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French: Complex trading web in horsemeat scandal

Posted 2/11/2013 in National

A maze of trading between meat wholesalers has made it increasingly difficult to trace the origins of food -- enabling horsemeat disguised as beef to be sold in frozen meals across Europe.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: A new GOP, or just a cosmetic touchup?

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

Maybe the party is finally over. Meaning not simply the Grand Old Party, but more specifically the bacchanal of the bizarre and carnival of crazy to which it has lately devolved. So obvious has this devolution become that even Republican stalwarts have been heard to decry the parody of a party the GOP has become.

 

Hog Wild: Booming wild hog population threatens health, ecosystem

Posted 2/9/2013 in Area

Although they haven't yet achieved the status of Sherman's March to the Sea, Mississippi's rapidly growing wild hog population is cutting its own destructive swath through the state, and along the way exacting a heavy toll on the state's ecosystem.

Teen sentenced to 25 years on fatal DUI charges

A 19-year-old Starkville man faces a 25-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to an aggravated DUI charges in connection with an Oktibbeha County car crash that killed one and left five others injured.

Heritage system gives parents real-time link to grades

Posted 2/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heritage Academy is taking strides to stay up to date with technology while fostering a relationship between parents and teachers. The private school is entering its second year of utilizing the Power School program, a web-based system that allows parents to check on their child's academic progress in real time.

 

Health and Human Services: Miss. can try for fed-state health exchange

Posted 2/9/2013 in State

After blocking Mississippi's proposal for a state-run health insurance exchange because of divisions among state leaders on the plan, federal officials said Friday that they're encouraging the state to seek approval for a partnership -- an exchange jointly run by the state and federal governments.

 

 

Sudduth Elementary locked down after threat against employee

Sudduth Elementary School was on lockdown for 30 minutes Friday afternoon after school officials learned of a verbal threat made against a school employee.

 

 

Confederate flag mistakenly raised over court

Posted 2/9/2013 in State

Officials say a mistake is to blame for the Confederate flag being raised over the Mississippi Supreme Court building on Friday.

 

Hunt for fugitive resumes in Calif. mountains

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

Scores of officers fanned out at daybreak Saturday in the snow-covered San Bernardino Mountains, resuming their search for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected of killing three people in a vengeance-fueled rampage aimed at those he blames for ending his career.

 

Michelangelo's drawings going on display in Va.

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

Twenty-five drawings by Michelangelo begin a two-city U.S. exhibition in Virginia on Saturday, including some works never before seen in the United States and many that offer a glimpse into the mind of the master and the tumultuous times in which he lived.

 

 

AP: Flaws found in US missile shield

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

Secret Defense Department studies cast doubt on whether a multibillion-dollar missile defense system planned for Europe can ever protect the U.S. from Iranian missiles as intended, congressional investigators say.

 

 

Hacker gains access to Bush family emails, photos

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

Turns out even former presidents can fall prey to hackers.

 

Iowa governor pardons pig before bacon festival

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

A young pig has won a reprieve from the frying pan just as Iowa's popular bacon festival is about to begin.

Liberal in domestic issues, Obama a hawk on war

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

For all of his liberal positions on the environment, taxes and health care, President Barack Obama has proved to be a hawk when it comes to fighting terrorism.

From trauma to triumph: Smart says there is hope even in the worst of circumstances

Posted 2/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart lay in the dirt, sobbing after being brutalized by a man who had abducted her from her family's upscale Salt Lake City home hours earlier. The memories of that night remain vivid.

Riverwalk expansion project begins

Posted 2/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By the end of the year, visitors to the Riverwalk and the Columbus Soccer Complex will be able to walk from one to the other with ease as plans continue to move forward on connecting the two venues.

VISTA workers making a difference as

Posted 2/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In nearly two years as executive director of the Columbus Arts Council, Tina Sweeten has revolutionized the way the organization operates. Known for her grant writing skills, Sweeten garnered enough grant money to fund 10 Volunteers In Service In America (VISTA) workers. VISTA not only helps the Columbus Arts Council but other local agencies as well.

 

Feds reject proposed health exchange in Miss.

Posted 2/8/2013 in State

The Obama administration has rejected Mississippi's proposal to create a state-run health insurance exchange, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said Thursday, dealing a blow to his bid to craft an exchange despite the opposition of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.

 

 

Renasant to buy First M&F in $119M stock deal

Posted 2/8/2013 in State

Renasant Corp. will buy fellow Mississippi bank First M&F Corp. in a $119 million stock transaction.

 

 

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