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Lawsuit: Gay students bullied in Miss. district

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

A lawsuit filed Tuesday says gay students are routinely bullied in a south Mississippi school district, including a lesbian who was forced to sit alone in the middle of a classroom when others were split into groups of boys and girls.

 

 

Man pleads guilty to distributing painkillers

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Former Lee County pharmacist Jim Bain has pleaded guilty to illegally distributing the pain killer hydrocodone.

 

 

U.S. sending $25M in new typhoon aid to Philippines

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

The United States is providing nearly $25 million in additional humanitarian aid to help the Philippines deal with the enormous devastation and deaths wrought by Typhoon Haiyan last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday after touring the worst-hit region.

 

 

As food labels get closer inspection, ingredients vanish

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

Take another look at that food label. An ingredient or two may have vanished.

 

 

Poll: Obama international ratings top domestic ones

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

President Barack Obama's approval ratings for handling foreign policy issues generally top his ratings for most domestic issues, including the economy and health care, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

 

AP survey: Income gap holding back economy

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn't bad just for individuals. It's hurting the U.S. economy.

 

Jury 'at a standstill' in ex-BP engineer's trial

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

A deadlocked jury will return for a third day of deliberations in the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages to obstruct a probe of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

MDMR comments on rules on coastal drilling leases

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Mississippi marine resources agency officials said the rules and regulations that the Mississippi Development Authority adopted this year regarding seismic testing in Mississippi waters do not conflict with its own process for managing coastal resources.

 

 

Education Department awards $120 million to districts

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Students will earn an associate's degree and a high school diploma at the same time. Every student will have a laptop to take home at night. And teachers will be retrained to let students move at their own pace. All are pilot programs the Education Department is funding with $120 million in grants to five school groups, Secretary Arne Duncan said Tuesday.

 

 

India diplomat says she faced cavity search in New York

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

An Indian diplomat says she underwent repeated cavity and strip searches following her arrest in New York City on visa fraud charges.

 

 

Figure skating to air live from Sochi Games

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

The first full day of February's Sochi Olympics, American television viewers can watch a marquee event live from Russia -- in the morning.

 

Survey: Teens using synthetic drugs less often

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

Fewer teens are trying fake marijuana known by such names as K2 and Spice, apparently getting the message that these cheap new drugs are highly dangerous, according to the government's annual survey on drug use.

Committees to review billboard law, blight

Posted 12/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Advertising on billboard signs in city rights of way is against the law in Columbus, but a committee appointed during Tuesday's city council meeting will review the code and may suggest lessening restrictions.

Hobby Lobby coming to Columbus

Posted 12/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It looks like Columbus is getting a Hobby Lobby. Last month, the Oklahoma-based business filed a "memorandum of lease" in the Lowndes County chancery clerk office.

City to seek AG opinion on vice mayor term limits

Posted 12/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In July, Columbus councilmen voted to appoint Ward 1 Councilman Gene Taylor as vice mayor for one year. Prior opinions from the Mississippi attorney general office, however, say that once a vice mayor is appointed, he holds the position through the end of his elected term.

Lee museum awarded grant funding for ADA work

Posted 12/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The oldest property in Lowndes County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places will soon be wheelchair accessible.

Blind man, guide dog safe after subway track fall

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

Gallant guide dog Orlando was just doing his duty. The black Lab bravely leapt onto the tracks at a Manhattan subway platform Tuesday after his blind owner lost consciousness and tumbled in front of an oncoming train.

 

Sanitation director suspended for 10 days without pay

Posted 12/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen suspended Sanitation and Environmental Services Director Emma Gandy for 10 days without pay after an almost three-hour, closed-door session Tuesday.

 

CVB, city to apply for development grant

Posted 12/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau will join forces with the city council to apply for a grant that will help develop a vacant property east of the Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center.

 

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