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Health care providers encourage use of flu shots

Posted 9/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Data shows that only one in three Mississippians get flu shots each year, a ratio area health care professionals and daycare providers hope to improve upon.



Governor approves takeover of Oktibbeha schools

Posted 9/29/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's official: The Oktibbeha County School District has been placed under conservatorship, joining eight other school districts in the state now controlled by the Mississippi Department of Education.



Mississippi State, Starkville share transit grant

Posted 9/29/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

On Tuesday morning, Mississippi State University will announce details of $2 million-plus federal grant that will help connect the university campus and the city of Starkville.



Supes amend in-lieu agreements for two companies

Posted 9/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Friday voted to amend the KiOR in-lieu agreement to include two additional properties on its campus. New Jersey-based Matheson TRIGAS and Air Products and Chemicals of Allentown, Pa., are the latest companies to receive a tax deduction of 66 percent of their investment.


Columbus schools craft vision statements

Posted 9/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District continued crafting its vision plan Saturday during the second of three strategic planning sessions.


Wicker will be keynote speaker at Oktibbeha GOP event

Posted 9/29/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Some of Mississippi's most prominent Republican political figures will join the Oktibbeha County Republican Party on Oct. 8 for the group's annual Patriots Dinner.



Obama blocks Chinese purchase of U.S. wind farms

Posted 9/29/2012 in National

Citing national security risks, President Barack Obama on Friday blocked a Chinese company from owning four wind farm projects in northern Oregon near a Navy base where the U.S. military flies unmanned drones and electronic-warfare planes on training missions.



Officials explain Libya attack intelligence

Posted 9/29/2012 in National

U.S. intelligence officials sought to explain Friday why the Obama administration's understanding of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is "evolving."



Another big Supreme Court term kicks off Monday

Posted 9/29/2012 in National

When last we saw the chief justice of the United States on the bench, John Roberts was joining with the Supreme Court's liberals in an unlikely lineup that upheld President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.


No sign of remains in new Mich. search for Hoffa

Posted 9/29/2012 in National

Jimmy Hoffa is presumed dead, cocooned in mystery and innuendo and missing for the past 37 years. Patricia Szpunar just hopes that if the former Teamsters boss' remains do turn up, they're not in her backyard.

Burnt money, campus ban: Tidbits on Colo. shooter

Posted 9/29/2012 in National

The suspect in the Aurora movie shooting case mailed "burnt currency," along with a notebook, to his psychiatrist before the attack. He threatened a professor and was banned from a university campus before withdrawing from its neuroscience graduate program. His defense team has added a psychiatrist.


Iranian news picks up Onion article as fact

Posted 9/29/2012 in National

A joke by the satirical newspaper The Onion appears to have gotten lost in translation. An Iranian news agency picked up -- as fact -- a story from the paper about a supposed survey showing an overwhelming majority of rural white Americans would rather vote for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than President Barack Obama.



Postal Service to default on second $5B

Posted 9/28/2012 in National

The U.S. Postal Service, on the brink of default on a second multibillion-dollar payment it can't afford to pay, is sounding a new cautionary note that having squeezed out all the cost savings within its power, the mail agency's viability now lies almost entirely with Congress.


Cheap Chinese steel, stagnant economy are Severstal's main challenges

Posted 9/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

U.S. steel mills have had a long-standing reputation of being unionized, grim manufacturing plants polluting the skyline of the blight-filled Rust Belt. Lowndes County's Severstal does not seem to fit the stereotypical steel mill mold, however.


State will take over Oktibbeha schools

Posted 9/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County School District is the latest in a growing number of districts seized by the Mississippi Department of Education and placed under state control due to poor student performance and other accreditation issues.



Changes on Catfish Alley met with mixed reviews

Posted 9/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County



'Pretty Lights' brings unique show to Starkville

Posted 9/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Friday night the Mississippi Horse Park will be illuminated by Pretty Lights.



Holder says civil rights remain priority

Posted 9/28/2012 in State

Speaking blocks away from where U.S. marshals battled rioters a half-century ago in an effort to compel the admission of the first black student to the University of Mississippi, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that civil rights enforcement remains a federal priority.



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