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Jobless rates down from October, but still lag

Posted 12/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area unemployment rates for November were down from October but mostly up from November 2012, based on data released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

Bond set at $500K for murder suspect

Posted 12/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A $500,000 bond has been set for the Columbus man accused of murdering his friend last week.

Churches celebrate with special services

Posted 12/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several area churches are having evening services tonight and encouraging people to come and celebrate the birth of Christ.

Ranch House gets new owner, stays open

Posted 12/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ranch House is not closing after all. The diner-style restaurant in east Columbus was scheduled to close last Sunday. Joyce Alexander, the 65-year-old who managed it for eight years, was set to retire. She still has. But the restaurant has found new ownership and the doors are staying open.

 

Bah humbug: Heart woes can spike this time of year

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

'Tis the season -- for heart attacks? Not to dampen any spirits, but studies show heart troubles spike this time of year.

 

Merger report draft: Commission could seek up to $20 million

Posted 12/24/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure unveiled a working copy of consolidation recommendations that seeks up to $20 million for construction and operation of a grades 6-7 campus on Mississippi State University land and a pre-kindergarten program created as a demonstration project.

 

One Tupelo officer killed, another critical

Posted 12/24/2013 in Area

A Tupelo police officer remains hospitalized after a shooting that killed 38-year-old Cpl. Gale Stauffer.

 

 

Choctaw Indians plan for casino renovation, expansion

Posted 12/24/2013 in State

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will borrow up to $145 million to renovate the Silver Star Hotel and Casino, the Golden Moon Casino and possibly build a casino in the Red Water community.

 

 

Miss. gets grant to protect battlefield

Posted 12/24/2013 in State

The National Park Service has awarded a grant of $34,027 to the state of Mississippi for the purchase of about one acre of land at the Brice's Crossroads Battlefield.

 

 

Weak card security made Target a juicy target

Posted 12/24/2013 in Business

The U.S. is the juiciest target for hackers hunting credit card information. And experts say incidents like the recent data theft at Target's stores will get worse before they get better.

 

Last-minute insurance shoppers get 1-day extension

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Anticipating heavy traffic on the government's health care website, the Obama administration extended Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving Americans in 36 states more time to select a plan.

 

Obama enrolls for health coverage, won't use it

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

He won't use it, and he didn't actually sign up for it himself, but President Barack Obama has enrolled for health coverage through the new insurance exchanges.

 

Churches offer 'Blue Christmas' for those in need

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

The crowd was small for a Christmastime church service, the atmosphere quiet and solemn. There were no joyous carols, no children dressed as nativity characters, no festive decorations.

Judge tells hospital to keep treating teen

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

With a family fighting a hospital to keep their daughter who has been declared brain dead on life support, a California judge on Monday ordered the hospital to keep treating 13-year-old Jahi McMath for another week as a second medical evaluation is conducted.

 

Holiday sales down for 3rd week

Posted 12/24/2013 in Business

Stores are hoping Americans who've been tight-fisted with their money will get the last-minute itch to buy in the final week of the holiday shopping season.

 

Church signs roll the dice getting hip with quips

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Pastor Mike Butzberger insists he only had holiday spirit in mind when his Florida church's marquee read, "Christmas -- Easier to spell than Hanukkah."

UK finally pardons computer pioneer Turing

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

His code breaking prowess helped the Allies outfox the Nazis, his theories laid the foundation for the computer age, and his work on artificial intelligence still informs the debate over whether machines can think.

 

Hyundai, Kia to pay millions in fuel settlement

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Hyundai and its sister company Kia said Monday that they will pay up to $395 million to consumers as part of a proposed settlement over overstated gas mileage.

 

 

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