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House, Senate pass individual school consolidation bill substitutes

Posted 2/14/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

One area lawmaker says he will fight for an amendment naming Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway the county school system's conservator a year ahead of schedule after lawmakers passed two bill substitutes Thursday that stripped out the provision from original legislation.

 

Bills aim to restrict union organizing, picketing

Posted 2/14/2014 in State

Mississippi senators want to restrict some union organizing and picketing practices, as well as local laws that might benefit workers.

 

 

Mississippi Senate approves special education vouchers

Posted 2/14/2014 in State

Proposals to create a state voucher worth more than $6,000 for parents who withdraw their special education student from a Mississippi public school are making progress in the state House and Senate.

 

 

Miss. jury finds Tex. minister guilty in drug case

Posted 2/14/2014 in State

A Mississippi jury has found a 71-year-old Texas minister guilty of possession with intent to distribute 200 pounds of marijuana.

 

 

Miss. Supreme Court denies appeal in 2008 slaying of Columbus city worker

Posted 2/14/2014 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear an appeal from a Lowndes County man convicted in the death of a Columbus city employee.

 

 

House advances 20-week abortion ban

Posted 2/14/2014 in State

The Mississippi House on Thursday advanced a proposal to ban abortions after 20 weeks, the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy.

 

Hey Romeo, thank these guys for bringing the roses

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

If Cupid were to have a home, it would be Miami International Airport.

Rare stamp could bring millions at auction

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

It could be called "The Little Stamp That Could." Three times in its long history, the 1-cent postage stamp from a 19th century British colony in South America has broken the auction record for a single stamp. Now, it's poised to become the world's most valuable stamp again.

 

Judge: Va. same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

In a federal court ruling echoing decisions reached elsewhere in the U.S., Virginia on Thursday became the first state in the South to overturn a voter-approved prohibition of same-sex marriage.

 

 

Methodists in crisis over gay marriage, church law

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them.

 

 

New gender options available for Facebook users

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

With a click of a cursor, Jay Brown in Cheverly, Md., went from Male to Trans Male. A few states away, Debon Garrigues of Asheville, N.C., switched from Male to Neutral.

 

 

Kerry faces tough sell in China on North Korea tension

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appealed today for China's help in bringing a belligerent North Korea back to nuclear disarmament talks.

 

 

More delay likely on Afghan security pact

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

The Obama administration has quietly stopped demanding that Afghan President Hamid Karzai finalize a stalled security pact within weeks, opening up the possibility that a decision on keeping U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan after this year might not be made until after Karzai's successor is elected this spring.

 

Debt limit saves GOP from political showdown

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

Republicans' new acquiescence to letting the government pile up more debt with no strings attached paid double political dividends: It spared the GOP another politically debilitating showdown with President Barack Obama and also forced Democrats to cast votes that rivals immediately used against them in this year's midterm elections.

 

NSA: Leaker Snowden copied co-worker's password

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

Former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden gained access to at least some classified documents he later disclosed by copying a password from a co-worker who has since resigned, the NSA reported to Congress.

 

Browning on Business: Columbus farm equipment dealer sold

Posted 2/13/2014 in Business

Martin Truck & Tractor, in operation since 1933, has been sold. H&R Agri-Power announced Tuesday that it acquired the Columbus farm equipment dealer located on Hwy. 182 East.

Lowndes closer to buying property for tech center

Posted 2/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School Board is in the final stages of approving the purchase of a 12-acre-plus piece of land where the proposed career tech center will be built.

Planning commissioner: Redevelopment authority needed

Posted 2/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The possible creation of a redevelopment authority that would work to renew blighted commercial and residential properties into tax-generating parcels will likely be put on hold until the city resolves its plans to secure a retail developer.

Amended West Point school merger bill clears House hurdle

Posted 2/13/2014 in Area

State House members overwhelmingly passed a West Point-Clay County school consolidation bill Tuesday that makes slight changes to previously approved Mississippi Code.

 

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