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Storm spotters class equips public to aid tracking of dangerous weather

Posted 3/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Before Steve Wilkinson explained what Tuesday's course was about he had to explain what it wasn't about. "This is not storm chaser training," Wilkinson told the crowd of about 20 who had gathered at the Atmos Energy Training Center in Columbus for a Storm Spotter Class. "We are just trying to get people to report what they see."


Charter school bill loses House vote, but not dead

Posted 3/27/2013 in State

Mississippi House members don't want to proceed with a Senate-backed education bill that includes a proposal for charter schools expansion.



Miss. Senator switches to Republican Party

Posted 3/27/2013 in State

State Sen. Nicky Browning of Pontotoc has switched from the Democratic Party to the GOP, saying the time was right for him to make the move and become a Republican.


Study: Obama health care program boosts costs by 32%

Posted 3/27/2013 in National

Insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under President Barack Obama's overhaul, the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts has estimated.

Schools tour helps district leaders gauge progress

Posted 3/27/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville School District officials saw first-hand Tuesday how investments in technology and teachers are paying off in the district.


High court hears case on federal benefits for gays

Posted 3/27/2013 in National

In the second of back-to-back gay marriage cases, the Supreme Court is turning to a constitutional challenge to the law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples.



United States eyes anti-piracy effort along west Africa coast

Posted 3/27/2013 in National

The U.S. and some of its allies are considering plans to increase anti-piracy operations along Africa's west coast, spurred on by concerns that money from the attacks is funding a Nigerian-based insurgent group that is linked to one of al-Qaida's most dangerous affiliates.



$338M lottery winner feels 'pure joy' uncertainty

Posted 3/27/2013 in National

A New Jersey man feels "pure joy" at winning a $338 million Powerball jackpot but has no idea what he will do with the money -- except buy a car, to replace his feet as his primary mode of transportation, he said.


Obama gives Secret Service its first female director

Posted 3/27/2013 in National

President Barack Obama on Tuesday named veteran Secret Service agent Julia Pierson as the agency's first female director, signaling his desire to change the culture at the male-dominated service, which has been marred by scandal.


Petraeus: Sorry for affair that led to resignation

Posted 3/27/2013 in National



Police reports in Tucson shooting rampage released

Posted 3/27/2013 in National


Knox saga still not over for Italian courts

Posted 3/27/2013 in National

It's not over yet for Amanda Knox.


Earthquake shakes Mexico City

Posted 3/27/2013 in National


Teen shooter held on $500K bond

Posted 3/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Arthur Lee "Slim" Whitfield, 17, of Kalamazoo, Mich., appeared before Justice Court Judge Peggy Phillips Monday afternoon for arraignment on charges of aggravated assault and armed robbery. Whitfield was arrested last Friday afternoon after authorities believe he shot postal worker Douglas Edward Aldridge during a robbery.

No funding, no Juneteenth

Posted 3/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors needed just 10 minutes to discuss and vote down a proposal to fund this year's Juneteenth Festival as a quality of life event in a special meeting Monday afternoon.

City expands summer jobs program

Posted 3/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus is once again partnering with the Mississippi Department of Transportation to offer area youth summer jobs in a paid, 10-week program aimed at putting cash in their pockets while instilling work ethics and beautifying the city.

Columbus Air Force Base will bring back July 4th fireworks

Posted 3/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base officials are planning a Fourth of July fireworks show after a four-year hiatus. Col. Jim Sears, commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing, made the announcement amid a spate of fanfare Monday at the overlook on the east bank of the John C. Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus.


USDA expanding program to fight rural poverty

Posted 3/26/2013 in National

U.S. officials are expanding a program intended to reduce poverty and improve life in rural areas through better access to federal funding.


Spring means yard work for hummingbird watchers

Posted 3/26/2013 in National

The world's smallest bird can take up a big chunk of a person's spring to-do list: Trim the trees, weed the garden, make the nectar and hang the feeders.


Miss. Democrats call for better education funding

Posted 3/26/2013 in State

Mississippi Democrats on Monday renewed their calls for more education funding in the state budget.



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