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Benedict spends final hours as pope far from Vatican

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI will spend his final day as pontiff attending a morning farewell ceremony with his cardinals, then fly off by helicopter in the early evening to his papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

 

New suitor emerges in Lee Middle School talks

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new prospective tenant has shown interest in the much-debated Lee Middle School property, but the future of the vacant school remains uncertain.

 

CVB festival funding debate set for tonight

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's festival grants committee will meet with festival organizers tonight to discuss festival grant guidelines put in place August 2012. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the CVB board room.

 

Ballard leaves United Way, joins city schools

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One agency's loss is another agency's gain as Jan Ballard, executive director of United Way of Lowndes County, heads over to the Columbus Municipal School District, where she will serve as school board clerk, assisting deputy superintendent Craig Shannon and streamlining responsibilities with the administrative assistant for the office of the superintendent.

CAFB passes inspection with flying colors

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of hard work, the men and women of Columbus Air Force Base were finally able to stand at ease Monday, enjoying a base-wide picnic and celebration following the conclusion of their biennial unit inspection.

 

City project moves forward after Supreme Court ruling

Posted 2/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman says the city will move forward with municipal construction projects as soon as possible after Wednesday's ruling by the Mississippi Supreme Court that dismissed an appeal to block the process.

 

County, city hold school consolidation meetings today

Posted 2/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two separate discussions on a pending county-wide school consolidation bill are scheduled for 6 p.m. today.

Mississippi twister carves long path of wreckage

Posted 2/12/2013 in State

Jeff Revette ran from his car and lay face-down in the grass next to the red-brick wall of a church as a tornado roared toward him, with debris scattering and electrical transformers exploding. Twenty seconds later, bricks were strewn across a flattened pickup truck a mere 10 feet away amid toppled trees and power lines.

 

Senate Bill would make unregistered sex offenders wear GPS device

Posted 2/12/2013 in State

The Mississippi Senate has passed a bill that would make unregistered sex offenders wear GPS tracking bracelets and require local governments to notify the public when offenders move to their neighborhood.

 

 

Murder suspect faces gun charge

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man accused of murder is scheduled to appear in Circuit today to face a charge of possession of a weapon by a felon.

 

 

House votes for teacher pay raises

Posted 2/12/2013 in State

The Mississippi House voted Monday to give every teacher a $5,000 pay raise starting July 1, but educators shouldn't plan on that extra cash because the proposal has zero chance of surviving.

 

Dogs cross species barrier, help cheetahs survive

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

It may sound like a West Side Story-style love story, but some dogs love big cats. Cheetahs are the fastest mammals in the world, but they also are the world's biggest scaredy-cats -- so much so that they don't breed easily and are in danger of going extinct.

 

Senate panel to vote on Defense nominee Hagel

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

Chuck Hagel -- Republican, twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran and former Nebraska senator -- faces his first major hurdle in his bid to become the nation's defense secretary as a bitterly divided Senate Armed Services Committee pushes toward a vote on his nomination.

 

 

Need surgery? Good luck getting hospital cost info

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

Want to know how much a hip replacement will cost? Many hospitals won't be able to tell you, at least not right away -- if at all. And if you shop around and find centers that can quote a price, the amounts could vary astronomically, a study found.

 

 

Del. police continue probe of courthouse shooting

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

Nearly a day later, authorities had yet to release any names as they investigated a shooting at a Delaware courthouse that left three people dead.

 

 

Military weighs cuts in drone programs

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

The Pentagon for the first time is considering scaling back the massive buildup of drones it has overseen in the past few years, both to save money and to adapt to changing security threats and an increased focus on Asia as the Afghanistan war winds down.

 

 

What heals traumatized kids? Answers are lacking

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

Shootings and other traumatic events involving children are not rare events, but there's a startling lack of scientific evidence on the best ways to help young survivors and witnesses heal, a government-funded analysis found.

 

 

Pope's bombshell sends troubled church scrambling

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

With a few words in Latin, Pope Benedict XVI did what no pope has done in more than half a millennium, stunning the world by announcing his resignation Monday and leaving the already troubled Catholic Church to replace the leader of its 1 billion followers by Easter.

 

 

Latin America would like a Latin pope, odds slim

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

Latin America is home to the world's largest Roman Catholic population, but hopes that the next pope will come from the region appear faint, experts said Monday.

 

 

Life imitates film in story of vengeful LA ex-cop

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

It sounds like the plot line to a movie: He's a former LA cop on a violent, rage-filled rampage who will stop at nothing for revenge.

 

 

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