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Tax revenues up across Golden Triangle

Posted 12/19/2013 in Area

Sales tax revenues for the three Golden Triangle cities have something in common this month: They're higher than they were last December.

 

White House greets budget deal with caution, hope

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

There were no champagne corks popping at the White House after Congress passed a two-year budget deal, no declarations of a new era of cooperation in President Barack Obama's second term.

 

Aldermen approve lowest Carver Drive ditch bid

Posted 12/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Aldermen approved the lowest bid -- Hattiesburg-based Precision Construction's almost-$700,000 offer -- Tuesday, which clears the way for concreting efforts to begin along Carver Drive's drainage ditch.

3 candidates emerge for Starkville's CAO job

Posted 12/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Three candidates emerged as finalists for Starkville's vacant chief administrative officer's position Tuesday.

 

Advisory panel recommends more oversight for NSA

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

If President Barack Obama follows even half of the recommendations urged by his advisory panel, the National Security Agency would significantly change the way it does business.

 

 

Insurers allow more time to pay under health law

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

Consumers anxious over tight insurance deadlines and lingering computer problems during the holidays will get extra time to pay their premiums under President Barack Obama's health care law, insurers announced Wednesday.

 

 

Higher blood pressure threshold OK in older adults

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

Many older adults with high blood pressure can be treated less aggressively, which could mean taking fewer pills to get it under control, according to new treatment guidelines from an expert panel. But not all experts are on board with the advice -- including the federal agency that appointed the group.

 

 

Marriages and divorces 12-19-13

Posted 12/19/2013 in Business

 

 

Woman charged with murder of burned infant

Posted 12/19/2013 in State

A Lumberton woman has been charged with murder after a burned infant was recovered.

 

 

Judge rules Smith unfit in murder-for-hire case

Posted 12/19/2013 in State

Doctors will keep monitoring the mental condition of Dr. Arnold Smith, but he won't face trial for now.

 

 

Fewer deportations big issue for Asians, Hispanics

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

With immigration legislation stalled in Congress, Hispanics and Asian-Americans say getting relief from deportations is more important for many of the 11 million immigrants here illegally than creating a pathway to U.S. citizenship, a new study finds.

 

 

Top Bryant aide leaving to manage Cochran campaign

Posted 12/19/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's chief of staff is leaving to become campaign manager for Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.

 

 

Ex-EPA official sentenced to 32 months for theft

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

A judge has sentenced a former high-ranking official with the Environmental Protection Agency to 32 months in prison for stealing from the agency by failing to show up for work -- while falsely claiming to be working for the CIA.

 

Business brief: Firefighters graduate

Posted 12/19/2013 in Business

Firefighters Darryl D. Brown, Taylor S. Mitchell, and Gregory Pack of the Columbus Fire Department graduated December 12, 2013 from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Firefighter course held at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson.

Holiday shopping season: A disappointment so far

Posted 12/19/2013 in Business

Sparse crowds at malls and "50 percent off" signs at The Gap and other stores offer clues as to how this holiday season is shaping up so far: It's the most discount-driven one since the U.S. was in a deep recession. It's also the most disappointing for stores.

 

U.S. attorney: Diplomat treated very well

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

A federal prosecutor ventured into the tense relationship between the U.S. and India on Wednesday, defending the arrest and strip-search of an Indian diplomat held on visa charges and saying she was treated very well, even given coffee and offered food while detained.

 

 

Hero guide dog assured good home after subway rescue

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

The guide dog that leaped onto subway tracks after his blind owner lost consciousness and fell off a station platform is assured a loving home after his retirement.

 

Tooth Fairy a walk in park over Elf on the Shelf

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

Carly Kerby, a mom of four girls, doesn't have the greatest track record as the Tooth Fairy, but it was another family tradition that nearly did her in: The Elf on the Shelf.

 

FedEx CEO says drones unlikely to make big impact

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

The CEO of FedEx doesn't see drones taking over the package delivery business anytime soon.

 

 

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