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Building permits 12-13-12

Posted 12/13/2012 in Business


Mailing presents? UPS design lab puts boxes to the smash test

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

It looks like a torture chamber for cardboard and bubble wrap. At a lab in suburban Chicago, UPS Inc. tests new packaging designs by dropping, shaking and smashing boxes with brutal-looking equipment. The point is to see what type of packaging can withstand the trip from supplier to customer, protecting the delicate products inside.


Fed sends clearer signal on keeping rates low

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

The Federal Reserve sent its clearest signal to date Wednesday that it will keep interest rates super-low to support the U.S. economy even after the job market has improved significantly.


Multiple bomb threats prompt evacuations

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

Bomb threats prompted the evacuation of courthouses across the state Wednesday, including those in Lowndes and Clay counties. No explosives were found and no injuries were reported.

CVB to finalize festival funding Monday

Posted 12/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Festival grant funding for the first half of 2013 will top the agenda Monday at the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's monthly board of trustees meeting.


Columbus Girlchoir prepares for Christmas concert Friday

Posted 12/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Girlchoir will present its 2012 Christmas concert Friday night at Mississippi University for Women's newly-renovated Poindexter Hall. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.


Miss. companies with $227M in aid employ fewer than 500

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

Mississippi has disbursed nearly $227 million in aid to six alternative energy companies since 2010 but so far has fewer than 500 jobs to show for it.


Americans finding ways to mark 12-12-12

Posted 12/12/2012 in National

A Michigan sixth-grader will put aside her nerves and get her ears pierced on her 12th birthday.



Oktibbeha conservator named

Posted 12/12/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A full-time conservator has been named for the Oktibbeha County School District, replacing interim conservator Jayne Sargent.


New bus routes on tap for Starkville students

Posted 12/12/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Dr. Tori Holloway, assistant superintendent for the Starkville School District, was standing at Armstrong Middle School one day, talking to teachers and making sure bus pick-up was going smoothly, when he saw something that struck him as odd.


Miss. lawmakers reveal budget proposal for 2014

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

Most parts of Mississippi education, from kindergarten through college, would receive the same amount of state funding next year as this year, under a budget proposal released Tuesday by House and Senate leaders.



Unions flip to support Kemper in exchange for jobs

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

Mississippi Power Co.'s contractors have agreed to hire about 1,000 labor union members to build its Kemper County power plant, and a group of unions says it now supports the project.



Fiscal cliff talks appear to be stalled

Posted 12/12/2012 in National

Despite an intensifying pace, little progress is being reported in talks on averting automatic spending cuts and tax increases that economists fear could send the U.S. economy off a "fiscal cliff."



Iran says it can make copy of captured CIA drone

Posted 12/12/2012 in National

A senior Iranian lawmaker says Tehran can now manufacture a copy of an advanced CIA spy drone captured last year.



Gunman opens fire at Oregon mall; Suspect, 2 dead

Posted 12/12/2012 in National

The mall Santa was waiting for the next child's Christmas wish when shots rang out, causing the shopping mall to erupt into chaos.



Freshman rep jumps parties

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

A freshman lawmaker from the Mississippi Delta switched from Democrat to Republican on Tuesday, saying his beliefs on the budget and social issues are more in line with the GOP.



Walk-throughs, grants dominate school board meeting

Posted 12/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city school district's board of trustees held a lengthy though relatively routine board meeting Monday night, with the majority of the 2.5-hour session devoted to an update on the district's "Believe and Achieve" initiative.


Christmas shopping trip leads to drug arrest

Posted 12/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Sunday afternoon Christmas shopping expedition landed a Columbus man behind bars, as well as removing approximately four ounces of marijuana from the city's streets.

New church awaits zoning approval

Posted 12/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Columbus community center deemed surplus property may get a new life as a worship center.


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