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Republicans hammer defense nominee Chuck Hagel

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

Republican senators hammered former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel at his confirmation hearing Thursday on issues ranging from Israel and Iran to his support for a group that advocates the elimination of nuclear weapons. But with most Democrats in his corner, an unflustered Hagel seems headed for approval as defense secretary.

 

 

New Viking Range owner cuts 20 percent of workers

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Viking Range Corp.'s new owner is laying off one-fifth of the company's workers.

 

 

Evangelical churches refine message on gay issues

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

The Rev. Robert Jeffress has changed the way he talks about homosexuality from the pulpit. The pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Dallas hasn't stopped preaching that homosexual sex is sinful, but he no longer singles it out for special condemnation. Now, Jeffress says he usually talks about homosexuality within "a bigger context of God's plan for sex between one man and one woman in a lifetime relationship called marriage."

 

 

Proud to be Mississippian, Evers-Williams says

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Myrlie Evers-Williams says people praised her poise after her husband, Mississippi NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers, was assassinated 50 years ago in the state. But she says she struggled with wanting revenge.

 

Paccar 4Q results beat analysts' expectations

Posted 1/31/2013 in Business

Truck maker Paccar's fourth-quarter net income fell 23 percent, as revenue weakened. The results still beat Wall Street's expectations, and the stock rose in premarket trading.

House bill aims to better invest hospital sale money

Posted 1/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A pair of House bills sponsored by Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, will allow the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors to invest the $30 million the county received from the sale of the county hospital in 2001.

Operation Full Throttle expects 13 arrests today

Posted 1/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Agents with the Lowndes County Narcotics Unit plan to arrest 13 people today on federal weapons and narcotics charges.

Hyatt, Marriott hotels should be open by end of the year

Posted 1/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two new Columbus hotels are well on their way to an eagerly anticipated completion. Hyatt Place and Courtyard by Marriott will be opening in the coming months, which will add 208 hotel rooms to the city.

 

Economic jitters compete with Obama agenda

Posted 1/31/2013 in National

Just as President Barack Obama is pushing new initiatives on gun control and immigration, the gloomy old problem of a sluggish economy is elbowing its way back into prominence. Consumer confidence is falling, the economy is contracting and large automatic spending cuts are threatening to hit the Pentagon and other programs, with uncertain consequences.

 

 

Marriages and divorces 1-31-13

Posted 1/31/2013 in Business

 

Neighbors: Suspect in Ala. standoff was violent

Posted 1/31/2013 in National

Jimmy Lee Dykes moved to a rural Alabama neighborhood on a rutted red clay road more than a year ago. It didn't take long before he had developed a frightening reputation as a volatile man with anti-government views who threatened his neighbors at gunpoint and was viciously violent to wandering pets.

 

Cockfighting felony bills filed

Posted 1/31/2013 in State

Cockfighting is big business because Mississippi has the second weakest cockfighting law in the nation, according to Humane Society of the United States.

 

 

MSMS heading to National Science Bowl after win

Posted 1/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students are headed to the National Science Bowl after taking first place in the state high school science bowl Friday. MSMS students will travel to Washington, D.C., April 25-29.

 

 

Business brief: Lindley elected

Posted 1/31/2013 in Business

 

 

US economy shifted into reverse in late 2012

Posted 1/31/2013 in Business

The U.S. economy shrank unexpectedly late last year, a reminder of the biggest threat it faces in 2013: sharp government spending cuts and prolonged political budget fights.

 

 

Ethanol industry turns to plant residue, scraps

Posted 1/31/2013 in Business

Ethanol producers have talked for decades about using plant residue, wood scraps and even garbage to produce the fuel additive, but now companies finally are building full-scale refineries.

 

 

Building permits 1-31-13

Posted 1/31/2013 in Business

 

 

Facebook 4Q results surpass expectations

Posted 1/31/2013 in National

Facebook delivered fourth-quarter results above Wall Street's expectations on Wednesday and sought to show that it has finally transformed into a "mobile company."

 

Gregory assumes CEO duties for GSDP

Posted 1/31/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's now official: Jennifer Gregory is chief executive officer for the Greater Starkville Development Partnership. Gregory, who joined the GSDP in 2009 as vice president of tourism and its Main Street Association manager, has been the acting CEO since last May.

 

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