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CLW board approves energy rate, surcharge increases

Posted 6/22/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Light and Water board on Thursday approved a 2.7-percent energy rate hike for all of its customers.

CRA to hold off on Burns Bottom acquisitions

Posted 6/22/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Redevelopment Authority will temporarily hold off on acquiring more properties in the Burns Bottom neighborhood.


Tax ruling could lead to more money for Mississippi roads

Posted 6/22/2018 in State

Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling saying states can force online shoppers to pay sales taxes could produce a special legislative session in Mississippi to earmark new money for roads and bridges.



Mississippi gambling regulators approve sports betting rules

Posted 6/22/2018 in State

Mississippi's state-regulated casinos could begin taking sports bets as soon as late July, after gambling regulators on Thursday approved rules regulating sports betting.



Mississippi man pleads guilty in killing of Catholic nuns

Posted 6/22/2018 in State

A Mississippi man admitted Thursday that he killed two Roman Catholic nuns, pleading guilty to murder in an agreement that avoided the death penalty, which was opposed by the women's families and their religious orders.



Trump jabbed first, and now the world hits back in trade fight

Posted 6/22/2018 in National

The United States attacked first, imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from around the globe and threatening to hit tens of billions of dollars in Chinese products.



Muted reaction by 'pro-family' groups to family separations

Posted 6/22/2018 in National

Even as many religious organizations, from liberal to conservative, denounced the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, some major advocacy groups that depict themselves as "pro-family" declined to join in the criticism.



Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud, breach of trust

Posted 6/22/2018 in National

The wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was charged Thursday with misusing some $100,000 in public funds to order lavish meals from celebrity chefs, dealing an embarrassing blow to the country's first family and drawing fresh attention to a series of separate corruption investigations plaguing the prime minister.


Police seeking second suspect in kidnapping case

Posted 6/21/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville police are searching for another suspect believed to be connected to a Monday kidnapping incident at the Brooksville Garden apartments.

CMSD board approves sale of Lee Middle property

Posted 6/21/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District's board of trustees unanimously approved the sale of the former Lee Middle School property during a special-call meeting on Wednesday.

MSU alum, convenience store owner gives away Rally Bananas to MSU fans in Omaha

Posted 6/21/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

DeLone Wilson wanted it known that Mississippi State baseball fans joining him in Omaha, Nebraska, for the College World Series were specifically welcomed in his convenience stores, and he hung a banner outside his downtown storefront to prove it.

Prather named interim CEO for Partnership

Posted 6/21/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Greater Starkville Development Partnership has named Jennifer Prather its interim CEO while it searches for a successor to Scott Maynard.

Area unemployment spikes, still lower than last year

Posted 6/21/2018 in Area

Although unemployment rates spiked in Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties in May -- increases of anywhere from 1 percent to 1.7 percent compared to April -- data released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security suggests that the unemployment rates have flattened after a steady increase over the past year.


Mississippi regulators could approve sports betting rules

Posted 6/21/2018 in State

Mississippi gambling regulators are set to vote Thursday on whether to approve final rules allowing sports betting, clearing the way for sports books to open in the state's 28 casinos in July.



Building permits 6-21-18

Posted 6/21/2018 in Business



Woman ordered held on $50,000 bail in child's hot car death

Posted 6/21/2018 in State

A judge is ordering a Mississippi woman held on $50,000 bail after she was charged with second-degree murder in the hot car death of her infant son.



Judge dismisses suit over Mississippi city flying state flag

Posted 6/21/2018 in State

A federal judge is dismissing a lawsuit that sought to block a Mississippi Gulf Coast city from flying the state flag that features the Confederate battle emblem.



Trump supporters steadfast despite the immigration uproar

Posted 6/21/2018 in National

Cincinnati resident Andrew Pappas supported President Trump's decision to separate children from parents who crossed the border illegally because, he said, it got Congress talking about immigration reform.



Leaders of largest US black denomination decry separations

Posted 6/21/2018 in National

The United States' largest black denomination has convened its annual meeting in Oklahoma City, and its leaders are denouncing the separation of immigrant children from families at the border.



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