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Business brief: Smith honored

Posted 6/5/2014 in Business



Court: BP must pay Clean Water Act fines

Posted 6/5/2014 in Business

The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.



Application 'inconsistencies' under health insurance law

Posted 6/5/2014 in National

Many of the 8 million people who signed up for coverage under President Barack Obama's health care now have an asterisk next to their names.



Witnesses: Boko Haram slaughters hundreds

Posted 6/5/2014 in National

Boko Haram militants dressed as soldiers slaughtered at least 200 civilians in three villages in northeastern Nigeria and the military failed to intervene even though it was warned that an attack was imminent, witnesses said today.



3 officers killed, 2 injured in Canada shooting

Posted 6/5/2014 in National

Three police officers were shot dead and two others injured in a rare case of gun violence in the east coast Canadian province of New Brunswick, officials said. Authorities were searching for a suspect.



Caledonia loses park director

Posted 6/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During Tuesday night's board of aldermen meeting, Mayor Bill Lawrence told the board Allan Glenn turned in a resignation letter Monday.


City to develop nuisance ordinance

Posted 6/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus leaders are drafting a nuisance ordinance that would strengthen safety measures at establishments that have track records of violent behavior.

Council passes $5M bond issue

Posted 6/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen voted Tuesday in favor of issuing a $5 million bond to finance capital improvements.


Police mum on weekend death behind Trotter

Posted 6/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An official cause of death has not been announced for a 32-year-old man found laying unconscious behind the Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus on Saturday.


GOP runoff likely: McDaniel's lead not enough to claim primary win

Posted 6/4/2014 in State

Locked in a squeaker of a race, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 runoff after battling to a near-draw Tuesday in a primary that underscored Republican differences.

Personnel matter draws sanitation employees behind closed doors

Starkville aldermen discussed a personnel issue involving Sanitation and Environmental Services Director Emma Gandy and Calvin Ware, a sanitation worker, behind closed doors for almost 90 minutes Tuesday, but no motions specific to the matter emerged in open session.


Vernon Council selects contractor

Posted 6/4/2014 in Area

The Vernon City Council Monday selected Burton Builders Inc., of Belmont, Mississippi, to construct sewer lines and roads at the Vernon Industrial Park, where K & S Lumber is building a saw mill.


Rice tapped as new MSU police chief

M. Vance Rice, a 20-plus year law enforcement veteran currently working at the University of Arkansas, will lead the Mississippi State University Police Department pending approval from the State College Board.


Top military officer: Bergdahl case not closed

Posted 6/4/2014 in National

The nation's top military officer said Tuesday the Army could still throw the book at Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the young soldier who walked away from his unit in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan and into five years of captivity by the Taliban.



House GOP conflicted on health law alternative

Posted 6/4/2014 in National

House Republicans are united as ever in their election-year opposition to "Obamacare," but they're increasingly divided over their promise to vote this year on an alternative to it.



Palazzo leads Taylor in 4th District GOP primary

Posted 6/4/2014 in State

Incumbent congressman Steven Palazzo was on the cusp of securing the GOP nomination for his seat against Gene Taylor, the Democrat-turned-Republican trying to win his old job back. But the race remains too close to call.



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