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Cheap Chinese steel, stagnant economy are Severstal's main challenges

Posted 9/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

U.S. steel mills have had a long-standing reputation of being unionized, grim manufacturing plants polluting the skyline of the blight-filled Rust Belt. Lowndes County's Severstal does not seem to fit the stereotypical steel mill mold, however.


State will take over Oktibbeha schools

Posted 9/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County School District is the latest in a growing number of districts seized by the Mississippi Department of Education and placed under state control due to poor student performance and other accreditation issues.



Changes on Catfish Alley met with mixed reviews

Posted 9/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County



'Pretty Lights' brings unique show to Starkville

Posted 9/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Friday night the Mississippi Horse Park will be illuminated by Pretty Lights.



Holder says civil rights remain priority

Posted 9/28/2012 in State

Speaking blocks away from where U.S. marshals battled rioters a half-century ago in an effort to compel the admission of the first black student to the University of Mississippi, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that civil rights enforcement remains a federal priority.



Columbus fire inspections set for next week

Posted 9/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Fire Department will officially kick off its annual fire and safety inspections next week.


This year's flu vaccine guards against new strains

Posted 9/28/2012 in National

Time to get your flu vaccine -- and a surprising new report shows babies and toddlers seem to be getting protected better than the rest of us.


Police: Minn. office shooter among 'several' dead

Posted 9/28/2012 in National

The shooter who opened fire inside a Minneapolis sign company Thursday was among "several" people found dead inside the building, according to police officials who won't specify how many people were killed.



Takeover imminent for Oktibbeha County schools

Posted 9/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Board of Education voted unanimously today to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare a state of emergency in the Oktibbeha County School District. Once Bryant signs the paperwork, as he is expected to do, the district will be taken over by the state department of education, and Superintendent James Covington and all school board members will be removed and replaced with a state-appointed conservator, who could be in place as early as Monday.


Experts doubt pork shortage, but say prices could soar

Posted 9/27/2012 in Area

A statement from Britain's National Pig Association sent pork lovers reeling Tuesday. In the report, British hog farmers claim the world will be facing a shortage of pork, particularly bacon, in 2013. But some local experts say the shortage statement is somewhat misleading.

Castleberry takes over as CottonMill developer

Posted 9/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The seemingly endless saga of CottonMill Marketplace may go on a little longer now that a new developer has been hired, replacing one that had worked on the stalled project for more than four years.


Columbus man drowns after auto accident

Posted 9/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man drowned early this morning after his car ran off the road and into a water-filled gravel pit on Highway 45 in Monroe County.



NFL refs back on job

Posted 9/27/2012 in National

The NFL's regular officiating crews are back. Their return couldn't have come soon enough for many players, coaches and fans.



'Moon River' crooner Andy Williams dies at 84

Posted 9/27/2012 in National

or the older -- OK, squarer -- side of the generation gap, Andy Williams was part of the soundtrack of the 1960s and '70s, with easy-listening hits like "Moon River," the "Love Story" theme and "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" from his beloved Christmas TV specials.



Army 'stand down' focuses day on suicide training

Posted 9/27/2012 in National

Army soldiers have been ordered to put aside their usual duties and spend Thursday on suicide prevention training.



Building permits 9-27-12

Posted 9/27/2012 in Business



Marriages and divorces 9-27-12

Posted 9/27/2012 in Business



Bizarre case may lead to custom cancer care

Posted 9/27/2012 in National

It's a medical nightmare: a 24-year-old man endures 350 surgeries since childhood to remove growths that keep coming back in his throat and have spread to his lungs, threatening his life. Now doctors have found a way to help him by way of a scientific coup that holds promise for millions of cancer patients.



Police chief resigns, NM force has gone to the dog

Posted 9/27/2012 in National

The police chief of the small eastern New Mexico town of Vaughn resigned Wednesday, leaving the town with just one certified member on its police force -- a drug-sniffing dog named Nikka.



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