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Pay can be deterrent in municipal elections

Posted 1/9/2013 in Area

With the municipal elections fast approaching, incumbents and challengers will battle for mayor, council and aldermen positions. But the perks of the job are not always financial.


AIG board weighs suing US over bailout

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

AIG is considering Wednesday whether the company should join a lawsuit against the government that spent $182 billion to save it from collapse.

Prather starts job as special events coordinator at GSDP

The new special events and projects coordinator clocked her first day on the job at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership on Tuesday.

Starkville Schools reduce credit requirements

The Starkville School District Board of Trustees dropped one credit from its graduation requirements in a unanimous decision during Tuesday's monthly meeting.


Grant may 'pave' way for steel plant expansion

Posted 1/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A $1.2 million expansion project for Mississippi Steel Processing continues to be a top priority for the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.


Coroner Hunt pleads guilty to DUI charge

Oktibbeha County Coroner Micheal Hunt pleaded guilty in Lowndes County Justice Court on Tuesday to one count of driving under the influence.


Two qualify for aldermen races

A pair of challengers have qualified to run for spots on the Starkville Board of Aldemen.



Tax filing season starts Jan. 30 for most filers

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

The Internal Revenue Service says late changes to federal tax laws should mean only a short delay for most taxpayers to file their 2012 returns.



Biden to meet with gun-safety, victims groups

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

Seeking to spur fresh action on gun legislation, Vice President Joe Biden is meeting at the White House with victims groups and gun-safety organizations.



DOJ official wants trustee in meningitis outbreak case

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

An independent trustee must be appointed to oversee the bankruptcy of a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak because of the firm's "gross mismanagement," among other reasons, a Justice Department official argued Tuesday.



US seared during hottest year on record by far

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

America set an off-the-charts heat record in 2012. A brutal combination of a widespread drought and a mostly absent winter pushed the average annual U.S. temperature last year up to 55.32 degrees Fahrenheit, the government announced Tuesday. That's a full degree warmer than the old record set in 1998.


Police: Colo. shooting suspect planned massacre

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

As officials this week laid out the most detailed portrait yet of last year's Aurora movie theater massacre, they also mapped sometimes paradoxical behavior by the man accused of the rampage, James Holmes.


$1 million donations wanted for Obama inauguration

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

Planners of President Barack Obama's second inauguration are soliciting high-dollar contributions up to $1 million to help pay for the celebration in exchange for special access.


Area schools enhance security as classes resume

Posted 1/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It has been almost a month since the Newtown, Conn., school shootings and the ripple effect is evident in schools across the country. In its first response after the shooting, a spokesman for the National Rifle Association called for armed officers at every school and some schools seem inclined to follow that advice


Silicor officials evasive on plans for facility

Posted 1/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a "thanks but no thanks" statement released by Silicor Materials on Monday, CEO Terry Jester said the company plans to build a silicon metals production plant and silicon purification plant elsewhere in the state.


Aurora unveils new $15-million facility

Posted 1/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Aurora Flight Sciences unveiled the fruits of a more-than $15 million investment Monday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new facility that attracted some of the state's leading dignitaries.


US banks to pay $8.5B in mortgage settlement

Posted 1/8/2013 in National

Hundreds of thousands of Americans stand to benefit from the latest mortgage-abuse settlement, but consumer advocates say U.S. banks may be getting the best of the deal.


MSU, Starkville see growth in recycling programs

Spoiler alert: This newspaper will probably be thrown away. According to a report from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, about 10 million tons of newsprint is thrown away each year in the United States. There is no way to be sure exactly how many of those tons come from this state, but without question it's more than a few.


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