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Miss. governor to lawmakers: Fund trooper school

Posted 2/20/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he wants lawmakers to set aside money to train a new group of state troopers -- and if they don't do it, he'll call them into a special session to force more discussion about the issue.

 

 

Democrats push for Mississippi state employee raises

Posted 2/20/2014 in State

Democrats say they'll keep trying to give all Mississippi government employees at least a $1,000 pay raise in the coming year, even after several attempts were blocked Wednesday in the Republican-majority House.

 

 

WhatsApp: A $19 billion bet for Facebook

Posted 2/20/2014 in Business

Facebook is placing a $19 billion bet on reaching its next billion mobile users with the acquisition of WhatsApp, a popular messaging service that lets people send texts, photos and videos on their smartphones.

 

 

Marriages and divorces 2-20-14

Posted 2/20/2014 in Business

 

 

Taliban say they discussed prisoner swap with U.S.

Posted 2/20/2014 in National

Washington has held indirect talks with the Taliban over the possible transfer of five senior Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for a U.S. soldier captured nearly five years ago, a senior Taliban official told The Associated Press.

 

 

'Mockingbird' author Lee settles lawsuit

Posted 2/20/2014 in National

"To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee has settled the federal lawsuit she filed against a museum in her south Alabama hometown over its sale of souvenirs featuring her name and the title of her book, court documents show.

 

 

Senate hopefuls collected $500K a day last year

Posted 2/20/2014 in National

Candidates in U.S. Senate races this year collectively raised more than a half-million dollars a day in 2013, suggesting a spate of never-ending campaign ads, mail and phone calls to come before November's elections.

 

Ice falling from high-rises creates winter hazard

Posted 2/20/2014 in National

City dwellers facing one of the most brutal winters on record have been dealing with something far more dangerous than snow falling from the sky: ice tumbling from skyscrapers.

Ukraine: At least 18 dead as truce collapses

Posted 2/20/2014 in National

Fierce clashes between police and protesters -- some including gunfire -- shattered a brief truce in Ukraine's besieged capital Thursday, killing at least 19 people.

 

Starkville teen pleads guilty on murder charge

Posted 2/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An 18-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday in Lowndes County Circuit Court. Ronagal Lamar Outlaw pleaded guilty to fatally shooting 23-year-old Trumaine Macon at the CrossRoads Lounge in west Lowndes County last February.

 

 

Sales tax slightly down, still on pace to eclipse FY '13 total

Posted 2/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus sales tax disbursements are down slightly this month compared to February 2013.

 

Byrd, Dale reappointed to CVB board

Posted 2/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Whirllie Byrd and Nadia Dale will remain on the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors for three more years.

Council selects Lewis for spot on school board

Posted 2/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a 3-2 vote, the Columbus City Council named Greg Lewis to the Columbus Municipal School Board of Trustees on Tuesday. Lewis will replace sitting board member Aubra Turner, whose term expires at the end of the month.

Vaughn fails to recuse himself for school board vote

Posted 2/19/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ward 7 Alderman Henry Vaughn failed to recuse himself from Tuesday's Starkville School District Board of Trustees appointment despite having a family member employed by the district.

 

Starkville sets sales tax record for fourth straight year

Posted 2/19/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville set a fourth straight yearly record in sales tax returns last year.

 

 

Assistant SSD superintendent named interim SHS principal

Posted 2/19/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Assistant Starkville School District superintendent Toriano Holloway will serve as Starkville High School's interim leader for the rest of the academic year as the district begins its search to replace outgoing Principal Keith Fennell.

 

School board: Weaver-Reese in, Myles out

Posted 2/19/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The 10-year school board career of Starkville School District Board of Trustees President Eddie Myles came to an end when aldermen, led by Ward 2 representative Lisa Wynn, killed his attempt at a third term and appointed Juliette Weaver-Reese to his expiring seat.

 

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