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Small business uneasy about sales tax exemption loss

Posted 1/24/2013 in Business

Small business owners may be closer to losing an advantage they've enjoyed during the e-commerce boom -- being exempt from collecting sales tax in states where they're not located. And they're worried they will have to spend more money in the process.

 

Military has to decide which combat jobs for women

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

The Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat presents a daunting challenge to top military leaders who now will have to decide which, if any, jobs they believe should be open only to men.

Navy: Random alcohol tests for sailors

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

The Navy said Wednesday it will conduct random blood-alcohol tests on its sailors in the United States starting next month, a sign of how concerned the service's leaders have become about the effects alcohol abuse is having on the force.

Sheriff: Second suspect possible in college attack

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

A second suspect may emerge in the aftermath of the shooting at a Houston-area community college that left three people injured, the Harris County sheriff said Wednesday.

 

N. Korea warns of nuke test, more rocket launches

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

North Korea's top governing body warned Thursday that the regime will conduct its third nuclear test in defiance of U.N. punishment, and made clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the United States.

 

Kerry to field questions from panel he chairs

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

Democratic Sen. John Kerry, on a smooth path to confirmation as secretary of state, is likely to face friendly questioning when he testifies before the committee that he's served on for 28 years and led for the past four.

WTC workers scrawl graffiti of defiance, hope

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

On most construction projects, workers are discouraged from signing or otherwise scrawling on the iron and concrete. At the skyscraper rising at ground zero, though, they're being invited to leave messages for the ages.

Columbus teacher on leave after domestic violence arrest

Posted 1/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus Middle School teacher has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested for felony domestic violence, aggravated assault.

 

Advocates, foes weigh in on Historic District

Posted 1/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Both sides of the Starkville Historic District debate were present and vocal during Tuesday's public hearing held by the Starkville Historic Preservation Commission.

 

House to vote on its version of charter school bill

Posted 1/23/2013 in State

After a similar bill died in committee last year, the House Education Committee narrowly passed an expanded charter school bill Monday by a vote of 16-14. House Bill 369 passed through the committee after about 90 minutes of debate, according to The Associated Press.

Better Business Bureau warns Rotarians of scams

Posted 1/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Nigerian prince is dying and wants to leave his fortune to you, but he needs $3,000 to fund the transaction. You've won $1 million in a lottery you don't remember entering. There's a must-see video on Facebook, but first you must upgrade your software to view it. A company you've never heard of is offering a great deal on roofing, driveway resealing, tree-trimming or lawn service. Most people recognize a scam when they see one -- or do they?

 

US Afghan commander cleared in Petraeus email case

Posted 1/23/2013 in National

A Pentagon investigation has cleared Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, of professional misconduct in exchanging emails with a civilian woman linked to the sex scandal that led retired Gen. David Petraeus to resign as CIA director.

 

Bryant's speech is greeted with both praise and criticism

Posted 1/23/2013 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant, in his 2013 State of the State address made during a special joint-session of the state's legislators, chose job creation, education and health care as his major talking points. On the subject of job creation and industry, Bryant used the speech as an opportunity to stump for his delayed-accelerated tax payment proposal.

 

Bryant hits familiar themes in State of the State

Posted 1/23/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said in his State of the State speech Tuesday evening that citizens expect "bold action" from elected officials in 2013, with an emphasis on strengthening education and promoting job creation.

 

Texas parents get custody of kids living in bus

Posted 1/23/2013 in National

Nearly a year after their two children were found living virtually unsupervised in an old school bus in Southeast Texas, the parents regained full custody of their kids Tuesday when a judge dismissed a child welfare case against them.

 

Man charged in community college shootings

Posted 1/23/2013 in National

A 22-year-old man has been charged in the shootings at a Houston-area community college campus that left him and two others wounded.

 

 

Pacemakers in the brain may zap Alzheimer's damage

Posted 1/22/2013 in National

It has the makings of a science fiction movie: Zap someone's brain with mild jolts of electricity to try to stave off the creeping memory loss of Alzheimer's disease. And it's not easy. Holes are drilled into the patient's skull so tiny wires can be implanted into just the right spot.

 

Car dealers encouraged by 2012 sales

Posted 1/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the first time since the Great Recession, new car sales topped 17 million in 2012. For local car dealers, those numbers not only mean a banner year, but hope for the future.

Johnson urges audience to remember, celebrate, act

Posted 1/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dream 365 wrapped up five days of activities Monday with the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast at the Trotter Convention Center. Keynote speaker Harry Johnson told an audience of more than 300 that the key to fulfilling King's dream relies on three components: remembering, celebrating and acting.

 

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