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Columbus Bark Park targets March opening

Posted 2/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was the bark heard around Columbus, and Roger Short, executive director of Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority, took the request seriously. People were tired of driving their dogs to Starkville and Tupelo to play. They wanted a dog park here, and as a fellow dog lover, Short was equally enthused with the idea.

Legislature: 'Thirty possums hissin' in a barn'

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

From tales of a former governor procuring male prostitutes to a U.S. senator speaking off the cuff at a birthday party about admiring a segregationalist presidential candidate, Mississippi politics have had a long-standing love/hate relationship with the national media.

Burglary spree ends with two arrests

Posted 2/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two men believed to be responsible for numerous burglaries in Lowndes County have been arrested. Steven Deshun Blevins, 30, of 102 South Browder St., and Eddie Anthony Williams, 28, of 132 Lee St., were arrested Thursday afternoon after a Lowndes County deputy noticed the two men outside a home on Jolly Ridge Road in north Columbus. Law enforcement believe the men were prepared to burglarize the residence.

District consolidation bill passes House Committee with amendments

A proposed bill calling for the mandatory consolidation of school districts in Oktibbeha County and Starkville passed through the Mississippi House Education Committee Thursday, but not without some amendments to the original text.

 

Possible debate later on Miss. Medicaid expansion

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they're trying to preserve the option of expanding Medicaid in the state, even though Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders oppose adding hundreds of thousands more people to the government health insurance for the poor.

 

 

Gasoline prices get start on spring surge

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

 

 

Plans advance for state- funded pre-kindergarten

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Plans for Mississippi to fund voluntary preschool are sprinting out of committees. House and Senate Education committees endorsed separate measures Thursday to set up classes for 4-year-old children. The bills move to the full chambers for more debate.

 

Crawford man charged with kidnapping

Posted 2/1/2013 in Area

A Crawford man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping after he allegedly abducted his girlfriend and held her against her will in early January.

Fireworks cause deadly highway collapse in China

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

A truckload of fireworks intended for Lunar New Year celebrations went off Friday in a massive, deadly explosion that destroyed part of an elevated highway in central China, sending vehicles plummeting 30 meters (about 100 feet) to the ground.

 

Inmates targeted in $40K false tax return scheme

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Six people have been indicted on federal charges related to a scheme to pocket refunds from the filing of false income tax returns involving former or current Mississippi inmates.

 

 

Hedgehog Alert! Prickly pets can carry salmonella

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

Add those cute little hedgehogs to the list of pets that can make you sick.

 

 

Ed Koch, former mayor of New York City, dies

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

Former Mayor Ed Koch, the combative, acid-tongued politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during a three-term City Hall run in which he embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world, died Friday. He was 88.

 

 

Texas prosecutor's slaying rattles colleagues

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

Mark Hasse was a top-notch prosecutor in northeast Texas with a "passion for putting away bad guys" and never shied from taking on cases involving dangerous people or organizations, his former colleagues say.

 

 

Republicans hammer defense nominee Chuck Hagel

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

Republican senators hammered former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel at his confirmation hearing Thursday on issues ranging from Israel and Iran to his support for a group that advocates the elimination of nuclear weapons. But with most Democrats in his corner, an unflustered Hagel seems headed for approval as defense secretary.

 

 

New Viking Range owner cuts 20 percent of workers

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Viking Range Corp.'s new owner is laying off one-fifth of the company's workers.

 

 

Evangelical churches refine message on gay issues

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

The Rev. Robert Jeffress has changed the way he talks about homosexuality from the pulpit. The pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Dallas hasn't stopped preaching that homosexual sex is sinful, but he no longer singles it out for special condemnation. Now, Jeffress says he usually talks about homosexuality within "a bigger context of God's plan for sex between one man and one woman in a lifetime relationship called marriage."

 

 

Proud to be Mississippian, Evers-Williams says

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Myrlie Evers-Williams says people praised her poise after her husband, Mississippi NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers, was assassinated 50 years ago in the state. But she says she struggled with wanting revenge.

 

Paccar 4Q results beat analysts' expectations

Posted 1/31/2013 in Business

Truck maker Paccar's fourth-quarter net income fell 23 percent, as revenue weakened. The results still beat Wall Street's expectations, and the stock rose in premarket trading.

House bill aims to better invest hospital sale money

Posted 1/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A pair of House bills sponsored by Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, will allow the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors to invest the $30 million the county received from the sale of the county hospital in 2001.

Operation Full Throttle expects 13 arrests today

Posted 1/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Agents with the Lowndes County Narcotics Unit plan to arrest 13 people today on federal weapons and narcotics charges.

 

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