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Report: High school dropouts cost economy billions

Posted 2/26/2013 in National

High school dropouts are costing some $1.8 billion in lost tax revenue every year, education advocates said in a report released Monday.



Report: High school dropouts cost economy billions

Posted 2/26/2013 in National

High school dropouts are costing some $1.8 billion in lost tax revenue every year, education advocates said in a report released Monday. If states were to increase their graduation rates, state and federal lawmakers could be plugging their budgets with workers' taxes instead of furloughing teachers, closing drivers-license offices and cutting unemployment benefits.


C. Everett Koop, former surgeon general, dies

Posted 2/26/2013 in National

Dr. C. Everett Koop has long been regarded as the nation's doctor-- even though it has been nearly a quarter-century since he was surgeon general.


House approves $6.9M factory and farm tax break

Posted 2/26/2013 in State

Factory operators, farmers and fishermen could stop paying sales taxes on electricity and fuel, under a state House proposal.


Sotomayor criticizes prosecutor for racial remark

Posted 2/26/2013 in National

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday publicly criticized a federal prosecutor for what she called "a racially charged remark" during a drug trial.


Panel questions value of calcium, vitamin D pills

Posted 2/26/2013 in National

Popping calcium and vitamin D pills in hopes of strong bones? Healthy older women shouldn't bother with relatively low-dose dietary supplements, say new recommendations from a government advisory group.


Monday profile: Huggins thrives in new role

Posted 2/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There's a new sheriff in town. Figuratively speaking, that is. Mary Huggins is the new full-time sheriff's deputy at the Lowndes County Courthouse and her no-nonsense attitude lets people know she means business.

Girl Scouts out in force for cookie sales

Posted 2/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sunday's blue skies and warm temperatures inspired many to spend the day outdoors, including local Girl Scouts, who were out in full force to kick off the first weekend of the 2013 cookie sale season.

Byrd, Gavin focus on business in Ward 6 election showdown

Posted 2/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Incumbent Bill Gavin and challenger Whirllie Byrd will mean business when they face off in the upcoming Columbus municipal election primary.


Budget cuts will hit state on several fronts

Posted 2/25/2013 in State

The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March-September.



Primaries should decide board of aldermen races

Posted 2/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If no other candidates qualify for Starkville's municipal elections, the full makeup of the incoming board of aldermen would be decided by the city's May 7 primary. The deadline for candidate qualification is 5 p.m. March 8.



AP Analysis: Bryan effective in Democratic minority

Posted 2/25/2013 in State

There's no such title as minority leader in the Mississippi Senate. "We're too disorganized," jokes Sen. Hob Bryan.



Six will bid for Gibbs' state senate seat

Posted 2/25/2013 in Area

The special election to fill the 36th House seat vacated by the death of David Gibbs, D-West Point, is less than a month away. Tuesday, March 12 was the date set by Gov. Phil Bryant for the special election.



Freedom Trail marker to be unveiled

Posted 2/25/2013 in National

The Mississippi Freedom Trail will unveil Monday a marker commemorating the "Black Power" speech by Civil Rights activist Stokely Carmichael.



Most Miss higher ed has graduation rates below 50%

Posted 2/25/2013 in State

At most Mississippi colleges and universities, fewer than half the first-time students graduate within six years.


Listen up ladies! Uncle Sam might want you too

Posted 2/25/2013 in National

Tennnnnn-hut, ladies! The next time Uncle Sam comes calling, he's probably going to want you, too. The Obama administration's recent decision to lift the ban on women in combat has opened the door for a change in the law that currently compels only men between age 18 and 25 to register for a military draft, according to legal experts and military historians.

Minimum wage: Call for an increase to $9 per hour has both supporters and opponents

Posted 2/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's a busy day at Watkins Washette on Highway 45. Almost every washer is whirring and the warmth from the dryers lends a welcome, almost homey atmosphere to the crowded laundromat.

CMSD board reviews finances, accounting procedures in workshop

Posted 2/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is changing the way it tracks travel expenses, board members learned Saturday during a two-hour budget workshop at Brandon Central Services.

Support grows for state tourism board

Posted 2/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A pair of bills moving through the state's legislature could mean big things for the state's tourism industry. House Bill 935 and Senate Bill 2565 have passed through the respective chambers unanimously and a general tourism bill shouldn't be far behind.


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