Posted 10/13/2018 in National

The National Park Service is exploring whether to require protest organizers to pay for the cost of providing law enforcement and other support services for demonstrations held in the nation's capital.

 

 

Prospect of Trump-Xi talks raises hope for thaw in trade war

Posted 10/13/2018 in National

With China and the United States opening the door to a meeting next month between Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, hopes are rising for a potential easing of tensions in the trade war between the world's two largest economies.

 

 

Trump vows to unearth truth about Khashoggi disappearance

Posted 10/13/2018 in National

President Donald Trump declared Friday the U.S. will uncover the truth about what happened to journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi, whose possible murder at Saudi hands after disappearing in Istanbul has captured worldwide attention.

 

Lathan appointed to Mississippi Economic Development Council

Posted 10/12/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Brenda H. Lathan, Senior Vice President of the Golden Triangle Development Link, has been appointed to the MEDC Board of Directors as a Member At-Large.

Weeks: CAFB's mission more than just training pilots

Posted 10/12/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JoAnn Ferguson has seen at least 14 commanders at Columbus Air Force Base since joining the Base Community Council's Military Affairs Committee.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 'Victorious, not victims'

Posted 10/12/2018 in Area

Betty Powers was sitting under a hair dryer in a beauty salon on Valentine's Day when her daughter, Angie McKinney, called and said she had stage three breast cancer. Powers, who is currently battling lymphoma, stayed strong for her daughter until the phone call ended. Powers remembered her chemotherapy and treatment, but thinking of her daughter going through a similar battle felt more difficult.

 

State board approves ratings for area school districts

Posted 10/12/2018 in Area

Accountability ratings for area school districts remain unchanged nearly a month after the Mississippi State Board of Education delayed approving them.

 

 

Florida: Authorities say 11 now dead from Hurricane Michael

Posted 10/12/2018 in National

Linda Marquardt rode out Hurricane Michael with her husband at their home in Mexico Beach. When their house filled with surging ocean water, they fled upstairs. Now their home is full of mud and everywhere they look there's utter devastation in their Florida Panhandle community: fishing boats tossed like toys, roofs lifted off of buildings and pine trees snapped like matchsticks in 155 mph winds.

 

 

Prosecutors: Man with KKK robe had unregistered machine gun

Posted 10/12/2018 in State

Federal prosecutors say a Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to illegally having an unregistered machine gun, months after he was arrested and found with other firearms, a methamphetamine pipe and a Ku Klux Klan robe.

 

CMSD officials tight-lipped on Craig Shannon firing

Posted 10/11/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Craig Shannon, deputy superintendent for Columbus Municipal School District, is reportedly facing termination.

Crack-down results in 250 arrests in N. Miss.

Posted 10/11/2018 in Area

More than 250 suspects of violent crimes were arrested in a month-long combined operation of law enforcement in North Mississippi last month.

 

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