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Miss. health insurance exchange proposal in limbo

Posted 1/4/2013 in State

Mississippi's proposed health insurance exchange is in limbo because of a dispute between the governor and the insurance commissioner.



Miss. lawmakers face April deadline for budget

Posted 1/4/2013 in State

Mississippi budget writers have released their initial proposals for fiscal 2014 but are months away from deciding exactly how much the state will spend on education, health care and other services.



Indian court to rule on generic drug industry

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

From Africa's crowded AIDS clinics to the malarial jungles of Southeast Asia, the lives of millions of ill people in the developing world are hanging in the balance ahead of a legal ruling that will determine whether India's drug companies can continue to provide cheap versions of many life-saving medicines.



New tax law packed with breaks for businesses

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

Tucked into the "fiscal cliff" tax package approved by Congress are billions of dollars in tax breaks that should make the new year a lot happier for businesses of many stripes, including film producers, race track owners and the makers of electric motorcycles.


Martian rock from Sahara desert unlike others

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

Scientists are abuzz about a coal-colored rock from Mars that landed in the Sahara desert: A yearlong analysis revealed it's quite different from other Martian meteorites.


Hormel buys Skippy peanut butter brand

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

Hormel Foods apparently has a hankering for a peanut butter and bacon sandwich.



Steady US hiring expected in December despite cliff

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

U.S. employers likely kept hiring last month at a modest but steady pace, despite tense negotiations that pushed the economy to the brink of the fiscal cliff.



New York county clerk refuses to give gun owner database to newspaper

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

A county clerk justified his refusal to release data on handgun permit owners to a New York newspaper by envisioning a stalker using Google Earth to peer at his victim's Christmas tree.


Kaye, noted architect/preservationist, dead at 72

Posted 1/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sam Kaye, noted as one of the state's leading historic preservationists, died Tuesday, leaving a legacy that his friends and colleagues say will endure the test of time.

Higgins: Silicor project off the table

Posted 1/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than two years of wheeling and dealing, an economic development deal once known as "Project Apollo" came to a whimpering halt Monday, bringing the promise of 971 new jobs to the area down with it. But officials connected to the project say it started to burn out almost from the start.

Caledonia signs lease to allow fracking

Posted 1/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Caledonia Board of Alderman signed a lease Wednesday night allowing Fletcher Petroleum Corp. to begin the hydraulic fracturing process -- commonly referred to as "fracking" -- on a small parcel of town-owned land.


Moreland announces bid for mayor

Dan Moreland, chairman of the Starkville Parks Commission Board, has qualified to run for mayor of Starkville in 2013, the Republican announced Wednesday.



Aldermen vote for pay raises for mayor, aldermen

The Starkville Board of Aldermen approved an increase in salary for the aldermen and mayor Tuesday night in a 6-1 vote. The pay raises will not go into effect until the Oct. 1, 2015, the first day of the fiscal year.


Box says he'll run for reelection

Posted 1/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box has officially announced he will seek a second term in the position he has held for the past four years.


Marriages and divorces 1-3-13

Posted 1/3/2013 in Business



Business brief: KiOR awarded

Posted 1/3/2013 in Business



Council honors trio for service to city

Posted 1/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen was among those honored for their service to the city during Wednesday's meeting of the Columbus City Council.



Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore

Posted 1/3/2013 in National

With its purchase of left-leaning Current TV, the Pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera has fulfilled a long-held quest to reach tens of millions of U.S. homes. But its new audience immediately got a little smaller.



Icelandic girl fights for right to her own name

Posted 1/3/2013 in National

Call her the girl with no name. A 15-year-old is suing the Icelandic state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother. The problem? Blaer, which means "light breeze" in Icelandic, is not on a list approved by the government.



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