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Health and Human Services: Miss. can try for fed-state health exchange

Posted 2/9/2013 in State

After blocking Mississippi's proposal for a state-run health insurance exchange because of divisions among state leaders on the plan, federal officials said Friday that they're encouraging the state to seek approval for a partnership -- an exchange jointly run by the state and federal governments.



Sudduth Elementary locked down after threat against employee

Sudduth Elementary School was on lockdown for 30 minutes Friday afternoon after school officials learned of a verbal threat made against a school employee.



Confederate flag mistakenly raised over court

Posted 2/9/2013 in State

Officials say a mistake is to blame for the Confederate flag being raised over the Mississippi Supreme Court building on Friday.


Hunt for fugitive resumes in Calif. mountains

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

Scores of officers fanned out at daybreak Saturday in the snow-covered San Bernardino Mountains, resuming their search for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected of killing three people in a vengeance-fueled rampage aimed at those he blames for ending his career.


Michelangelo's drawings going on display in Va.

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

Twenty-five drawings by Michelangelo begin a two-city U.S. exhibition in Virginia on Saturday, including some works never before seen in the United States and many that offer a glimpse into the mind of the master and the tumultuous times in which he lived.



AP: Flaws found in US missile shield

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

Secret Defense Department studies cast doubt on whether a multibillion-dollar missile defense system planned for Europe can ever protect the U.S. from Iranian missiles as intended, congressional investigators say.



Hacker gains access to Bush family emails, photos

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

Turns out even former presidents can fall prey to hackers.


Iowa governor pardons pig before bacon festival

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

A young pig has won a reprieve from the frying pan just as Iowa's popular bacon festival is about to begin.

Liberal in domestic issues, Obama a hawk on war

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

For all of his liberal positions on the environment, taxes and health care, President Barack Obama has proved to be a hawk when it comes to fighting terrorism.

From trauma to triumph: Smart says there is hope even in the worst of circumstances

Posted 2/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart lay in the dirt, sobbing after being brutalized by a man who had abducted her from her family's upscale Salt Lake City home hours earlier. The memories of that night remain vivid.

Riverwalk expansion project begins

Posted 2/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By the end of the year, visitors to the Riverwalk and the Columbus Soccer Complex will be able to walk from one to the other with ease as plans continue to move forward on connecting the two venues.

VISTA workers making a difference as

Posted 2/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In nearly two years as executive director of the Columbus Arts Council, Tina Sweeten has revolutionized the way the organization operates. Known for her grant writing skills, Sweeten garnered enough grant money to fund 10 Volunteers In Service In America (VISTA) workers. VISTA not only helps the Columbus Arts Council but other local agencies as well.


Feds reject proposed health exchange in Miss.

Posted 2/8/2013 in State

The Obama administration has rejected Mississippi's proposal to create a state-run health insurance exchange, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said Thursday, dealing a blow to his bid to craft an exchange despite the opposition of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.



Renasant to buy First M&F in $119M stock deal

Posted 2/8/2013 in State

Renasant Corp. will buy fellow Mississippi bank First M&F Corp. in a $119 million stock transaction.



Obama rallies Democrats, scorns GOP fiscal plans

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

Assertive even as he preached humility, President Barack Obama vowed to confront Republicans on the deficit and urged Democrats on Thursday to stick with him on guns and immigration.



150-foot asteroid will buzz Earth, no need to duck

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

A 150-foot-wide asteroid will come remarkably close to Earth next week, even closer than high-flying communication and weather satellites. It will be the nearest known flyby for an object of this size.


In wealthy Hong Kong, poorest live in cages

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

For many of the richest people in Hong Kong, one of Asia's wealthiest cities, home is a mansion with an expansive view from the heights of Victoria Peak. For some of the poorest, like Leung Cho-yin, home is a metal cage.

Panetta says US at risk of being second-rate power

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

The United States is at risk of becoming a second-rate power if automatic budget cuts go into effect, plunging the U.S. armed forces into the most significant readiness crisis they've faced in more than a decade, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday.


Residential fire claims life of elderly Starkville woman

A residential fire in Starkville Thursday left one person dead and sent another to the hospital. Starkville Fire Department Chief Rodger Mann said if it were not for the quick response of SFD firefighters, two lives could have easily been lost.



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