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Romney: Never paid less than 13 percent in taxes

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney declared Thursday he has paid at least 13 percent of his income in federal taxes every year for the past decade, offering that new detail while still decrying a "small-minded" fascination over returns he will not release. President Barack Obama's campaign shot back in doubt: "Prove it."

Technology helps Starkville schools save money, gain efficiency

Posted 8/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With budget cuts becoming more expected than job security for school districts across the nation, efficiency has become an obvious focal point. For Kelvin Gibson, the new transportation director for the Starkville School District, he sees a practical example of the concept on a daily basis.


Starkville moving forward in budgeting process

Posted 8/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With the state deadline for municipal budget submission looming, Starkville Director of Finance/City Clerk Taylor Adams said the city is right on track.


297-lb Texas boy too big to play peewee football

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

A suburban Dallas boy has been barred from playing peewee football because the league says he is just too big at nearly 300 pounds.


Facebook hits new low as IPO lock-up ends

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

Facebook's stock plunged to a new low Thursday as some of the social networking leader's early backers got their first chance to sell their shares since the company's initial public offering went awry.



Two sentenced in Miss. for Mexico gun smuggling case

Posted 8/17/2012 in State

A man and his nephew have been sentenced in Mississippi to federal prison for using the same truck twice on the same route to try to smuggle guns from the North Carolina to Mexico. The nephew was pulled over in the truck just two months after his uncle was arrested and authorities hid a GPS tracking device on it, according to court records.


Fugitive arrested in Columbus

Posted 8/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

U.S. Marshals nab fugitive in Columbus


Southaven mayor gets this week's paycheck

Posted 8/17/2012 in Area

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis will get his paycheck after a Hinds County Chancery Court judge issued a stay preventing Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering from seizing Davis' salary -- for now -- to recover disputed debt.



Appeals court won't toss Scruggs' plea

Posted 8/17/2012 in State

A federal appeals court has refused to vacate the 2008 guilty plea of Zach Scruggs, who was implicated as having knowledge of a judicial corruption scheme that toppled his father, plaintiffs' lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.


Motorists help woman, sister pinned in burning car

Posted 8/17/2012 in State

Passing motorists who saw smoke billowing Thursday from a stand of pine trees along Interstate 10 in southern Mississippi rescued a woman and her disabled sister from a wrecked, burning sport utility vehicle.

For Miss., an angst-filled Civil War anniversary

Posted 8/17/2012 in State

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War can be an angst-filled task in Mississippi, with its long history of racial strife and a state flag that still bears the Confederate battle emblem.

Mom seeks heart transplant for autistic son

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

A Pennsylvania woman whose autistic adult son was not recommended for a heart transplant said she wants to bring more attention to the decision-making process so that those with ailments or disabilities are not passed over without careful consideration.


Fake Twitter followers newest accusation in politics

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

Forget ballot box irregularities. There's a virtual dust-up under way over how Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney amassed more than 100,000 new Twitter followers in just one weekend.


Murder suspect released

Posted 8/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been released from the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center after being charged with murder. Curtis Hinton, 47, 2523 5th Ave. N in Columbus, turned himself in to the police on Thursday, July 5 after a warrant was issued for his arrest in June for his alleged involvement in the cold case murder of George Wilbanks. Hinton was arraigned on a capital murder charge and his bond was set at $2 million.


MSU's tail-gating gets nod from Southern Living

Posted 8/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

All things Mississippi State University are looking better than they have in years. Enrollment is steadily increasing, donations are higher than ever and a $75 million stadium expansion project was announced Wednesday.



OCSO seeks accreditation

Posted 8/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department is in the process of attaining accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, a move it says will mean a better department for its citizens.


MSU stadium expansion will add more than 6,000 seats

Posted 8/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

All the way up to the day of the announcement, Mississippi State University officials had been reticent on the subject of its Davis Wade Stadium renovation project.

Port Authority eyes land acquisition as business booms

Posted 8/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On any given day, 30-ton steel coils from Severstal -- as many as 50 at a time -- are brought in by rail and loaded onto barges bound for Texas and Mexico. At Kinder Morgan, an automated crane lifts an annual average of 500,000 tons of scrap metal onto barges for transport. Logistics Services recently renewed a 10-year lease with the Port Authority.


Personnel costs put Columbus over budget

Posted 8/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a shortfall of roughly $1.6 million, the Columbus City Council is now faced with the difficult task of balancing the Fiscal Year 2013 budget.



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