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Bryant's speech is greeted with both praise and criticism

Posted 1/23/2013 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant, in his 2013 State of the State address made during a special joint-session of the state's legislators, chose job creation, education and health care as his major talking points. On the subject of job creation and industry, Bryant used the speech as an opportunity to stump for his delayed-accelerated tax payment proposal.


Bryant hits familiar themes in State of the State

Posted 1/23/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said in his State of the State speech Tuesday evening that citizens expect "bold action" from elected officials in 2013, with an emphasis on strengthening education and promoting job creation.


Texas parents get custody of kids living in bus

Posted 1/23/2013 in National

Nearly a year after their two children were found living virtually unsupervised in an old school bus in Southeast Texas, the parents regained full custody of their kids Tuesday when a judge dismissed a child welfare case against them.


Man charged in community college shootings

Posted 1/23/2013 in National

A 22-year-old man has been charged in the shootings at a Houston-area community college campus that left him and two others wounded.



Pacemakers in the brain may zap Alzheimer's damage

Posted 1/22/2013 in National

It has the makings of a science fiction movie: Zap someone's brain with mild jolts of electricity to try to stave off the creeping memory loss of Alzheimer's disease. And it's not easy. Holes are drilled into the patient's skull so tiny wires can be implanted into just the right spot.


Car dealers encouraged by 2012 sales

Posted 1/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the first time since the Great Recession, new car sales topped 17 million in 2012. For local car dealers, those numbers not only mean a banner year, but hope for the future.

Johnson urges audience to remember, celebrate, act

Posted 1/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dream 365 wrapped up five days of activities Monday with the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast at the Trotter Convention Center. Keynote speaker Harry Johnson told an audience of more than 300 that the key to fulfilling King's dream relies on three components: remembering, celebrating and acting.

Area residents participate in history at inauguration

Posted 1/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Columbus resident Kabir Karriem, Monday was all about capturing a moment in history. "I was participating in history," said Karriem, who also serves as a councilman in Columbus. "It was about seeing the first African- American president inaugurated into his second term on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 50 years after the 'I Have a Dream' speech and 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation."


Pell Grant reductions present challenge for students, schools

Posted 1/22/2013 in State

Changes to federal student aid last summer are taking a toll on Mississippi students, leaving college financial advisors concerned about the potential impact on enrollment as well as the state's economic future.



Miss. House eyes its own charter school proposal

Posted 1/22/2013 in State

State House members are poised to take up their own version of charter school legislation. House Education Committee Chairman John Moore said Monday that his panel would take up the House legislation this morning.



Schools likely focus of State of State

Posted 1/22/2013 in State

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to focus on education in his State of the State speech at 5 p.m. Tuesday.



Greenwood doctor charged with capital murder to have competency exam

Posted 1/22/2013 in State

A mental examination has been ordered for a Greenwood oncologist charged with capital murder.


Starkville, MSU events honor King's memory

Posted 1/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Volunteer Starkville Director Jamey Matte pronounced Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event a huge success. "Things went great, we had about 200 to 250 people involved, including 50 volunteers," she said. The event, which was put on in conjunction with the Maroon Volunteer Center, featured family-friendly games, activities and learning opportunities, something neither organization had tried on Martin Luther King Day before.


Aldermen vote on sales tax proposal

Posted 1/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Voters in the Golden Triangle, and across Mississippi, may soon be able to raise their own local sales tax without the hassle of getting state approval. The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted 5-2 to formally endorse the Citizens for Economic Development Act, legislation that would allow municipalities to temporarily raise their local sales tax one cent to help fund capital projects.


Monday profile: Robinson improves community, one child at a time

Posted 1/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The past few days have been busier than usual for Dr. John Robinson, a Columbus dentist and president of the local chapter of 100 Black Men. Sunday found him pacing the Columbus Riverwalk, waiting for the kickoff of Dream 365's first march to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's march to Washington and his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Soccer complex upgrades on track

Posted 1/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"If you build it, they will come." That was the mentality when the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and the Columbus City Council decided to build the $5 million, 70-acre soccer complex, and with the announcement of two major tournaments -- the Coaches Cup in November and the Presidents Cup in May 2014 -- people will definitely be coming to the Friendly City.

Mood subdued for Obama's second inauguration

Posted 1/21/2013 in National

His second term already under way, President Barack Obama aims to set an optimistic tone when he takes the oath again to lead a divided nation seeking solutions to economic woes at home and conflict overseas.


Roe v. Wade: After 40 years, deep divide is legacy

Posted 1/21/2013 in National

By today's politically polarized standards, the Supreme Court's momentous Roe v. Wade ruling was a landslide. By a 7-2 vote on Jan. 22, 1973, the justices established a nationwide right to abortion.



Manning continues pursuit of new trial

Posted 1/21/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi prosecutors now have until Feb. 11 to respond to a death row inmate's ongoing effort to win a new trial for the killing of two university students in 1992.



MSU and University of Mississippi team up

Posted 1/21/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi's two largest universities are joining forces to enhance the recruitment and professional preparation of middle school and high school teachers.



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