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Charlie Mitchell: Special status of utilities source of much consternation

Posted 2/6/2013 in State

The situation with Mississippi Power Company and its coal-fired plant under construction in Kemper County has a lot of people upset. Here why: We pick where to shop for clothes and food. We compare prices, at least to some degree, on other necessities such as gasoline for our cars. But we don't get to pick where we buy tap water or electricity.


Aldermen override mayor's pay-raise veto

The Starkville Board of Aldermen got the five votes needed Tuesday night to override Mayor Parker Wiseman's veto of a pay increase for himself and the board.

Rep. Gardner 4th Miss. lawmaker to die since Nov.

Posted 2/5/2013 in State

Mississippi state Rep. Joe Gardner of Batesville, known for his quiet demeanor and carefully considering all sides of complex issues, died Monday. He was 68.


Bill would let 2 workers per school carry guns

Posted 2/5/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers may let two teachers or other employees per public school carry concealed weapons.


Castleberry re-appointed to CVB board

Posted 2/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area developer Mark Castleberry was re-appointed to a second four-year term to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau on a 3-1 vote by the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors on Monday.

Two arrested in New Hope meth lab bust

Posted 2/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A search for stolen property in New Hope resulted in the discovery of a meth lab and the arrest of two people on Monday.

Authorities storm Alabama bunker, rescue kidnapped boy

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

Law enforcement officers stormed an underground bunker Monday in southeastern Alabama, freeing a 5-year-old boy and shooting his captor to death after they became convinced the child was in imminent danger, officials said.

Columbus students use skills to earn scholarship money

Posted 2/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus High School students won more than $12,000 in scholarship money at the 2013 Scholar's Olympiad Competition last week at East Mississippi Community College. Thirteen students from McKellar Center, the school's vocational program, competed in a series of competitions.


Mississippi Sovereignty bill fizzles

Posted 2/5/2013 in State

Mississippi, a state that defied federal authority during the Civil War and the civil rights movement, won't revive its efforts to nullify federal laws -- at least not this year.


Experts find remains of King Richard III

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

He was king of England, but for centuries he lay without shroud or coffin in an unknown grave, and his name became a byword for villainy.

Monkey business? US unsure of Iran's space claims

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

The United States expressed doubt on Monday about Iran's claim that it safely returned a monkey from space, saying it is questionable that the monkey survived -- or if the flight happened at all.


Senate tries again to move anti-violence bill

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

Senate Democrats, bolstered by Republican support, on Monday launched a new attempt to broaden a law protecting women from domestic abuse by expanding its provisions to cover gays, lesbians and Native Americans.



Pakistani girl shot by Taliban appears on video

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

In her first video statement since she was nearly killed, a Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban remained defiant in arguing for girls' education, saying Monday she would keep up the same campaign that led to her attack.



House Education Committee OKs school prayer bill

Posted 2/5/2013 in State

State lawmakers are advancing a measure meant to make it legal for students to pray before public school groups.


SPD begins downtown parking enforcement

Effective today, Starkville Police Department will begin enforcing a two-hour time limit on downtown parking.

Monday profile: Bus driver's unofficial reading program is a hit with students

The final bell of the day rings, and about 30 third through fifth-graders are on their way to meet another Bell. Pauline Bell warmly greets her children as they climb aboard Bus No. 16 at Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary on Friday. They aren't really her children, of course, but it would be easy to make that assumption based on how she interacts with the kids.

Comprehensive plan goes before public

Posted 2/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of discussion, the Comprehensive Plan for Columbus seems to be almost ready for implementation. A public hearing will be held on the plan Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the courtroom in City Hall.

CPD chief defends delay in grand jury cases

Posted 2/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department presented only one case to the January grand jury, but it hardly suggests a dramatic drop in crime in the city.

Ex-Navy SEAL author died pursuing his passion

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

The former top Navy SEAL sniper who authorities say was killed at a Texas shooting range was devoted to maintaining camaraderie and helping his fellow veterans find their way after leaving active duty.


AP Ananlysis: Gunn shores up strength in second year

Posted 2/4/2013 in State

Speaker Philip Gunn has emerged as a stronger figure in his second year at the helm of Mississippi House.



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