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HEARTS tutors level field for struggling children

Posted 3/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The second-grader hunches over the red cash register, his brow furrowed in concentration, his eyes cast toward the ceiling as he counts out the necessary change in his head. His "customer," HEARTS after-school tutor Ruth Rast, waits patiently. "Seventy-five!" Demiji Bonner announces proudly, picking through the fake coins to find three quarters.

Officials hope to dedicate Catfish Alley monument in April

Posted 3/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of discussion, a memorial to honor the pioneers who once populated one of Columbus' most historic streets is one step closer to reality.

Search for United Way director enters interview stage

Posted 3/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The United Way of Lowndes County is moving forward in its search for a new executive director following the abrupt departure of Jan Ballard in early February.

 

Odds against him, Obama still betting on big deal

Posted 3/1/2013 in National

A fiscal deadline all but blown, President Barack Obama says he once again wants to seek a big fiscal deal that would raise taxes and trim billions from expensive and ever growing entitlement programs.

 

 

Bill to seal concealed gun info reaches governor

Posted 3/1/2013 in State

The Mississippi House on Thursday sent the governor a bill to block public access to information about state-issued permits for people to carry concealed weapons.

 

 

House-Senate talks warm up on charter school bills

Posted 3/1/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are trying to resolve differences between House and Senate versions of bills expanding charter schools in the state.

 

 

Columbus businessman facing sexual harassment suit

Posted 3/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A sexual harassment lawsuit has been filed in federal court against a Columbus businessman. In a complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Aberdeen, Shawn Carter alleges that she was sexually harassed by her former employer, Chris Glenn, while she worked as a secretary at Glenn Machine Works.

 

Man charged in slaying of mayoral candidate

Posted 3/1/2013 in State

A 22-year-old man was charged with murder Thursday in the death of a mayoral candidate, whose body was found near a river levee in the Mississippi Delta this week.

 

Legal battle over City Hall construction continues

Legal attempts to block the city's construction of a new municipal facility are ongoing, Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman confirmed Thursday.

 

The American bumblebee: Disappearing?

Posted 3/1/2013 in National

It's not just honey bees that are in trouble. The fuzzy American bumblebee seems to be disappearing in the Midwest.

 

Army GI says he leaked secrets to spark war debate

Posted 3/1/2013 in National

After almost three years in custody, the Army private accused in the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history said he did it because he wanted the public to know how the American military was fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with little regard for human life.

 

 

In death, Facebook photos could fade away forever

Posted 3/1/2013 in National

A grieving Oregon mother who battled Facebook for full access to her deceased son's account has been pushing for years for something that would prevent others from losing photos, messages and other memories -- as she did.

 

 

Speedometer top speed often exceeds reality

Posted 3/1/2013 in National

The speedometer on the Toyota Yaris says the tiny car can go 140 miles per hour. In reality, the bulbous subcompact's 106-horsepower engine and automatic transmission can't push it any faster than 109.

 

 

Now a 'simple pilgrim,' Benedict resigns papacy

Posted 3/1/2013 in National

As bells tolled and the clock struck 8, the brass-studded wooden doors swung shut Thursday at this palace in the Italian hills, marking an end to Benedict XVI's papacy and the start of his final journey as a "simple pilgrim."

 

Voting rights law gets Supreme Court challenge

Posted 2/28/2013 in Area

The Supreme Court's conservative justices voiced deep skepticism Wednesday about a section of a landmark civil rights law that has helped millions of Americans exercise their right to vote.

 

Lone Miss. abortion clinic set for license hearing

Posted 2/28/2013 in State

Mississippi's only abortion clinic is scheduled for an April 18 license revocation hearing before the state Department of Health, and officials say a decision could come days or weeks later.

 

 

Budget cuts, government shutdown; Americans yawn

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

President Barack Obama is pulling out all the stops to warn just what could happen if automatic budget cuts kick in. Americans are reacting with a collective yawn.

 

 

Local officials fear trickle down effect from sequestration

Posted 2/28/2013 in Area

Local officials are taking a wait-and-see approach on the looming sequestration, with $85 billion in automatic budget cuts slated to begin tomorrow barring an 11th hour compromise between Republicans and Democrats.

 

Clarksdale stunned by slaying of mayoral candidate

Posted 2/28/2013 in State

Whatever his prospects for winning the coming mayoral election in his hometown of Clarksdale, Miss., Marco McMillian was considered by many to be a man on the rise. So word spread fast when his SUV was involved in a wreck this week, and he was nowhere to be found.

Higgins: Tax legislation could help area development

Posted 2/28/2013 in Area

With a possible $50 million worth of tax cuts on the line, LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins is hoping some of those proposed cuts will positively affect the Golden Triangle. The Mississippi House has passed multiple bills with millions of dollars worth of tax cuts. Those bills are now being presented to the Senate, with some speculation the cuts won't make it off the Senate floor.

 

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