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Budget cuts, government shutdown; Americans yawn

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

President Barack Obama is pulling out all the stops to warn just what could happen if automatic budget cuts kick in. Americans are reacting with a collective yawn.



Local officials fear trickle down effect from sequestration

Posted 2/28/2013 in Area

Local officials are taking a wait-and-see approach on the looming sequestration, with $85 billion in automatic budget cuts slated to begin tomorrow barring an 11th hour compromise between Republicans and Democrats.


Clarksdale stunned by slaying of mayoral candidate

Posted 2/28/2013 in State

Whatever his prospects for winning the coming mayoral election in his hometown of Clarksdale, Miss., Marco McMillian was considered by many to be a man on the rise. So word spread fast when his SUV was involved in a wreck this week, and he was nowhere to be found.

Higgins: Tax legislation could help area development

Posted 2/28/2013 in Area

With a possible $50 million worth of tax cuts on the line, LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins is hoping some of those proposed cuts will positively affect the Golden Triangle. The Mississippi House has passed multiple bills with millions of dollars worth of tax cuts. Those bills are now being presented to the Senate, with some speculation the cuts won't make it off the Senate floor.

Talks continue over Columbus bus service

Posted 2/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although there has been little public discussion on the matter over the past couple of months, negotiations to allow a private bus company to operate in Columbus are still being discussed, city attorney Jeff Turnage said.

Officials: Proposed Starkville-MSU transit system will benefit residents

Posted 2/28/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A proposed public transportation system linking the entire community is on track and should help lower traffic congestion, aid economic development efforts and strengthen the bond between Starkville and Mississippi State University, city and university officials said Wednesday.


No ruckus about Medicare cuts in sequester

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

Hospitals, doctors and other Medicare providers are on the hook for a 2 percent cut under looming government spending reductions. But they're not raising a ruckus. Why?



Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf to be buried at West Point

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the no-nonsense Desert Storm commander famously nicknamed "Stormin' Norman," will be buried at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.



Van Cliburn, pianist and Cold War hero, dies at 78

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

For a time in Cold War America, Van Cliburn had all the trappings of a rock star: sold-out concerts, adoring, out-of-control fans and a name recognized worldwide. He even got a ticker-tape parade in New York City.


Tweets, pics give real-time peek into North Korea

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

"Hello world from comms center in (hash)Pyongyang." That Twitter missive, sent Monday from Koryolink's main service center in downtown Pyongyang using my iPhone, marked a milestone for North Korea: It was believed to be the first tweet sent from a cellphone using the country's new 3G mobile data service.


Lawmakers, vet groups panning Pentagon's new medal

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

The military's new medal for cyber warriors should get a demotion, according to veterans groups and lawmakers who say it shouldn't outrank such revered honors as the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.



Father of Newtown victim: Ban assault weapons

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

After weeks of arguing constitutional fine points and citing rival statistics, senators wrangling over gun control saw and heard the anguish of a bereft father.


Lions, bears removed from gangster's property

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

A man known as Nutzu the Pawnbroker has been indicted for leading a fearsome criminal gang, but the public seems to be more interested in his pets: four lions and two bears.

Public defender accused of double-dipping

Posted 2/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman said she will file a complaint with the Mississippi Bar Association after she paid thousands of dollars to her son's court-appointed attorney.


Child care groups rally for state preschool plan

Posted 2/27/2013 in State

A group of preschool operators is adding to the push for state funding to educate 4-year-olds.


Bernsen replacement to be named Tuesday

Posted 2/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will announce its new Chief Financial Officer during its regular Feb. 5 meeting after completing a final round of interviews Tuesday.

Miss. House OKs list of tax breaks for businesses

Posted 2/27/2013 in State

The Mississippi House has approved tens of millions of dollars' worth of tax breaks for businesses, but it's unclear if the proposals will survive the Senate.


Pope recalls 'joy' of papacy, and difficulties

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday from a massive crowd at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of difficulty when "it seemed like the Lord was sleeping."


Billionaire plans for Titanic II

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

What could possibly go wrong? An Australian billionaire is getting ready to build a new version of the Titanic that could set sail in late 2016.


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