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Feds: Teachers embroiled in test-taking fraud

Posted 11/26/2012 in National

It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms.

 

 

Approaching fiscal cliff: Tax them, not us, groups say

Posted 11/26/2012 in National

A big coalition of business groups says there must be give-and-take in the negotiations to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of massive tax increases and spending cuts. But raising tax rates -- a White House priority -- is out of the question, the group adds.

 

When it comes to gender gap, men play crucial role

Posted 11/26/2012 in National

Sorry, fellas, but President Barack Obama's re-election makes it official: Women can overrule men at the ballot box.

 

Local retailers battle football, big box stores

Posted 11/24/2012 in Area

Over the last few years, there has been a national movement to support small business. Small Business Saturday follows Black Friday and encourages shoppers to shop local and support members of their community by shopping at small, locally-owned businesses instead of big national chain stores.

 

 

South not so solid for GOP

Posted 11/24/2012 in National

Late on election night, a small melee erupted at the University of Mississippi here when a group of white students frustrated by the reelection of President Obama marched outside and began shouting racial slurs at African-American students.

 

Residents lament lack of progress on Carver Drive project

Posted 11/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Residents of Carver Drive in Starkville are still awaiting improvements on the drainage and sewage ditch that borders the west end of the street.

 

Arafat's remains to be exhumed Tuesday

Posted 11/24/2012 in National

The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian investigator said Saturday.

 

 

Cops: Mass. bargain hunter took home TV, left tot

Posted 11/24/2012 in National

Police say a Massachusetts man left his girlfriend's 2-year-old son in a car while he went shopping for Black Friday bargains, then went home with his new 51-inch flat screen television and left the toddler behind.

 

 

Plans for automated meters moving forward

Posted 11/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A $6-million energy efficiency program is under way for Columbus residents. Automatic meter readers will be installed for all of the electric company's customers by the time the project is completed.

 

 

New ovens help schools keep fries on menu

Posted 11/24/2012 in State

One tool in Mississippi's attack on childhood obesity? The combi-oven.

 

Mass. natural gas explosion damaged 42 buildings; no one killed

Posted 11/24/2012 in National

Preliminary investigations show more than 40 buildings were damaged in a natural gas explosion in Massachusetts that injured 18 people, building inspectors said Saturday.

Postcard mailed during WWII arrives home

Posted 11/24/2012 in National

A postcard mailed nearly 70 years ago has finally arrived at the former upstate New York home of the couple who sent it.

'Dallas' star Larry Hagman dies in Texas

Posted 11/24/2012 in National

J.R. Ewing was a business cheat, faithless husband and bottomless well of corruption. Yet with his sparkling grin, Larry Hagman masterfully created the charmingly loathsome oil baron -- and coaxed forth a Texas-size gusher of ratings -- on television's long-running and hugely successful nighttime soap, "Dallas."

Earlier Black Friday kicks off shopping season

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

This year's Black Friday shoppers were split into two distinct groups: those who wanted to fall into a turkey-induced slumber and those who'd rather shop instead.

Holiday means sharing for local group

Posted 11/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For many, Thanksgiving is a time of gathering with family and friends to give thanks for the year's blessings. For some people however, especially senior citizens, Thanksgiving is just another day that they spend alone.

Area peanut growers produce bumper crop

Posted 11/23/2012 in Area

Peanut butter is a staple food item for many Lowndes County residents. And if your favorite brand is Jif, there's a good chance your peanut butter may have ties to Monroe County.

 

Egypt Brotherhood leader blasts peace with Israel

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

The top leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood denounced peace efforts with Israel and urged holy war to liberate Palestinian territories on Thursday -- one day after the country's president, who hails from the movement, mediated a cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians to end eight days of fierce fighting.

 

New fire rating will reduce premiums in Oktoc area

Posted 11/23/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A total of 757 residences in the Oktoc area will see their insurance premiums reduced as much as a third when they renew policies thanks to a new Class 8 fire protection rating, according to Oktibbeha County Fire Services Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan.

 

'Legally dead' man's kidnapping trial delayed

Posted 11/23/2012 in State

A federal trial has been pushed back to August for a man who was declared dead in Mississippi in 1994 and surfaced years later as a suspect in the deaths of his Las Vegas girlfriend and her daughter.

 

 

PERS OKs increase in employer contributions

Posted 11/23/2012 in State

The governing board of the state retirement system has increased -- as expected -- the amount employers contribute to the program.

 

 

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