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District: Employees broke the rules with Gonsoulin petitions

Posted 1/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville School District sent a memo to administrators this week reminding them to use care and abide by school policies when advocating for a new superintendent.

 

 

Interviews for Starkville's top educator rescheduled

Posted 1/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Semifinalist interviews for the superintendent job at Starkville School District have been rescheduled, the district announced Thursday.

 

 

West Point police invite public to turn in guns

Posted 1/27/2012 in Area

WEST POINT -- The West Point Police Department is encouraging area residents to turn over unregistered firearms Saturday at the police department at 310 E. Westbrook Ave.

 

Pacific is U.S. military's priority, general says

Posted 1/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The world is changing. And those things affecting the Asia-Pacific region will impact all of us, an Air Force general told members of the Columbus community Thursday. "The world ... is reshaping. It will shape our futures as well," said Gen. Gary North, commander of Pacific Air Forces.

 

Struggling in US, F-35 fighter pushes sales abroad

Posted 1/27/2012 in National

TOKYO -- Detractors say the F-35 stealth fighter, the costliest military plane ever, is destined to go down as one of the biggest follies in aviation history. But it may have found a savior: deep-pocketed U.S. allies hungry to add its super high-tech capabilities to their arsenal.

 

 

St. Louis hosts first big parade on Iraq War's end

Posted 1/27/2012 in National

ST. LOUIS -- Since the Iraq War ended there has been little fanfare for the veterans returning home. No ticker-tape parades. No massive, flag-waving public celebrations.

 

 

Prison dilemma: surging numbers of older inmates

Posted 1/27/2012 in National

NEW YORK -- In corrections systems nationwide, officials are grappling with decisions about geriatric units, hospices and medical parole as elderly inmates -- with their high rates of illness and infirmity -- make up an ever increasing share of the prison population.

 

 

Obama decries rising cost of college education

Posted 1/27/2012 in National

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- President Barack Obama called Friday for an overhaul of the higher education financial aid system, warning that colleges and universities that fail to control spiraling tuition costs could lose federal funds.

 

 

Sara Lee to close plant in Shannon

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

SHANNON -- Sara Lee says it will close a plant in Shannon, Miss., by the end of March putting 155 people out of work.

 

 

Judge dismisses stun gun case

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

BAY ST. LOUIS -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a former Waveland police officer and the city in a ruling that found the use of stun gun against a naked man was reasonable under the circumstances.

 

 

Man charged in priest's death found dead in jail

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A man accused of killing a Roman Catholic priest and taking the victim's car on a family vacation to Walt Disney World was found dead early Thursday in a prison cell with a sheet wrapped around his neck.

 

 

Jackson fire chief: No social media pix in uniform

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Jackson Fire Chief Raymond McNulty has told firefighters not to post any comments that could hurt the department on their social network sites -- or post photos of themselves in uniform or with city equipment.

 

 

Former teacher sentenced in sexual battery case

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

NEW ALBANY -- A former Ripley High School teacher has pleaded guilty in Union County to one count of sexual battery on a minor, in connection with an improper relationship with a former student.

 

 

AG's office offers money to find pardoned trusty

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Thursday that his office is willing to pay confidential informants for information that helps him track down a convicted killer pardoned by former Gov. Haley Barbour.

 

 

State lawmakers working to expand charter schools

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

JACKSON -- With even opponents conceding that a bill expanding charter schools in Mississippi is likely to pass, lawmakers are trying to hash out what a new law should cover.

 

 

Foreclosures made up 20 percent of home sales in third quarter

Posted 1/26/2012 in Business

LOS ANGELES -- Foreclosures made up a smaller slice of all U.S. homes sold in last year's third quarter, as banks delayed placing properties for sale and home sales slowed.

 

 

Report: Taxpayers still owed $133B from bailout

Posted 1/26/2012 in Business

WASHINGTON -- Companies that were bailed out during the financial crisis still owe U.S. taxpayers nearly $133 billion. Treasury's plans to recoup that money have been slowed by the volatile stock market and weakness among smaller banks. Some of the money will never be recovered.

 

 

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