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Business owners have personal role in deterring embezzlement

Posted 1/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Do desperate times call for desperate measures? At least one area accountant suggests there may be a link between tough economic conditions and a recent rash of embezzlement cases in the Golden Triangle.

Races shaping up in Columbus municipal elections

Posted 1/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Election season is in full swing in Columbus as incumbents and challengers began qualifying Wednesday for this year's municipal elections.

One arrested in New Year's shooting

Posted 1/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been arrested and charged in connection with an early morning shooting on New Year's Day that injured three people with gunshot wounds.

Poll: Obesity's a crisis but we want our junk food

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

We know obesity is a health crisis, or every new year wouldn't start with resolutions to eat better and get off the couch. But don't try taking away our junk food. Americans blame too much screen time and cheap fast food for fueling the nation's fat epidemic, a poll finds, but they're split on how much the government should do to help.


Starkville man arrested in shooting

A suspect has been arrested and charged in the Dec. 28 shooting that sent one Oktibbeha County man to the hospital with a gunshot wound.



Grant helps restore funding for sanitation dept.

When the Starkville Board of Aldermen approved the 2013 fiscal budget in September, some cuts were made in sanitation and environmental services. Now, thanks to a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Emma Gandy. director of the city's department of sanitation and environmental services, will get a little relief from those cutbacks over the next two years.



Rare Stephen King book for auction in Maine

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

A signed copy of a rare Stephen King book is up for auction at a Maine bookstore, with proceeds going to a nearby homeless shelter's emergency home heating fund.



Blues Marathon expected to draw 3,000

Posted 1/4/2013 in State

Runners from 47 states and 10 countries will take to the streets of Jackson to compete in the sixth annual Mississippi Blues Marathon.



Find this dog: Become a character in a Lehane novel

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

There's a new mystery on Dennis Lehane's mind, but the story isn't something the best-selling author can control from behind a keyboard. The plot kicked off Christmas Eve, when the crime novelist's rescue beagle Tessa escaped from his yard after an outdoor gate latch didn't lock all the way.



Miss. health insurance exchange proposal in limbo

Posted 1/4/2013 in State

Mississippi's proposed health insurance exchange is in limbo because of a dispute between the governor and the insurance commissioner.



Miss. lawmakers face April deadline for budget

Posted 1/4/2013 in State

Mississippi budget writers have released their initial proposals for fiscal 2014 but are months away from deciding exactly how much the state will spend on education, health care and other services.



Indian court to rule on generic drug industry

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

From Africa's crowded AIDS clinics to the malarial jungles of Southeast Asia, the lives of millions of ill people in the developing world are hanging in the balance ahead of a legal ruling that will determine whether India's drug companies can continue to provide cheap versions of many life-saving medicines.



New tax law packed with breaks for businesses

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

Tucked into the "fiscal cliff" tax package approved by Congress are billions of dollars in tax breaks that should make the new year a lot happier for businesses of many stripes, including film producers, race track owners and the makers of electric motorcycles.


Martian rock from Sahara desert unlike others

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

Scientists are abuzz about a coal-colored rock from Mars that landed in the Sahara desert: A yearlong analysis revealed it's quite different from other Martian meteorites.


Hormel buys Skippy peanut butter brand

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

Hormel Foods apparently has a hankering for a peanut butter and bacon sandwich.



Steady US hiring expected in December despite cliff

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

U.S. employers likely kept hiring last month at a modest but steady pace, despite tense negotiations that pushed the economy to the brink of the fiscal cliff.



New York county clerk refuses to give gun owner database to newspaper

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

A county clerk justified his refusal to release data on handgun permit owners to a New York newspaper by envisioning a stalker using Google Earth to peer at his victim's Christmas tree.


Kaye, noted architect/preservationist, dead at 72

Posted 1/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sam Kaye, noted as one of the state's leading historic preservationists, died Tuesday, leaving a legacy that his friends and colleagues say will endure the test of time.

Higgins: Silicor project off the table

Posted 1/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than two years of wheeling and dealing, an economic development deal once known as "Project Apollo" came to a whimpering halt Monday, bringing the promise of 971 new jobs to the area down with it. But officials connected to the project say it started to burn out almost from the start.


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