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Can smart machines do your job?

Posted 1/24/2013 in Business

Art Liscano knows he's an endangered species in the job market: He's a meter reader in Fresno, Calif. For 26 years, he's driven from house to house, checking how much electricity Pacific Gas & Electric customers have used. But PG&E doesn't need many people like Liscano making rounds anymore.

 

Business brief: Trustmark says profits rise in 2012's last quarter

Posted 1/24/2013 in Business

Regional bank Trustmark Corp. said profit in 2012's fourth quarter rose 14 percent from the same three months of 2011.

 

 

Business brief: Regions Financial swings to gain in fourth quarter

Posted 1/24/2013 in Business

Regions Financial Corp. posted a gain in the fourth quarter after a year-ago period weighed down by the sale of an investment management subsidiary.

 

 

Business brief: Omnova Solutions posts profit in fourth quarter

Posted 1/24/2013 in Business

Omnova Solutions Inc., the chemical maker, reported a profit in its fourth quarter Tuesday after posting a loss in the same quarter a year ago.

 

 

Building permits 1-24-13

Posted 1/24/2013 in Business

 

 

Small business uneasy about sales tax exemption loss

Posted 1/24/2013 in Business

Small business owners may be closer to losing an advantage they've enjoyed during the e-commerce boom -- being exempt from collecting sales tax in states where they're not located. And they're worried they will have to spend more money in the process.

 

Military has to decide which combat jobs for women

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

The Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat presents a daunting challenge to top military leaders who now will have to decide which, if any, jobs they believe should be open only to men.

Navy: Random alcohol tests for sailors

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

The Navy said Wednesday it will conduct random blood-alcohol tests on its sailors in the United States starting next month, a sign of how concerned the service's leaders have become about the effects alcohol abuse is having on the force.

Sheriff: Second suspect possible in college attack

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

A second suspect may emerge in the aftermath of the shooting at a Houston-area community college that left three people injured, the Harris County sheriff said Wednesday.

 

N. Korea warns of nuke test, more rocket launches

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

North Korea's top governing body warned Thursday that the regime will conduct its third nuclear test in defiance of U.N. punishment, and made clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the United States.

 

Kerry to field questions from panel he chairs

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

Democratic Sen. John Kerry, on a smooth path to confirmation as secretary of state, is likely to face friendly questioning when he testifies before the committee that he's served on for 28 years and led for the past four.

WTC workers scrawl graffiti of defiance, hope

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

On most construction projects, workers are discouraged from signing or otherwise scrawling on the iron and concrete. At the skyscraper rising at ground zero, though, they're being invited to leave messages for the ages.

Columbus teacher on leave after domestic violence arrest

Posted 1/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus Middle School teacher has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested for felony domestic violence, aggravated assault.

 

Advocates, foes weigh in on Historic District

Posted 1/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Both sides of the Starkville Historic District debate were present and vocal during Tuesday's public hearing held by the Starkville Historic Preservation Commission.

 

House to vote on its version of charter school bill

Posted 1/23/2013 in State

After a similar bill died in committee last year, the House Education Committee narrowly passed an expanded charter school bill Monday by a vote of 16-14. House Bill 369 passed through the committee after about 90 minutes of debate, according to The Associated Press.

Better Business Bureau warns Rotarians of scams

Posted 1/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Nigerian prince is dying and wants to leave his fortune to you, but he needs $3,000 to fund the transaction. You've won $1 million in a lottery you don't remember entering. There's a must-see video on Facebook, but first you must upgrade your software to view it. A company you've never heard of is offering a great deal on roofing, driveway resealing, tree-trimming or lawn service. Most people recognize a scam when they see one -- or do they?

 

US Afghan commander cleared in Petraeus email case

Posted 1/23/2013 in National

A Pentagon investigation has cleared Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, of professional misconduct in exchanging emails with a civilian woman linked to the sex scandal that led retired Gen. David Petraeus to resign as CIA director.

 

Bryant's speech is greeted with both praise and criticism

Posted 1/23/2013 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant, in his 2013 State of the State address made during a special joint-session of the state's legislators, chose job creation, education and health care as his major talking points. On the subject of job creation and industry, Bryant used the speech as an opportunity to stump for his delayed-accelerated tax payment proposal.

 

Bryant hits familiar themes in State of the State

Posted 1/23/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said in his State of the State speech Tuesday evening that citizens expect "bold action" from elected officials in 2013, with an emphasis on strengthening education and promoting job creation.

 

 

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