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Could Kerry, Hagel drive reboot in US-Cuba ties?

Posted 1/26/2013 in National

The nominee for U.S. Secretary of State, Sen. John Kerry, once held up millions of dollars in funding for secretive U.S. democracy-building programs in Cuba. Defense Secretary hopeful Chuck Hagel has called the U.S. embargo against the communist-run island "nonsensical" and anachronistic.

 

 

Do penalties for smokers and the obese make sense?

Posted 1/26/2013 in National

Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die?

 

 

One dead in head-on collision in Starkville

Posted 1/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A 21-year-old Starkville man died in a fiery crash early Friday morning. The man, whose name has not yet been released, died after being involved in a two-car head-on collision in Starkville shortly after 2 a.m.

 

Columbus man arrested for Southside armed robbery

Posted 1/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was arrested for an armed robbery at a Southside apartment complex earlier this week. Darrion Donyae Walls, 23, of 1320 2nd Avenue N., was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony armed robbery and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

 

Unemployment drops in Lowndes and Oktibbeha

Posted 1/25/2013 in Area

Unemployment numbers in the region dipped slightly over a 12-month period, with Oktibbeha County staying within single digits.

 

Chism, Smith present bill to 'assert state sovereignty'

Posted 1/25/2013 in State

A bill sponsored by two Columbus lawmakers would allow the state to defy federal laws through a joint-legislative committee. The committee, composed of 14 state elected officials, would determine what is and isn't within the federal government's power when dealing with the state's constitutional rights.

A vo-tech vision: County considers stand-alone vocational school to address today's changing workplace realities

Posted 1/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The weather is pleasant today, almost spring-like, and the metal bay door is thrown open wide, spilling sunlight and fresh air into West Lowndes High School's masonry and brick-building class. This is a planning period for Joseph Fowler, but his students are still milling around, some chatting, but most vying for Fowler's attention, reluctant to leave.

Link hires Starkville economic developer

Posted 1/25/2013 in Area

The Golden Triangle Development Link has hired Joseph P. Deason, a former chief financial officer for the Mississippi Development Authority, to represent Oktibbeha County and serve as the GTDL's chief operating officer.

Van Daniel joins race for 36th District House seat

Posted 1/25/2013 in Area

Hot on the heels of Wednesday's announcement by West Point resident Rev. Eddie Longstreet, Aberdeen resident Dr. Roderick Van Daniel announced Thursday he will also be seeking the vacated 36th District House seat left open after the Jan. 13 death of Rep. David Gibbs.

Starkville district provides laptops to all teachers

Posted 1/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Today, every teacher in the Starkville School District has a new laptop. Gone will be the days of lugging six lesson plans and keeping up with tiny flash drives, and Rosia Jackson, who teaches at Sudduth Elementary, could not be more thrilled.

 

House bill calls for consolidation of Starkville, Oktibbeha districts

Posted 1/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Superintendent Lewis Holloway and three Starkville School District trustees are meeting with members of the House Education Committee in Jackson today to discuss a Mississippi House bill calling for the consolidation of the Starkville and Oktibbeha County school districts.

 

Longstreet joins race for District 36 House

Posted 1/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although Gov. Phil Bryant has not set a date for a special election for the District 36 House of Representatives, left vacant by the death of longtime legislator David Gibbs, another Clay County resident has joined the race.

House passes charter school bill after marathon session

Posted 1/24/2013 in State

Bleary-eyed charter schools supporters took a few minutes to bask in a big victory early today, but were quick to acknowledge that the fight is not over. The Mississippi House voted 64-55 to pass House Bill 369, which would expand charter schools in the state. The vote came after more than seven hours of debate and three hours of a computer reading the 251-page bill.

 

Some Miss. hospitals backing Medicaid expansion

Posted 1/24/2013 in State

Some Mississippi hospital administrators say they worry about bad financial consequences if the state doesn't expand Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul. Specifically, they worry hospitals will have to continue providing care for uninsured people even if the federal government stops reimbursing part of the expense.

 

 

Zach Scruggs appeals to US Supreme Court

Posted 1/24/2013 in State

The U.S. Supreme Court will hold a conference Feb. 15 to decide on whether to hear an appeal from Zach Scruggs, who was implicated as having knowledge of a judicial corruption scheme that toppled his father, plaintiffs' lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

 

 

Marriages and divorces 1-24-13

Posted 1/24/2013 in Business

 

 

MSMS students compete in Science Bowl

Posted 1/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Students from the Mississippi School of Mathematics and Science will be among a group of 19 teams competing in a regional competition that is part of the National Science Bowl at Mississippi University for Women Friday.

 

 

Congress charts new course for deficit

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

The nation's sharp disagreements over taxes and spending are on a re-routed collision course, as Senate Democrats launch a plan that includes new taxes and House Republicans vow to speed up their plan to balance the federal budget with spending cuts alone.

 

 

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