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Columbus couple charged with identity theft

Posted 1/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus couple arrested and charged with fraudulent use of ID Tuesday includes a city employee.

Unemployment rates up for most area counties in 2013

Posted 1/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A significant decrease in unemployment rates in December 2013 compared to December 2012 were not enough to push 2013's overall jobless rate below 2012's in many area counties.

 

Snow, ice send South's flagship city reeling

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

The snow and sleet have stopped falling and traffic was moving again around Atlanta following a crippling storm -- but transportation and rescue officials said that didn't mean it was safe yet to drive, especially after the sun goes down.

 

 

Farm bill passes House after years of disagreement

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

After years of setbacks, a nearly $100 billion-a-year compromise farm bill cleared the House on Wednesday despite strong opposition from conservatives who sought a bigger cut in food stamps.

 

 

CAC's 'Arts for All' kicks off Saturday with line dancing

Posted 1/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Beginning Saturday, the Columbus Arts Council will offer a fun primer on a different artistic topic the first Saturday of each month, through May.

 

 

Study: 4 of 5 fourth graders are not proficient readers

Posted 1/30/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A recently released Kids Count study shows 4 out of 5 Mississippi school children are not proficient readers by the time they enter the fourth grade.

 

Monarch butterfly numbers drop, migration may disappear

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

The stunning and little-understood annual migration of millions of Monarch butterflies to spend the winter in Mexico is in danger of disappearing, experts said Wednesday, after numbers dropped to their lowest level since record-keeping began in 1993.

 

Miss. reports its 5th death tied to winter storm

Posted 1/30/2014 in State

Mississippi authorities say the deaths of five people have been linked to this week's winter storm. The latest came Wednesday when a vehicle struck the back of a stalled tractor-trailer in Smith County, killing one of the passengers in the moving vehicle.

 

 

German auto parts maker to hire 650 near Tupelo

Posted 1/30/2014 in State

A German auto parts maker will move its U.S. headquarters from Wisconsin to the Mississippi community of Shannon, opening a factory in this state expected to create up to 650 jobs.

 

 

Lawmakers considering shorter school year

Posted 1/30/2014 in State

House Education Committee members are lukewarm about a proposal to shorten Mississippi's public school year from 180 to 175 days.

 

 

Lawyer: Defendant also had buttocks injections

Posted 1/30/2014 in State

A woman charged with depraved-heart murder in the illegal cosmetic injection death of another woman had received the same kind of shots in her buttocks more than 10 times and didn't know they could be deadly, her lawyer said Wednesday during opening statements.

 

 

Lee County School Board upholds principal firing

Posted 1/30/2014 in Area

The Lee County School Board has voted to terminate former Belden Center Principal Ralph Green.

 

Browning on Business: City's oldest family-owned furniture store to close

Posted 1/30/2014 in Business

Langford Furniture, which opened for business in Columbus while President Dwight D. Eisenhower was in office, is closing. The business has been at the corner of Military and Bluecutt roads since January 1956.

 

Federal Reserve to reduce pace of bond buying

Posted 1/30/2014 in Business

Given the U.S. economy's growing strength, the Federal Reserve pushed ahead Wednesday with a plan to shrink its bond-buying program, even though the prospect of reduced stimulus and higher interest rates has rattled global markets.

 

 

Building permits 1-30-14

Posted 1/30/2014 in Business

 

Hundreds of living, dead pythons found in California home

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

A California schoolteacher was arrested Wednesday after hundreds of living and dead pythons in plastic bins were found stacked floor to ceiling inside his stench-filled home in suburban Orange County.

 

Death penalty decision imminent in Boston bombing

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

As attorney general, Eric Holder has approved pursuing the death penalty in at least 34 criminal cases, upholding a long-ago pledge to Congress that he would vigorously enforce federal law even though he's not a proponent of capital punishment.

 

Police: Md. mall gunman wrote of killing people

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

The gunman in a deadly attack at a Maryland shopping mall wrote in general terms about killing people in his journal and said that he was ready to die, police said Wednesday in releasing new details about writings the shooter left behind.

 

New treatment could reduce kids' peanut allergies

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

An experimental therapy that fed children with peanut allergies small amounts of peanut flour has helped more than 80 percent of them safely eat a handful of the previously worrisome nuts.

 

 

Obama hopes myRA will be first step on retirement

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

Even proponents of President Barack Obama's new retirement savings program readily concede it won't be a cure-all for a nation of people who are saving far too little for their golden years. Many Americans won't be able to participate initially, and those who do may find the benefits are modest.

 

 

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