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Mississippi man accused of killing 8 tears up during trial

Posted 2/20/2020 in State

Testimony from a Mississippi woman whose son and nephew were two of the eight victims killed in an early morning shooting in 2017 was so emotional that the man accused of killing them was in tears.



Shooting outside Mississippi hospital leaves 3 dead

Posted 2/20/2020 in State

A man fatally shot his girlfriend and an unarmed security guard in a Mississippi hospital parking lot Wednesday before driving to a nearby cemetery and fatally shooting himself, police said.



Mississippi moving more inmates out of troubled state prison

Posted 2/20/2020 in State

Mississippi on Wednesday started transferring more inmates out of a state prison that has been rocked by deadly violence and that is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.



Analysis: Dems' civility gives way to combustible conflict

Posted 2/20/2020 in National

Through a year of campaigning, the Democratic presidential candidates played nice, talking up party unity, disagreeing mostly politely on policy. No more.



Trump ousts top defense official who certified Ukraine aid

Posted 2/20/2020 in National

President Donald Trump has ousted the Pentagon's top policy official who had certified last year that Ukraine had made enough anti-corruption progress to justify the Trump administration's release of congressionally authorized aid to Kyiv in its conflict against Russian-backed separatists.



Lawyer: Assange was offered US pardon if he cleared Russia

Posted 2/20/2020 in National

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to claim during an extradition hearing that the Trump administration offered him a pardon if he agreed to say Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, a lawyer for Assange said Wednesday.



$90M settlement in lawsuit over water billing in Mississippi

Posted 2/20/2020 in State

Mississippi's capital city is set to receive nearly $90 million after both sides agreed to settle Jackson's lawsuit against a private company over a water meter and billing system that has been fraught with problems.



9 killed in suspected far-right attack in Germany

Posted 2/20/2020 in National

A 43-year-old German man shot and killed nine people at several locations in a Frankfurt suburb in attacks that appeared to have been motivated by far-right beliefs, officials said Thursday.



NFL's Saints head to court in Catholic Church email dispute

Posted 2/20/2020 in National

The New Orleans Saints headed to court Thursday in a bid to block the release of hundreds of confidential emails detailing the behind-the-scenes public relations work the team did for the area's Roman Catholic archdiocese amid its sexual abuse crisis.



Toxic Superfund cleanups decline to more than 30-year low

Posted 2/20/2020 in National

The Trump administration completed the fewest cleanups of toxic Superfund sites last year than any administration since the program's first years in the 1980s, figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency indicated Wednesday.


Street flooding plagues North Columbus

Posted 2/19/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Since she moved to her home near the end of 22nd Street North, Columbus in 1977, Mary Erby has always had a problem with her drainage whenever there's heavy rainfall. In recent years, she said, it's getting worse.

LCSD seeks cause of 100-plus roof leaks at New Hope High

Posted 2/19/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The roof at the 2-year-old New Hope High School building has leaked as many as 115 times, 38 of which are confirmed splits in the roofing material, project architect Joey Henderson told Lowndes County School board members during a special-call meeting Tuesday evening.

Two firms in the running for BUILD grant consultant on Highway 182

Posted 2/19/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen will hold a special-call meeting next week to discuss two potential consultants to implement the $12.66 million federal grant the city received in November to revamp a mile of Highway 182, or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Arrest report for 2-19-20

Posted 2/19/2020 in Area


Witness says man on trial told her, 'I done shot the police'

Posted 2/19/2020 in State

A witness testified Tuesday that a Mississippi man on trial in the 2017 shooting deaths of eight people showed up at her house the night of the killings and that he was carrying two rifles and told her that he had killed a sheriff's deputy.



AP source: Barr tells people he might quit over Trump tweets

Posted 2/19/2020 in National

Attorney General William Barr has told people close to him he's considering quitting his post after President Donald Trump wouldn't heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases, an administration official told The Associated Press.



Misguided virus fears hitting Asian American businesses

Posted 2/19/2020 in National

In Arizona, a burgeoning Asian American community fields xenophobic calls about a planned night market featuring Asian street foods. In New York, a dim sum restaurant owner worries he won't make rent. In the San Francisco Bay Area, a local Asian American-owned restaurant chain is mulling temporarily shuttering one of its properties because of the downturn in trade.



Democrats diverge on outreach to anti-abortion swing voters

Posted 2/19/2020 in National

In a party that's shifted leftward on abortion rights, Democratic presidential hopefuls are offering different approaches to a central challenge: how to talk to voters without a clear home in the polarizing debate over the government's role in the decision to end a pregnancy.



Is the new virus more 'deadly' than flu? Not exactly

Posted 2/19/2020 in National

What's more deadly -- the flu, SARS or the new coronavirus discovered in China?



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