News archive from 29 January 2015

Man charged with killing missing Georgia couple

Man charged with killing missing Georgia couple

Fullscreen Last seen Thursday, January 22, 2015 in Marietta, Georgia driving a 2003 GMC Envoy GA Tag BWU7349. Couple was driving to McRae in Telfair County in South Georgia. Cobb County Police (Photo: Cobb County Polcie) Fullscreen Last seen Thursday,...

 
Google Fiber plans frustrate residents outside Charlotte

Google Fiber plans frustrate residents outside Charlotte

Amid the excitement over Google Fiber coming to Charlotte, residents outside the city are disappointed they're not also in line for the superfast Internet service. “I would love to see some real competition,” said Mint Hill...

 

Bill would push back deadline for legislators to disclose finances

JUNEAU -- Legislators on Tuesday held their first hearing on a bill that would push back their annual deadline for filing reports that disclose how they earn their income and where they invest their money. The reports are currently due March 15, and...

 

Couple, charged with child abuse, plead not guilty

An Anniston woman, charged in connection with the abuse of her 2-year-old daughter, pleaded not guilty to the charge on Wednesday. A tearful Lisa Anne Smith, 28, made that plea Wednesday in Calhoun County Circuit Judge Bud Turner’s courtroom. Smith...

 
McDonald's CEO steps down as sales decline

McDonald's CEO steps down as sales decline

NEW YORK McDonald's CEO Don Thompson is stepping down as the world's biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers and transform its image. The company said Thompson, who has been CEO for two-and-a-half years, will be replaced by Steve...

 
NC lawmakers file dozens of bills, including controversial same-sex wedding exemption

NC lawmakers file dozens of bills, including controversial same-sex wedding exemption

RALEIGH State legislators returned Wednesday from a two-week break and got straight to work, filing 28 bills that address hot topics ranging from same-sex marriage to political parties' role in judicial elections. Most of the proposals won't see any...

 

State losses on oil production tax credits spark debate on how and why

FAIRBANKS — The state expects to post a loss of about $100 million on oil production taxes this year, a situation that has created consternation and confusion in Alaska, where oil taxes are supposed to fill the state treasury, not drain it. The loss...

 

Second Oxford refinance measure to save $1.34 million

OXFORD — For the second time this month, Oxford’s City Council on Tuesday saved money by refinancing old debt. Oxford’s Public Building Authority secured a $16.7 million bond in 2006 to build the police department, jail and library. The council’s...

 
Abortion bill fight could haunt Ellmers in 2016

Abortion bill fight could haunt Ellmers in 2016

WASHINGTON U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers has been weathering a storm of criticism over her withdrawal of support from a late-term abortion ban bill, and it shows no sign of lifting. The Republican congresswoman's criticism of the bill was the second move in...

 

Here's Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show

Katy Perry, the pop star with more Twitter followers than anyone on Earth, is set to take the halftime stage at the Super Bowl on Sunday. What will she sing? What will she wear? How many people dressed as cats will be involved? Here's what we know so...

 
Elevation Church buying Matthews shopping center for $10.2 million

Elevation Church buying Matthews shopping center for $10.2 million

Elevation Church has spent $10.2 million to buy the shopping center that is home to its Matthews campus. The multi-campus church closed the purchase of the Matthews Plaza Shopping Center, located at 11416 E. Independence Blvd., on Wednesday, according...

 

Supporters, legislators befuddled by convoluted marijuana bill

A bill looking to clarify Alaska’s criminal marijuana laws appeared to only stupefy legislators and supporters of the measure Monday by making the state’s already complicated marijuana laws even more confusing. In a joint meeting of the House and...

 

Heflin City Council allocates sum for street repairs

HEFLIN — The Heflin City Council on Tuesday allocated $7,500 from the city’s general fund to repair McGriff Street, which has been closed since it was damaged by heavy rain early this month. A portion of the street was washed away when it flooded,...

 
Fiat Chrysler earnings plunge in Q4

Fiat Chrysler earnings plunge in Q4

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) said it earned 420 million euro, equivalent to $477 million at today's exchange rate, in the fourth quarter, after accounting for unusual items. That was a huge decline from 1.296 billion euro a year earlier ($1.871...

 
Arts Scene: 'Algernon,' aurora hunter photos, Lithuanian tunes

Arts Scene: 'Algernon,' aurora hunter photos, Lithuanian tunes

TheaterAlgernon on stage Synesthesia Artist Collective will present “Flowers For Algernon,” a stage version of the science-fiction classic (which seems a little less like fiction now). Scientists come up with a way to increase intelligence in mice and...

 

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