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City's insurance premiums jump to 6-year high

Posted 1/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus is going to pay $55,000 more to insure itself in 2014 than it did in 2013. The overall 2014 premium is $315,621 -- the highest amount in six years and an almost 18-percent increase over 2013's premium, which was $260,038.

Expert: Keep resolutions 'realistic, within reach'

Posted 1/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's that time of year. As the world rings in 2014, millions of people make New Year's Resolutions. In order to keep those resolutions, a local certified clinical counselor offered some suggestions.

Gov. Bryant pushing welfare drug testing

Posted 1/2/2014 in State

Republican Phil Bryant is starting his third year as Mississippi governor, and he says he wants to make public safety the top focus of the 2014 legislative session, which begins at noon Tuesday. He wants to train more state troopers and create "strike force" groups to help local law enforcement officers in areas where mayors or county supervisors say there are problems with gangs, drugs or violent crime.

Browning on Business: Indian restaurant opening in Columbus

Posted 1/2/2014 in Business

Indian cuisine is coming to Columbus. Pankaj Patel, who operates Columbus Inn & Suites, said Tandoori Oven is slated to open Jan. 16. The new restaurant will be located at the inn, in the spot that once housed Good Time Lounge.

 

Amtrak to suspend some services in Jan., Feb.

Posted 1/2/2014 in Business

Amtrak passenger train service will shut down in Mississippi and other areas in the Southeast for several days in January and February for rail maintenance by Norfolk Southern Railway.

 

 

Silicon metal production plant coming to Burnsville

Posted 1/2/2014 in State

Mississippi Silicon will locate a new silicon metal production facility in Burnsville in Tishomingo County.

 

 

Officer Joseph Maher released from the hospital

Posted 1/2/2014 in Area

Tupelo officer Joseph Maher who was shot while trying to stop a bank robber last week, has been released from the hospital.

 

 

Building permits 1-2-14

Posted 1/2/2014 in Business

 

 

Justice delays health law's birth control mandate

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama's new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.

 

 

Marketing efforts to uninsured youth ramp up

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

The so-called "young invincibles" are so important to the success of the Affordable Care Act that supporters and detractors are spending millions to reach them with racy ads, social media campaigns and celebrity endorsements.

 

 

Barbara Bush remains hospitalized in Houston

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

Former first lady Barbara Bush remains hospitalized with a respiratory-related issue, but her condition hasn't changed, a spokesman for her husband's office said Wednesday.

 

 

Two-woman political ticket in Texas goes for history in 2014

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

Forget whether Hillary Clinton could win the White House in 2016. Women still have yet to run many statehouses, but in 2014 two Texas Democrats are going for a new kind of history: Winning as an all-female ticket for governor and lieutenant governor.

 

 

Nations jockey for Arctic position, U.S. not in lead

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

The U.S. is racing to keep pace with stepped-up activity in the once sleepy Arctic frontier, but it is far from being in the lead.

 

 

Hospital won't aid transfer of girl on ventilator

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

A California hospital is unwilling to allow an outside doctor to fit a 13-year-old declared brain dead after tonsil surgery with the breathing and feeding tubes that would allow her to be safely transferred to another facility, its lawyer said Tuesday.

 

Legal weed sales bring long lines to Colorado

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

Long lines and blustery winter weather greeted Colorado marijuana shoppers testing the nation's first legal recreational pot shops Wednesday.

 

Thief carries 250-pound safe out of Mass. eatery

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

Massachusetts police are searching for a strong-armed thief who carried a 250-pound safe out of a restaurant.

 

Even Obama dogs jump through hoops to enter Hawaii

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

It doesn't matter that they belong to President Barack Obama -- first family dogs Bo and Sunny had to go through Hawaii's strict quarantine procedures to travel to the islands for their holiday vacation.

 

Congress letting 55 tax breaks expire at year end

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty -- once again -- for millions of individuals and businesses.

 

County grants tax exemption to Aurora

Posted 12/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors have voted to grant Aurora Flight Sciences a 10-year ad valorem tax exemption for its investment in the final expansion of its facility.

2013 will be remembered for both its good and its bad

Posted 12/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

No year is ever one thing and not the other. The good comes with the bad as the pages on the calendar turn. There are moments of disappointment, anger and disbelief often intermingled with feelings of pride, reassurance and optimism. Tragedies and triumphs rub elbows. 2013 was that sort of year.

 

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