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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.

 

 

Taxpayers caring for parents, grown children may find relief

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

Members of the sandwich generation -- caught between supporting elderly parents whose assets are nearly exhausted and adult children without jobs -- might find some relief come tax time. The bottom line is, who's a dependent? Your kindergarten-age son, your adult daughter, her grandparents, or maybe an elderly uncle or aunt?

 

Can smart machines do your job?

Posted 1/24/2013 in Business

Art Liscano knows he's an endangered species in the job market: He's a meter reader in Fresno, Calif. For 26 years, he's driven from house to house, checking how much electricity Pacific Gas & Electric customers have used. But PG&E doesn't need many people like Liscano making rounds anymore.

 

Business brief: Trustmark says profits rise in 2012's last quarter

Posted 1/24/2013 in Business

Regional bank Trustmark Corp. said profit in 2012's fourth quarter rose 14 percent from the same three months of 2011.

 

 

Business brief: Regions Financial swings to gain in fourth quarter

Posted 1/24/2013 in Business

Regions Financial Corp. posted a gain in the fourth quarter after a year-ago period weighed down by the sale of an investment management subsidiary.

 

 

Business brief: Omnova Solutions posts profit in fourth quarter

Posted 1/24/2013 in Business

Omnova Solutions Inc., the chemical maker, reported a profit in its fourth quarter Tuesday after posting a loss in the same quarter a year ago.

 

 

Building permits 1-24-13

Posted 1/24/2013 in Business

 

 

Small business uneasy about sales tax exemption loss

Posted 1/24/2013 in Business

Small business owners may be closer to losing an advantage they've enjoyed during the e-commerce boom -- being exempt from collecting sales tax in states where they're not located. And they're worried they will have to spend more money in the process.

 

Military has to decide which combat jobs for women

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

The Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat presents a daunting challenge to top military leaders who now will have to decide which, if any, jobs they believe should be open only to men.

Navy: Random alcohol tests for sailors

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

The Navy said Wednesday it will conduct random blood-alcohol tests on its sailors in the United States starting next month, a sign of how concerned the service's leaders have become about the effects alcohol abuse is having on the force.

 

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