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Two-woman political ticket in Texas goes for history in 2014

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

Forget whether Hillary Clinton could win the White House in 2016. Women still have yet to run many statehouses, but in 2014 two Texas Democrats are going for a new kind of history: Winning as an all-female ticket for governor and lieutenant governor.



Nations jockey for Arctic position, U.S. not in lead

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

The U.S. is racing to keep pace with stepped-up activity in the once sleepy Arctic frontier, but it is far from being in the lead.



Hospital won't aid transfer of girl on ventilator

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

A California hospital is unwilling to allow an outside doctor to fit a 13-year-old declared brain dead after tonsil surgery with the breathing and feeding tubes that would allow her to be safely transferred to another facility, its lawyer said Tuesday.


Legal weed sales bring long lines to Colorado

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

Long lines and blustery winter weather greeted Colorado marijuana shoppers testing the nation's first legal recreational pot shops Wednesday.


Thief carries 250-pound safe out of Mass. eatery

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

Massachusetts police are searching for a strong-armed thief who carried a 250-pound safe out of a restaurant.


Even Obama dogs jump through hoops to enter Hawaii

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

It doesn't matter that they belong to President Barack Obama -- first family dogs Bo and Sunny had to go through Hawaii's strict quarantine procedures to travel to the islands for their holiday vacation.


Congress letting 55 tax breaks expire at year end

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty -- once again -- for millions of individuals and businesses.


County grants tax exemption to Aurora

Posted 12/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors have voted to grant Aurora Flight Sciences a 10-year ad valorem tax exemption for its investment in the final expansion of its facility.

2013 will be remembered for both its good and its bad

Posted 12/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

No year is ever one thing and not the other. The good comes with the bad as the pages on the calendar turn. There are moments of disappointment, anger and disbelief often intermingled with feelings of pride, reassurance and optimism. Tragedies and triumphs rub elbows. 2013 was that sort of year.


Medicaid growth creates gap of 5M without coverage

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

About 5 million people will be without health care next year that they would have gotten simply if they lived somewhere else in America.


2013 was a year of changes in Starkville

Posted 12/31/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For better or worse, there was nothing status quo in Starkville in 2013. From school consolidations to a seismic shift in city politics that claimed a well-regarded city administrator as a victim to the abrupt depature of two police chiefs to progress on the much-delayed Mill project, 2013 was a year of change.

Emotions high for Bulldogs

Posted 12/31/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State is proving team record isn't the litmus test for emotion leading into a bowl game. Heading into last season's Gator Bowl, MSU was skidding into the final month of the season with four losses in its last five games.


NAACP leader to continue push for Unity Park's opening

Posted 12/31/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Chris Taylor, the leader of Oktibbeha County's NAACP chapter, says he again will push for Unity Park's unveiling in early 2014 after county supervisors failed for a second straight year to formalize plans for an opening ceremony.



Death of Phoenix bank robber described in 911 call

Posted 12/31/2013 in Area

A caller told an emergency dispatcher that a masked man raced into a Phoenix bank and then calmly described how police gunned down the suspect minutes later as he fled with a bag of cash. "They're shooting, they're shooting," the 911 caller said. Ten seconds later: "One guy down. He's down."


In a selfie, a slain teen's last moments

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

It's a happy moment, a selfie taken by a group of teenagers on a sunny day in downtown Beirut. Mohammed Shaar sits among his friends in a red hoodie and his dark-framed glasses.


Democrats, GOP seek to define issue for 2014 elections

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

In a competitive district east of Denver, Democrat Andrew Romanoff is counting on voter anger at a divided and ineffectual Congress to help him unseat three-term Republican Rep. Mike Coffman.


Minnesota Vikings fire coach Leslie Frazier

Posted 12/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Minnesota Vikings fired coach Leslie Frazier this morning, one year after they made the playoffs and one day after they finished a 5-10-1 season.


Highway Patrol to increase patrols on New Year's Eve

Posted 12/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is encouraging drivers to think twice before they get behind the wheel of a car after New Year's Eve drinking.



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