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Improved fire rating should reduce insurance premiums

Posted 11/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Now that the Oktibbeha County District 5 Fire Department has finished its final test, Fire Services Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said the department only lacks a few minor details to complete their report to the Mississippi Ratings Bureau.

Columbus man to enter plea on murder charge

Posted 11/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man charged with capital murder is scheduled to enter a plea today in Lowndes County Circuit Court.

Modest rise in revenues won't solve state's budget challenges

Posted 11/13/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant and state lawmakers begin their second day of preliminary budget talks today in Jackson.

Mayor salutes seniors with Thanksgiving luncheon

Posted 11/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the seventh consecutive year, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith hopes to brighten the holidays for an often overlooked segment of the community -- its senior citizens.

Hospital staff makes wreaths to benefit charity

Posted 11/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Surgeons traded scalpels for glue guns. Paramedics traded bandages for bows. And Wednesday, the public will get the chance to see the results as Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle hosts a brand-new fundraiser designed to foster Christmas spirit for a good cause.


Most in US won't be able to escape 'fiscal cliff'

Posted 11/13/2012 in National

Everyone who pays income tax -- and some who don't --will feel it.



West Point to crack down on unlicensed vendors

Posted 11/13/2012 in Area

The West Point Police Department plans to crack down on unauthorized vendors.



Charter schools opponent moved off House Education committee

Posted 11/13/2012 in State

The Republican speaker of the Mississippi House has shuffled committee assignments in a way that makes it easier to pass charter school legislation he supports.



Israel considers resumption of Gaza assassinations

Posted 11/13/2012 in National

Israel is considering resuming its contentious practice of assassinating militant leaders in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in an effort to halt intensified rocket attacks on Israel's south, according to defense officials.


Superstorm priorities for some include saving pets

Posted 11/13/2012 in National

Superstorm Sandy drove New York and New Jersey residents from their homes, destroyed belongings and forced them to find shelter for themselves -- and for their pets, said owners, who recounted tales of a dog swimming through flooded streets and extra food left behind for a tarantula no one was willing to take in.


More women have driver's licenses than men in US

Posted 11/13/2012 in National

Women have passed men on the nation's roads. More women than men now have driver's licenses, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel that transportation researchers say is likely to have safety and economic implications.


Search for cause of deadly Indianapolis explosion continues

Posted 11/12/2012 in National

The blast was so loud it woke people as far as three miles away, triggering thoughts of a plane crash or earthquake.

Deficit cutters look to Pentagon budget

Posted 11/12/2012 in National

One war is done, another is winding down and the calls to cut the deficit are deafening. The military, a beneficiary of robust budgets for more than a decade, is coming to grips with a new reality -- fewer dollars.

Veterans parade stirs memories of heroism, sacrifice

Posted 11/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The strong voice of a soldier carried through the air as hundreds of men and women in uniform marched down the streets of Columbus on Saturday. Aging men who fought in Vietnam marched shoulder to shoulder with the fresh-faced men and women who deployed to the deserts of Afghanistan and Iraq.

City gets nod from DOJ on redistricting

Posted 11/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Chris Watson, of the Bridge and Watson consulting firm, received a letter from the Department of Justice on Nov. 1 stating the Columbus council's plan for redistricting had been given pre-clearance approval.

Monday profile: Dale's passion evident as director of Boys and Girls Club

Posted 11/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It is late afternoon when Nadia Dale rushes into the room like a force of nature and plops down with an exhausted sigh for what is likely her first break of the day.


Analysis: Legislators aim to prevent child abuse

Posted 11/12/2012 in State

"Erin's Law" is described as a tool to keep sexual predators away from children. Four states -- Maine, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri -- have enacted it and a dozen more may consider it in 2013.


New Orleans streetcars to get Super Bowl debut

Posted 11/12/2012 in National

With the Super Bowl less than three months away, New Orleans is rushing to lay streetcar tracks through one of its busiest corridors to connect by trolley the Louisiana Superdome and the French Quarter.

Peanut truck overturns

Posted 11/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A cargo of peanuts were strewn along Highway 82 after an 18-wheeler overturned on Sunday afternoon near the Military Road exit.


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