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Columbus man dies after motorcycle crash

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was killed Tuesday night after he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a vehicle.

 

Andrews promoted to interim fire chief

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Martin Andrews was named the department's interim chief Tuesday.

 

Caledonia gearing up for Easter egg hunt

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia's annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt is set for April 12 at Ola J. Pickett Park. Rissa Lawrence, who is coordinating the event, updated the town's board of aldermen on the event's status during its monthly meeting Tuesday.

 

City consolidates planning, federal programs offices

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen have consolidated the offices of city planning and federal programs into one department and named city planner Christina Berry to lead it.

Happy Birthday from the Halls of Congress

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Irene Burrow Lancaster turns 89 today and along with birthday greetings from friends and family -- two children, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren -- the retired junior high teacher also heard from a former student.

Johnson updates Columbus Rotarians on air show

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Officials at Columbus Air Force Base are expecting this weekend's Wings Over Columbus to be the best event yet.

KiOR gets $25M financial commitment

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR announced that it had closed the deal Monday on $25 million in financing that will keep the biofuel maker's doors open at least through August.

City takes steps toward Island redevelopment

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In an effort to promote more foot traffic and encourage special events on the newly renovated Old Highway 82 Bridge, Columbus councilmen agreed to temporarily waive rental and insurance fees for six months.

 

Legislature approves negotiated school merger bill

Both chambers of the Miss. Legislature Tuesday passed a conference report for SB 2818, a bill that ensures technical amendments sought by the Commission on Starkville School District Structure for 2015's state-mandated unification.

 

 

City engineer placed on 6-month probation

Starkville Aldermen placed City Engineer Edward Kemp on six-month probation after almost two hours of closed-door discussions with him, the city planner and developer Clayton Richardson Tuesday. Aldermen gave no reasoning behind their move, and the city did not disclose a vote breakdown when officials announced the personnel matter.

 

Burglary suspect turns himself in to SPD

Starkville Police Department arrested 18-year-old Deangelo Dewayne Manning, of 406 Hancock Circle, Monday after a March 27 burglary incident in which he allegedly broke into a Catherine Street home and attacked its residents with a knife.

 

Teacher pay plan calls for 3rd-year merit raises

Posted 4/2/2014 in State

Pay raises for Mississippi public school teachers are close to becoming law. The full House and Senate passed House Bill 504 Tuesday, sending it to Gov. Phil Bryant for his consideration.

 

Savings and loan figure Charles Keating dies at 90

Posted 4/2/2014 in National

Charles H. Keating Jr., the notorious financier who served prison time and was disgraced for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure of the 1980s, has died. He was 90.

 

Sen. Rand Paul: Give Caterpillar award for tax strategy

Posted 4/2/2014 in National

Caterpillar Inc. executives defended a tax strategy Tuesday that has saved the manufacturing giant billions in U.S. taxes. They got support from Republican senators, including one who said the company deserves an award.

 

 

Spy's release would be high-stakes gamble

Posted 4/2/2014 in National

The Obama administration is bringing the U.S. closer than it has been in years to granting convicted spy Jonathan Pollard an early release in a high-stakes gamble to advance Mideast peace talks.

 

 

Miss. gov says he will sign 20-week abortion ban

Posted 4/2/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday that he looks forward to quickly signing a bill that would ban abortion at 20 weeks, the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy.

 

 

Religious-practices bill headed to Gov. Bryant

Posted 4/2/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers on Tuesday passed the final version of a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices, a measure that sparked debate about possible discrimination against gay people and other groups.

 

 

13 GM traffic deaths are tied to a 57-cent part

Posted 4/2/2014 in National

The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, members of Congress said Tuesday as they demanded answers from General Motors' new CEO on why the automaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect.

 

 

Bill passed to trim taxing powers

Posted 4/2/2014 in State

Lawmakers are moving ahead with tax collection changes that the state Department of Revenue warns could ultimately cost Mississippi more than $100 million a year.

 

 

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