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Supervisors OK new nightclub ordinance

Posted 7/22/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Supervisors unanimously approved a new nightclub ordinance Monday that will require new bars, restaurants and entertainment venues in Oktibbeha County to obtain yearly operating permits and follow minimum life-safety standards.

CVB pitches in $21K for sidewalk connector lights

Posted 7/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors voted to provide $21,136 for supplies that will be used to install ornamental lighting on the connecting sidewalk between the Riverwalk and the Columbus Soccer Complex.

Oktibbeha supes sign off on Communiversity plan

Posted 7/22/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Golden Triangle Development LINK secured the last local-level funding commitment for a proposed East Mississippi Community College workforce development center Monday as Oktibbeha County supervisors pledged $2.5 million across 15 years for the project.

Local church hopes to start food backpack program

Posted 7/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local church group is hoping to feed 40 elementary students who would otherwise go without meals on the weekends.

State football championships head to MSU, Ole Miss

Posted 7/22/2014 in Area

For the first time, the spotlight that comes with the Mississippi High School Activities Association's state championship football games will shine on the state's brightest stages.

 

Lawmakers face long to-do list, uncertain success

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see whether it can just do the basics.

 

 

Hearing set on Miss. welfare drug-testing law

Posted 7/22/2014 in State

The Mississippi Department of Human Services is holding a public hearing Tuesday to gather comments about a new welfare drug-testing law.

 

Rebels release train with bodies from downed Malaysian jet

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

 

Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

A "rogue" gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly record videos and photos of his patients has forced one of the world's top medical centers to pay $190 million to 8,000 women and girls.

 

Police probe other attacks after transients killed

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinder blocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday.

 

Poor teens' health may benefit from top schools

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

Disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools -- their health may also benefit, a study suggests.

 

 

Israeli soldier missing as Gaza fighting rages on

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

An Israeli soldier is missing following a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip, a defense official said Tuesday as Israeli air strikes pummeled a wide range of targets in the coastal strip and diplomatic efforts intensified to end more than two weeks of fighting that has killed at least 585 Palestinians and 29 Israelis.

 

 

County to address LINK, Communiversity requests today

Posted 7/21/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County supervisors are expected to sign a new agreement for economic development services with the Golden Triangle Development LINK Monday, thereby continuing a two-year relationship with the organization and opening the door for potential city and county bond issuances for a new industrial park and funding pledges for a tri-county workforce development center.

 

Monday profile: Area attorney has unique insight on immigration

Posted 7/21/2014 in Area

A visitor's eyes turn to a green box of tissues that sits on the long, polished wood table surrounded by black, plush leather chairs in Carol Armstrong's office. "There's a reason those are here," Armstrong said. Armstrong is an immigration lawyer, and often the stories she hears bring her and her clients to tears.

 

Permits granted for New Hope sewer expansion

Posted 7/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors have approved utility permits for Columbus Light and Water on several county roads that will allow the utility company to install a pressure sewer main connecting the New Hope School District to the city's sewer system.

 

 

Neshoba Fair could shape Senate race

Posted 7/21/2014 in State

Mississippi's 2014 U.S. Senate race has been dominated by a bitter Republican primary that never seems to end. One of the state's largest political gatherings, the Neshoba County Fair, could help shift the focus to a Democrat-versus-Republican narrative heading toward the Nov. 4 general election.

 

Severstal plant sold to Indiana company

Posted 7/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal Columbus will be formally sold by the end of the year. Steel Dynamics Inc., an Indiana-based steel producer and metal recycler, announced this morning that it has agreed to purchase the Lowndes County steel plant from Severstal.

Iraq vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks

Posted 7/21/2014 in National

An Army veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic.

 

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