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Expansion not in Medicaid bill, but not dead issue

Posted 2/7/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are holding onto a chance to debate Medicaid expansion in the next few weeks, even though Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders oppose growth in the program.



White House allies produce preschool-for-all plan

Posted 2/7/2013 in National

Days before President Barack Obama outlines his agenda for the coming year, a think tank with close ties to the White House is outlining a plan that would provide preschool for all children within five years.



Marriages and divorces 2-7-13

Posted 2/7/2013 in Business


Starkville welcomes for top-flight rodeo

More than 250 cowboys and cowgirls will descend on the Mississippi Horse Park as it hosts the annual Rotary Classic Rodeo Friday and Saturday.

Man recovers stolen 300-year-old family Bible

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

A central Ohio man's heart sank when he realized that burglars had broken in and stolen a safe holding his most prized possession -- a 300-year-old family Bible.


FBI: Ala. captor rigged bunker, waged 'firefight'

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

As FBI and police negotiators sought for days to coax an Alabama man into freeing a kindergartner held hostage an underground bunker, the captor was making plans of his own, authorities say.



Gun background checks drop 10 percent in Jan.

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

The number of federal background checks for firearms sales declined in the U.S. last month, as retailers continue to run out of guns to sell during a buying spree driven by Washington's new focus on gun control.



New PAC stirs GOP rivalries, tea party angst

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

Republicans' struggles to redefine their party are intensifying, as tea party insurgents and establishment Republicans vie to control congressional primaries, and GOP leaders try to expand their focus beyond the deficit.



Pew: Most Facebook users take a break

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

Too much drama, boredom and scads of irrelevant information are just some of the reasons Facebook users give for taking a break from the world's biggest social networking site for weeks at a time, according to a new study.



Slayings highlight risks of 'gun therapy' for vets

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

Chris Kyle, reputed to be the deadliest sniper in American military history, often took veterans out shooting as a way to ease the trauma of war. Taking aim at a target, he once wrote, would help coax them back into normal, everyday life with a familiar, comforting activity.



Despite court ruling, EPA raises biofuel estimate

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Days after a federal appeals court said the Obama administration is setting overly optimistic production quotas for the struggling biofuels industry, the government has issued new standards that raise production estimates for 2013.


Columbus council approves gun buy-back program

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council has approved a gun buy-back program. Passed by a unanimous vote during Tuesday's council meeting, the gun buy-back initiative will allow Columbus residents to trade their guns for cash. The proposal was introduced by Mayor Robert Smith on behalf of Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem.

City employee fired after drug test

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A city employee who was involved in a automobile wreck in downtown Columbus last week has been fired after testing positive for marijuana.


Comprehensive Plan aims to guide development

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A city project that began as a discussion during a community charrette in 2009 has finally become a reality. The Columbus City Council approved a comprehensive plan for the city during a Tuesday morning public hearing in the courtroom at City Hall.


Columbus native, civil rights icon dies

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Diane Hardy Thompson, one of three African-American women who integrated then-Mississippi College for Women in 1966, has died at an Augusta, Ga., burn center. She was 64.


Charlie Mitchell: Special status of utilities source of much consternation

Posted 2/6/2013 in State

The situation with Mississippi Power Company and its coal-fired plant under construction in Kemper County has a lot of people upset. Here why: We pick where to shop for clothes and food. We compare prices, at least to some degree, on other necessities such as gasoline for our cars. But we don't get to pick where we buy tap water or electricity.


Aldermen override mayor's pay-raise veto

The Starkville Board of Aldermen got the five votes needed Tuesday night to override Mayor Parker Wiseman's veto of a pay increase for himself and the board.

Rep. Gardner 4th Miss. lawmaker to die since Nov.

Posted 2/5/2013 in State

Mississippi state Rep. Joe Gardner of Batesville, known for his quiet demeanor and carefully considering all sides of complex issues, died Monday. He was 68.


Bill would let 2 workers per school carry guns

Posted 2/5/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers may let two teachers or other employees per public school carry concealed weapons.


Castleberry re-appointed to CVB board

Posted 2/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area developer Mark Castleberry was re-appointed to a second four-year term to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau on a 3-1 vote by the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors on Monday.


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