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Renasant's financial-services division moving to Columbus

Posted 1/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus bank is putting part of its operations in the vacant first-floor space of the building that also houses the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

Drug cases yield prison sentences in Clay

Posted 1/26/2012 in Area

WEST POINT -- Five cases involving cocaine or methamphetamine yielded guilty pleas and lengthy prison sentences during the January term of Clay County Circuit Court, which concluded Jan. 20.

 

 

Artesia constructs new fire station

Posted 1/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The town of Artesia will soon have a new fire station, thanks to a rural development grant. The old station overlooked 112 N. Front St. for more than three decades, but it was demolished in September to make room for a new one to be constructed at the same site.

 

'The Biggest Loser' winner Patrick House visits Armstrong Middle School

Posted 1/26/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- He grew up as the "fat kid." He was teased because of his weight. He never envisioned life without being obese. Unfortunately, Patrick House said, he can relate to more than 44 percent of children across the state.

 

New smart networks could reduce energy costs

Posted 1/26/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local electricity distributors are adapting to changes coming from the Tennessee Valley Authority. And the electric departments in Columbus and Starkville are ahead of the game.

 

 

Calisolar presses forward with plans in Golden Triangle

Posted 1/26/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

California-based Calisolar is expected to begin construction in May on a new silicon plant at the GTR Global Industrial Aerospace Park. And employee layoffs in Sunnyvale, Calif., will not affect the company's plans to build near the Golden Triangle Regional Airport, Calisolar CEO Terry Jester said Wednesday.

 

 

Sundance documentary 'The Invisible War' examines rape in US military, lack of prosecution

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

PARK CITY, Utah -- The Department of Defense estimates that more than 19,000 military men and women were sexually assaulted by fellow troops in 2010 while serving in the United States armed forces. At least 20 percent of servicewomen and 1 percent of men -- an estimated 500,000 troops -- have experienced sexual trauma while serving.

 

 

Council finds a growing number of states move to weaken teacher tenure

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- America's public school teachers are seeing their generations-old tenure protections weakened as states seek flexibility to fire teachers who aren't performing. A few states have essentially nullified tenure protections altogether, according to an analysis being released today by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

 

 

Convicted Marine apologizes to Iraqi civilians

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- When Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich finally spoke in court, he did not address the judge but instead directed his words at the Iraqi family members who survived his squad's attacks in 2005 that left 24 unarmed civilians dead.

 

 

Obama speech echoes in town with failed factory

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

MOBERLY, Mo. -- After 19 years running state unemployment offices across northern Missouri, Steve Moore can rattle off the names of shuttered factories in this old railroad town with ease.

 

 

Ex-BP worker files whistleblower suit over cleanup

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- A former BP employee has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company, claiming he was fired for airing concerns about the cleanup of Mississippi's shoreline after the Gulf oil spill.

 

 

Ex-Ohio death row inmate says not guilty to threat

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

OTTAWA, Ohio -- A Scotsman released from an American prison after spending two decades on Ohio's death row pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he threatened a judge who prosecuted his original case.

 

 

Federal judge, W. Allen Pepper Jr. dies

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

GREENVILLE -- U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr., appointed to the bench in 1999 by President Bill Clinton, died Tuesday.

 

 

Lawmakers, others laud Phil Bryant's speech

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Some reaction to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's first State of the State address Tuesday night:

 

 

Bryant unveils policy details in State of State

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Republican Gov. Phil Bryant used his first State of the State address Tuesday evening to unveil detailed policy proposals, from education to health care to energy, saying he wants to create a "Mississippi Works Agenda."

 

 

December state jobless rate dips to 10.4 percent

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi's unemployment rate dipped to 10.4 percent in December, as more people withdrew from the labor force.

 

 

Columbus police arrest accused laundromat burglar

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested the man accused of burglarizing Watkins Washette on Saturday and stealing a load of laundry in addition to cash from arcade games.

 

 

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