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Informal approval forced city's hand with Richardson's development

Former Community Developer William Snowden OK'd preliminary plans for Clayton Richardson's Shaggy Hound development before he purchased property adjacent to Starkville High School and began the city's formal development review process, Mayor Parker Wiseman confirmed Wednesday.


OCSD seeking limits on nightclub hours

Oktibbeha County sheriff's deputies are developing new rules limiting nightclub's operating hours, a move similar to one approved by Lowndes County last year, after a Sunday shooting at Club Rock left five people injured.

Browning on Business: Cotton District cafe closes after 6 years

Posted 4/3/2014 in Business

Jean's Cafe, a little Cotton District restaurant in Starkville with a faithful following and cheese wontons capable of inspiring near-religious devotion, closed Saturday.


U.S. troubled by Iran's choice of UN ambassador

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

The U.S. objected Wednesday to Iran's anticipated selection of a former hostage-taker at the American Embassy in Tehran as its newest ambassador to the United Nations. But the Obama administration stopped short of saying it would refuse him a visa to enter the United States.



Poll: Three-fourths of Americans say marijuana will be legal

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

Three-fourths of Americans say it's inevitable that marijuana will be legal for recreational use across the nation, whether they support such policies or not, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday that highlights shifting attitudes following the drug war era and tough-on-crime legislation.



Holmes Co. sheriff to seek ban on pit bulls

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

The Holmes County sheriff wants to ban pit bulls days after a family's dogs killed a 3-year-old boy.



Lawmakers finish state budget, end 2014 session

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers ended their 2014 session Wednesday night after passing the final parts of a state budget for the year that begins July 1.


Fort Hood gunman sought mental health treatment

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009, authorities said.


Republicans like campaign money ruling, Democrats don't

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

Republicans call the Supreme Court's latest ruling on campaign donations a victory for free speech. Democrats say it's more like a win for the wealthy.


Arrest report: 4-3-14

Posted 4/3/2014 in Area


Costs rise another $177 million at Kemper plant

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

The Southern Co. says it will cost at least another $177 million to finish the power plant it's building in eastern Mississippi's Kemper County, pushing the total cost above $5.2 billion.



Miss. House rejects special education vouchers

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

Eleven Republicans provided the margin of defeat Wednesday as the House voted 63-57 to reject a bill that would have given vouchers worth more than $6,000 to parents of some Mississippi special education students.



Miss. creating tax-free weekend for guns, ammo

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

Mississippi will remove its 7 percent state sales tax on guns, ammunition, archery equipment and some hunting supplies the first weekend of each September.



Marriages and divorces 4-3-14

Posted 4/3/2014 in Business



Las Vegas leads in push for GOP convention

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

Backed by one of the GOP's most powerful benefactors, Las Vegas has emerged as an early leader in the multi-city fight to host the next Republican National Convention.



U.S. secretly built 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter" -- a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned.


New evacuations in Chile after major aftershock

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

Coastal residents of Chile's far-north spent a second sleepless night outside their homes early Thursday after a major aftershock rattled an area hit a day earlier by a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that caused some damage and six deaths. No new major damage or casualties were reported.

Dog escapes Texas backyard, somehow gets to Ohio

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

A small dog that escaped its fenced-in yard in Texas was found outside a southwest Ohio animal shelter, and its owners have no idea how he traveled more than 1,000 miles in a few days.

NASA cuts ties with Russia

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

After insisting that space relations wouldn't be altered by earthly politics, NASA on Wednesday said it was severing ties with Russia except for the International Space Station.


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