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FBI: Checks peak in week after Conn. shooting

Posted 1/29/2013 in National

The FBI said Monday it conducted more background checks for firearms sales and permits to carry guns the week following the Newtown, Conn., shooting massacre that it has in any other one-week period since 1998.



CVB backs down: Board tables motion to change festival funding bylaw

Posted 1/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau tabled a motion that would have eliminated elected officials from receiving festival grant funding during its Monday meeting. The motion, made by Leon Ellis, would have closed the door on any elected official being part of a festival or quality of life committee.



OCEDA proposes new site for MHP

Posted 1/29/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority Board President Jack Wallace has his way, the Mississippi Highway Patrol will move their district office into Cornerstone Park.


Group works to bring fresh food co-op to Golden Triangle

Posted 1/29/2013 in Area

Vicky Rose knew something was wrong. She was tired all the time, unable some days to crawl out of bed. When she talked to her doctor, he ran through a battery of tests, trying to find the cause. Finally, he decided upon an answer: As the mother of seven vivacious, home-schooled children, of course she was exhausted, he said.

Under pressure, Boy Scouts may end no-gays policy

Posted 1/29/2013 in National

Facing diverse and ceaseless protests, the Boy Scouts of America is signaling its readiness to end the nationwide exclusion of gays as scouts or leaders and give the sponsors of local troops the freedom to decide the matter for themselves.

Nickel from 1913 likely to fetch millions

Posted 1/29/2013 in National

A humble 5-cent coin with a storied past is headed to auction and bidding expected to top $2 million a century after it was mysteriously minted.


Money fears vs. real benefits in Medicaid choice

Posted 1/29/2013 in National

President Barack Obama thinks his health care law makes states an offer they can't refuse. Whether to expand Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor and disabled, could be the most important decision facing governors and legislatures this year.



Q&A about Miss. plans in federal health overhaul

Posted 1/29/2013 in State



School officials concerned about mandatory consolidation

Posted 1/28/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Neither the Starkville nor Oktibbeha County school districts will have the final say when it comes to whether or not the two will be consolidated next year. A a new bill filed at the state capital last week makes it mandatory.


CAFB remains optimistic despite threat of budget cuts

Posted 1/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base officials responded last week to a memo that warned of sweeping budget cuts in the upcoming year, including cutting non-critical and non-combat flying hours by 20 percent.

Organizers to ask CVB for more band money

Posted 1/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a contentious showdown Dec. 17, District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks will once again be on the agenda at today's meeting of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's board of trustees. Brooks, who said he submitted a letter to the board and festival grants committee chairman Mark Castleberry, said he will not personally appear before the board.

Former CAFB Airman makes history in South Carolina

Posted 1/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Brigadier General Calvin H. Elam likes to say he came to Columbus Air Force Base to get an education, but he ended up taking home a bride. Recently that bride, Mary Glenn Elam, and a host of in-laws, watched him make history as he became the first black brigadier general in the South Carolina Air National Guard. His path to the top has not been easy.


Barge hits Miss. River bridge; Oil cleanup ongoing

Posted 1/28/2013 in State

Cleanup crews with booms skimmed oily water from the Mississippi River a day after a barge with more than 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge near Vicksburg, spreading a sheen of light crude that kept part of the waterway shut to ship traffic Monday, authorities said.



North Korean leader vows strong action

Posted 1/28/2013 in National

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened top security and foreign affairs officials and ordered them to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures," state media said Sunday, indicating that he plans to push forward with a threat to explode a nuclear device in defiance of the United Nations.



Study: Rural areas may feel cities' heat

Posted 1/28/2013 in National

Heat rising up from cities such as New York, Paris and Tokyo might be remotely warming up winters far away in some rural parts of Alaska, Canada, and Siberia, a surprising study theorizes.



Senators reach agreement on immigration

Posted 1/28/2013 in National


The Best/Worst day ever: A letter from Bear Bryant becomes a kid's rare treasure

Posted 1/26/2013 in Area

On the day Paul "Bear" Bryant died, a veil of mourning descended upon the state of Alabama. Memories of that day and those that immediately followed remain vivid among University of Alabama football fans.

CMSD spending freeze could impact school athletics

Posted 1/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is considering a move that would freeze all non-essential spending -- potentially including things like athletics travel -- beginning Feb. 1.

Legislators to address key differences between Senate, House charter school bills

Posted 1/26/2013 in State

With expanded charter school bills passing the Mississippi Senate and House, the stage is now set for both sides to begin what could be lengthy negotiation before a joint-bill is placed for a general vote.


Area residents report subscription scams

Posted 1/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Multiple Columbus residents have reported receiving a call from someone claiming to work at The Commercial Dispatch and offering a discount on subscriptions.



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