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Illegal immigration drops after decade-long rise

Posted 12/6/2012 in National

New census data released Thursday affirm a clear and sustained drop in illegal immigration, ending more than a decade of increases.



Expert panel: NASA seems adrift in space, needs new goal

Posted 12/6/2012 in National

NASA, the agency that epitomized the "Right Stuff," seems lost in space and doesn't have a clear sense of where it is going, an independent panel of science and engineering experts said in a stinging report Wednesday.



Marriages and divorces 12-6-12

Posted 12/6/2012 in Business



Building permits 12-6-12

Posted 12/6/2012 in Business



Home brewing law next challenge in beer regulation

Posted 12/6/2012 in State

Buoyed by recent success in changing Mississippi's beer and brewing regulations, the craft beer lobby was set to push next year to change laws to allow the sale of "growlers," large containers of fresh draft beer to go.


The 'royal molecatcher' outlives Versailles king

Posted 12/6/2012 in National

The king is dead, but the molecatcher lives on.

Homeless man charged in subway rider's death

Posted 12/6/2012 in National

As New York City straphangers pondered what they would do in a similar nightmare situation, authorities charged a homeless man in the death of a Queens resident pushed in front of an oncoming subway train and killed as onlookers watched.


Guatemalan police arrest software guru McAfee

Posted 12/6/2012 in National

Software company founder John McAfee was arrested by Guatemalan police for entering the country illegally, ending his bizarre weekslong journey as a blogging fugitive claiming to be persecuted by authorities in Belize.


Two arrested for drugs in Columbus

Posted 12/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was arrested Monday night and charged with possession of marijuana more than an ounce with intent to distribute.

Columbus council pursues loan for projects

Posted 12/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council voted to accept bids on a loan for some equipment and a drainage project during Tuesday's regular meeting. The city is looking to borrow up to $1.2 million to be paid back over a five-year period.


Caledonia delays decision on water line repair

Posted 12/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A water leak on Stanley Road in Caledonia may have been fortuitous, albeit costly. While searching for the source of the leak, Caledonia water superintendent Benny Coleman stumbled upon something that isn't a problem now but could become one, he told the board of aldermen Tuesday night.



Fiscal cliff offers hint at more defense cuts

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama hints at billions of dollars in military cuts on top of the nearly $500 billion that the White House and Congress backed last year, and even the fiercest defense hawks acknowledge that the Pentagon faces another financial hit.



Nativity scene Jesus returned, replacement swiped

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

A baby Jesus figure taken from a Pennsylvania church's Nativity scene last year was found cradled in the arms of a nearby statue, just hours before the replacement statue was swiped.



Aldermen spar over plans for downtown roundabout

Posted 12/5/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The tone of Tuesday's Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting was set early after discussion of a proposed roundabout by First Baptist Church was removed from the agenda.



SSD approves transfer for Trainer's children

Posted 12/5/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville School District Board of Directors approved one transfer request and denied another Tuesday.


Miss. student challenges suspension over rap song

Posted 12/5/2012 in State

A Mississippi school district contends it was justified to suspend a student for recording a rap song that educators believed would disrupt classes and was a threat to teachers.


One more guilty of hate crime in Miss. rundown case

Posted 12/5/2012 in State

A fourth man pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges Tuesday in the death of a black man who was run over by a pickup truck in Mississippi, and another man admitted he was part of a group of young whites involved in racially motivated attacks against African-Americans.



Adams Co. approves contract at KiOR site

Posted 12/5/2012 in State

Adams County supervisors have approved a $522,673 to relocate a sewer line on the former Belwood County Club property, the future site of KiOR's Natchez alternative fuel production facility. The Natchez Democrat reports that the contract went to T.L. Wallace Construction.


Fast-growing fish may never make it to the plate

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

Salmon that's been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal could soon show up on your dinner plate. That is, if the company that makes the fish can stay afloat.


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