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Top Bryant aide leaving to manage Cochran campaign

Posted 12/19/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's chief of staff is leaving to become campaign manager for Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.

 

 

Ex-EPA official sentenced to 32 months for theft

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

A judge has sentenced a former high-ranking official with the Environmental Protection Agency to 32 months in prison for stealing from the agency by failing to show up for work -- while falsely claiming to be working for the CIA.

 

Business brief: Firefighters graduate

Posted 12/19/2013 in Business

Firefighters Darryl D. Brown, Taylor S. Mitchell, and Gregory Pack of the Columbus Fire Department graduated December 12, 2013 from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Firefighter course held at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson.

Holiday shopping season: A disappointment so far

Posted 12/19/2013 in Business

Sparse crowds at malls and "50 percent off" signs at The Gap and other stores offer clues as to how this holiday season is shaping up so far: It's the most discount-driven one since the U.S. was in a deep recession. It's also the most disappointing for stores.

 

U.S. attorney: Diplomat treated very well

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

A federal prosecutor ventured into the tense relationship between the U.S. and India on Wednesday, defending the arrest and strip-search of an Indian diplomat held on visa charges and saying she was treated very well, even given coffee and offered food while detained.

 

 

Hero guide dog assured good home after subway rescue

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

The guide dog that leaped onto subway tracks after his blind owner lost consciousness and fell off a station platform is assured a loving home after his retirement.

 

Tooth Fairy a walk in park over Elf on the Shelf

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

Carly Kerby, a mom of four girls, doesn't have the greatest track record as the Tooth Fairy, but it was another family tradition that nearly did her in: The Elf on the Shelf.

 

FedEx CEO says drones unlikely to make big impact

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

The CEO of FedEx doesn't see drones taking over the package delivery business anytime soon.

 

 

'Mary Poppins' among 25 films to be preserved

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

Just in time for a new movie about the making of "Mary Poppins," the 1964 Disney classic starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress so future generations of Americans can see it.

 

Vernon Council sells firetruck, adjusts recycling pick-up

Posted 12/18/2013 in Area

The Vernon City Council sold a firetruck and adjusted city recycling pickup times for the holidays during its meeting Monday.

 

Megabus.com adds daily runs to Mississippi, Memphis

Posted 12/18/2013 in Area

Megabus.com, the express bus company with fares from $1, has expanded into Mississippi and created three additional routes to and from New Orleans.

 

 

Mississippi hospital joins UAB cancer network

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Singing River Health System's Regional Center has joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System Cancer Community Network.

 

 

Jail contract awarded to Montgomery company

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Jackson County has awarded a $27.6 million contract to Montgomery, Ala.-based Caddell Construction to build a new jail in Pascagoula.

 

 

Group recommends changes in Miss. criminal justice

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Mississippi can improve its criminal justice system, and potentially save millions of dollars, by setting clearer sentencing laws, giving judges more discretion to order alternatives to prison and taking steps to ensure former inmates don't mess up, a study group says.

 

 

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.

 

 

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