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Social Security fixable; changes tough

Posted 8/20/2012 in National

Despite Social Security's long-term problems, the massive retirement and disability program could be preserved for generations to come with modest but politically difficult changes to benefits or taxes, or a combination of both.

'Top Gun' director dies after jumping off bridge

Posted 8/20/2012 in National

Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as "Top Gsun," "Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge, authorities said. The 68-year-old Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said.

Swimmer steady in Cuba-Fla. record attempt

Posted 8/20/2012 in National

Endurance athlete Diana Nyad forged ahead in the Straits of Florida with renewed vigor Sunday in pursuit of a record 103-mile (166-kilometer), unassisted swim in open waters without the aid of a shark cage.

 

New Tupelo park: nature, cross-country, Elvis

Posted 8/20/2012 in Area

Tupelo's new nature trail passes by a pond where, according to legend, the young Elvis Presley and his friends once skinny-dipped.

 

Bluecutt Road project on schedule

Posted 8/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A $1-million construction project on Bluecutt Road is scheduled to be completed in September.

Grand jury fails to indict Hinton on murder charge

Posted 8/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been released from the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center after being charged with murder.

Macon hay: Mennonites respond to Ohio drought victims

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

Macon farmer Gary Miller didn't hesitate when his neighbor, Morris Miller (no relation), called to say dairy farmers in northeast Ohio were suffering from a severe drought, dipping into their winter reserves to feed their cattle. The two men sprang into action, and within hours, 540 bales of hay was northward-bound.

Kickstarter projects generate millions of dollars

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

A funny thing happens on Kickstarter, the website where people ask for money to finance their projects. Sometimes, they get more money than they ask for. Sometimes, they get millions more.

 

Mississippi's July jobless rate up to 9.1 percent

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

Unemployment rose in Mississippi in July for the second straight month to 9.1 percent as the state's job market continued to sputter, according to numbers released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

 

Ceremonies mark Hurricane Camille

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

A small group gathered at Evergreen Cemetery on Friday to remember three women who died during Hurricane Camille but were never identified.

 

 

Two injured in accident in east Lowndes Co.

Posted 8/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two people remain in the hospital, one in critical condition, following a Friday night automobile accident in east Lowndes County.

 

 

B.B. King, Kilmichael to be honored on Blues Trail

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

The town of Kilmichael and blues legend B.B. King will be honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

 

Obama renews call for aid to halt teacher layoffs

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

Tight school budgets have meant fewer teachers, larger classes and shorter school years, according to a White House report that President Barack Obama says shows the need for Congress to pass his proposals to help states reduce teacher layoffs.

Ryan paid a higher federal tax rate than Romney

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

When it comes to their federal taxes in the last two years, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has paid a lower federal tax rate than his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan. Ryan, R-Wis., paid an effective federal tax rate of 15.9 percent in 2010 and 20 percent in 2011, according to tax returns released by the Romney campaign Friday evening.

Panetta prods Karzai on Afghan insider killings

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday to discuss the rising number of "insider" attacks in which Afghan security forces have turned their guns on American and other coalition troops.

 

The Tonight Show cuts staff; Leno trims pay

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

"The Tonight Show" has laid off about two dozen workers, prompting host Jay Leno to accept a pay cut to spare other staffers as NBC clamps down on expenses.

 

Council struggles to bring budget into balance

Posted 8/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After almost five hours of budget talks, the Columbus City Council is slightly closer to its goal of having a balanced budget.

Schools try new approaches to building fan support

Posted 8/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tonight, around dusk, time will stop. A quarter will be tossed, shining silver against the darkening sky. Heads. Tails. Game on.

 

Waiver will help MUW attract out-of-state students

Posted 8/17/2012 in Area

Tuition will be a little cheaper beginning in January for qualifying students at Mississippi University for Women.

 

Romney: Never paid less than 13 percent in taxes

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney declared Thursday he has paid at least 13 percent of his income in federal taxes every year for the past decade, offering that new detail while still decrying a "small-minded" fascination over returns he will not release. President Barack Obama's campaign shot back in doubt: "Prove it."

 

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