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Fiscal cliff offers hint at more defense cuts

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama hints at billions of dollars in military cuts on top of the nearly $500 billion that the White House and Congress backed last year, and even the fiercest defense hawks acknowledge that the Pentagon faces another financial hit.

 

 

Nativity scene Jesus returned, replacement swiped

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

A baby Jesus figure taken from a Pennsylvania church's Nativity scene last year was found cradled in the arms of a nearby statue, just hours before the replacement statue was swiped.

 

 

Aldermen spar over plans for downtown roundabout

Posted 12/5/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The tone of Tuesday's Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting was set early after discussion of a proposed roundabout by First Baptist Church was removed from the agenda.

 

 

SSD approves transfer for Trainer's children

Posted 12/5/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville School District Board of Directors approved one transfer request and denied another Tuesday.

 

Miss. student challenges suspension over rap song

Posted 12/5/2012 in State

A Mississippi school district contends it was justified to suspend a student for recording a rap song that educators believed would disrupt classes and was a threat to teachers.

 

One more guilty of hate crime in Miss. rundown case

Posted 12/5/2012 in State

A fourth man pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges Tuesday in the death of a black man who was run over by a pickup truck in Mississippi, and another man admitted he was part of a group of young whites involved in racially motivated attacks against African-Americans.

 

 

Adams Co. approves contract at KiOR site

Posted 12/5/2012 in State

Adams County supervisors have approved a $522,673 to relocate a sewer line on the former Belwood County Club property, the future site of KiOR's Natchez alternative fuel production facility. The Natchez Democrat reports that the contract went to T.L. Wallace Construction.

 

Fast-growing fish may never make it to the plate

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

Salmon that's been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal could soon show up on your dinner plate. That is, if the company that makes the fish can stay afloat.

 

Scientists: After further review, giant sequoia tops neighbor

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

Deep in the Sierra Nevada, the famous General Grant giant sequoia tree is suffering its loss of stature in silence. What once was the world's No. 2 biggest tree has been supplanted thanks to the most comprehensive measurements taken of the largest living things on Earth.

 

 

Cosmic waves mimic chirping of 'alien birds'

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

Twin spacecraft have captured the clearest sounds yet from Earth's radiation belts -- and they mimic the chirping of birds.

 

 

Suspect in NYC subway push implicates self

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

Authorities said a suspect has implicated himself in the death of a New York man who was pushed onto the tracks and photographed just before a train struck him -- an image that set off an ethical debate after it appeared on the front page of the New York Post.

 

Personnel dispute means end of Metro Narcotics Unit

Posted 12/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The local drug task force known as the Columbus-Lowndes Metro Narcotics Unit has been disbanded. The decision to disband the unit was finalized last week after an exchange of letters between Columbus Police Department Chief Selvain McQueen and Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge.

 

Study: Miss. job rate low for 20- to 24-year-olds

Posted 12/4/2012 in State

Young adults in Mississippi were less likely to be employed in 2011 than their peers in other states, according to a national study released Monday.

 

 

Bryant says Miss. should avoid aid to startups

Posted 12/4/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he'd prefer that the state not invest in startup companies like failed solar equipment firm Twin Creeks. The Republican says he's steering the Mississippi Development Authority away from loaning or giving money to such companies.

 

Higgins to supes: Silicor must put up or shut up

Posted 12/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Golden Triangle Development Link CEO Joe Max Higgins didn't mince words Monday when discussing the future of Mississippi Silicon with the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.

CDC says flu season starts early, could be bad

Posted 12/4/2012 in National

Flu season in the U.S. is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade -- and it could be a bad one.

 

Fort Hood shooting judge removed for showing bias

Posted 12/4/2012 in National

A military judge has been thrown off the Fort Hood deadly shooting case after an appeals court found that his treatment of the suspect, including an order to have the man forcibly shaved, indicated a lack of impartiality.

 

 

Supes want to lease county's share of lake

Posted 12/4/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors has asked the county administrator and board attorney to work on hammering out a deal that would lease the remainder of Oktibbeha County Lake.

 

 

GOP issues a new 'fiscal cliff' offer to Obama

Posted 12/4/2012 in National

House Republicans put forth a $2.2 trillion "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama on Monday, calling for raising the eligibility age for Medicare, lowering cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits and bringing in $800 billion in higher tax revenue -- but not raising rates for the wealthy.

 

 

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