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Lung cancer screening could cost Medicare billions

Posted 5/15/2014 in National

Every person covered by Medicare would shell out an additional $3 a month if the government agreed to pay to screen certain current and former smokers for lung cancer, a new study estimates.


Starkville man takes to Facebook to sell used stripper pole

Posted 5/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Tuesday, a little before 10 a.m., on a Facebook page dedicated to people in the Starkville area hoping to buy, sell or trade things, someone posted a used stripper pole.

Obama presents top medal to Afghanistan veteran

Posted 5/14/2014 in National

It could have been over for Kyle J. White just 30 seconds into the Taliban ambush, when a rocket-propelled grenade knocked him unconscious.

Parents cry foul as board rejects proposal

Posted 5/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Parents of Columbus High School baseball players are speaking out after the school board denied their request for an indoor hitting facility.

CMSD votes to approve salary scale

Posted 5/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board will be able to issue teacher contracts after the school board voted to approve employee salaries Wednesday morning at a specially called meeting.

KiOR's future remains in doubt

Posted 5/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR issued its report on the first quarter of 2014 to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday and the company again stated that it has concerns about its biofuel operation's future.

Millport likely looking to replace backhoe

Posted 5/14/2014 in Area

Millport's backhoe is on its last leg. How and when to replace it will remain an ongoing discussion.

Spec building in limbo as LINK eyes research park development

Posted 5/14/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Plans to construct a speculative building to lure potential industrial developments to Oktibbeha County are on hold as Golden Triangle Development LINK officials research the feasibility and costs associated with developing a new research and development park near Mississippi State University, LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins confirmed Monday.


Miss. charter school board sets public hearings

Posted 5/14/2014 in State

Three Mississippi communities will get their say on proposals to open charter schools. The Charter School Authorizer Board voted Thursday to set public hearings on May 20 in Columbus, May 21 in Jackson and May 22 in Natchez.



Poison-letters defendant Dutschke wants to withdraw guilty plea

Posted 5/14/2014 in State

James Everett Dutschke is not going easily.



Police probe fatal stabbing at Greenville school

Posted 5/14/2014 in State

A homicide investigation is underway after a fatal stabbing on the campus of a Greenville elementary school.



Clay Aiken wins N.C. Dem congressional primary

Posted 5/14/2014 in National

"American Idol" singer Clay Aiken won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat according to a final, unofficial vote count that was posted Tuesday, a day after the accidental death of his closest rival.



Obama to ask Congress for cash for roads, bridges

Posted 5/14/2014 in National

America's roads, bridges and ports are falling apart, and the federal government is running out of money to fix them. So President Barack Obama is heading to a crumbling bridge outside New York City to try to pressure Congress into giving the nation's infrastructure an infusion of cash.



Group for LGBT equality laws in 3 Southern states

Posted 5/14/2014 in Area

A national group plans to seek anti-discrimination state laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas.



Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans

Posted 5/14/2014 in National

The first thing Michelle Pool did before picking a plan under President Barack Obama's health insurance law was check whether her longtime primary care doctor was covered.



Bill to renew tax breaks clears hurdle in Senate

Posted 5/14/2014 in National

A bill to renew more than 50 expired tax breaks for businesses and individuals cleared a key hurdle in the Senate Tuesday, giving hope to millions of taxpayers who would otherwise be hit with unwelcome tax increases next spring.



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