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Fiscal cliff talks appear to be stalled

Posted 12/12/2012 in National

Despite an intensifying pace, little progress is being reported in talks on averting automatic spending cuts and tax increases that economists fear could send the U.S. economy off a "fiscal cliff."



Iran says it can make copy of captured CIA drone

Posted 12/12/2012 in National

A senior Iranian lawmaker says Tehran can now manufacture a copy of an advanced CIA spy drone captured last year.



Gunman opens fire at Oregon mall; Suspect, 2 dead

Posted 12/12/2012 in National

The mall Santa was waiting for the next child's Christmas wish when shots rang out, causing the shopping mall to erupt into chaos.



Freshman rep jumps parties

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

A freshman lawmaker from the Mississippi Delta switched from Democrat to Republican on Tuesday, saying his beliefs on the budget and social issues are more in line with the GOP.



Walk-throughs, grants dominate school board meeting

Posted 12/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city school district's board of trustees held a lengthy though relatively routine board meeting Monday night, with the majority of the 2.5-hour session devoted to an update on the district's "Believe and Achieve" initiative.


Christmas shopping trip leads to drug arrest

Posted 12/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Sunday afternoon Christmas shopping expedition landed a Columbus man behind bars, as well as removing approximately four ounces of marijuana from the city's streets.

New church awaits zoning approval

Posted 12/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Columbus community center deemed surplus property may get a new life as a worship center.

Sanderson pool will close for ceiling repairs

Posted 12/11/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The swimming facility in the Joe Frank Sanderson Center at Mississippi State University is undergoing some maintenance renovations and is not set to reopen until students return Jan. 7.

'Death Row Romeo' scheduled for execution

Posted 12/11/2012 in National

A former Florida police officer is scheduled to be executed for the murder of nine people 26 years ago.


UK police unable to identify man who fell from sky

Posted 12/11/2012 in National

Police believe he was from Africa, probably from Angola, but they don't know his identity. The mystery began in September when residents of a suburban street in the Mortlake neighborhood of West London woke up on a quiet Sunday morning to find the crumpled body of a black man on the sidewalk of Portman Avenue, near a convenience store, an upscale lingerie shop and a storefront offering Chinese medical cures.



Obama, Boehner discuss 'fiscal cliff' stalemate

Posted 12/11/2012 in National

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met at the White House to discuss the "fiscal cliff," while rank-and-file Republicans stepped forward with what they called pragmatic ideas to break the stalemate.



Scruggs home on prison release, appeal pending

Posted 12/11/2012 in State

Richard F. "Dickie" Scruggs, a noted plaintiff's attorney before being snared in a corruption investigation, has been released from prison pending an appeal.



New tests could hamper food outbreak detection

Posted 12/11/2012 in National

It's about to get faster and easier to diagnose food poisoning, but that progress for individual patients comes with a downside: It could hurt the nation's ability to spot and solve dangerous outbreaks.


Global study of student scores a mixed bag for US

Posted 12/11/2012 in National

Students in the U.S. perform better than the global average, but still lag behind many of their peers in Asia and Europe, an international study found.


Waste Management receives grant

Posted 12/10/2012 in Area

Golden Triangle Waste Management Authority received a grant this week that will be used to fund a household hazardous waste collection project.



AP Analysis: Court considers death penalty and intent

Posted 12/10/2012 in State

Death row inmate Bobby Batiste has left the Mississippi Supreme Court in a quandary over intent.


Smith announces run for third term as Columbus mayor

Posted 12/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 2013 Columbus municipal election season has begun, with mayor Robert Smith announcing his plans to seek a third term in office. Smith, a Democrat, made his announcement during a press conference at City Hall Monday morning.


Caledonia considers full-time park director

Posted 12/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It started out as a relaxing hobby, a way to unwind from the day's pressures while serving the community. But 15 years later, Caledonia Town Alderman Mike Savage is hoping someone else will take over the management and upkeep of Ola J. Pickett Park.



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