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KiOR says it owes $312M because it missed payment

Posted 11/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Biofuel maker KiOR said Friday that the $1.8 million loan payment it missed to the state of Mississippi means it now owes more than $312 million immediately.


New CLRA head could face conflict of interest

Posted 11/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The next executive director of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority could be facing a conflict of interest because he also serves on the Columbus Municipal School Board.

Slimantics: Waverley Mansion needs her friends

Posted 11/8/2014 in Area

She is still beautiful, even in her old age. But even her dear friends will admit she could use some fresh make-up, maybe a mild face-lift.

Report: Large home, condo sales increasing in Oktibbeha

Posted 11/8/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

More local homeowners are upgrading their living conditions and purchasing larger homes in Oktibbhea County.

Man sentenced to 40 years in murder case

Posted 11/8/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville man convicted of a 2010 murder after a graduation party was sentenced to 40 years in prison last week.


The South: Solid once again -- for Republicans

Posted 11/8/2014 in National

With the walloping Republicans gave Democrats in the midterm elections, the GOP stands one Louisiana Senate runoff away from completely controlling Southern politics from the Carolinas to Texas.



TV campaign for gay equality starting in Miss.

Posted 11/8/2014 in State

Mary Jane Kennedy considers herself a conservative Christian Republican, and she's led Bible studies in her native Mississippi for decades.



Bryant creates prison contract review task force

Posted 11/8/2014 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant is creating a five-member task force to review contracts at the Mississippi Department of Corrections.


Epps' star falls after federal indictment

Posted 11/8/2014 in State

Former Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps was a success story in Mississippi government until federal officials unveiled a lengthy indictment.


2 Americans held in North Korea home

Posted 11/8/2014 in National

Two Americans held by North Korea were on their way home Saturday after their release was secured through a secret mission by the top U.S. intelligence official to the reclusive Communist country.



Immigration dispute erupts at White House lunch

Posted 11/8/2014 in National

A White House lunch aiming for cooperation boiled into a fresh dispute with newly empowered Republicans over immigration reform Friday.



VA chief: 1K workers face disciplinary action

Posted 11/8/2014 in National

The Veterans Affairs Department is considering disciplinary action against more than 1,000 employees.



Hearing set on challenge to Miss. gay marriage ban

Posted 11/8/2014 in State

A federal judge will hear arguments next week in a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage.


Parks runs an almost $2,000 deficit in Oct.

Posted 11/7/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Parks and Recreation's recent financial woes bled over from the end of Fiscal Year 2013-2014.


KiOR fails to make MDA loan payment

Posted 11/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR has missed its final deadline for making a $1.85 million payment on its $75 million Mississippi Development Authority loan.


New Hope students get visit from robotics lab

Posted 11/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Students at New Hope High School experienced hands-on learning this week when a robotics trailer visited the campus.

Tour reveals progress on Trotter

Posted 11/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Trotter Convention Center's new look will be in place by the new year.

Columbus seeking more federal funding for drainage

Posted 11/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The next round of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers grant funding to address major city drainage issues likely won't be available until 2016.


Lowndes Co. Veterans Day Parade is this weekend

Posted 11/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 2014 Lowndes County Veterans Day Parade will take place Saturday.


Miss. prison boss pleads not guilty to bribery charges

Posted 11/7/2014 in State

Federal prosecutors allege that former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps accepted more than $1 million in bribes over more than six years.


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