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Two initiatives could neutralize education funding issue

Posted 1/19/2015 in State

All Mississippi politicians say they love education, especially during election years. The key question is: How do they translate that love into public policy?


Obama's tax proposals get cool reception from GOP

Posted 1/19/2015 in National

Republican lawmakers are already signaling they will do what they can to block President Barack Obama's pitch for tax increases on the wealthiest Americans.

MLK holiday: 'Selma' stars including Oprah march in Alabama

Posted 1/19/2015 in National

Oprah Winfrey and fellow actors from the movie "Selma" marched with hundreds in a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., one of many events around the nation ushering in today's federal holiday for the slain civil rights leader.


Weyerhaeuser pays $37K fine for air pollution

Posted 1/19/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Weyerhaeuser Co.'s Columbus pulp mill is paying a $37,500 civil fine for exceeding emissions limits during a 2013 test.



Steel Dynamics contractor to pay $61K fine

Posted 1/19/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A contractor for the Steel Dynamics mill in Columbus is paying a $61,867 civil fine for environmental violations relating to hazardous waste and emergency readiness.



Teens on alleged crime spree captured in Florida

Posted 1/19/2015 in National

Two teenage Kentucky sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the U.S. South have been taken into custody in Florida, authorities said Sunday.



MTV airs in black and white to spark conversation on race

Posted 1/19/2015 in National

MTV is taking the color out of its programming on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to encourage people to talk about what race means in their lives.


Activists targeting Tuesday's aldermen meeting

Posted 1/17/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

On Monday, Starkville residents will march in solidarity of equal rights during Martin Luther King Jr. Day. One day later, aldermen are expected to rubberstamp decisions that critics say take away equality from members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community.

Ridge Road home lost to Friday morning blaze

Posted 1/17/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County family lost their home Friday morning.

Brown-Wright urges crowd to continue MLK's message

Posted 1/17/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Flonzie Brown-Wright, Mississippi native, Civil Rights activist and former aide to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., visited Columbus and spoke at a prayer breakfast at Stephens Chapel M.B. Church on Saturday morning.

Partnership between entrepreneur, Columbus garment factory has been life-saver for both

Posted 1/17/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Cathy Griffith and Rich Coachys, there is no sound more beautiful than the collective whir of 100-plus sewing machines.

Five now vying for Lowndes circuit clerk

Posted 1/17/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The race for Lowndes County Circuit Clerk is now a five-person contest after three Republicans qualified to run.


Judge orders $2M restitution for dogfighting

Posted 1/17/2015 in National

A federal judge in Alabama ordered participants in a high-stakes dogfighting operation to pay a record $2 million in restitution for their animals' care.



Gov. accused of improper role in executive search

Posted 1/17/2015 in State

The Mississippi Community College Board remained at an impasse in its search for a new executive director Friday, amid growing accusations that Gov. Phil Bryant has improperly intervened. Bryant denies any improper action.



Mississippi Board of Education quitting multi-state test group

Posted 1/17/2015 in State

Mississippi is withdrawing from a multi-state testing consortium as the state Board of Education prepares to seek new bids for state tests and tries to navigate political pressure surrounding its selection of tests and continued use of the Common Core State Standards.



Miss. attorney general asks court to dismiss Google's suit

Posted 1/17/2015 in State

Mississippi's attorney general says a suit against him by Google should be dismissed.



Bryant: No confusion over similar proposals on same ballot

Posted 1/17/2015 in State

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that "the public is smarter than most people might believe" and it's wrong for people to suggest Mississippi voters might be confused by having two education funding proposals on November's ballot.



Gay marriage: High court sets stage for historic ruling

Posted 1/17/2015 in National

Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.



Postal Service proposes small postage increase

Posted 1/17/2015 in National

The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters -- but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.



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