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Plans for prom barring gays rocks Ind. community

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

A small Indiana community best known for its parks and corn festival has become the center of a national discussion about intolerance over a group's plans to host a "traditional" prom that bans gay students.

 

Bookkeeper who stole $53M gets nearly 20 years

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

A former city bookkeeper was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison Thursday for embezzling more than $53 million from her Illinois community, in what ranks as one of the worst abuses of public trust in the state's corruption-rich history.

 

Pistorius lived out dream by running at Olympics

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

The figure of Oscar Pistorius racing around the Olympic track with his carbon-fiber blades whipping through the air was one of the enduring images of the London Games. That was only six months ago, when the double-amputee from South Africa emerged as an example of what a person can achieve in the face of adversity.

 

 

LaPierre: NRA to 'stand and fight'

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre renewed his call Thursday for armed guards in schools and urged gun owners to "stand and fight" for the Second Amendment.

 

Memphis BBQ event promises big boost to Columbus

Posted 2/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new barbecue cooking championship could bring both national exposure and tourism dollars to the Friendly City. The Memphis BBQ Network will be hosting the MBN Invitational March 8-9 at the Columbus Fairgrounds. The event is being sponsored by Roast-n-Boast of Columbus.

Starkville teen faces murder charge in nightclub shooting

Posted 2/15/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville High School student has been charged in the shooting death of an Oktibbeha County resident. Ronagal Lamar Outlaw, 17, allegedly shot Trumaine Macon, 23, just after midnight Thursday at the Crossroads Lounge on the Oktibbeha-Lowndes County line.

House passes school religious liberties bill

Posted 2/15/2013 in State

Before every Oktibbeha County board meeting convenes, supervisors open each gathering with a word of prayer. Board President and District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer says that moment of reflection provides him with the guidance needed to tackle all county business with confidence.

 

Sturgis bike rally canceled again

Posted 2/15/2013 in Area

Organizers canceled this year's Sturgis South Motorcycle Rally after failed negotiations between event planners and city aldermen, rally board president Donny Hanson confirmed Thursday.

 

 

Gay marriage support has risks for Republicans

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

As more state legislatures around the country consider whether to legalize same-sex weddings, an analysis of gay marriage votes in eight states shows that Republican lawmakers who backed it often faced consequences -- including loss of their seats.

 

 

Miss. Medicaid expansion effort hobbled in House

Posted 2/15/2013 in State

Mississippi House Republicans are again trying to thwart long-shot efforts by Democrats to expand Medicaid, with each side accusing the other of endangering coverage for low-income people who are already on the program.

 

 

Miss. bill would create early childhood ed program

Posted 2/15/2013 in State

The Mississippi House passed a bill Thursday to create Mississippi's first state-funded prekindergarten program, in limited form.

 

 

Towboat firm being billed for inspection

Posted 2/15/2013 in State

A towboat company that owns the barges that struck a Mississippi River bridge in Vicksburg will be billed $2,200 for the span's post-accident inspection.

 

 

Senate GOP blocks Hagel vote for now

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the nomination of former GOP senator Chuck Hagel as the nation's next defense secretary over unrelated questions about President Barack Obama's actions in the aftermath of the deadly raid on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya.

 

GSDP officials name market board members

Posted 2/15/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Community development officials have picked the first members for the newly formed Starkville Community Market Advisory Board, and that group will hold its first meeting Feb. 27.

Pentagon creates new medal for cyber, drone wars

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens. But the troops who launch the drone strikes and direct the cyberattacks that can kill or disable an enemy may never set foot in the combat zone. Now their battlefield contributions may be recognized with the first new combat-related medal to be created in decades.

 

Obama pushes preschool programs in Georgia trip

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

President Barack Obama's ambitious plan to expand preschool programs comes as one out of every 13 students already in Head Start classrooms is at risk of being kicked out if lawmakers don't sidestep a budget meltdown.

 

Business brief: Foster named vice president

Posted 2/14/2013 in Business

Palmer Home for Children has named Dr. David Foster as Vice President of Children's Services.

Business brief: Smith receives scholarship

Posted 2/14/2013 in Business

Mary Atkinson Smith, DNP, FNP-BC, has been named the sole recipient of a full scholarship to attend the Nurse in Washington Internship.

Business brief: Stewart elevated to College of Fellows

Posted 2/14/2013 in Business

The 2013 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated Belinda Stewart, FAIA to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession.

 

Building permits 2-14-13

Posted 2/14/2013 in Business

 

 

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