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TVA asks users to voluntarily reduce power consumption ahead of cold weather

Posted 1/23/2014 in Area

Tennessee Valley Authority officials are asking customers throughout the Southeast to voluntarily reduce power consumption beginning 4 p.m. today.


Explosion caused fire at biodiesel plant

Posted 1/23/2014 in Area

A voluntary evacuation of about 50 homes near a burning biodiesel facility in north Mississippi was ordered late Wednesday, officials said.

Browning on Business: Golden Triangle getting another Starbucks

Posted 1/23/2014 in Business

A Starbucks is being built at University Crossing Shopping Center in Starkville. Ann Hooven, director of operations with RMR Investment Company, said the coffee shop will likely open this summer.

Rare blue diamond found in South Africa

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

A mining company says it has found a rare blue diamond in South Africa.

Quirky bunny on Mandela statue causes stir

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

A new, 29.5-foot sculpture of Nelson Mandela is billed as the biggest statue of the South African leader. It also has a tiny, barely visible quirk: a sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.


NOAA: 2013 was fourth hottest on record

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

The sweltering year of 1988 first put global warming in the headlines and ended up as the hottest year on record. But on Tuesday, it was pushed out of the top 20 warmest by 2013. Last year tied for the fourth hottest and 1988 fell to 21st.


Israel says it foiled al-Qaida plot on United States Embassy

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

Israel on Wednesday said it had foiled an "advanced" al-Qaida plan to carry out a suicide bombing on the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and bomb other targets, in what analysts said was the first time the global terror network's leadership has been directly involved in plotting an attack inside Israel.

Budget gives DOD funding for 20 Lakotas this year

Posted 1/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Compromise in the nation's capital will lead to more Lakotas being assembled in Columbus than previously forecasted.

Search continues for missing Artesia woman

Posted 1/23/2014 in Area

Kenny Peoples sat in the living room of his Artesia home Wednesday afternoon wiping tears from his eyes. He didn't want his children to see him crying. His wife, Shondra Rice, has been missing since Monday morning and Peoples has yet to tell their two children their mother has disappeared.

Bryant: Improve schools, create jobs, end abortion

Posted 1/23/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant presented a generally optimistic outlook about Mississippi during his State of the State address, focusing on job creation and saying he believes the state can improve its academic performance with charter schools and merit pay for teachers.

Wicker: Long-term changes need for entitlement programs

Posted 1/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Roger Wicker is optimistic about cuts approved by the U.S. House and Senate in appropriation spending for 2014. In total, the federal government will appropriate $1.1 trillion this fiscal year.


Government panel urges end to phone data spying

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency's bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans' calling records, The Associated Press has learned.


Wiseman says GOP out of touch in State of the State response

Posted 1/23/2014 in State

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman called for bipartisan ideas and creativity to help solve Mississippi's toughest challenges during the state Democratic response to Gov. Phil Bryant's State of the State address.


Business brief: Tate named as finalist

Posted 1/23/2014 in Business



Building permits 1-23-14

Posted 1/23/2014 in Business



States weigh labels on genetically altered food

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

In the absence of federal regulation, states from Rhode Island to Hawaii are considering laws to require labels on food items containing genetically modified ingredients.



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