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As Fed ends meeting, many expect bold action

Posted 9/13/2012 in National

The Federal Reserve ends a two-day meeting today with expectations high for some new action to jolt the lackluster U.S. economy.

 

Protesters storm U.S. Embassy in Yemen

Posted 9/13/2012 in National

Chanting "death to America," hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen's capital and burned the American flag today, the latest in a series of attacks on American diplomatic missions in the Middle East.

 

Tall, skinny iPhone in stores Sept. 21

Posted 9/13/2012 in National

For the first time, the iPhone is growing even as it slims down. After sticking for five years to the same screen size, Apple on Wednesday revealed a new phone that's taller, and has a bigger display.

 

 

U.S. poverty rate unchanged

Posted 9/13/2012 in National

 

 

Obama condemns attack that killed US ambassador

Posted 9/12/2012 in National

President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned attacks on a U.S. consulate in eastern Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three American members of his staff. He ordered increased security at U.S. diplomatic posts around the world.

 

 

Judge orders mental exam for arson suspect

Posted 9/12/2012 in Area

A judge has ordered a second mental evaluation for a man charged with setting fire to a north Mississippi antiques business.

 

 

Miss. peanuts needed Isaac rain, now need dry weather

Posted 9/12/2012 in State

Hurricane Isaac's rains came at the right time for peanuts in southeast Mississippi, which got more than a foot and a half of rain in some spots.

 

 

Supes, DAR honor Lowndes' first responders

Posted 9/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The First Responders' Day observance, presented by the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and Shuk-ho-ta Tom-a-ha Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in front of the Lowndes County Courthouse, honored five departments of county responders: Emergency 911, Emergency Management Agency, Lowndes County Road Department, Lowndes County Volunteer Fire Departments, and the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.

 

Volunteers roll up sleeves as United Way kicks off campaign

Posted 9/12/2012 in Area

The United Way of Lowndes County held its annual "Day of Service" Tuesday morning, with 160 volunteers helping local service agencies with tasks they often either don't have the manpower, equipment or spare change to handle themselves.

 

Issues emerge in changes to GED tests

Posted 9/12/2012 in State

Changes to the General Educational Development test, commonly known as the GED test, are on the horizon, with a price increase and a revamped test structure designed to assess college and career readiness and mirror curriculum changes in high schools nationwide.

 

WTC memorial magnificent, but at a steep price

Posted 9/11/2012 in National

With its huge reflecting pools, ringed by waterfalls and skyscrapers, and a cavernous underground museum still under construction, the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center is an awesome spectacle that moved and inspired some 4.5 million visitors in its first year.

MSU, Ole Miss get high marks for free speech

Posted 9/11/2012 in State

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released its second annual list of Best Colleges for Free Speech, and FIRE's top seven list includes, you guessed it, three SEC universities.

FBI arrests Sumrall in child porn case

Posted 9/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Noel Everett Sumrall, 66, was arrested Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sumrall had been out on bond, which had been set at $7,500, before being indicted in federal court on Aug. 30 on child pornography charges.

 

Tri-county group to announce findings on Friday

Posted 9/11/2012 in Area

Friday, the public will get its first look at the details behind a proposed tri-county economic coalition between Lowndes, Clay and Oktibbeha.

 

Committee considers Highway 45 corridor face-lift

Posted 9/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the most traveled roads in Columbus may soon get a much-needed facelift. Highway 45 North, the main entrance to the city and the center for most of its restaurants and shopping, is the subject of a long-discussed beautification project.

 

Redistricting will mean changes in some poll locations

Posted 9/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Voter registration cards were mailed last month to a select number of Lowndes County voters, notifying them of changes they will experience as a result of countywide redistricting.

 

 

West Point voters pass tourism tax

Posted 9/11/2012 in Area

It's not the quantity of the voters that counted, but what the ones who voted had to say. Voters in West Point passed a resolution to allow the city to levy a one-percent tourism sales tax, bringing the sales tax to nine percent on restaurant, liquor store and hotel/motel purchases.

 

 

Columbus schools sign rental car agreement

Posted 9/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The next time city school employees leave town for training, they may drive away in a rental car. The Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees voted 4-0 Monday night to sign a contract with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which will provide standard-sized cars for $34 per day in-state and $37 per day for out-of-state travel. The rates will include comprehensive and collision insurance coverage.

 

Chicago teacher strike poses test for unions

Posted 9/11/2012 in National

The massive teacher strike in Chicago offers a high-profile test for the nation's teacher unions, which have seen their political influence threatened as a growing reform movement seeks to expand charter schools, get private companies involved with failing schools and link teacher evaluations to student test scores.

Romney: Teachers turning their backs on students

Posted 9/11/2012 in National

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Monday that striking Chicago teachers are turning their backs on thousands of students and that President Barack Obama is rooting for the absent educators. Obama's top spokesman said the president has not taken sides but is urging both the teachers and the city to settle quickly.

 

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