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Bacon shortage 'baloney,' but prices to rise

Posted 10/1/2012 in National

Bacon lovers can relax. They'll find all they want on supermarket shelves in the coming months, though their pocketbooks may take a hit.



Obama, Romney hunker down for debate prep

Posted 10/1/2012 in National

Nearing their first face-off, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are hunkering down for intense preparations ahead of Wednesday's presidential debate, where the GOP nominee hopes to change the trajectory of the White House race.



Analysis: Coffee, tea and punditry from Barbour

Posted 10/1/2012 in State

In some scenarios, Haley Barbour would've been traveling the United States these days as the Republican nominee for president.



Council considers recycling contract

Posted 10/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will begin looking at its contract with Mississippi Industrial Waste Disposal Tuesday night. The contract expires in November. The waste company is a subsidiary of Waste Pro.



Arrest report 10-1-12

Posted 10/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Legion of Honor and a life well-lived: France's highest honor wasn't Thompson's greatest achievement

Posted 9/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Joseph Thompson never understood why his family and friends believed he was so special, so worthy of such an honor. The way he saw it, all he did during World War II was avoid getting shot.


Health care providers encourage use of flu shots

Posted 9/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Data shows that only one in three Mississippians get flu shots each year, a ratio area health care professionals and daycare providers hope to improve upon.



Governor approves takeover of Oktibbeha schools

Posted 9/29/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's official: The Oktibbeha County School District has been placed under conservatorship, joining eight other school districts in the state now controlled by the Mississippi Department of Education.



Mississippi State, Starkville share transit grant

Posted 9/29/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

On Tuesday morning, Mississippi State University will announce details of $2 million-plus federal grant that will help connect the university campus and the city of Starkville.



Supes amend in-lieu agreements for two companies

Posted 9/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Friday voted to amend the KiOR in-lieu agreement to include two additional properties on its campus. New Jersey-based Matheson TRIGAS and Air Products and Chemicals of Allentown, Pa., are the latest companies to receive a tax deduction of 66 percent of their investment.


Columbus schools craft vision statements

Posted 9/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District continued crafting its vision plan Saturday during the second of three strategic planning sessions.


Wicker will be keynote speaker at Oktibbeha GOP event

Posted 9/29/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Some of Mississippi's most prominent Republican political figures will join the Oktibbeha County Republican Party on Oct. 8 for the group's annual Patriots Dinner.



Obama blocks Chinese purchase of U.S. wind farms

Posted 9/29/2012 in National

Citing national security risks, President Barack Obama on Friday blocked a Chinese company from owning four wind farm projects in northern Oregon near a Navy base where the U.S. military flies unmanned drones and electronic-warfare planes on training missions.



Officials explain Libya attack intelligence

Posted 9/29/2012 in National

U.S. intelligence officials sought to explain Friday why the Obama administration's understanding of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is "evolving."



Another big Supreme Court term kicks off Monday

Posted 9/29/2012 in National

When last we saw the chief justice of the United States on the bench, John Roberts was joining with the Supreme Court's liberals in an unlikely lineup that upheld President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.


No sign of remains in new Mich. search for Hoffa

Posted 9/29/2012 in National

Jimmy Hoffa is presumed dead, cocooned in mystery and innuendo and missing for the past 37 years. Patricia Szpunar just hopes that if the former Teamsters boss' remains do turn up, they're not in her backyard.

Burnt money, campus ban: Tidbits on Colo. shooter

Posted 9/29/2012 in National

The suspect in the Aurora movie shooting case mailed "burnt currency," along with a notebook, to his psychiatrist before the attack. He threatened a professor and was banned from a university campus before withdrawing from its neuroscience graduate program. His defense team has added a psychiatrist.


Iranian news picks up Onion article as fact

Posted 9/29/2012 in National

A joke by the satirical newspaper The Onion appears to have gotten lost in translation. An Iranian news agency picked up -- as fact -- a story from the paper about a supposed survey showing an overwhelming majority of rural white Americans would rather vote for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than President Barack Obama.



Postal Service to default on second $5B

Posted 9/28/2012 in National

The U.S. Postal Service, on the brink of default on a second multibillion-dollar payment it can't afford to pay, is sounding a new cautionary note that having squeezed out all the cost savings within its power, the mail agency's viability now lies almost entirely with Congress.



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