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Flu shot doing poor job of protecting elderly

Posted 2/22/2013 in National

It turns out this year's flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting older people, the most vulnerable age group. The vaccine is proving only 9 percent effective in those 65 and older against the harsh strain of the flu that is predominant this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

 

Miss. speaker invites gun makers to move to state

Posted 2/22/2013 in State

One top state official wants gun makers in seven states to flee critics and move to Mississippi.House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, sent letters Thursday to 14 gun manufacturers suggesting they should relocate. The companies are in Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and North Carolina.

CAFB braces for sequestration cuts

Posted 2/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nearly 500 civilian employees at Columbus Air Force Base could lose up to 20 percent of their paychecks in the coming weeks if the White House and Congress fail to reach a deficit reduction deal by March 1.

Concerns emerge over impact of consolidation

Posted 2/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Committed, caring and community minded -- that's how Starkville School District stakeholders said they want to define the essence of their school system during a strategic planning session Thursday at Hilton Garden Inn.

Clock ticking for 'eyesores'

Posted 2/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen cleared the way Tuesday for demolition projects associated with dilapidated structures and issued three extensions to property owners looking to rehabilitate their properties.

 

Miss. lawmakers turn attention to FY14 budget

Posted 2/21/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are pushing forward with early proposals for the budget year that begins July 1, and many agencies are likely to receive less money than they're requesting.

 

 

Old crash sends deputies scrambling

Posted 2/21/2013 in Area

An "old'' crash created a new buzz Wednesday in Monroe County. Confusion over wreckage seen from the air had law enforcement looking for a plane crash Wednesday morning.

 

 

Marriages and divorces 2-21-13

Posted 2/21/2013 in Business

 

 

Security cameras going up at West Point park

Posted 2/21/2013 in Area

Four security cameras have been installed at Sally Kate Winter Park in West Point and more are planned.

 

 

Cyberspying promises rich payoff

Posted 2/21/2013 in National

For state-backed cyberspies such as a Chinese military unit implicated by a U.S. security firm in a computer crime wave, hacking foreign companies can produce high-value secrets ranging from details on oil fields to advanced manufacturing technology.

 

 

Building permits 2-21-13

Posted 2/21/2013 in Business

 

Chicago district disappointed in Jackson Jr.

Posted 2/21/2013 in National

Residents in this swath of sprawling Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs have brimmed with loyalty to Jesse Jackson Jr. over the past 17 years, giving him an enthusiastic majority each election -- even after questionable links to ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, reports of an extramarital affair and a bizarre five-month medical leave.

Water tested after body found in Los Angeles hotel cistern

Posted 2/21/2013 in National

British tourist Michael Baugh and his wife said water had only trickled for days as they brushed their teeth, showered and drank from the taps at the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, but they could not have imagined the disturbing reason.

 

Woman, 104, forced to lie about age on Facebook

Posted 2/21/2013 in National

Facebook is apologizing for a problem that makes a 104-year-old Michigan woman lie about her age on the social media website.

 

 

Obama weighs stepping in on gay marriage Supreme Court case

Posted 2/21/2013 in National

Facing heightened expectations from gay rights supporters, the Obama administration is considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on gay marriage -- a move that could have a far-reaching impact on same-sex couples across the country.

 

City to sell Cousins Center at reduced price

Posted 2/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A sale of property between the City of Columbus and a local church is still on track, although the price on the property has dropped by $2,000.

Severstal investing cutback won't affect Columbus

Posted 2/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Despite a report that Severstal will scale back its investments, officials within the steel mill giant say the Columbus facility will not be affected. Reuters News Service reported this week that Severstal plans to cut its investments by 24 percent, which amounts to $1.3 billion.

Columbus gun buyback program starts Monday

Posted 2/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A gun buyback program implemented by the Columbus Police Department will officially launch Monday. Those wishing to exchange guns for a cash payment can go to one of four designated sites -- the Walmart parking lot, Townsend Community Center, Sim Scott Park and the East Columbus Gym. The first set of buyback dates are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

 

Pentagon notifies Congress of likely furloughs

Posted 2/21/2013 in National

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1 he may have to shorten the workweek for the "vast majority" of the Defense Department's 800,000 civilian workers.

 

 

Aldermen choose Snowden as first community developer

Posted 2/21/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen hired former Tuscaloosa, Ala. economic developer William L. "Bill" Snowden Tuesday to serve as the city's first director of community development.

 

 

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