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Texas town allows teachers to carry concealed guns

Posted 12/20/2012 in National

In this tiny Texas town, children and their parents don't give much thought to safety at the community's lone school -- mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons.

 

 

Medicare premiums could rise for many retirees

Posted 12/20/2012 in National

It's a health care change that President Barack Obama and Republicans both embrace: Expand a current, little-known law so more retirees the government considers well-off are required to pay higher Medicare premiums.

 

Higgins: Link making progress on several fronts

Posted 12/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There was little in the way of new information presented at the annual Link luncheon Wednesday at East Mississippi Community College, but the event provided yet another opportunity for organizers to tout the benefits of regional partnership and global thinking, specifically through the newly-formed Golden Triangle Development Link.

 

LCSO arrests three on drug charges

Posted 12/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three people were arrested Tuesday by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Division on various drug-related charges.

 

SPD makes arrest in pizza driver robberies

Posted 12/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An arrest was made Tuesday in connection with a string of armed robberies involving local pizza delivery drivers, according to officials with the Starkville Police Department.

 

Bryant weighs in on tort cap case in federal court

Posted 12/20/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant says scrapping Mississippi's tort reform laws would hinder economic development and cost the state the jobs that it brings.

 

 

Kerry: Mistakes made at State in Libya assault

Posted 12/20/2012 in National

The State Department had "clear warning signs" of a deteriorating security situation in Libya prior to the deadly Sept. 11 assault on the diplomatic mission, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Thursday as he also faulted Congress for failing to provide sufficient funds to protect facilities worldwide.

 

 

Officials: 31 suspended in Army day care scandal

Posted 12/20/2012 in National

At least 31 people were suspended from two Army day care centers at Fort Myer, Va., last week after officials scrutinized their backgrounds and found criminal convictions including fourth-degree sexual assault and drug use, a defense official said Wednesday.

 

If Friday were the last day for Earth, what would you do?

Posted 12/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Scientific Mayans measured the passage of time with the Mayan Long Count calendar. It has 5,125 year cycles, with the 12th cycle or "Baktun" ending on Friday, December 21, 2012. While it is questionable if the Mayans ever made a prophesy of the end of the world, movie makers and writers have latched on to the Apocalypse hype. Modern scientists have assured us the world will not end Friday.

Mom, children arrested for felony shoplifting

Posted 12/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A mother and her two adult children were arrested Tuesday after they attempted to steal approximately $1,200 in merchandise from Walmart in Columbus.

October sales tax receipts down $14K from 2011

Posted 12/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second month in a row, sales tax receipts are down for Columbus. According to Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen, the city's sales tax check for the month of December is down almost $14,000 from December 2011.

Sears Hometown Store, Ross to open at Leigh Mall

Posted 12/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By next Christmas, shopping enthusiasts will likely have three new stores to choose from when searching for that perfect gift.

 

Benghazi review slams State Department

Posted 12/19/2012 in National

The leaders of an independent panel that blamed systematic State Department management and leadership failures for gross security lapses in the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya will explain their findings to Congress on Wednesday.

 

 

Heavy price: Medicare overpaying for back braces

Posted 12/19/2012 in National

You can find it on the Internet for $250 or less. But if Medicare is paying, a standard-issue brace for back patients costs more than $900.

 

 

Instagram says users' photos won't appear in ads

Posted 12/19/2012 in National

Instagram, the popular mobile photo-sharing service now owned by Facebook, said Tuesday that it will remove language from its new terms of service suggesting that users' photos could appear in advertisements.

 

 

Facebook users hit 'like,' stores jump into action

Posted 12/19/2012 in National

Facebook isn't just for goofy pictures and silly chatter. Whether shoppers know it or not, their actions online help dictate what's in stores during this holiday season.

 

Southaven mayor indicted for misuse of taxpayer money

Posted 12/19/2012 in State

A north Mississippi mayor accused of misusing taxpayer money on several purchases including at a Canadian sex shop was indicted Tuesday on one count each of embezzlement, false pretense and making fraudulent statements.

 

CAFB contractor dies from electrocution

Posted 12/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An contractor died of electrocution Tuesday afternoon while working on Columbus Air Force Base.

 

Aldermen vote down proposal to stop municipal project

Posted 12/19/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Even though the Oktibbeha County Chancery Court has authorized the city of Starkville to issue general certificates of participation to fund an $8 million municipal project that includes a new City Hall, there was a motion made at the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night to rescind all action pertaining to these certificates.

 

Judge upholds Kemper Co. power plant license

Posted 12/19/2012 in State

Mississippi Power Co.'s $2.8 billion Kemper County coal-fired plant is one step closer to legal clearance after a judge denied a Sierra Club challenge to the plant's license.

 

 

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