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Storm whips into Northeast, bringing snow, rain and cold

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

A powerful winter storm brought snow to inland parts of the Northeast and driving rain and wind to areas along the coast today, a day after it swept through the nation's middle, dumping a record snowfall in Arkansas and ruining holiday travel plans for thousands.

 

All quiet as Silicor deadline approaches

Posted 12/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the eleventh hour approaches, Lowndes County officials are still in the dark when it comes to Mississippi Silicon (Silicor Materials) and the company's intentions to build a facility in the area.

 

 

Rigged fireworks caused death of Clay County man

Posted 12/27/2012 in Area

A Clay County man died Christmas night after sustaining injuries from a fireworks explosion. Ralph "Bubba" Elliott, 60, died Tuesday night around 10 p.m. at his home off Highway 46 West in Clay County.

 

MSU officials pleased with response to expanded bus services

Posted 12/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mike Harris, director of Parking Services at Mississippi State University, said he thinks the university's first full semester with a circular bus route to the Starkville Sportsplex has been a success. "As the first route added, I think it's a good sign," Harris said. "I don't think it's going to do anything but grow."

 

Health care tax hikes for 2013 may be just a start

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

New taxes are coming Jan. 1 to help finance President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Most people may not notice. But they will pay attention if Congress decides to start taxing employer-sponsored health insurance, one option in play if lawmakers can ever agree on a budget deal to reduce federal deficits.

 

 

$1 billion for Toyota legal trouble

Posted 12/27/2012 in Business

With a proposed payout of more than $1 billion, one major chapter of a nearly four-year legal saga that left Toyota Motor Corp. fighting hundreds of lawsuits and struggling with a tarnished image has ended, though another remains.

 

 

Business brief: Teacher of the year

Posted 12/27/2012 in Business

Melanie Ford, health sciences and medical professions teacher at McKellar Technology Center, was named the 2012-2013 Columbus Municipal School District Teacher of the Year.

 

 

Gloomy retail sales drag stock market down

Posted 12/27/2012 in Business

For the stock market, this week hasn't been the most wonderful time of the year. U.S. stocks fell Wednesday for the third trading day in a row. Disappointing holiday sales weighed heavy on retail companies, and the unwelcome "fiscal cliff" package of higher taxes and lower government spending loomed nearer.

 

 

Stores look to week after Christmas for sales

Posted 12/27/2012 in Business

Bargain-hungry Americans will need to go on a post-Christmas spending binge to salvage this holiday shopping season.

 

 

Marriages and divorces 12-27-12

Posted 12/27/2012 in Business

 

 

Ex-President George H.W. Bush in intensive care

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

Former President George H.W. Bush is being treated in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital after suffering "a series of setbacks," including a stubborn fever, his spokesman said.

 

 

NY newspaper's handgun permit map draws criticism

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

A newspaper's publication of the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in two New York counties has sparked online discussions -- and a healthy dose of outrage.

 

 

Police union seeks more help for Newtown officers

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

Some of the police officers who responded to the school shooting in Newtown are so traumatized they haven't been working, but they have to use sick time and could soon be at risk of going without a paycheck, a union official said Wednesday.

 

 

China's new leaders tightening grip on internet

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

China's new communist leaders are increasing already tight controls on Internet use and electronic publishing following a spate of embarrassing online reports about official abuses.

 

 

New Israeli right-wing leader worries Netanyahu

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

The charismatic new leader of Israel's Jewish religious right is siphoning a large chunk of votes from the prime minister's party, according to polls ahead of Jan. 22 elections, and if the trend continues, the high-tech millionaire and former commando could emerge as a powerful voice opposing Palestinian statehood.

 

 

Nelson Mandela close to medical care at home

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

The doctors treating former South African leader Nelson Mandela believe he should remain in Johannesburg for now to be close to medical facilities that can provide care to the 94-year-old, the government said today.

 

 

New laws address gays, children, immigration

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

Measures on gay rights and child safety are among the top state laws taking effect at the start of 2013, along with attempts to prevent identity theft and perennial efforts to restrict abortion and illegal immigration.

 

 

MEMA: More than 25 injured in storms in Miss.

Posted 12/27/2012 in State

More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday.

 

Four arrested in Broken Spoke robbery

Posted 12/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four Monroe County men were arrested last week and charged with the robbery of a Lowndes County bar patron.

 

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