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Even with low prices, US oil industry pushing for exports

Posted 1/29/2015 in Business

Never mind dropping oil prices. U.S. producers are pushing harder than ever for the right to sell U.S. crude oil overseas.

Nobel laureate Charles Townes, laser co-creator, dies at 99

Posted 1/29/2015 in National

Charles H. Townes, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who helped create the laser that would revolutionize everything from medicine to manufacturing, has died.

Columbus remembers Jimmy Garton, a man of many titles

Posted 1/28/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Aside from the Queen of England, few people held more titles that James Garton, who died Saturday at the age of 69.

Cattleman's: Open for business

Posted 1/28/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cattleman's Steak and Fish was open Tuesday, because that's how Steve Heinz would have wanted it. Heinz died Monday after suffering two heart attacks. He was 57.

Demonstration school seeks statewide impact

Posted 1/28/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A school that costs $30 million shouldn't have walls, according to Mississippi State University professor Devon Brenner.


Election now apparent for OCSD school bonds

Posted 1/28/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk Glenn Hamilton said his office verified enough petition signatures to force a proposed $13.2 million Oktibbeha County School District bond to an election this year.


KiOR receiver named, but local tax payment unclear

Posted 1/28/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A judge has appointed a receiver to watch over KiOR's Columbus biofuel refinery, as owners and creditors seek a buyer.

$1M bond set for gas station shooting suspect

Posted 1/28/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Municipal Court Judge Rodney Faver set a combined $1 million bond for a Starkville man who allegedly shot a gas station attendant Friday.

Lowndes County has most traffic crashes in district

Posted 1/28/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sgt. Criss Turnipseed, a public affairs officer for the Mississippi Highway Patrol, spoke to the Columbus Rotary Club about drivers' safety Tuesday.


Plan dropped to scale back college savings

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

The White House said Tuesday it is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings plans amid a backlash from both Republicans and Democrats.



Military has wide discretion on Bergdahl charges

Posted 1/28/2015 in National



Pentagon docs: Obama to request big Pentagon budget hike

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

President Barack Obama will ask Congress for a hefty, almost 8 percent boost for the Pentagon.



Special education voucher bill advances in state Senate

Posted 1/28/2015 in State

Lawmakers are pursuing multiple options to help special education students, as a reprise of last year's fight over vouchers for special education students looms.



Attorney McRae challenging Miss. treasurer in GOP primary

Posted 1/28/2015 in State

First-time candidate David McRae said Tuesday that he's challenging Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch in this year's Republican primary.



Surgeon general: 'Desperate need of clarity' on e-cigs

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

Public health officials are "in desperate need of clarity" on electronic cigarettes to help guide policies, the nation's newly appointed surgeon general said Tuesday.



Poll: Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

More than 6 in 10 Americans would want Congress to restore federal financial assistance for millions buying health care coverage if the Supreme Court invalidates some of those government subsidies.



Bill would grant war powers to fight Islamic State militants

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel is introducing a bill today to authorize President Barack Obama's war against Islamic State militants.



Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

Jordan said today it is willing to swap an Iraqi woman held on death row in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group.



Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death and take measure of the new monarch.



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