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Building permits 12-14-17

Posted 12/14/2017 in Business



After big Senate loss, what's next for firebrand Roy Moore?

Posted 12/14/2017 in National

Roy Moore has now lost more statewide races than he's won in Alabama, including a Senate contest that seemed within reach. So will the Republican former judge now abandon politics and ride off into the sunset?



Bannon, undeterred, under siege from GOP after Alabama loss

Posted 12/14/2017 in National

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is catching blame from fellow Republicans for coughing up a safe Senate seat in deep-red Alabama and foisting damaging political advice on President Donald Trump.



GOP says it's got a deal on taxes; cuts coming for next year

Posted 12/14/2017 in National

Confident congressional Republicans forged an agreement Wednesday on a major overhaul of the nation's tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans -- Donald Trump among them -- and deliver the first major legislative accomplishment to the GOP president.



Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes

Posted 12/14/2017 in National

She was first roused awake at 2:30 a.m. by a call seeking an emergency placement for a child.



Ky. lawmaker accused of assault dies in apparent suicide

Posted 12/14/2017 in National

Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide Wednesday night, the county coroner said. He was 57.



Former 'Apprentice' contestant Omarosa leaving White House

Posted 12/14/2017 in National

True to form, former "Apprentice" star Omarosa is ending her time at the White House with a dose of drama.


Community partnerships, technology discussed at police chiefs conference

Posted 12/13/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

About 100 police chiefs from across Mississippi converged on Starkville Tuesday for the beginning of the Mississippi Association of Police Chiefs winter conference.

'Where are the sheep?': Show-stealing 'Luke' and 'Jordan' soon to arrive for Memorial Funeral Home Nativity scene

Posted 12/13/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Every year when the calendar hits December, Memorial Funeral Home gets calls about whether it will stage its Nativity scene. Every year, the answer is the same.

Local lawmakers differ on education funding

Posted 12/13/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area legislators at an education town hall meeting in Columbus Tuesday evening responded to a range of questions about education with conflicting solutions, all of which involved either cuts or increases in spending on schools.

Man arrested for apartment burglary

Posted 12/13/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is behind bars after allegedly breaking into a neighbor's home.

SOCSD accepts Partnership School bid despite cost concerns

Posted 12/13/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Oktibbeha Board of Trustees on Tuesday accepted a bid from West Brothers Construction to build the SOCSD/MSU Partnership School, although board members are still skeptical of the final project costs.


Analysis: Trump bets on Moore and suffers stinging defeat

Posted 12/13/2017 in National

Rarely has a sitting president rallied behind such a scandal-plagued candidate the way Donald Trump did with Alabama's Roy Moore.



P&Z commission OK lot divisions for industrial park

Posted 12/13/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Planning and Zoning Commission approved the division of land for a planned industrial park in Oktibbeha County into three lots during its Tuesday meeting.



Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

Posted 12/13/2017 in National

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday rushed toward a deal on a massive tax package that would reduce the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the corporate rate to a level slightly higher than what businesses and conservatives wanted.



Monkey selfies, eclipse, bitcoin, Lauer top Google in 2017

Posted 12/13/2017 in National

Matt Lauer. Bitcoin. DACA. Monkey selfies. Jeremy Lin's hair. Do-it-yourself eclipse glasses. Tom Petty's death. National anthem protests in the NFL. And "Cash Me Outside."



Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: 'Feminism'

Posted 12/13/2017 in National

This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017 is "feminism."


Columbus police chief retiring at year's end

Posted 12/12/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Chief Oscar Lewis submitted a letter to city leaders Monday announcing his intent to retire at the end of the month.

Canter: Tax credits available for pre-K donations

Posted 12/12/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Rachel Canter said the Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013 contains a little-known provision that should encourage anyone to donate to the state's 14 pre-school collaboratives.


State legislators to speak at Chamber-sponsored education town hall tonight

Posted 12/12/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce invites the public to an Education Town Hall with legislators this evening.



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