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Turkish pianist on trial for insulting Islam

Posted 10/19/2012 in National

A top Turkish pianist and composer appeared in court on Thursday to defend himself against charges of offending Muslims and insulting Islam in comments he made on Twitter.

 

 

Efforts to form Redevelopment plan gaining momentum

Posted 10/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus is taking steps to beautify and restore some less than desirable areas of the community.

 

Three injured in pair of Highway 82 collisions

Posted 10/19/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two collisions on U.S. Highway 82 on Tuesday happened within a few hours of each other, but also within a few hundred feet of each other as well.

 

Whole binders full of women?

Posted 10/18/2012 in National

Everybody will be writing about how a different Barack Obama came out Tuesday night from the one we saw in the first debate.

 

Oktibbeha County delays may put new Link behind schedule

Posted 10/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Golden Triangle Regional Development Authority is still in its early stages, but the proposed tri-county coalition may already be behind schedule, even if just by a day or two.

 

City council: Surplus funds mean more street paving

Posted 10/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a late November deadline looming, the Columbus mayor and council are in negotiations to spend the last of some general obligations bond money. The money will be used for street paving in some of the city's wards.

 

Search for Main Street director focuses on diverse skills

Posted 10/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Main Street Columbus is actively searching for a new director.

Armstrong resigns position, loses sponsors

Posted 10/18/2012 in National

Already an outcast in cycling after a massive doping report, Lance Armstrong absorbed hits much closer to home Wednesday: to his wallet and his heart.

 

Feds: NYC terror sting suspect picked hard target

Posted 10/18/2012 in National

A Bangladeshi man snared in an FBI terror sting considered targeting a high-ranking government official and the New York Stock Exchange before authorities say he raised the bar by picking one New York City's most fortified sites: The Federal Reserve.

 

 

Average debt up again for new college grads

Posted 10/18/2012 in National

It's the latest snapshot of the growing burden of student debt and it's another discouraging one: Two-thirds of the national college class of 2011 finished school with loan debt, and those who borrowed walked off the graduation stage owing on average $26,600 -- up about 5 percent from the class before.

 

Government: Violent crimes rose 18 percent in 2011

Posted 10/18/2012 in National

Violent crimes unexpectedly jumped 18 percent last year, the first rise in nearly 20 years, and property crimes rose for first time in a decade.

 

Economy improves on homebuilder confidence

Posted 10/18/2012 in Business

The outlook for the U.S. economy brightened a little after reports that consumer prices stayed tame and homebuilder confidence rose to the highest level in six years. A third report showed factory output grew only modestly in September, a reminder that the economy is still weak.

 

 

Marriages and divorces 10-18-12

Posted 10/18/2012 in Business

 

Business brief: Coughlin hired

Posted 10/18/2012 in Business

Meagan Coughlin of Starkville has been hired as the assistant director of recruiting and events for the College of Business at Mississippi State University.

 

Building permits 10-18-12

Posted 10/18/2012 in Business

 

 

Judge may rule today on Bible verse lawsuit

Posted 10/18/2012 in National

A group of teenage cheerleaders is expecting to hear Thursday from a Texas district judge whether they will be allowed to continue displaying Bible verses at high school football games.

 

 

Chicago considers bullet tax to curb violence

Posted 10/18/2012 in National

As Chicago struggles to quell gang violence that has contributed to a jump in homicides, a top elected official wants to tax the sale of every bullet and firearm -- an effort even she acknowledges could spark a legal challenge.

 

Crack addicts rounded up after Rio slum takeovers

Posted 10/18/2012 in National

Days after police stormed one of Rio de Janeiro's most dangerous shantytowns to seize back territory long held by a powerful drug dealing organization, city health and welfare workers are working to ease the despair and devastation left behind among hundreds of crack cocaine addicts suddenly without drugs.

 

Pakistan held, freed militant before girl's attack

Posted 10/18/2012 in National

One of the two Taliban militants suspected of attacking a teenage girl activist was detained by the Pakistani military in 2009 but subsequently released, intelligence officials said Thursday.

 

 

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