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Black smoke from Sistine Chapel: No pope yet

Posted 3/13/2013 in National

Cardinals remained divided over who should be pope this morning after three rounds of voting, an indication of disagreements about the direction of the Catholic church following the upheaval unleashed by Pope Benedict XVI's surprise resignation.


Man convicted in deadly Craigslist plot

Posted 3/13/2013 in National

A self-styled street preacher accused of teaming up with a high school student in a deadly plot to lure men with Craigslist job offers and then rob them was found guilty Tuesday of aggravated murder and could face the death penalty.



House revives armed teachers plan

Posted 3/13/2013 in State

House members want to steer the school safety debate back toward letting school districts arm teachers and employees.



Senators pass Starkville-Oktibbeha merger bill

Posted 3/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi Senate passed an amended version of the Oktibbeha-Starkville school consolidation bill which now explicitly allows a potential study commission to look into the possibility of merging county schools with other area districts. The amendment, proposed by Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, was the only change made by legislators.



NY recommendation on drilling expected

Posted 3/12/2013 in National



Obama friend or foe? McCain charts his course

Posted 3/12/2013 in National

Republican Sen. John McCain is a walking contradiction, antagonizing President Barack Obama over foreign policy one minute, cooperating with the Democrat the next on immigration and the budget. So who is the real McCain?



West Point municipal elections: Democrats only

Posted 3/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

To say that Democrats will sweep this year's West Point municipal elections is not a prediction. The local Republican Party failed to field a single candidate in the city's mayoral and selectmen races.


History shows North Korean pattern: Wait, then attack

Posted 3/12/2013 in National

Recent Korean history reveals a sobering possibility: It may only be a matter of time before North Korea launches a sudden, deadly attack on the South. And perhaps more unsettling, Seoul has vowed that this time, it will respond with an even stronger blow.

Baptist expansion is good news for chemo patients

Posted 3/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There was a time, not too long ago, when chemotherapy patients at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle had to endure long waiting lines to receive vital treatment.

Grammy-winning FUN. will play at MSU

Posted 3/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University's Music Maker Productions announced Grammy-winning alternative rock band FUN. will perform Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. at the Humphrey Coliseum.


What you 'like' on Facebook can be revealing

Posted 3/12/2013 in National

Clicking those friendly blue "like" buttons strewn across the Web may be doing more than marking you as a fan of Coca-Cola or Lady Gaga. It could out you as gay. It might reveal how you vote. It might even suggest that you're an unmarried introvert with a high IQ and a weakness for nicotine.



Owner: SUV in deadly Ohio crash was stolen

Posted 3/12/2013 in National

Investigators on Monday tried to piece together what eight teenagers crammed into a stolen SUV were up to before the vehicle flipped over into a pond, killing six of them.



House rejects plan for appointed superintendents

Posted 3/12/2013 in State

House members want Mississippians to keep their elected school superintendents. And they don't think would-be teachers should need to score 21 on the ACT.



United States expels two Venezuelan diplomats

Posted 3/12/2013 in National



AMS features big winners in history, math competitions

Posted 3/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Armstrong Middle School students continue to win individual and group awards in various disciplines. AMS earned top middle school honors at Mississippi's National history Day in February. The school was named Quiz Bowl Champions and Best Middle School for the second year in a row.



Medicaid discussions continue among Miss. lawmakers

Posted 3/12/2013 in State

The Mississippi Hospital Association announced Monday that it's working with Gov. Phil Bryant's office to address budget constraints resulting from the Affordable Care Act amid Bryant's ongoing opposition to the federal health care overhaul.



America's new love: Water

Posted 3/12/2013 in National

It wasn't too long ago that America had a love affair with soda. Now, an old flame has the country's heart.



FDA head says menu labeling 'thorny' issue

Posted 3/12/2013 in National

Diners will have to wait a little longer to find calorie counts on most restaurant chain menus, in supermarkets and on vending machines.



Senate panel ready to OK gun background checks

Posted 3/12/2013 in National

Democrats are ready to muscle expanded background checks and other gun curbs through a Senate committee, giving President Barack Obama an initial if temporary victory on one of his top priorities.



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