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Analysts say health care law means fewer on job

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

Several million American workers will cut back their hours on the job or leave the nation's workforce entirely because of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, congressional analysts said Tuesday, adding fresh fuel to the political fight over "Obamacare."

 

 

Sea survivor's family rejoices to regain son

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

The family of a Salvadoran fisherman who says he survived at least 13 months at sea in an open boat had thought he was dead after losing touch with him eight years ago and are calling his astonishing story of survival a miracle.

 

 

Furniture Market opens Thursday

Posted 2/5/2014 in Area

The Spring Tupelo Furniture Market opens Thursday with organizer saying that preregistration numbers up nearly 30 percent and available space is 99 percent filled. The biannual furniture industry trade show ends Sunday.

 

 

Lawmakers seek Endangered Species Act overhaul

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called for an overhaul to the Endangered Species Act to curtail environmentalists' lawsuits and give more power to states, but experts say broad changes to one of the nation's cornerstone environmental laws are unlikely given the pervasive partisan divide in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Gay marriage fight comes to Southern courtroom

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

The gay marriage fight arrived in a Southern courtroom Tuesday, as opponents of a Virginia law banning same-sex unions told a federal judge it was just like the Jim Crow-era prohibition against interracial marriage.

 

Farm bill doesn't just benefit farmers

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

It isn't just farmers who will benefit from the sweeping farm bill that Congress has sent President Barack Obama. There's also help for rural towns, grocery stores in low-income areas and, most notably, the nation's 47 million food stamp recipients.

 

Gulfport police, DEA: Grocery store was selling drugs

Posted 2/5/2014 in State

Gulfport police and federal drug agents say they seized high-grade marijuana and spice believed to be sold from Martin's Grocery.

 

 

Mississippi special education students could get vouchers

Posted 2/5/2014 in State

Parallel bills in the Mississippi House and Senate would give more than $6,000 a year in state money to the parent of any special education student who wanted to withdraw their child from their local public school district.

 

 

Miss. bill proposes abortion ban after 20 weeks

Posted 2/5/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are considering banning abortion after 20 weeks' gestation, halfway through a normal full-term pregnancy of 40 weeks.

 

 

Editorial cartoon for 2-5-14

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

 

 

Interviews set for county administrator finalists

Oktibbeha County's search for a new administrator will continue Feb. 17 when supervisors interview five finalists for the vacant position.

 

 

Starkville police chief finalists down to 3

The finalist pool for Starkville's vacant police chief position is down to three after former Meridian police Chief James Reed pulled out of the search, city Personnel Director Randy Boyd confirmed Monday.

 

Supervisors appoint King to CVB board

Posted 2/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A recently retired local businessman has been appointed to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees. Lester King was appointed to the board by Lowndes County supervisors during their meeting Monday.

Columbus FD prepares for accreditation

Posted 2/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During their 5 p.m. meeting today, Columbus councilmen will approve a revised standards of cover needed for Columbus Fire and Rescue to receive national accreditation.

Charges reduced in MSU student death case

A teenager will avoid the possibility of 25 years in prison after a grand jury reduced his aggravated manslaughter DUI to a misdemeanor charge.

School officials mum on employee's status following arrest

Posted 2/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus school officials would not comment Tuesday on whether a school employee charged with enticement of a child to meet for lustful purposes had been placed on paid leave.

 

TV ratings: Another record for Super Bowl

Posted 2/4/2014 in National

For the fourth time in five years, the Super Bowl has set a record for the most-watched television event in U.S. history, drawing 111.5 million viewers even though the Seattle Seahawks' 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos wasn't really competitive.

 

 

South Africa: Mandela's will worth $4.1M

Posted 2/4/2014 in National

Nelson Mandela's estate, worth roughly $4.1 million, will be shared between his family, members of his staff, schools that he attended and the African National Congress, the movement that fought white rule and now governs South Africa, the will's executors said Monday.

 

 

Official: Heroin in packets in Hoffman's N.Y.home

Posted 2/4/2014 in National

Tests have confirmed there was heroin in at least some of the scores of plastic packets in the apartment where Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead, a law enforcement official said Monday, and authorities are working to determine whether the drug was mixed or tainted with anything else.

 

 

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