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Supes consider adding security staff at Courthouse

Posted 12/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With the mass murder in Newtown, Conn. still fresh on the minds of most Americans and with two bomb threats in a week at the Lowndes County Courthouse, Chancery Clerk Lisa Neese told the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors it's time to increase security at the courthouse.

 

Analysis: Miss. judges see raises with new year

Posted 12/31/2012 in State

Mississippi judges -- thanks to Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. for a novel funding method that didn't raid the treasury.

 

 

Deal reached for stopping spike in milk prices

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that could head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.

 

Road trip on tap for NASA's Mars rover in new year

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

Since captivating the world with its acrobatic landing, the Mars rover Curiosity has fallen into a rhythm: Drive, snap pictures, zap at boulders, scoop up dirt. Repeat. Topping its to-do list in the new year: Set off toward a Martian mountain -- a trek that will take up a good chunk of the year.

 

Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama pledged to put his "full weight" behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

 

'Fiscal cliff' deadline nears

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

The White House and Senate Republicans sorted through stubborn disputes over taxing the wealthy and cutting the budget to pay for Democratic spending proposals as Monday's midnight deadline for an accord avoiding the "fiscal cliff" drew to within hours.

Education tops state's legislative agenda

Posted 12/31/2012 in State

When state lawmakers return to work Jan. 8, overhauling some aspects of the state's education system is expected to be top priority for the first 90-day session of the year. Among the more contentious issues will be the re-introduction of charter school legislation in the Senate, a debate senate Republicans are planning to win.

 

Senate holds last-minute fiscal cliff talks

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

Senate leaders groped for a last-minute compromise Saturday to avoid middle-class tax increases and possibly prevent deep spending cuts at the dawn of the new year as President Barack Obama warned that failure could mean a "self-inflicted wound to the economy."

 

 

Miss. schools could face cuts from fiscal cliff

Posted 12/29/2012 in State

Mississippi schools could lose about $53.9 million in federal education money, according to a report released by the National Education Association, if Congress doesn't stop a package of budget cuts scheduled to take place Jan. 2.

 

Realistic expectations, effective strategies are keys to keeping those New Year's resolutions

Posted 12/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This is the year. It's now or never. How many times have we said that? How often have we sat at rock-bottom, looking at some too-distant light, promising ourselves never again?

Bernsen: City's debt no cause for alarm

Posted 12/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When City of Columbus Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen begins his new position with Columbus Light & Water Jan. 2, he will not only be leaving behind a job he has held since 2008, but he will also no longer be the overseer of $17,631,774 in city debt.

Michigan charity cries foul on Columbus 'Angels' group

Posted 12/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The director of a Michigan-based charity says a Columbus charity is claiming an association with her group that has never existed. Terry Bazin, director for Angel Mission in Calumet, Mich., says the people who are running the Columbus charity have lied about their experience and affiliation with the Michigan charity.

Fearful of ban, frenzied buyers swarm gun stores

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

The phones at Red's Trading Post wouldn't stop ringing. Would-be customers from as far away as New York wanted to know if the Twin Falls, Idaho gun shop had firearms in stock. Others clamored to find out if their orders had been shipped.

 

Experts: Trained police needed for school security

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

The student's attack began with a shotgun blast through the windows of a California high school. Rich Agundez, the El Cajon policeman assigned to the school, felt his mind shift into overdrive. People yelled at him amid the chaos but he didn't hear. He experienced "a tunnel vision of concentration."

 

 

State Dept. strengthens Haiti travel warning

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

The State Department has issued a revised Haiti travel advisory, warning Americans planning to travel to the Caribbean island nation about robbery, lawlessness, infectious disease and poor medical facilities.

 

 

Woman charged in New York firefighter slayings

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

William Spengler raised no alarms in prison for 17 years and for more than a decade afterward. Well-spoken, well-behaved and intelligent, his demeanor was praised by four straight parole boards that nevertheless denied him parole, worried that bludgeoning his 92-year-old grandmother with a hammer showed a violent streak that could explode again.

 

Wis. couple says pet chicken alerted them to house blaze

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

A Wisconsin couple says clucks, not fire trucks, helped them escape a blaze at their home.

 

Woman in custody in NYC subway shoving death

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

A woman is in custody in the death of a man who was shoved in front of a speeding subway train, and she "made statements implicating herself," New York City police said Saturday.

 

 

Power outages reported in area

Posted 12/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A power outage left some local residents in the dark Saturday night.

 

Program helps veterans reintegrate through music

Posted 12/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During stressful times as a combat medic in Afghanistan, Mason Sullivan found solace in Vivaldi. New Jersey native Nairobi Cruz was comforted by country music, a genre she had never heard before joining the Army. For Jose Mercedes, it was an eclectic iPod mix that helped him cope with losing an arm during a tour of duty in Iraq.

 

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