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Byrd, Gavin focus on business in Ward 6 election showdown

Posted 2/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Incumbent Bill Gavin and challenger Whirllie Byrd will mean business when they face off in the upcoming Columbus municipal election primary.

 

Budget cuts will hit state on several fronts

Posted 2/25/2013 in State

The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March-September.

 

 

Primaries should decide board of aldermen races

Posted 2/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If no other candidates qualify for Starkville's municipal elections, the full makeup of the incoming board of aldermen would be decided by the city's May 7 primary. The deadline for candidate qualification is 5 p.m. March 8.

 

 

AP Analysis: Bryan effective in Democratic minority

Posted 2/25/2013 in State

There's no such title as minority leader in the Mississippi Senate. "We're too disorganized," jokes Sen. Hob Bryan.

 

 

Six will bid for Gibbs' state senate seat

Posted 2/25/2013 in Area

The special election to fill the 36th House seat vacated by the death of David Gibbs, D-West Point, is less than a month away. Tuesday, March 12 was the date set by Gov. Phil Bryant for the special election.

 

 

Freedom Trail marker to be unveiled

Posted 2/25/2013 in National

The Mississippi Freedom Trail will unveil Monday a marker commemorating the "Black Power" speech by Civil Rights activist Stokely Carmichael.

 

 

Most Miss higher ed has graduation rates below 50%

Posted 2/25/2013 in State

At most Mississippi colleges and universities, fewer than half the first-time students graduate within six years.

 

Listen up ladies! Uncle Sam might want you too

Posted 2/25/2013 in National

Tennnnnn-hut, ladies! The next time Uncle Sam comes calling, he's probably going to want you, too. The Obama administration's recent decision to lift the ban on women in combat has opened the door for a change in the law that currently compels only men between age 18 and 25 to register for a military draft, according to legal experts and military historians.

Minimum wage: Call for an increase to $9 per hour has both supporters and opponents

Posted 2/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's a busy day at Watkins Washette on Highway 45. Almost every washer is whirring and the warmth from the dryers lends a welcome, almost homey atmosphere to the crowded laundromat.

CMSD board reviews finances, accounting procedures in workshop

Posted 2/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is changing the way it tracks travel expenses, board members learned Saturday during a two-hour budget workshop at Brandon Central Services.

Support grows for state tourism board

Posted 2/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A pair of bills moving through the state's legislature could mean big things for the state's tourism industry. House Bill 935 and Senate Bill 2565 have passed through the respective chambers unanimously and a general tourism bill shouldn't be far behind.

Starkville opposition mounts against school consolidation

Posted 2/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Three Starkville public school groups co-signed a letter last week opposing a state House bill calling for the consolidation of Starkville School District and Oktibbeha County School District.

Legislative support for school consolidation may be waning

Posted 2/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Although House Bill 716 rapidly passed through the State House Education Committee and the full chamber, Mississippi Senators say they will take time to study the bill and address numerous questions surrounding potential school consolidation.

Does Oscar crown await Affleck's 'Argo?'

Posted 2/23/2013 in National

Nominations morning last month revealed major surprises for the Academy Awards, promising one of the most wide-open campaigns ever for Hollywood's highest honors. Six weeks later, things have shaken out into the same old predictable Oscars.

 

Six tanks at Hanford nuclear site in Wash. leaking

Posted 2/23/2013 in National

Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, federal and state officials said Friday, prompting calls for an investigation from a key senator.

 

What does a 'secure' border look like?

Posted 2/23/2013 in National

Once, the barren mesas and shrub-covered canyons that extend east of the Pacific Ocean held the most popular routes for illegal immigrants heading into the U.S. Dozens at a time sprinted to waiting cars or a trolley stop in San Diego, passing border agents who were too busy herding others to give pause.

 

North Korea issues warning to US over drills

Posted 2/23/2013 in National

North Korea warned the top American commander in South Korea on Saturday of "miserable destruction" if the U.S. military presses ahead with routine joint drills with South Korea set to begin next month.

 

 

It's personal and business in GOP fight over Hagel

Posted 2/23/2013 in National

The fierce Republican opposition to President Barack Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary is personal and business.

 

 

Jackson Jr.'s district has history of corruption

Posted 2/23/2013 in National

They elected a Harvard-educated Rhodes Scholar and ended up with a congressman who was convicted of having sex with an underage campaign worker. They voted for the son of a famous civil rights leader and got someone who illegally spent campaign funds on everything from furniture to Bruce Lee memorabilia.

 

 

Miss. airport towers could be closed

Posted 2/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Automatic federal budget cuts could shut down control towers at as many as seven Mississippi airports. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned Friday of the closing of 100 airport towers at airports that have 150,000 flights or fewer each year if automatic federal spending cuts take effect March 1.

 

 

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