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Clay Aiken wins N.C. Dem congressional primary

Posted 5/14/2014 in National

"American Idol" singer Clay Aiken won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat according to a final, unofficial vote count that was posted Tuesday, a day after the accidental death of his closest rival.

 

 

Obama to ask Congress for cash for roads, bridges

Posted 5/14/2014 in National

America's roads, bridges and ports are falling apart, and the federal government is running out of money to fix them. So President Barack Obama is heading to a crumbling bridge outside New York City to try to pressure Congress into giving the nation's infrastructure an infusion of cash.

 

 

Group for LGBT equality laws in 3 Southern states

Posted 5/14/2014 in Area

A national group plans to seek anti-discrimination state laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas.

 

 

Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans

Posted 5/14/2014 in National

The first thing Michelle Pool did before picking a plan under President Barack Obama's health insurance law was check whether her longtime primary care doctor was covered.

 

 

Bill to renew tax breaks clears hurdle in Senate

Posted 5/14/2014 in National

A bill to renew more than 50 expired tax breaks for businesses and individuals cleared a key hurdle in the Senate Tuesday, giving hope to millions of taxpayers who would otherwise be hit with unwelcome tax increases next spring.

 

 

Drivers beware: Your air bag may not deploy

Posted 5/14/2014 in National

Here's an unsettling fact about cars equipped with air bags: They don't always deploy when drivers -- or regulators -- expect them to.

 

Report highlights child labor on tobacco farms

Posted 5/14/2014 in National

You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday by an international rights group.

 

Sallie Mae, Justice Department in $60M settlement

Posted 5/14/2014 in National

Student lender Sallie Mae has reached a $60 million settlement with the Justice Department to resolve allegations that it charged members of the military excessive interest rates on their student loans, the federal government announced Tuesday.

 

CMSD board fails to issue teacher contracts

Posted 5/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District will not immediately be able to issue teacher contracts for the upcoming school year.

Report: Job training key to economic growth

Posted 5/13/2014 in Area

The Golden Triangle has the potential to become one of the most dynamic small-area economies in the U.S. if Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay counties' leaders are prepared to invest in education and expansion efforts, according to an economic and community development study delivered to community leaders Monday.

 

Poultry growers reeling from April 28 tornadoes

Posted 5/13/2014 in State

Poultry growers are looking for some help after the April 28 tornadoes that caused tremendous damage on farms and the loss of more than a million birds in four Mississippi counties.

 

Availability of state-funded pre-K varies widely

Posted 5/13/2014 in National

The availability of state-funded pre-kindergarten programs varies widely from one part of the country to another, says a new report.

 

U.S. on track for narrowest budget gap since 2008

Posted 5/13/2014 in National

The U.S. government ran a big surplus in April, thanks to a flood of tax payments that helped keep the budget on track for the lowest annual deficit in six years.

 

Washington Monument reopens

Posted 5/13/2014 in National

A cross section of Americans awakened early and waited in line for hours to be among the first to ride to the top of the Washington Monument, open to the public Monday for the first time in nearly three years after an earthquake chipped and cracked the towering symbol.

Godzilla proves even giant monsters need lawyers

Posted 5/13/2014 in National

He spews radioactive fire, razes cities and pummels creatures from Earth and beyond, but even Godzilla needs a good lawyer sometimes. After all, you don't survive 60 years in the movie business without taking some fights to court.

Smith files federal lawsuit over arrest

Posted 5/13/2014 in State

Attorneys for a Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case have filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging his arrest came during an illegal undercover sting operation.

 

The doctor will see you now via webcam, smartphone

Posted 5/13/2014 in National

Mark Matulaitis holds out his arms so the Parkinson's specialist can check his tremors. But this is no doctor's office: Matulaitis sits in his rural Maryland home as a neurologist a few hundred miles away examines him via the camera in his laptop.

 

 

U.K. company to track aircraft after Malaysian loss

Posted 5/13/2014 in National

Inmarsat Plc, a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, said it will offer free basic tracking services for planes flying over oceans in the hope of preventing another incident such as the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

 

 

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