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Risk to all ages: 100 kids die of flu each year

Posted 1/16/2013 in National

How bad is this flu season, exactly? Look to the children. Twenty flu-related deaths have been reported in kids so far this winter, one of the worst tolls this early in the year since the government started keeping track in 2004.



ER visits tied to energy drinks double since 2007

Posted 1/16/2013 in National

A new government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, the same period in which the supercharged drink industry has surged in popularity in convenience stores, bars and on college campuses.



Lowndes County cancels cleaning contract

Posted 1/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to cancel a contract with Robinson Janitorial.



AG: Insurance Department can set up exchange

Posted 1/16/2013 in State

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has the authority to esta]]blish and manage a health insurance exchange, according to a legal opinion released late Tuesday by the state attorney general's office.


One more enters Starkville mayor race

Posted 1/16/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Former Alderman Mary Lee Beal announced Tuesday that she has qualified to run for mayor of Starkville.


Aldermen vote to hire parking enforcement

Posted 1/16/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

There is currently a two-hour parking limit for the spaces lining downtown Main Street, but it is often ignored -- a problem the Starkville Board of Aldermen hopes to resolve by hiring a temporary parking enforcement officer.


MUW unveils new vision for growth

Posted 1/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"I am in love with the future of this university." With that one sentence, Mississippi University for Women President Dr. Jim Borsig ushered in a new chapter for the W at Monday's unveiling of the university's new vision.

CMSD names administrator of the year

Posted 1/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District has named their Administrator of the Year. Patricia Overstreet, principal of Franklin Elementary Medical Sciences and Wellness Magnet School, received the award during Monday night's school board meeting.


Obama: Debt limit fight imperils elderly's checks

Posted 1/15/2013 in National

Declaring "we are not a deadbeat nation," President Obama warned on Monday that Social Security checks and veterans' benefits will be delayed if congressional Republicans fail to increase the government's borrowing authority in a looming showdown over the nation's debt and spending.


Sidewalks may play role in Starkville mayor's race

Posted 1/15/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

When Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman encounters criticism of the city's ambitious, contentious sidewalk ordinance, he said he is comforted by the story of the Mississippi four-lane highway program.


Miss. lawmakers eye mandatory kindergarten again

Posted 1/15/2013 in State

Momentum may be building toward making kindergarten mandatory in Mississippi. At least four senators plan to introduce bills requiring 5-year-olds to attend school, and at least one House member also plans such a bill.



State names Hwy. 82 first cultural highway

Posted 1/15/2013 in State

U.S. Highway 82, which runs from the Mississippi River at the Arkansas line across North Mississippi to the Alabama line, has been named the state's first cultural highway.



Sunday fire damages Starkville home

Posted 1/15/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Sunday night fire at a mobile home in Starkville left no injuries, but heat and smoke damage will make the home temporarily uninhabitable.



Dallas tears down ex-home of JFK assassin Oswald

Posted 1/15/2013 in National

A handful of history buffs and curious onlookers watched Monday as a bulldozer tore through the walls of a dilapidated apartment building where Lee Harvey Oswald lived a few months before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


Columbus lands big soccer tournaments

Posted 1/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two of Mississippi's largest youth soccer tournaments are coming to the Columbus Soccer Complex. Officials with Columbus-Lowndes Parks and Recreation Department won bids against other soccer complexes in the state to host the 2013 Coaches Cup Tournament and the 2014 Presidents Cup Tournament.

Gibbs' death takes legislators by surprise

Posted 1/14/2013 in Area

State Rep. David Gibbs, recalled by colleagues as a common-sense lawmaker who preferred to keep a low profile and make things happen behind the scenes, died Sunday. He was 76.


NRA says Congress will not pass ban

Posted 1/14/2013 in National

The powerful gun lobby is gauging enough support in Congress to block a law that would ban assault weapons, despite promises from the White House and senior lawmakers to make such a measure a reality.



Starkville studies Chattanooga broadband program

Posted 1/14/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Officials with the city of Starkville visited with the president of the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association and met with members of the Chattanooga Electric Power Board last week.



AP Analysis: Lawmakers' jobs both boon and conflict

Posted 1/14/2013 in State

It's the strength and the weakness of a citizen legislature -- many Mississippi lawmakers have other jobs back home. A strength, because it gives them knowledge of particular subjects they make laws on. A weakness, because it can make them look like they're pulling for their own self-interest when they're in Jackson.



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