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Welfare drug testing bill advances to House

Posted 1/15/2014 in State

The Mississippi House is expected to vote Wednesday on a welfare drug testing bill that Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is pushing, weeks after a judge struck down a similar law in Florida.

 

Arrest report: 1-15-14

Posted 1/15/2014 in Area

 

Merger committee finalizes consolidation report

Posted 1/15/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The long, arduous and sometimes contentious task of the Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure came to a conclusion Tuesday as members agreed upon merger recommendations that the state department of education will soon pass on to lawmakers.

 

 

House ready to OK government-wide $1.1T budget

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

Shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes, Congress is ready to approve a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year, a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and setbacks for both parties.

 

 

Student of New Mexico shooting: 'Blood everywhere'

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

It was supposed to be like any other day. Students escaping New Mexico's chilly temperatures congregated in the Berrendo Middle School gym before class started. Then, 13-year-old students Evan James and Kayla Koren, standing on opposite sides of the gym, heard a loud pop.

 

 

Nobel laureates pen open letter to Putin

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

Actor Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel laureates have written an open letter urging Russia's president to repeal an anti-gay law and expressing their solidarity with critics of the legislation.

 

 

Woman offers beer, smokes as lost dog reward

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

An Ohio woman made fliers offering a case of beer and a pack of cigarettes as a reward for finding her lost dog -- and it worked.

 

 

Detectives search Bieber home in egg-tossing case

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

Detectives searched Justin Bieber's home looking for surveillance footage that might serve as evidence the pop star was involved in an egg-tossing vandalism case that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbor's home, an official said Tuesday.

 

 

Officials: Obama likely to OK way government collects phone records

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans' phone records for possible future surveillance, but he'll leave many of the specific adjustments for Congress to sort out, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the White House intelligence review.

 

 

Prosecutors join forces to eye Monster energy drinks

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

The San Francisco city attorney and New York state attorney general have joined forces to investigate whether Monster Beverage Corp. is marketing its highly caffeinated drinks to children.

 

 

Israeli defense chief comments spark spat with U.S.

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

An Israeli newspaper quoted the defense minister Tuesday as deriding U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's Mideast peace efforts as naive and foolhardy, triggering an angry response from Washington and rekindling simmering tensions with Israel's closest and most important ally.

 

 

Are Little Rock schools finally desegregated?

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

Five decades and $1 billion after an infamous racial episode made Little Rock, Ark., a national symbol of school segregation, the legal fight to ensure that all of its children receive equal access to education is almost over.

 

 

Christie: 'We let down the people'

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

Republican Gov. Chris Christie, faced with a widening political scandal that threatens to undermine his second term and a possible 2016 presidential run, apologized again Tuesday, saying his administration "let down the people we are entrusted to serve" but the issue doesn't define his team or the state.

 

Bentley defends decision not to expand Medicaid

Posted 1/15/2014 in Area

Gov. Robert Bentley began the election-year session of the Alabama Legislature by defending his decision not to expand the state Medicaid program and by presenting better education and more jobs as the best strategy for escaping poverty.

Millport residents will receive free trash bins as town renews contract

Posted 1/15/2014 in Area

Millport residents will soon have new, durable trash canisters.

 

Mississippian named to EPA job in Atlanta

Posted 1/15/2014 in State

Former Greenville Mayor Heather McTeer Toney has been named regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency's regional office in Atlanta.

 

 

Law requiring Confederate street names questioned

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

Alexandria, a Northern Virginia city steeped in Civil War history, is considering repeal of an old law requiring certain new streets to be named for Confederate generals.

 

City exploring idea of allowing billboards

Posted 1/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although you might not know it by driving down Highway 45, there has been a ban on billboards in the city since 2000. A committee formed last month made up of three Columbus councilmen, chief operations officer David Armstrong and city attorney Jeff Turnage is reviewing the law and considering the possibility of lifting the ban to allow billboard advertising in the city limits and charge advertisers fees to generate more revenue.

Day of Service to take place this weekend

Posted 1/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The fourth annual United Way Day of Service will be held this Saturday in Columbus. The day is being held in conjunction with Dream 365, a weeklong commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

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