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Hospital group says 'alarm fatigue' can be deadly

Posted 4/9/2013 in National

Constantly beeping alarms from devices that monitor the vital signs of the critically ill have "desensitized" hospital workers who sometimes ignore the noise, leading to at least two dozen deaths a year on average, a hospital accrediting group said Monday.

 

 

Analysis: Legislature often like extended family

Posted 4/8/2013 in State

It was a poignant bookend to the 2013 session of the Mississippi Legislature -- the passing of a House of Representatives seat from father to surviving son.

 

 

Monroe Co. hopes to get federal prisoners

Posted 4/8/2013 in Area

Monroe County supervisors have told Sheriff Cecil Cantrell to work out a deal to house federal prisoners in the local detention center.

 

Margaret Thatcher, Iron Lady, dead at 87

Posted 4/8/2013 in National

Love her or loathe her, one thing's beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain. Thatcher's former spokesman, Tim Bell, said that the former prime minister had died Monday morning of a stroke. She was 87.

Monday profile: 'Big Red Bus' puts Meady in spotlight

Posted 4/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Robert Meady is a man of few words who prefers to keep to himself. For two weeks each spring, he makes an exception, however. He is the guy who drives "the big red bus" during the Columbus Pilgrimage. In that role, he is surrounded by people, most of whom want to know all about the bus.

Brooks: Juneteenth still in limbo

Posted 4/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Juneteenth festival founder Leroy Brooks said the likelihood of a 17th consecutive installment of the event will likely hinge on whether or not the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors has a change of heart from its decision last month against funding it.

Columbus chapter celebrates National Boys & Girls Club Week

Posted 4/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus chapter of the Boys and Girls Club is celebrating National Boys and Girls Club week with week-long festivities. Nadia Dale, director of the local club, said she is excited about the week ahead.

 

Senators work on deal expanding background checks

Posted 4/8/2013 in National

Talks between two influential senators have emerged as the most promising route for a bipartisan breakthrough on expanding federal background checks for gun buyers, a pivotal part of President Barack Obama's plan for combating gun violence.

 

 

Officials hope Highway 182 upgrade will lure new businesses

Starkville officials are optimistic a series of completed and ongoing projects will spur Highway 128 redevelopment and bring new businesses to one of the town's most crucial corridors.

 

Fire ants on the march in spring

Posted 4/8/2013 in Area

April is the time for neighborhoods to get together to fight fire ants and for farmers to attack the critters in pastures and hay fields, experts say.

 

Pentagon struggles with high cost of health care

Posted 4/8/2013 in National

The loud, insistent calls in Washington to rein in the rising costs of Social Security and Medicare ignore a major and expensive entitlement program -- the military's health care system.

 

 

Father: Slain diplomat died doing what she loved

Posted 4/8/2013 in National

The family of an American diplomat who was among those killed in a terrorist attack in southern Afghanistan has taken solace in knowing she died doing what she loved.

 

Missing: A Columbus family's search for a missing sister spans five decades

Posted 4/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Everything was going to be OK, she said. Better than OK. The past few years had been tough, but she was tough, too, and she was going to make it. Wronged in so many ways, she was going to finally set things right. Build a new life for herself and her eight-month-old daughter.

City to investigate 'serious' parks issues

Starkville representatives are calling for the creation of a task force to investigate budgeting anomalies discovered in Starkville Parks Commission's Fiscal Year 2012.

 

City wins legal battle over facility upgrades

An almost two-year legal battle over the City of Starkville's plans to construct a new city hall and rehabilitate its current location concluded Wednesday when the Mississippi Supreme Court denied resident William McGovern's motion to reconsider a previous appeal.

 

Downtown buzzes with activity on 'Super' Saturday

Posted 4/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It is nothing rare to hear residents complain there is nothing to do in Columbus. Anyone who was guilty of making that comment this weekend clearly didn't walk around downtown Saturday.

Caledonia firefighters make bid for new station

Posted 4/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Officials with the county's volunteer fire services are hoping to convince Lowndes County supervisors to take the first step in a process to build a new main station by purchasing a parcel of land that would allow room for long-term growth.

 

Analysis: 2013 session mixes substance, silliness

Posted 4/6/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers approved substantial public policy changes during their 2013 session, with an emphasis on trying new approaches to public education.

 

 

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