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City, county to address combined $10M industrial park bonds

The governing bodies of Oktibbeha County and Starkville could pass a combined $10 million in economic bonds that will help construct a shovel-ready industrial park to help lure manufacturing jobs.

 

Ole Miss taking more steps for racial diversity

Posted 8/3/2014 in State

The University of Mississippi, which has long struggled to distance itself from plantation-era imagery, is renaming a street known as Confederate Drive and adding historical context to Old South symbols that have long stood on the Oxford campus.

 

 

Dem chair to House nominee: He should withdraw

Posted 8/3/2014 in State

The head of Mississippi's Democratic Party says he has advised the party's nominee to pull out of the 1st District congressional race because exaggeration of his military service -- calling himself a "Green Beret veteran of Desert Storm" when he was a food service worker at Fort Bragg during the 1991 campaign in Iraq -- has cost him support.

 

 

Miss. appeals political spending law ruling

Posted 8/3/2014 in State

The state of Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling that part of its campaign finance law creates an unconstitutional burden for people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative.

 

 

Veterans and Israel do well in Congress

Posted 8/3/2014 in National

In more than five years in Congress, Republican Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana recalls voting only once for emergency spending that raised the federal deficit.

 

 

Poll: Public ready to close book on 2 wars

Posted 8/3/2014 in National

Three in four Americans think history will judge the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as failures, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that shows that about the same percentage think it was right to pull forces from the two countries.

 

 

Rep. Cantor to resign seat in August

Posted 8/3/2014 in National

After a stunning primary election loss, former Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday that he will resign his seat in the House months earlier than expected.

 

 

U.S. cites 'barbaric' actions in Gaza

Posted 8/3/2014 in National

The Obama administration on Friday condemned "outrageous" violations of an internationally brokered Gaza cease-fire by Palestinian militants and called the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier a "barbaric" action.

 

 

Israel signals scaling back Gaza war on its terms

Posted 8/3/2014 in National

Israel won't participate in indirect cease-fire talks with Hamas for now and instead plans to scale back its 26-day-old military operation in Gaza on its own terms, Israeli officials and media reports said Saturday.

 

 

Rare summer relief for gasoline prices

Posted 8/3/2014 in National

The gasoline price roller coaster is running a strange course this summer.

 

U.S. doctor with Ebola in Atlanta

Posted 8/3/2014 in National

An American doctor infected with the Ebola virus in Africa arrived in Atlanta for treatment Saturday, landing in a specially equipped plane at a military base, then being whisked away to one of the most sophisticated hospital isolation units in the country, officials say.

 

Obama says after 9-11, U.S. 'tortured some folks'

Posted 8/3/2014 in National

The United States tortured al Qaida detainees captured after the 9/11 attacks, President Obama said Friday, in some of his most expansive comments to date about a controversial set of CIA practices that he banned after taking office.

 

Columbus celebrates summer youth program participants

Posted 8/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City officials and employees crammed into a banquet room at Lion Hills on Thursday to celebrate 19 local high school students who took part in this year's MDOT Urban Youth Corps Program.

Charter school hopeful to file second letter of intent

Posted 8/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The group behind Inspire Charter School said it plans to file a letter of intent with the state asking for approval of a charter that would allow it open a school in Columbus.

Volunteers needed for student move-in

Posted 8/1/2014 in Area

The population in the Golden Triangle will boost dramatically in the coming weeks as college students descend on the area. As hundreds of students move into dorm rooms at Mississippi University for Women and Mississippi State University, local volunteers are needed to lend a hand.

 

Senate speeches headline Neshoba Fair

Posted 8/1/2014 in State

There was no Tea Party uprising and scant new ground broken as the political speeches at the Neshoba County Fair came to an end Thursday with calls for equality from the Democrats and unity from the Republicans.

 

 

Investigator: Death at 21 Apartments does not appear suspicious

Oktibbeha County investigators believe a man who was found dead at 21 Apartments Thursday did not die from any suspicious causes.

 

 

City contributions to Horse Park, theater on the chopping block

The amount of money Starkville gives outside groups, including the Mississippi Horse Park and Starkville Community Theater, is expected to decrease in the upcoming fiscal year as the city's budget committee slashed a $1.5 million wish list to an amount about $41,000 shy of current contributions.

 

Budget committee split on possible employee raises

A small pay increase for Starkville employees is in limbo after the city's budget committee recommended to only fully fund increasing insurance expenses in the upcoming fiscal year.

Gas blasts kill 25, injure 267 in Taiwan

Posted 8/1/2014 in National

At least 25 people were killed and 267 injured when underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said today, as they searched for the cause.

 

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