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Selling social media clicks becomes big biz

Posted 1/6/2014 in National

Celebrities, businesses and even the U.S. State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore "click farms," where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers.

 

 

Health law to put calorie info on vending machines

Posted 1/6/2014 in National

Office workers in search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change under new labeling regulations for vending machines included in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law.

 

Some states confirm water pollution from drilling

Posted 1/6/2014 in National

In at least four states that have nurtured the nation's energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen.

 

Police ask to give sick leave to wounded officer

Posted 1/6/2014 in Area

Tupelo police want to donate unused sick leave to the officer who was wounded during a deadly bank robbery.

 

 

Meridian city block for sale, real fixer-upper

Posted 1/6/2014 in State

A block of four buildings in downtown Meridian is for sale by its owner and bidding starts at $1, plus back taxes that total about $20,000.

 

 

Ban on conjugal visits resisted

Posted 1/6/2014 in State

A Memphis-based civil rights group and a Mississippi prisoners' advocacy group will lead a rally in Jackson against Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps' decision to end conjugal visits for state inmates.

 

 

U.S. Senate race will impact Miss. session

Posted 1/6/2014 in State

Mississippi faces a contentious Republican primary battle for the U.S. Senate this year with state lawmaker Chris McDaniel trying to unseat Thad Cochran, the man who's been in Congress almost as long as McDaniel has been alive.

 

 

Batiste files challenge to death sentence

Mississippi death row inmate Bobby Batiste has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal.

 

Sticker shock: Cubans aghast at car prices

Posted 1/6/2014 in National

Cubans are eagerly flocking to Havana car dealerships as a new law takes effect eliminating a special permit requirement that has greatly restricted vehicle ownership in the country. To their dismay on Friday, the first day the law was in force, they found sharply hiked prices, some of them light years beyond all but the most well-heeled islanders.

Board member wants new middle school

Posted 1/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After serving on the Lowndes County School District board for more than a decade, Jacqueline Gray continues to be an advocate for the students of West Lowndes.

Progress equals less land at Lowndes port

Posted 1/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Those who oversee the Columbus-Lowndes County Port say they face a good news/bad news scenario. The good: The six industries operating at the port pay more than $1 million in taxes to the city of Columbus and Lowndes County, and about $350,000 to the port authority, each year. The bad: They're running out of land.

Burnsville says 'yes' to Correnti's Miss. Silicon

Posted 1/4/2014 in State

For the second time in three years, a company is promising to build a silicon metal production facility and add hundreds of jobs in Mississippi. Only this time, officials say it will be in Burnsville.

 

Pope to nuns: Why aren't you answering the phone?

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

Pope Francis has made another one of his cold calls to wish a group of nuns in a Spanish convent Happy New Year. Only he got their answering machine, instead.

 

Ellis in good health, spirits as legislative term approaches

State Rep. Tyrone Ellis, D-Starkville, can now laugh about a stroke he had last summer. "It scared my family -- and me too!" he jokingly said, Friday.

 

Authorities still probing infant death

Posted 1/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two weeks after Columbus authorities discovered a newborn baby dead in a closet, the infant's cause of death has still not been determined.

 

Lowndes County man arrested for cocaine

Posted 1/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County man was arrested Thursday after being on the run for more than a year.

 

Officials urge Mississippians to prepare for cold temps

Posted 1/4/2014 in State

Officials in Mississippi are urging residents to prepare for a blast of freezing weather expected to hit the state beginning Sunday night.

 

 

Opponents to fight Common Core in Legislature

Posted 1/4/2014 in State

On Facebook and in public forums, opponents have been trying over the past year to build opposition to the Common Core state education standards in Mississippi. As the Legislature begins its 2014 session Tuesday, they're bringing that opposition to the Capitol.

 

 

Expansion of Mississippi Medicaid unlikely in 2014

Posted 1/4/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers appear unlikely to do an about-face and vote to expand Medicaid this year.

 

 

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