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Angel Tree program begins today

Posted 11/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the Christmas season approaches, children anxiously write their lists to Santa, begging for the top toy of the season.

 

 

Rodent problem? How about 180 million rats?

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

The unique bird and reptile species that make the Galapagos Islands a treasure for scientists and tourists must be preserved, Ecuadorean authorities say -- and that means the rats must die, hundreds of millions of them.

 

Wiseman says city won't fight ethics ruling

Posted 11/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman said the city will not challenge a preliminary report by the Mississippi Ethics Commission that says the city violated three sections of the state Open Meetings Act.

 

State finds homestead exemption mistakes

Posted 11/16/2012 in State

The Mississippi Department of Revenue has found mistakes in 36,000 homestead exemption filings.

 

 

BP agrees to pay $4.5B; 3 employees charged

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

A day of reckoning arrived for BP on Thursday as the oil giant agreed to plead guilty to a raft of criminal charges and pay a record $4.5 billion in a settlement with the government over the deadly 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Three BP employees were also charged, two of them with manslaughter.

 

 

DeLaughter no longer on supervised release

Posted 11/16/2012 in State

Bobby DeLaughter, a former circuit judge caught up in Mississippi's judicial bribery scandal, is no longer on post-prison supervised release.

 

 

$100-a-year fee approved at Ole Miss, MSU

Posted 11/16/2012 in State

The state College Board has approved a request from Mississippi's two largest universities to impose a $50-a-semester fee on their students.

 

4 dead, 17 hurt when train hits Texas vets parade

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

A freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans on Thursday, killing four people and injuring 17 others as the float tried to get through a West Texas railroad crossing on its way to an honorary banquet, authorities said.

 

Diabetes rates rocket in Oklahoma, South

Posted 11/16/2012 in State

The nation's diabetes problem is getting worse, and the biggest jump over 15 years was in Oklahoma, according to a new federal report issued Thursday.

 

 

Petraeus treks to Capitol for Benghazi questioning

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

David Petraeus, in his first congressional testimony since resigning as CIA director over an extramarital affair, began fielding questions Friday from lawmakers about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

 

 

Israel and Hamas battle on social media as well

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

The hostilities between Israel and Hamas have found a new battleground: social media. The Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas militants have exchanged fiery tweets throughout the fighting in a separate war to influence public opinion.

 

States reveal their choices on Obama's health law

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

After two years of political battles and a Supreme Court case, many if not most states are expected to tell the federal government Friday if they're willing carry out a key part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

 

Power outage time after Sandy not extraordinary

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

As the number of nights without power stretched on for thousands left in the dark after Superstorm Sandy, patience understandably turned to anger and outrage.

 

 

Obama presses GOP on taxing rich to avert 'cliff'

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

President Barack Obama challenged congressional Republicans Wednesday to let taxes rise on the wealthiest Americans on both economic and political grounds, noting he campaigned successfully for re-election on the point and contending it would instantly ease the threat of the "fiscal cliff" plunging the nation back into recession.

 

Abandoned boy meets Texas fireman who saved him

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

When fourth-grader Koregan Quintanilla was talking with his classmates about where they wanted to go more than anyplace else in the world, his answer wasn't an amusement park, sporting event or kids restaurant. It was "his" fire station.

 

Police: RI man's fake $100 bills had wrong face

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

A Rhode Island man police say used counterfeit $100 bills to make purchases at a Target store made a critical mistake.

 

Columbus woman pleads guilty to sex with a minor

Posted 11/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lowndes County Circuit Court to the sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy.

Former murder suspect Talley sentenced for burglary

Posted 11/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former suspect in a high-profile murder was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a burglary charge in Lowndes County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

 

DynCorp keeps CAFB contract through March

Posted 11/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Approximately 500 contracting jobs at the Columbus Air Force Base are safe, at least for the moment. According to a CAFB press release, the CAFB has extended its contract with DynCorp until March 31, 2013.

 

City will pay taxes on Catfish Alley lot

Posted 11/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although it was believed to have been a done deal, a parking lot agreement between the City of Columbus and a private citizen has been redrawn.

 

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