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4 dead, 17 hurt when train hits Texas vets parade

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

A freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans on Thursday, killing four people and injuring 17 others as the float tried to get through a West Texas railroad crossing on its way to an honorary banquet, authorities said.

 

Diabetes rates rocket in Oklahoma, South

Posted 11/16/2012 in State

The nation's diabetes problem is getting worse, and the biggest jump over 15 years was in Oklahoma, according to a new federal report issued Thursday.

 

 

Petraeus treks to Capitol for Benghazi questioning

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

David Petraeus, in his first congressional testimony since resigning as CIA director over an extramarital affair, began fielding questions Friday from lawmakers about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

 

 

Israel and Hamas battle on social media as well

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

The hostilities between Israel and Hamas have found a new battleground: social media. The Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas militants have exchanged fiery tweets throughout the fighting in a separate war to influence public opinion.

 

States reveal their choices on Obama's health law

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

After two years of political battles and a Supreme Court case, many if not most states are expected to tell the federal government Friday if they're willing carry out a key part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

 

Power outage time after Sandy not extraordinary

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

As the number of nights without power stretched on for thousands left in the dark after Superstorm Sandy, patience understandably turned to anger and outrage.

 

 

Obama presses GOP on taxing rich to avert 'cliff'

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

President Barack Obama challenged congressional Republicans Wednesday to let taxes rise on the wealthiest Americans on both economic and political grounds, noting he campaigned successfully for re-election on the point and contending it would instantly ease the threat of the "fiscal cliff" plunging the nation back into recession.

 

Abandoned boy meets Texas fireman who saved him

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

When fourth-grader Koregan Quintanilla was talking with his classmates about where they wanted to go more than anyplace else in the world, his answer wasn't an amusement park, sporting event or kids restaurant. It was "his" fire station.

 

Police: RI man's fake $100 bills had wrong face

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

A Rhode Island man police say used counterfeit $100 bills to make purchases at a Target store made a critical mistake.

 

Columbus woman pleads guilty to sex with a minor

Posted 11/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lowndes County Circuit Court to the sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy.

Former murder suspect Talley sentenced for burglary

Posted 11/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former suspect in a high-profile murder was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a burglary charge in Lowndes County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

 

DynCorp keeps CAFB contract through March

Posted 11/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Approximately 500 contracting jobs at the Columbus Air Force Base are safe, at least for the moment. According to a CAFB press release, the CAFB has extended its contract with DynCorp until March 31, 2013.

 

City will pay taxes on Catfish Alley lot

Posted 11/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although it was believed to have been a done deal, a parking lot agreement between the City of Columbus and a private citizen has been redrawn.

 

Bryant proposes cuts for most agencies

Posted 11/15/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing that most state agencies take a 1.5 percent budget cut during fiscal 2014, which begins next July 1.

 

Life-long AIDS patient speaks at MUW

Posted 11/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For more than 20 years, Hydeia Broadbent has been telling her story of living with AIDS. Broadbent, 28, has been traveling the country since she was six years old, helping educate people about what it means to live with HIV.

Census: New gauge shows high of 49.7M poor in US

Posted 11/15/2012 in National

The ranks of America's poor edged up last year to a high of 49.7 million, based on a new census measure that takes into account medical costs and work-related expenses.

Trainer: Should county, city schools be consolidated?

Posted 11/15/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The idea of a consolidated school district in Oktibbeha County was discussed at the Starkville School Board meeting on Tuesday, although it's difficult to tell just how receptive school officials in the county and city are to the idea.

 

$100-a-year fee likely at Ole Miss, MSU

Posted 11/15/2012 in State

Mississippi's two largest universities are likely to win approval to impose a $50-a-semester fee on their students.

 

Rape suspect commits suicide on eve of trial

Posted 11/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man accused of statutory rape committed suicide one day before his trial was set to begin.

Role of teachers in student success emphasized during Link event at MUW

Posted 11/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Approximately 800 teachers attended the third annual "Educators are Essential" program Wednesday at Mississippi University for Women's Rent Auditorium.

 

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