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Miss. approving new Common Core materials

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

Despite ongoing opposition, state education officials are expected to approve new Common Core standards that they say will prompt students to think more analytically and learn less by memorization.

 

 

Medical group: Teach children good health habits

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

The president of the Mississippi State Medical Association said Thursday that teaching children about exercise and proper nutrition could be a long-term way to help reverse some of the state's terrible health trends.

 

Senate easily passes $1.1T spending bill

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday, easing the harshest effects of last year's automatic budget cuts after tea party critics chastened by October's partial shutdown mounted only a faint protest.

 

Public Records Act changes sought

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

Mississippi Ethics Commission director Tom Hood and good government groups are asking the Legislature to give the agency more authority to enforce the state's Public Records Act.

 

 

Suspect's family 'heartbroken' over New Mexico school shooting

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

The 12-year-old boy who opened fire on a crowd of students in a New Mexico middle school gym had planned the attack and warned some classmates to stay away moments before the gunfire rang out, investigators said Wednesday.

 

County to pursue eminent domain claim near CalStar site

Posted 1/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A landowner's refusal to grant an easement to the Golden Triangle Development Link required for water and sewer expansion for the CalStar project has forced county leaders to pursue an eminent domain claim on the property.

 

Supes sign off on 2014 road plan

Posted 1/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Lowndes County supervisors passed their Fiscal Year 2013-14 budget in September, they set aside an extra $500,000 for road repairs.

 

 

Mississippi State lauded for recycling program

Posted 1/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Officials from the Mississippi Recycling Coalition were at Mississippi State Tuesday to present the university with the "Educational Institution Recycler of the Year" award.

 

 

J.C. Penney to cut 2,000 jobs, close 33 stores

Posted 1/16/2014 in Business

Struggling department-store operator J.C. Penney announced it will cut 2,000 jobs and close 33 stores as it tries to get back on the path to profitability.

 

 

House passes welfare drug-testing bill

Posted 1/16/2014 in State

The Mississippi House engaged in a contentious four-hour debate Wednesday before voting largely along party lines to pass a bill that would require drug testing for some people applying for welfare.

 

Nichols vying to become Starkville's next police chief

Posted 1/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Police Department Capt. Frank Nichols confirmed Wednesday he is one of two applicants seeking the recently vacated police chief's position.

Nicholas bringing fresh ideas, rock-solid faith to Starkville Academy

Posted 1/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Life is filled with numerous paths, said Jeremy Nicholas, but three months ago the current Park Place Christian Academy headmaster could not see himself leaving his job and returning to Starkville, his self-described second home, to serve as Starkville Academy's next head of school.

Report: Systemic failures led to Benghazi attacks

Posted 1/16/2014 in National

A bipartisan Senate report on the attacks on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, paints a picture of systemic failure of security for U.S. diplomats overseas that led to the deaths of the ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

 

Universities seek $20M to fund aid formula

Posted 1/16/2014 in State

The board that oversees state-run universities in Mississippi says it needs more money to complete the transition to a new formula for dispensing funds to the state's eight public universities.

 

 

Senate ready to send $1.1T spending bill to Obama

Posted 1/16/2014 in National

Drained of much of its vitriol over the budget, Congress is poised to adopt a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes the specter of an election-year government shutdown.

 

 

Town of Terry losing its only banking option

Posted 1/16/2014 in Business

Regions is closing its branch in the town of Terry on March 14.

 

 

Building permits 1-16-14

Posted 1/16/2014 in Business

 

'Miracle on the Hudson' survivors mark five years

Posted 1/16/2014 in National

The pilots and some passengers on a plane that made an extraordinary landing on the Hudson River marked the fifth anniversary of that remarkable event on Wednesday, giving thanks to those who kept everyone on the flight alive.

 

Cybersecurity chief had qualms over health website

Posted 1/16/2014 in National

The top cybersecurity officer for the Health and Human Services Department said he was concerned about potential vulnerabilities ahead of the launch of the Obama administration's health care website.

 

 

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