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Activists targeting Tuesday's aldermen meeting

Posted 1/17/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

On Monday, Starkville residents will march in solidarity of equal rights during Martin Luther King Jr. Day. One day later, aldermen are expected to rubberstamp decisions that critics say take away equality from members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community.

 

Gov. accused of improper role in executive search

Posted 1/17/2015 in State

The Mississippi Community College Board remained at an impasse in its search for a new executive director Friday, amid growing accusations that Gov. Phil Bryant has improperly intervened. Bryant denies any improper action.

 

 

Mississippi Board of Education quitting multi-state test group

Posted 1/17/2015 in State

Mississippi is withdrawing from a multi-state testing consortium as the state Board of Education prepares to seek new bids for state tests and tries to navigate political pressure surrounding its selection of tests and continued use of the Common Core State Standards.

 

 

Miss. attorney general asks court to dismiss Google's suit

Posted 1/17/2015 in State

Mississippi's attorney general says a suit against him by Google should be dismissed.

 

 

Bryant: No confusion over similar proposals on same ballot

Posted 1/17/2015 in State

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that "the public is smarter than most people might believe" and it's wrong for people to suggest Mississippi voters might be confused by having two education funding proposals on November's ballot.

 

 

Judge orders $2M restitution for dogfighting

Posted 1/17/2015 in National

A federal judge in Alabama ordered participants in a high-stakes dogfighting operation to pay a record $2 million in restitution for their animals' care.

 

 

Gay marriage: High court sets stage for historic ruling

Posted 1/17/2015 in National

Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.

 

 

Postal Service proposes small postage increase

Posted 1/17/2015 in National

The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters -- but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

 

 

Best-seller about boy's journey to heaven pulled

Posted 1/17/2015 in National

A best-selling account of a 6-year-old boy's journey to heaven and back has been pulled after the boy retracted his story.

 

 

In Islam, a long tradition against depicting the prophet

Posted 1/17/2015 in National

It's not mentioned in Islam's holy book, the Quran, but the religion's ban on depicting the Prophet Muhammad -- even favorably -- has run firm through the centuries.

 

Muslims protest weekly's prophet cartoon; 4 killed in Niger

Posted 1/17/2015 in National

Muslim anger flared over a French satirical weekly's latest caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.

 

GTRA head asks Lowndes Co. for westbound flights funds

Posted 1/16/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Thursday to commit $125,000 toward an incentive package that Golden Triangle Regional Airport Director Mike Hainsey said is needed to help secure westbound air service for the airport.

 

14th Wing welcomes squadron

Posted 1/16/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With four simple words Thursday, a new partnership between Columbus Air Force Base and Moody Air Force Base became official.

Starkville, Oktibbeha likely to issue industrial bonds by May

Posted 1/16/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Golden Triangle Development LINK is expected to ask Oktibbeha County supervisors and Starkville aldermen to issue a combined $10 million in economic development bonds.

'Irreplaceable' MSU usher dies at 88

Posted 1/16/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Jean Williams, Starkville volunteer, dedicated member of First United Methodist Church and famous usher at Mississippi State basketball games, died Sunday.

 

Lowndes Sheriff's Dept. conducts sex offender check

Posted 1/16/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A compliance check conducted Wednesday by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Marshal Service shows the vast majority of convicted sex offenders in the county are living at their registered addresses.

 

Arrest report: 1-16-15

Posted 1/16/2015 in Area

Pope strongly defends church teaching against contraception

Posted 1/16/2015 in National

Pope Francis issued his strongest defense yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception today, using a rally in Asia's largest Catholic nation to urge families to be "sanctuaries of respect for life."

 

Flu vaccine not working well; only 23 percent effective

Posted 1/16/2015 in National

This year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It's only 23 percent effective, which is one of the worst performances in the last decade, according to a government study released Thursday.

 

 

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