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B.B. King, Kilmichael to be honored on Blues Trail

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

The town of Kilmichael and blues legend B.B. King will be honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

 

Obama renews call for aid to halt teacher layoffs

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

Tight school budgets have meant fewer teachers, larger classes and shorter school years, according to a White House report that President Barack Obama says shows the need for Congress to pass his proposals to help states reduce teacher layoffs.

Ryan paid a higher federal tax rate than Romney

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

When it comes to their federal taxes in the last two years, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has paid a lower federal tax rate than his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan. Ryan, R-Wis., paid an effective federal tax rate of 15.9 percent in 2010 and 20 percent in 2011, according to tax returns released by the Romney campaign Friday evening.

Panetta prods Karzai on Afghan insider killings

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday to discuss the rising number of "insider" attacks in which Afghan security forces have turned their guns on American and other coalition troops.

 

The Tonight Show cuts staff; Leno trims pay

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

"The Tonight Show" has laid off about two dozen workers, prompting host Jay Leno to accept a pay cut to spare other staffers as NBC clamps down on expenses.

 

Council struggles to bring budget into balance

Posted 8/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After almost five hours of budget talks, the Columbus City Council is slightly closer to its goal of having a balanced budget.

Schools try new approaches to building fan support

Posted 8/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tonight, around dusk, time will stop. A quarter will be tossed, shining silver against the darkening sky. Heads. Tails. Game on.

 

Waiver will help MUW attract out-of-state students

Posted 8/17/2012 in Area

Tuition will be a little cheaper beginning in January for qualifying students at Mississippi University for Women.

 

Romney: Never paid less than 13 percent in taxes

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney declared Thursday he has paid at least 13 percent of his income in federal taxes every year for the past decade, offering that new detail while still decrying a "small-minded" fascination over returns he will not release. President Barack Obama's campaign shot back in doubt: "Prove it."

Technology helps Starkville schools save money, gain efficiency

Posted 8/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With budget cuts becoming more expected than job security for school districts across the nation, efficiency has become an obvious focal point. For Kelvin Gibson, the new transportation director for the Starkville School District, he sees a practical example of the concept on a daily basis.

 

Starkville moving forward in budgeting process

Posted 8/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With the state deadline for municipal budget submission looming, Starkville Director of Finance/City Clerk Taylor Adams said the city is right on track.

 

297-lb Texas boy too big to play peewee football

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

A suburban Dallas boy has been barred from playing peewee football because the league says he is just too big at nearly 300 pounds.

 

Facebook hits new low as IPO lock-up ends

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

Facebook's stock plunged to a new low Thursday as some of the social networking leader's early backers got their first chance to sell their shares since the company's initial public offering went awry.

 

 

Two sentenced in Miss. for Mexico gun smuggling case

Posted 8/17/2012 in State

A man and his nephew have been sentenced in Mississippi to federal prison for using the same truck twice on the same route to try to smuggle guns from the North Carolina to Mexico. The nephew was pulled over in the truck just two months after his uncle was arrested and authorities hid a GPS tracking device on it, according to court records.

 

Fugitive arrested in Columbus

Posted 8/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

U.S. Marshals nab fugitive in Columbus

 

Southaven mayor gets this week's paycheck

Posted 8/17/2012 in Area

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis will get his paycheck after a Hinds County Chancery Court judge issued a stay preventing Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering from seizing Davis' salary -- for now -- to recover disputed debt.

 

 

Appeals court won't toss Scruggs' plea

Posted 8/17/2012 in State

A federal appeals court has refused to vacate the 2008 guilty plea of Zach Scruggs, who was implicated as having knowledge of a judicial corruption scheme that toppled his father, plaintiffs' lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

 

Motorists help woman, sister pinned in burning car

Posted 8/17/2012 in State

Passing motorists who saw smoke billowing Thursday from a stand of pine trees along Interstate 10 in southern Mississippi rescued a woman and her disabled sister from a wrecked, burning sport utility vehicle.

For Miss., an angst-filled Civil War anniversary

Posted 8/17/2012 in State

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War can be an angst-filled task in Mississippi, with its long history of racial strife and a state flag that still bears the Confederate battle emblem.

 

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