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County switches to self-funded insurance plan

Posted 12/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County employees will save on medical insurance costs after supervisors opted to transition from a fully-insured to a self-insured system.

Former Miss. Gov. Bill Allain dies at 85

Posted 12/3/2013 in State

Former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain, a Democrat who appointed significant numbers of women and minorities to government jobs and strengthened the executive branch by removing legislators from state boards, died Monday. He was 85.

Still time for holiday donations

Posted 12/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Columbus residents that are in the spirit of giving this holiday season, there are still several opportunities to donate to those in need.

EMCC Golden Triangle expansion to begin in early 2014

Posted 12/3/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

East Mississippi Community College will break ground on a new student union at its Mayhew campus early next year, President Rick Young told Oktibbeha County supervisors Monday, after the school successfully lobbied area counties for financial pledges this summer.


Obama tries to move past health care website woes

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

Seeking to move past its website woes, the Obama administration is launching a two-pronged health care strategy this month aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come January while also trying to refocus the public's attention on broader benefits of the sweeping law.



Fast-food strikes aim at 100 U.S. cities

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

Fast-food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job on Thursday, organizers say, which would mark the largest effort yet in a push for higher pay.


Arrest report: 12-3-13

Posted 12/3/2013 in Area


Miss. judge refuses to grant gay couple's divorce

Posted 12/3/2013 in State

A Mississippi judge on Monday refused to grant a divorce to a lesbian couple who got married in California, saying the marriage wasn't recognized under state law, according to the woman who filed and her lawyer.



Arraignment set in Mississippi ricin letters case

Posted 12/3/2013 in State

A man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday on a new charge.


Jesse Owens' Olympic medal up for auction

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

mid the jerseys and baseball bats held in a secure room at SCP Auctions, there's a piece of sports memorabilia that speaks to much more than athletic prowess: an Olympic medal won by track star Jesse Owens at the 1936 Games in Berlin.

Hospital worker gets 39 years in hepatitis case

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

A traveling medical technician who stole painkillers and infected dozens of patients in multiple states with hepatitis C through tainted syringes was sentenced Monday to 39 years in prison.


Double vision: Fertility doctors aim to lower rate of twin births

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

In the five years since the "Octomom" case, big multiple births have gone way down but the twin rate has barely budged. Now fertility experts are pushing a new goal: One.



Troopers work 167 collisions over holiday, 2 fatal

Posted 12/3/2013 in State

The Mississippi Highway Patrol worked two fatal accidents over the Thanksgiving holidays and investigated a total of 167 collisions that injured 36 people.



Snowden resigns as Starkville's community developer

Posted 12/2/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Community Developer William Snowden tendered his resignation this morning, becoming the fourth significant departure from the city since the current board of aldermen took over in July. City officials confirmed the resignation shortly before a Community Development Department staff meeting.


Wassail Fest is Friday

Posted 12/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Wassail, a cider made of juices and spices, has been served for centuries. Robin Hood, it is said, enjoyed the occasional swallow. Friday, downtown Columbus merchants will try their hands at preparing their version of the ancient beverage during the 10th annual Wassail Fest.

Criminal justice task force to meet

Posted 12/2/2013 in State

A criminal justice task force meets Wednesday to finalize its report on proposals to overhaul the state's corrections system and cut ballooning costs.

Starkville kicks off Christmas parade season

Posted 12/2/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Christmas parade season kicks off tonight in Starkville where the theme will be "Christmas in Who-ville." The parade begins at 6 p.m. and starts at the intersection of Lampkin and Russell streets. Approximately 70 parade entries will travel north on Montgomery Street before taking a left onto Main Street.

Government: on the mend

Posted 12/2/2013 in National

Computer crashes should be giving way to insurance coverage -- if the government's diagnosis of its health care website is correct.


Online petition: Stop Jackson bloodless bullfight

Posted 12/2/2013 in State

The man behind two new events celebrating Jackson's Hispanic population has brought controversy with the third. An online petition to cancel the Mississippi Bullfighting Exhibition scheduled Dec. 7 at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center had nearly 7,900 signatures by midday Saturday.


'A Christmas Story' at 30: Now part of the family

Posted 12/2/2013 in National

Even after three decades, the triple-dog dare doesn't get old. The film "A Christmas Story" opened 30 years ago to mixed reviews but has shown its staying power as a holiday family favorite.


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