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Second committee forms for merger legislation

Posted 3/31/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

State legislators formed a second conference committee last week to negotiate minor and technical amendments to Starkville-Oktibbeha County school merger provisions currently moving through the state capitol.

 

 

The GOP advantage: Geography or gerrymandering?

Posted 3/31/2014 in National

Republicans helped solidify their hold on the U.S. House when GOP legislators in key states drew new congressional maps after the 2010 Census. But was it geography or gerrymandering that gave Republicans an edge in state after state?

 

 

Law shields research from raiders

Posted 3/31/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers have extended trade-secret protections to universities and community colleges by exempting materials tied to any commercial, scientific or technical research from the state's Open Records Act before the research is published.

 

Fewer Miss. docs accepting Medicaid payments

Posted 3/31/2014 in State

Fewer than half of Mississippi's primary care doctors are taking new Medicaid patients, Mississippi State University researchers say.

 

Miss. lawmakers work on $6 million budget

Posted 3/31/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers must approve dozens of bills in the state's $6 billion budget before a deadline today.

 

Miss. politics change, U.S. House map varies little

Posted 3/31/2014 in State

Party loyalty is being tested in one of Mississippi's U.S. House districts as a former Democratic congressman runs in a Republican primary. Gene Taylor says he never asked constituents their political affiliation, and he hopes they'll accept him with a new label.

Congress: GM twice failed to fix defect

Posted 3/31/2014 in National

General Motors discussed two separate fixes for an ignition switch defect in 2005 but canceled both of them without taking action, according to a memo released Sunday by the House subcommittee investigating GM's handling of the defect and a subsequent recall.

 

Seabed of jet hunt zone mostly flat

Posted 3/31/2014 in National

Two miles beneath the sea surface where satellites and planes are looking for debris from the missing Malaysian jet, the ocean floor is cold, dark, covered in a squishy muck of dead plankton and -- in a potential break for the search -- mostly flat. The troubling exception is a steep, rocky drop ending in a deep trench.

 

 

'Noah' rises to top of box office with $44M debut

Posted 3/31/2014 in National

After weathering a sea of controversy, "Noah" arrived in first place at the weekend box office. Paramount's biblical epic starring Russell Crowe in the titular role opened with $44 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

 

 

Columbus Police Department investigator dies at 58

Posted 3/29/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Don English, chief investigator with the Columbus Police Department, died Friday morning at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. He was 58.

 

Cole: Focus political discussions on 'meat of things'

Posted 3/29/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole is touring the state in hopes of uniting Mississippians, Democrat and Republicans alike, he said. Cole, a self-confessed "political junkie" who jokes that he was born a Democrat, has served as the party's chairman since 2012.

Recently approved meter has mixed results in other towns

Posted 3/29/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Earlier this month, Columbus Light and Water entered into a $3.52 million contract with Utility Metering Solutions for that company to install 11,126 water meters throughout the city.

EMCC helping develop skills for potential Yokohama jobs

Posted 3/29/2014 in Area

As of Jan. 6, 470 students have taken the WorkKeys assessment through basic manufacturing skills classes with East Mississippi Community College's Workforce Services division.

 

Bryant to mull medicinal marijuana oil

Posted 3/29/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are sending Gov. Phil Bryant a bill that would legalize a marijuana oil to be used as medicine under tightly controlled circumstances.

 

Local representation missing from merger bill conference

Posted 3/29/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Miss. House and Senate each named their three-person delegation Thursday for an upcoming Starkville-Oktibbeha County school merger bill conference committee, but the list does not include any local representatives.

Work stops briefly to honor victims

Posted 3/29/2014 in National

Crews searching for victims in the tangled debris field from the Washington mudslide halted their work Saturday for a moment of silence to honor those lost.

Cold weather slowed winter wheat, but crop should thrive

Posted 3/29/2014 in Area

This year's cold winter slowed wheat growth so the late-March freeze across much of Mississippi probably did not cause major damage to the state's wheat crop.

Christian school pressures 'tomboy' to transfer

Posted 3/29/2014 in National

Eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle likes to keep her hair short, wear boys' clothes, collect hunting knives and shoot her BB gun.

Navy gunman once faced murder charge

Posted 3/29/2014 in National

The civilian truck driver the Navy says killed a sailor aboard a ship in Virginia once faced a murder charge in North Carolina but ended up pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was out of prison less than two years later, court records show.

 

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