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Judge approves Columbus annexation

Posted 9/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's official: Columbus is getting bigger. A judge on Friday approved the city's annexation plan, which will bring 1,462 more residents, three square miles and five more miles of road into Columbus, according to Tim Youngblood of Bridge and Watson, the firm that assisted the city with the annexation.

Mayor vetoes insurance change, challenge coming

Posted 9/20/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman vetoed aldermen's recent action to limit expanded health insurance coverage to legally married couples, and the four aldermen who pushed for the change are expected to call for an override during Tuesday's 5:30 p.m. recess meeting at City Hall.

Opening a dialogue about poverty

Posted 9/20/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Bobby Weatherly paced in front of a projector in the Starkville Sportsplex gymnasium Tuesday. He had on brown shoes, tan khakis and a brown shirt that read, "Starkville Bridges." There were about 20 people in the gym. Weatherly was leading a discussion about how to reduce the presence of predatory lenders.

Group completes charter application

Posted 9/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus group hoping to open a local charter school in the city has submitted a complete application to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board.

 

Mississippi adopts tests with emergency contract

Posted 9/20/2014 in State

The state Board of Education approved an emergency contract Thursday that means Mississippi's public school students will take multistate tests this year to evaluate student mastery of the Common Core state standards.

 

 

Group urges farmers market to accept EBT

Posted 9/20/2014 in State

Members of the Mayor's Health Council hope to work out a plan under which the Vicksburg farmers market can accept electronic benefits transactions as part of a plan to improve the health of Vicksburg residents.

 

 

McDaniel: Old case shows appeal not filed too late

Posted 9/20/2014 in State

Unsuccessful tea party-backed candidate Chris McDaniel is invoking a big Mississippi political name as he tries to revive his challenge in a U.S. Senate race: state House Speaker Philip Gunn.

 

 

Agents nab intruder who darted into White House

Posted 9/20/2014 in National

An intruder made it through the front door of the White House after scaling the mansion's fence before Secret Service agents apprehended him. The first family was not in the residence.

 

 

Florida town knew shooter had troubled past

Posted 9/20/2014 in National

Most people in this rural, north Florida community seemed to know about the Spirit family's troubled and tragic past.

 

 

Police taking precautions in ambush suspect search

Posted 9/20/2014 in National

Authorities wearing bulletproof vests and carrying heavy rifles fanned out Saturday in the neighborhood around the home of a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper, exercising extreme caution as they combed a heavily wooded area for a suspect described as a self-taught survivalist.

 

 

Potential push for Obama to expand military effort

Posted 9/20/2014 in National

President Barack Obama's military campaign against the Islamic State group already has extended beyond the limits he first outlined.

 

 

Ohio creator of Slush Puppies dead at age 74

Posted 9/20/2014 in National

Will Radcliff, who built a multimillion-dollar global business from flavored, icy Slush Puppie drinks, has died in Cincinnati. He was 74.

 

 

China fines GlaxoSmithKline $492M for bribery

Posted 9/20/2014 in National

Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline was fined $492 million on Friday for bribing doctors in China, the biggest such penalty ever imposed by a Chinese court.

 

 

Verdict in peanut trial should send warning

Posted 9/20/2014 in National

Food safety advocates say a guilty verdict in a rare federal food-poisoning trial should send a stern warning to others who may be tempted to place profits over people's welfare.

 

Ordinance on events with alcohol to be modified

Posted 9/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus' ordinance on leasing property for events with alcohol will be revised.

CL&W talks water rate increase

Posted 9/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A water rate increase may be in the cards for Columbus Light and Water customers.

1 qualifies, others intend to run for Senate

Posted 9/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Terry Brown's predecessor in the Mississippi State Senate has qualified to run for the rest of his term, while at least two others have confirmed they also plan to do so.

Golden Triangle Scots weigh-in on country's historic vote

Posted 9/19/2014 in Area

Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

Focus on Parks' finances increasing into next fiscal year

Posted 9/19/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Parks Commission Chairman Dan Moreland will get a $60,000 bailout to meet payroll, retirement and bill payments this month, but aldermen expect the autonomous department to pay the money back and balance its revenue shortfalls with increased sports participation fees next year.

Man arrested in fast-growing California wildfire

Posted 9/19/2014 in National

A man with a lengthy criminal history has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday.

 

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