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Miss. Democrats call for better education funding

Posted 3/26/2013 in State

Mississippi Democrats on Monday renewed their calls for more education funding in the state budget.

 

Ex-lawmaker: Upshaw had struggled with depression

Posted 3/26/2013 in State

A Mississippi legislator who authorities say apparently committed suicide had struggled for years with depression but gave no indication in recent days that she was contemplating taking her own life, according to a former lawmaker who was with the woman the day she died.

Execution date requested for Willie Jerome Manning

Posted 3/26/2013 in State

The man on death row for the 1992 murder of Natchez native Jon Steckler and another Mississippi State student will soon face execution.

Meth lab busted in New Hope

Posted 3/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A New Hope woman has been arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

 

Charter school proponent Bomgar named to state education board

Posted 3/26/2013 in State

A leading proponent of charter schools may be joining the state Board of Education. House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said Monday he's appointing Joel Bomgar to the board, pending Senate confirmation.

 

 

Heart breakthroughs replace surgeon's knife

Posted 3/26/2013 in National

Have a heart problem? If it's fixable, there's a good chance it can be done without surgery, using tiny tools and devices that are pushed through tubes into blood vessels.

 

 

Court: Can drug companies pay to delay generics?

Posted 3/26/2013 in National

Federal regulators are pressing the Supreme Court to stop big pharmaceutical corporations from paying generic drug competitors to delay releasing their cheaper versions of brand-name drugs. They argue these deals deny American consumers, usually for years, steep price declines that can top 90 percent.

 

School consolidation committee taking shape

Posted 3/26/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Three Mississippi House Education Committee members - Rep. Toby Barker, R-Hattiesburg, Gary Chism, R-Columbus, and John L. Moore, R-Brandon - will serve on a conference committee charged with reaching a consensus on a potential Starkville-Oktibbeha school consolidation bill.

MSU students play roles in park planning

Posted 3/26/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University landscape architecture students are getting hands-on design experience by helping envision future improvements to the park located adjacent to Fire Station No. 1.

Keeping the faith: As Jewish population in the South declines, local Jews bond to maintain traditions

Posted 3/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sunday afternoon, Dr. Seth Oppenheimer drove from his home in Starkville to Tuscaloosa, armed with a very special grocery list -- the items he will need for tonight's Passover meal. The hour-long trek is not unusual. It is an undertaking Jews in small communities across Mississippi will make as they prepare for the holiday, which begins tonight at sundown.

Local charities can receive rewards points

Posted 3/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Customers with CSpire Wireless now have the opportunity to donate to their favorite charities. The cell phone provider implemented a new rewards program last week that allows customers to give money to nine charities.

State Representative found dead

Posted 3/25/2013 in State

State Rep. Jessica Upshaw, an attorney who had been a lawmaker since 2004, was found dead Sunday of an apparent suicide. She was 53.

GOP's 'no' on Medicaid becomes 'Let's make a deal'

Posted 3/25/2013 in National

Given the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law, many Republican governors and lawmakers initially responded with an emphatic "no." Now they are increasingly hedging their objections.

Restaurant Week event provides boost in sales

Posted 3/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Patrons wanting Old Venice's creole salmon special Sunday afternoon were out of luck: The fish flew from the restaurant's menu.

Toenail clippings to measure toxic exposure in N.J.

Posted 3/25/2013 in National

The neighborhood looks exceedingly normal: single-family homes and apartment buildings packed together, dogs barking from postage-stamp-size lawns, parents hustling down narrow sidewalks to fetch their children from school. But something with very dangerous potential lies below the surface, officials say.

 

Medgar Evers exhibit opening May 1

Posted 3/25/2013 in State

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History commemorates the 50th anniversary of the slaying of civil rights leader Medgar Evers with the opening of a new exhibit in Jackson on May 1 with Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers Williams.

 

 

NYC museum accused of duping visitors

Posted 3/25/2013 in National

 

 

Letter from DNA discoverer to be auctioned in NYC

Posted 3/25/2013 in National

 

Both sides of gun debate make public appeals

Posted 3/25/2013 in National

Two of the loudest voices in the gun debate say it's up to voters now to make their position known to Congress. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and National Rifle Associate Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre claim their opposing views on guns have the support of the overwhelming number of Americans.

 

Marine base shooting victim was goofy, churchgoing

Posted 3/25/2013 in State

A Marine who was shot to death at a Virginia base was described as a warm-hearted country boy from the South who grew up in the Pentecostal church and even preached a few times.

 

 

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