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VA cites progress on backlog; Congress disagrees

Posted 7/15/2014 in National

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made "tremendous progress" in reducing a disability claims backlog that reached above 600,000 early last year. Members of Congress and the department's assistant inspector general don't believe it.

 

 

Blues Trail international marker unveiled

Posted 7/15/2014 in State

Mississippi's second international Blues Trail marker was unveiled Monday in Cahors, France.

 

 

Governors group skirts Common Core

Posted 7/15/2014 in National

Reviled by staunch conservatives, the common education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors, who are pushing back against what they call the federal government's intrusion into the classroom.

 

 

Pakistani teen seeks release of Nigerian girls

Posted 7/15/2014 in National

The Pakistani teen who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012 marked her 17th birthday Monday with a visit to Nigeria and urged Islamic extremists to free the 219 schoolgirls who were kidnapped there, calling them her "sisters."

 

 

Bergdahl returned to regular duty

Posted 7/15/2014 in National

The Army has given Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a desk job, ending the formal phase of his transition from Taliban prisoner to not-quite-ordinary soldier, and setting the stage for Army investigators to question the Idaho native about his disappearance that led to five years in captivity.

 

 

Wiseman adds school money solution to Tuesday's city agenda

Posted 7/14/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman will introduce a resolution during Tuesday's board of aldermen meeting authorizing the legal transfer of over-collected school taxes back to Starkville School District.

 

The ties that bind: Family connections make job special

Posted 7/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Between the long-time customers she sees every day and her employees, Sandra Hall likens working at the Sunflower on Alabama Street to being with family.

World Cup final draws eclectic mix to Starkville restaurant

Posted 7/14/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It was packed Sunday at Buffalo Wild Wings in Starkville. There were people waiting for tables at 2 p.m. as the World Cup Final match began. At halftime, men had to wait to use the bathroom.

 

City, county school districts set budgets

Posted 7/14/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County School District and Starkville School District officials have approved separate operating budgets for the 2014-2015 school year that, on paper, constitute $65.69 million in combined expenses.

 

Columbus native Murray crowned Miss Mississippi

Posted 7/14/2014 in State

Experience and persistence paid off Saturday night when Jasmine Murray of Columbus was crowned Miss Mississippi 2014 at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

 

Feds, Mississippi in dispute over state waters

Posted 7/14/2014 in State

Since July 2013, Mississippi has claimed its state waters extend nine miles south into the Gulf of Mexico. The federal government refuses to recognize the declaration, standing by a 1960 U.S. Supreme Court decision that determined the offshore boundary for Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama was three miles out.

 

 

Arrest may have caused prison fight

Posted 7/14/2014 in State

A prison fight in which nine inmates were stabbed was related to an attempt to smuggle contraband into the Walnut Grove prison, says Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps.

 

 

Hinds may get building bigger than Nissan

Posted 7/14/2014 in State

A notice from the governor's office to the Army Corps of Engineers indicates that an installation bigger than Nissan's is being considered for western Hinds County.

 

Researchers try to save huge salamander

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

With a long, slimy body and beady eyes, North America's largest salamander wouldn't top any cutest animal lists. The hellbender's alien appearance and mysterious ways have earned the big amphibian a bad reputation and unflattering nicknames ranging from snot otter to devil dog.

Michelle Knight says fame comes with complications

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

Michelle Knight has discovered that the fame that followed her escape from Ariel Castro's house of horrors cuts both ways.

 

Israel says it has downed drone along southern coast

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

The Israeli military said it downed a drone on Monday along the country's southern coastline, the first time it encountered an unmanned aircraft since the campaign against Gaza Strip militants began last week.

 

Underground lab tackles Japan nuclear waste issue

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

Reindeer farms and grazing Holstein cows dot a vast stretch of rolling green pasture here on Japan's northern tip. Underground it's a different story.

 

Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

 

U.S. jails struggle with role as makeshift asylums

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

Peering through the chain link of a holding pen at the Cook County Jail, a man wrapped in a navy varsity jacket leans toward clinical social worker Elli Petacque Montgomery, his bulging eyes a clue that something's not right. "They say I got bipolar, that's all," he says.

 

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