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Historic smoking report marks 50th anniversary

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

Fifty years ago, ashtrays seemed to be on every table and desk. Athletes and even Fred Flintstone endorsed cigarettes in TV commercials. Smoke hung in the air in restaurants, offices and airplane cabins. More than 42 percent of U.S. adults smoked, and there was a good chance your doctor was among them.

 

Spy court: NSA to keep collecting phone records

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

A secretive U.S. spy court has ruled again that the National Security Agency can keep collecting every American's telephone records every day, in the midst of dueling decisions in two other federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional.

 

 

Government might deregulate engineered corn, soybean seeds

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

The federal government on Friday proposed eliminating restrictions on the use of corn and soybean seeds that are genetically engineered to resist a common weed killer, a move welcomed by many farmers but feared by scientists and environmentalists who worry it could invite growers to use more chemicals.

 

Legislators face myriad challenges in '14 session

Posted 1/3/2014 in State

Representatives and senators in the Golden Triangle will meet with their colleagues in Jackson Tuesday for the 2014 regular legislative session to address budgetary, education and public safety challenges among others over the next three months.

 

Columbus teen injured in New Year's shooting

Posted 1/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A New Year's Day shooting left a Columbus teenager injured and police searching for the suspects.

 

Lowndes school board pushes bill to change superintendent selection process

Posted 1/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School board passed a resolution on Dec. 26 asking state legislators to consider making the state's school superintendents an appointed positions.

 

Troy football player found dead on highway

Posted 1/3/2014 in State

Troy football player Jadarius Garner was found dead on a Mississippi highway Thursday morning, and the state highway patrol is investigating the cause of his death.

 

Gerald Berry, a Starkville cult figure, has died

Gerald Berry came to Starkville in the mid-1960s to study anthropology and became a legend. Depending on who you ask he also became a "landmark," "master conversationalist," "superb teacher," "expert photographer" and "barfly."

County volunteers respond to 2 trailer fires

Two trailer fires within the first 26 hours of 2014 sent volunteer firefighters scrambling across the eastern portion of Oktibehha County on Wednesday and Thursday.

 

Contrast for parties in 2016 presidential race

Posted 1/3/2014 in National

For Democrats and Republicans, the early stages of the 2016 presidential contest are worlds apart.

 

 

Lawmaker to file online voter registration bill

Posted 1/3/2014 in State

State Sen. David Blount, a Democrat from Jackson, is drawing up a bill for the 2014 Legislature to allow online voter registration. The Legislature convenes at noon Tuesday.

 

 

Mississippi flag causes flap in S. California

Posted 1/3/2014 in State

Some Southern California attorneys want the Mississippi state flag, the last in the nation to include a Confederate symbol, removed from a display at Santa Ana's civic center.

 

 

13-year-old Amory student's drug-testing lawsuit settled

Posted 1/3/2014 in Area

The Amory school system and parents of a 13-year-old have settled a lawsuit over a student drug testing.

 

 

2 newspapers call for clemency for NSA leaker Edward Snowden

Posted 1/3/2014 in National

The New York Times and Guardian newspapers have called for clemency for Edward Snowden, saying that the espionage worker-turned-privacy advocate should be praised rather than punished for his disclosures.

 

 

Poll: Americans have little faith in government

Posted 1/3/2014 in National

Americans enter 2014 with a profoundly negative view of their government, expressing little hope that elected officials can or will solve the nation's biggest problems, a new poll finds.

 

Marines delay female fitness plan after half fail

Posted 1/3/2014 in National

More than half of female Marines in boot camp can't do three pullups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to integrate women into combat jobs.

 

Kerry: Mideast peace still possible

Posted 1/3/2014 in National

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted his Palestinian partner in peace-making efforts on Thursday, accusing him of embracing terrorists "as heroes," harsh words that clouded the start of Secretary of State John Kerry's tenth trip to the region to negotiate a peace deal he claims is "not mission impossible."

 

 

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