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Rollin' in dough: Lowndes County worth $1.2 billion, Oktibbeha worth $355M

Posted 2/21/2015 in Area

A decade has made a marked difference on assessment values and tax collections in Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties.


Pond rescue caps busy Friday for Oktibbeha first responders

Posted 2/21/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

When Sturgis Volunteer Fire Chief Greg Wall started his Friday morning, he didn't plan on taking a swim in the day's sub-freezing temperatures.


Wiseman vetoes insurance agent's ousting

Posted 2/21/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman issued a veto Friday to overturn a 4-2 board of aldermen decision severing ties with its long-serving insurance agent of record.

Circuit clerk field swells to 7

Posted 2/21/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Another candidate running for Lowndes County circuit clerk has put the field at seven.

Aluminum mill officials announce Louisiana site

Posted 2/21/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An aluminum company that based its offices in Columbus last year will locate a proposed $2.4 billion aluminum manufacturing complex in Louisiana.


Hood running for 4th term as AG

Posted 2/21/2015 in State

Jim Hood filed papers Friday to run for a fourth term as Mississippi attorney general.


Photos by nanny Vivian Maier, focus of film up for Oscar, in legal limbo

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

A messy legal fight over copyrights to streetscape photos shot by a Chicago nanny whose life is chronicled in "Finding Vivian Maier," which is nominated for an Oscar today, threatens to slow or even stop new releases of her once-unknown work that has become a sensation only after her death.


VA's 'choice' program for health care off to slow start

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

Far fewer veterans than expected are taking advantage of a new law aimed at making it easier for them to get private health care and avoid the long waits that have plagued Department of Veterans Affairs facilities nationwide.



Tobacco giants resist harsh admissions about smoking

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

Never underestimate the staying power of big tobacco.



New woes for Wrong tax info sent out

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

In a new setback for the health care law and the people it's supposed to help, the government said Friday it made a tax-reporting error that's fouling up the filings of nearly a million Americans.



IS bombers kill dozens in Libyan suicide attacks

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

Islamic State militants unleashed suicide bombings Friday in eastern Libya, killing at least 40 people.



US: Ready to walk away from Iran nuclear talks

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

With only weeks left to the deadline to reach a first-stage nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that "significant gaps" remained.



Pentagon chief: US considering slowing exit from Afghanistan

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next.



Prosecution expert says 'American Sniper' suspect not insane

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

An ex-Marine charged with shooting "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man was not legally insane, a prosecution expert said.


Arrest report: 2-20-15

Posted 2/20/2015 in Area


Student activity fees added by 4 Mississippi universities

Posted 2/20/2015 in State

Four of Mississippi's public universities are likely to begin charging student activity fees this fall, moving further away from the state's one-time policy of tuition including all charges.


MUW's Shields honored with IHL diversity award

Posted 2/20/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Janie Shields, the life enrichment program coordinator at Mississippi University for Women, was honored Wednesday with a diversity award by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning.

Heavyweight champ to visit Columbus

Posted 2/20/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Student athletes from Columbus and elsewhere in north Mississippi will soon have an opportunity to meet a heavyweight boxing champion in person.

App serves up grades of Miss. restaurants

Posted 2/20/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the summer of 2014, two friends in Augusta, Georgia, were looking to grab a bite. A thought came to mind -- what restaurants are safe to eat at?


West Point beating case going to grand jury

Posted 2/20/2015 in Area

The case against three suspects charged with the August beating of a man will be presented to a grand jury this spring.



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