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McConnell's role in surveillance bill bewilders his friends

Posted 6/3/2015 in National

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, generally seen as a master congressional deal-maker, walked into a legislative dead end on domestic surveillance that left some of his friends bewildered.


Questions and answers about newly approved USA Freedom Act

Posted 6/3/2015 in National

President Barack Obama has signed into law the USA Freedom Act, which extends three expiring surveillance provisions of the 9/11-era USA Patriot Act.


Floods delay some planting, forces other farmers to replant

Posted 6/3/2015 in State

Persistent rain over the past few weeks has caused some Northeast Mississippi farmers to delay planting while forcing others to replant when the rain clears.



Lawmakers seeking answers from Takata, US on faulty air bags

Posted 6/3/2015 in Business

Lawmakers expressed frustration Tuesday over the progress of a recall of millions of defective air bags, pointing out that it's still unclear what's causing the air bags to rupture, which vehicles need repairs and whether replacement air bags are truly safe.



Police: Man shot dead lunged at police officer, FBI agent

Posted 6/3/2015 in National

Police said they have video showing a man who was under 24-hour surveillance by terrorism investigators lunging with a knife at a Boston police officer and an FBI agent before he was shot and killed -- an account his brother has disputed.



Meal programs expand summer nutrition for kids

Posted 6/3/2015 in State

A government-backed nutrition program seeks to provide two million meals to Mississippi schoolchildren this summer.


County proposes land-swap with school district

Posted 6/2/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors voted Monday to approve advertising to solicit public comment on a proposed land swap between the county and its school district.

Beer consumption in question for Juneteenth

Posted 6/2/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Juneteenth organizers face another potential uphill climb with the Columbus City Council this evening, this time dealing with beer consumption at Sim Scott Park.

Profile: Father of Noxubee County

Posted 6/2/2015 in Area

It takes a village to raise a child. Virgil Jones Jr. swears by that adage, and Virgil Jones Jr. would know.

MSMS student wins first at piano competition

Posted 6/2/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Joy Carino, a piano student in Mississippi University for Women's music department, placed first at the Mississippi Music Teachers Association Pre-College Competition.


$21M project would bring auto dealership, mixed-use parcels to Starkville

A proposed $21 million investment would develop a 25-acre automobile dealership complex and mixed-use development with 20,000 square feet of office space, a restaurant, convenience store and 15 single-family homes near Highway 12's Hilton Garden Inn location.


Holloway: EMCC, SSD agree to terms for county high school use

East Mississippi Community College officials and the incoming leaders of the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District have agreed in principle to a deal allowing the college to lease West Oktibbeha County High School and provide general classes in the county.

MSU hires first female student affairs leader

Mississippi State University's first female vice president for student affairs, Regina Y. Hyatt, will assume her new role July 1 pending State College Board approval, the university announced Monday.


Free eye exams for third graders who failed reading test

Posted 6/2/2015 in State

A new Mississippi program will provide free eye exams to every third grader who failed the state reading test last month and help those students get glasses if needed.


The flip side of years of no hurricanes: Good luck runs out

Posted 6/2/2015 in National

For millions of Americans living in the hurricane zones on the Gulf and East coasts, recent decades have been quiet -- maybe too quiet.


Transgender movement looks to benefit from Jenner's change

Posted 6/2/2015 in National

The handsome, muscular Bruce Jenner, whose picture appeared on the Wheaties cereal box the year after he won the Olympic gold medal, is on the cover of Vanity Fair this week, only now as Caitlyn Jenner, an attractive woman in a strapless, white corset.


War correspondent's family donates collection to museum

Posted 6/1/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

John R. Henry brought two duffle bags home from World War II. He locked them, put them in the attic and told his wife Margaret to never touch them.

Wiseman outlines 'aggressive' plan to pay parks' late electric bills

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman says the city's parks and recreation department can bring its outstanding electric bill level by next spring with an aggressive repayment plan.


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