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Lawmakers considering shorter school year

Posted 1/30/2014 in State

House Education Committee members are lukewarm about a proposal to shorten Mississippi's public school year from 180 to 175 days.



Lawyer: Defendant also had buttocks injections

Posted 1/30/2014 in State

A woman charged with depraved-heart murder in the illegal cosmetic injection death of another woman had received the same kind of shots in her buttocks more than 10 times and didn't know they could be deadly, her lawyer said Wednesday during opening statements.



Lee County School Board upholds principal firing

Posted 1/30/2014 in Area

The Lee County School Board has voted to terminate former Belden Center Principal Ralph Green.


Browning on Business: City's oldest family-owned furniture store to close

Posted 1/30/2014 in Business

Langford Furniture, which opened for business in Columbus while President Dwight D. Eisenhower was in office, is closing. The business has been at the corner of Military and Bluecutt roads since January 1956.


Federal Reserve to reduce pace of bond buying

Posted 1/30/2014 in Business

Given the U.S. economy's growing strength, the Federal Reserve pushed ahead Wednesday with a plan to shrink its bond-buying program, even though the prospect of reduced stimulus and higher interest rates has rattled global markets.



Building permits 1-30-14

Posted 1/30/2014 in Business


Hundreds of living, dead pythons found in California home

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

A California schoolteacher was arrested Wednesday after hundreds of living and dead pythons in plastic bins were found stacked floor to ceiling inside his stench-filled home in suburban Orange County.


Death penalty decision imminent in Boston bombing

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

As attorney general, Eric Holder has approved pursuing the death penalty in at least 34 criminal cases, upholding a long-ago pledge to Congress that he would vigorously enforce federal law even though he's not a proponent of capital punishment.


Police: Md. mall gunman wrote of killing people

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

The gunman in a deadly attack at a Maryland shopping mall wrote in general terms about killing people in his journal and said that he was ready to die, police said Wednesday in releasing new details about writings the shooter left behind.


New treatment could reduce kids' peanut allergies

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

An experimental therapy that fed children with peanut allergies small amounts of peanut flour has helped more than 80 percent of them safely eat a handful of the previously worrisome nuts.



Obama hopes myRA will be first step on retirement

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

Even proponents of President Barack Obama's new retirement savings program readily concede it won't be a cure-all for a nation of people who are saving far too little for their golden years. Many Americans won't be able to participate initially, and those who do may find the benefits are modest.


Southern cities paralyzed by winter blast

Posted 1/29/2014 in Area

Students camped out with teachers in school gyms or on buses and commuters abandoned cars along the highway to seek shelter in churches, fire stations -- even grocery stores -- after a rare snowstorm left thousands of unaccustomed Southerners frozen in their tracks.


Nomination period open for Starkville Restaurant Week charities

Posted 1/29/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Greater Starkville Development Partnership officials hope to build upon the inaugural Starkville Restaurant Week's success this year with minor tweaks aimed to streamline the event.


Higgins: Details on LINK future forthcoming

Posted 1/29/2014 in Area

In September 2012, elected officials in Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties and senior staff with what was then known as the Columbus-Lowndes Development LINK announced a two-phase plan to establish the Golden Triangle Regional Development Authority.

Longtime Columbus cobbler closing shop

Posted 1/29/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the late 1970s, Tommy Coggins, not knowing the first thing about repairing shoes, opened a business in Columbus called Coggins Shoe Shop. He was a young man then and set about teaching himself the art of the cobbler. He did so through trial and error, and must have done a fine job.

Louisville man facing felony burglary charges

Posted 1/29/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Winston County man has been arrested after authorities say he broke into several vehicles and a work shed at Severstal.

EMCC license plates available

Posted 1/29/2014 in Area

East Mississippi Community College license plates may soon be available.

Pulitzer Prize winner to read at MSU

Posted 1/29/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler will serve as the first Mississippi State University Institute for the Humanities Writer in Residence, reading selections from his fiction on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in McCool Hall's Taylor Auditorium on the MSU campus.


AG Hood investigates harassment of girls online

Posted 1/29/2014 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says his office is investigating a trend of inappropriate postings about young girls on a social media website.



Kemper costs rise $40 million on start-up reserve

Posted 1/29/2014 in State



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