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In wealthy Hong Kong, poorest live in cages

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

For many of the richest people in Hong Kong, one of Asia's wealthiest cities, home is a mansion with an expansive view from the heights of Victoria Peak. For some of the poorest, like Leung Cho-yin, home is a metal cage.

Panetta says US at risk of being second-rate power

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

The United States is at risk of becoming a second-rate power if automatic budget cuts go into effect, plunging the U.S. armed forces into the most significant readiness crisis they've faced in more than a decade, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday.


Residential fire claims life of elderly Starkville woman

A residential fire in Starkville Thursday left one person dead and sent another to the hospital. Starkville Fire Department Chief Rodger Mann said if it were not for the quick response of SFD firefighters, two lives could have easily been lost.



Mountain manhunt for ex-cop accused of killing three

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

A fired police officer who threatened to bring "warfare" to the Los Angeles Police Department went on a shooting rampage that left a policeman and two others dead and set off an extraordinary manhunt that had three states and Mexico on alert for much of Thursday.



Miss. mulls private collectors for child support

Posted 2/7/2013 in State

The Mississippi Department of Human Services could hire private companies to handle child support collections under a bill that passed the state Senate on Wednesday.



House bill would move Revenue Dept. to Clinton

Posted 2/7/2013 in State

House members want to move the Department of Revenue to a new home in Speaker Philip Gunn's district.



Building permits 2-7-13

Posted 2/7/2013 in Business


Boy Scouts delay decision on policy excluding gays

Posted 2/7/2013 in National

Caught in an ideological crossfire, the Boy Scouts of America is putting off until May a decision on whether to ease its policy of excluding gays. Whatever the organization eventually does, it's likely to anger major constituencies and worsen schisms within Scouting.

Bigelow picked for Main Street post

Posted 2/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Main Street Columbus has a familiar face as its new director. Barbara Bigelow, who already serves on the organization's board of directors, will begin her new duties as director on Feb. 25. Announced via press release Wednesday afternoon, the decision comes less than a week after former director Nickie Nicholson was fired.


Six arrested on meth charges, second bust in two days

Posted 2/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Wednesday afternoon traffic stop resulted in the arrest of nine people, six on methamphetamine charges. Agents with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Unit pulled over a vehicle driven by Stephen Knight in front of Country Mart on Hwy. 82 in New Hope. A search of the vehicle produced a quarter-ounce of crystal meth and various drug paraphernalia.


County investment options bill dies

Posted 2/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A bill that would have allowed county board of supervisors to invest excess funds in delinquent county tax sales has died in committee. House Bill 439 was written by Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, on behalf of District 1 Supervisor and board president Harry Sanders, who has been a advocate for more flexibility in investing the county's revenue from the sale of the county hospital.

Goodbye Saturday mail? Postal Service plans cuts

Posted 2/7/2013 in National

Saturday mail may soon go the way of the Pony Express and penny postcards. The Postal Service said Wednesday that it plans to cut back to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages to stem its financial losses in a world radically re-ordered by the Internet.


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.



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