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Columbus annexation taken under advisement

Posted 9/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Attorneys needed one day and two witnesses to make the case for annexing 3.5 miles of territory into the city of Columbus. There is no timetable on when Lowndes County Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns will make a ruling, but the city rested its case Monday after several hours of testimony.

Election set to fill Brown's vacated seat

Posted 9/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A special election will be held Nov. 4 to fill the Mississippi Senate seat left vacant when Terry Brown died this month.

 

Oktibbeha supes approve cost of living adjustment

Posted 9/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

While their city counterparts are struggling to find money for pay raises and bailout struggling departments, Oktibbeha County supervisors approved an across-the-board, 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for its employees Monday without increasing the county's operational tax levy.

 

Starkville aldermen preparing $60K Parks bailout

Posted 9/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen are expected to approve a $60,000 loan to Starkville Parks Commission today so the group, which ran out of money for September's payroll and public retirement payments, can get above water before the end of the fiscal year.

 

Madison man linked to Starkville drug sales

Posted 9/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Authorities in Madison County say a 19-year-old man has been arrested for suspicion of selling the drug LSD at Mississippi State University.

 

Miss America: More to worry about than red cup

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

The new Miss America says there are more important things for people to worry about than her little red cup.

 

Winston coroner puts burglars in bull's-eye

Posted 9/16/2014 in State

Winston County Coroner Scott Gregory said he wasn't trying to drum up business with a Facebook post Saturday, but he's fed up with a rash of burglaries around Louisville.

 

 

5 more districts join school funding lawsuit

Posted 9/16/2014 in State

Five more Mississippi school districts are joining a lawsuit against the state over shortfalls in education funding.

 

 

Ex-teacher indicted in Gulfport molestation case

Posted 9/16/2014 in State

A former south Mississippi teacher has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with the alleged molestation of students over a period of four decades.

 

 

Man gets 20 years for gun battle at school

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

A man who was persuaded by a bookkeeper to surrender during a 2013 gun battle with police at a school near Atlanta pleaded guilty to multiple charges Tuesday and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

 

Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.

Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

A federal judge ruled Monday that a Florida woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.

 

Questions over abortion coverage in health law

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010.

 

 

3,000 U.S. military members to fight Ebola

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

 

Gazans rush to enjoy life after ruinous war

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

After a ruinous war, Gaza is rushing back to a veneer of normalcy at astonishing speed. Street cafes and beaches are packed with people until late at night. Families crowd the few public parks. Wedding halls are booked solid.

 

GM expert: 19 deaths eligible for compensation

Posted 9/16/2014 in Business

The death toll tied to faulty ignition switches in General Motors small cars has risen to 19, according to a compensation expert hired by the company.

 

 

Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells.

 

 

Officials: U.S. would retaliate against Assad

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.

 

 

Police: Protocol followed in detention of actress

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

Police said Monday they followed proper protocol when they demanded identification from an actress and her boyfriend while investigating a 911 call alleging lewd conduct in a parked car.

 

 

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