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Obama warns GOP he plans to use veto pen in 2015

Posted 12/30/2014 in National

Bracing to do business with a Congress run solely by Republicans, President Barack Obama is serving notice he has no qualms about vetoing legislation he dislikes.


2 men open fire on Los Angeles police patrol car; no injuries

Posted 12/30/2014 in National

Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured.


Ferry passengers recount chaos: 'Jungle law prevailed'

Posted 12/30/2014 in National

There were no fire alarms at first, no knocks on the door from the crew, just thick, acrid smoke filling cabins and waking passengers on the overnight ferry from Greece to Italy.


Bodies found in Indonesian waters where plane disappeared

Posted 12/30/2014 in National

Bloated bodies and debris seen floating in Indonesian waters today painfully ended the mystery of AirAsia Flight 8501.


Key decisions on drones likely from Congress

Posted 12/30/2014 in National

The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies.



Cities model New Year's events after Times Square

Posted 12/30/2014 in National

Televised images of New York City's glittery ball drop have become inextricably linked with New Year's Eve.


Farmers brace for labor shortage under new policy

Posted 12/30/2014 in National

Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.


N.Y. Police boss: Less rhetoric, more dialogue needed

Posted 12/30/2014 in National

A day after the funeral of one of two police officers gunned down in their patrol car, the city's police commissioner called Sunday for a "lot less rhetoric and a lot more dialogue" to defuse the tension between police officers and the population they protect.



2014: Industry news abounds in Lowndes Co.

Posted 12/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Unlike many years, there were no big press conferences announcing the arrival of a major project in 2014. But the year in Golden Triangle industry was not without surprises.


Columbus to host Christmas tree bonfire next week

Posted 12/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first of what Columbus mayor Robert Smith hopes will be an annual event will be held Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. when the city hosts a Christmas Tree Bonfire.

Orange Bowl impact huge for Bulldogs

Posted 12/30/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

South Beach is a sea of maroon, and it's only going to get worse.


Road to Yokohama to open in January

Posted 12/30/2014 in Area

A four-mile stretch of road that provides access to the new Yokohama Tire plant in West Point is nearing completion.


Man charged with agg assault, attempted arson

Posted 12/30/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville man has been charged with aggravated assault and attempted arson.

Longtime Golden Triangle basketball coach dies at 55

Posted 12/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Longtime girls' basketball coach Stan Hughey, who spent 20 years as coach at Oak Hill Academy, has died.


OCSD preparing $13.2M-maximum bond ahead of July's consolidation

Posted 12/29/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County School District has filed its intent to issue up to $13.2 million in bonds to help facilitate construction of new buildings needed for the consolidated school district's partnership with Mississippi State University.



2014: Lowndes Co., Columbus elected officials had a busy 12 months

Posted 12/29/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The year in local government and community affairs was dominated by policy changes, a major bond issue for street improvements, annexation and a pair of projects that neared completion by year's end.



County investments materialize in 2014 as Oktibbeha readies for industrial park

Posted 12/29/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County's improving economy can be informally measured by a number of new buildings reaching to the sky and workers turning dirt at bustling projects, but the sale of bonds for the area's best bet for significant economic development -- a new industrial park -- won't occur until next year. Here's a look at five of Oktibbeha County's biggest economic development stories from 2014:


Return season just as busy, more relaxed than before Christmas

Posted 12/29/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Of all the famous holiday trends and traditions, the lines for returns the day after Christmas may be among the least nostalgic.


Questions linger on aluminum plant project

Posted 12/29/2014 in State

The strange recruitment of a potential $1.2 billion aluminum mill rolls on.



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