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Police probing switch of flags on Brooklyn Bridge

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

Police are searching for four or five people they believe scaled to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers in the dead of night, disabled lights illuminating two large American flags and then replaced the flags with bleached-white ones.

At 101, weather observer gets a place in the sun

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert Hoover was in the White House in 1930.

 

Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law.

 

 

South, Southwest score low on child-welfare index

Posted 7/23/2014 in State

Several states in the Deep South and Southwest have earned dismal scores on an annual child-welfare index that cited poverty and single-parent house households as worrisome trends that must be turned around for things to improve.

 

 

Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

Pressure is on Congress to act in the next two weeks on several problems, from keeping highway projects on track and easing wait time for veterans seeking health care to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

 

Black colleges face hard choices on $25M Koch gift

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters.

 

 

Senate derails Army bid to take National Guard helicopters

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

The Army has lost an initial Senate skirmish over a hotly disputed plan to take Apache attack helicopters away from National Guard units in a budget-cutting move that has infuriated governors and state military leaders.

 

 

Alabama picked for historic march exhibit

Posted 7/23/2014 in Area

With the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march coming up next year, the National Park Service has chosen Alabama State University as one of the locations for exhibits honoring the historic 1965 march and its impact on American government.

 

 

Bryant appears in GOP governors' promo video

Posted 7/23/2014 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant says in a new video that some in Washington have compared Mississippi to an old jalopy but he intends to drive full throttle toward economic recovery.

 

 

Arguments set in lawsuit over voter rolls

Posted 7/23/2014 in State

A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday in a lawsuit filed by a group seeking Mississippi voter records.

 

 

Federal inquiries delay BancorpSouth takeovers

Posted 7/23/2014 in State

BancorpSouth's acquisitions of a bank in Louisiana and one in Texas are being delayed because of federal inquiries into BancorpSouth's practices.

 

 

Public speaks on Mississippi welfare drug tests

Posted 7/23/2014 in State

A Mississippi agency should be cautious in carrying out a new welfare drug-testing law and should not set administrative rules that could penalize an entire household for one person's behavior, advocates for civil liberties and poor people told officials Tuesday.

 

Supervisors OK new nightclub ordinance

Posted 7/22/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Supervisors unanimously approved a new nightclub ordinance Monday that will require new bars, restaurants and entertainment venues in Oktibbeha County to obtain yearly operating permits and follow minimum life-safety standards.

CVB pitches in $21K for sidewalk connector lights

Posted 7/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors voted to provide $21,136 for supplies that will be used to install ornamental lighting on the connecting sidewalk between the Riverwalk and the Columbus Soccer Complex.

Oktibbeha supes sign off on Communiversity plan

Posted 7/22/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Golden Triangle Development LINK secured the last local-level funding commitment for a proposed East Mississippi Community College workforce development center Monday as Oktibbeha County supervisors pledged $2.5 million across 15 years for the project.

Local church hopes to start food backpack program

Posted 7/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local church group is hoping to feed 40 elementary students who would otherwise go without meals on the weekends.

State football championships head to MSU, Ole Miss

Posted 7/22/2014 in Area

For the first time, the spotlight that comes with the Mississippi High School Activities Association's state championship football games will shine on the state's brightest stages.

 

Lawmakers face long to-do list, uncertain success

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see whether it can just do the basics.

 

 

Hearing set on Miss. welfare drug-testing law

Posted 7/22/2014 in State

The Mississippi Department of Human Services is holding a public hearing Tuesday to gather comments about a new welfare drug-testing law.

 

 

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