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Senate approves bill to appoint superintendents

Posted 2/13/2013 in State

State senators want to end the election of local school superintendents, raise the requirements for becoming a teacher and limit the state's ability to take over schools in Mississippi.

 

 

People search for sentimental items after twister

Posted 2/13/2013 in State

Brian Bernard has spent hours since Sunday's tornado sifting through the wreckage of his family's house in search of his daughter's flute. It's not worth a lot of money, but it's important to her and that makes it invaluable to him.

 

 

Obama travels to rally support for jobs

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

President Barack Obama is kicking off three days of travel to rally support for the job-creation and economic proposals he unveiled in his State of the Union address.

 

 

Police: 3 killed in shooting at Utah drug house

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

A suspect was on the run Tuesday after three people were shot to death and one was wounded at a known drug house in suburban Salt Lake City, causing temporary lockdowns at several area schools.

 

 

Bitter dispute led to Delaware courthouse shooting

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

A bitter custody battle that included an international kidnapping and prison sentences for a former optometrist and his mother ended in gunfire at a Delaware courthouse, with the doctor's father killing his former daughter-in-law and another woman before fatally shooting himself, authorities said Tuesday.

 

 

Rogue ex-LAPD officer believed dead after standoff

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

As police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters, the revenge-seeking ex-cop they wanted was hiding among them, holed up in a vacation cabin across the street from their command post.

 

 

Coroner: Soft drinks may need health warnings

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

A New Zealand food industry association on Wednesday rejected a coroner's call to add health warnings to soft-drink labels following the 2010 death of a woman who drank about 2 gallons of Coca-Cola a day.

 

 

Struggling Caribbean islands selling citizenship

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

Hadi Mezawi has never set foot on the Caribbean island of Dominica, has never seen its rainforests or black-sand beaches. But he's one of its newest citizens. Without leaving his home in the United Arab Emirates, the Palestinian man recently received a brand new Dominican passport after sending a roughly $100,000 contribution to the tropical nation half a world away.

 

Conditions on disabled cruise ship in dispute

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

A cruise line says it is making the passengers stranded aboard a disabled ship in the Gulf of Mexico as comfortable as possible with running water and some working bathrooms, contradicting the accounts of some passengers who told relatives of filthy, hot conditions and limited access to food.

 

Senate approves anti-violence act

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

By a robust bipartisan majority, the Senate voted Tuesday to renew the Violence Against Women Act with new assurances that gays and lesbians, immigrants and Native American women will have equal access to the act's anti-domestic violence programs.

 

 

Top Republicans push child support privatization

Posted 2/13/2013 in State

Two prominent Republicans, including a nephew of former Gov. Haley Barbour, are lobbying for bills that would let the Mississippi Department of Human Services hire private companies to collect overdue child support payments.

 

 

Comcast goes from Tupelo to 30 Rock

Posted 2/13/2013 in State

Comcast Corp. dates back to 1963, when businessman Ralph Roberts got into the cable TV business in its early days. He spent $500,000 for American Cable Systems, a company in Tupelo that strung up cable to carry TV broadcasts to homes that couldn't get clear reception with antennas.

 

 

SARS-linked virus may have spread between people

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

British officials say a mysterious virus related to SARS may have spread between humans, as they confirmed the 11th case worldwide of the new coronavirus in a patient who they say probably caught it from a family member.

 

 

Benedict spends final hours as pope far from Vatican

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI will spend his final day as pontiff attending a morning farewell ceremony with his cardinals, then fly off by helicopter in the early evening to his papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

 

New suitor emerges in Lee Middle School talks

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new prospective tenant has shown interest in the much-debated Lee Middle School property, but the future of the vacant school remains uncertain.

 

CVB festival funding debate set for tonight

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's festival grants committee will meet with festival organizers tonight to discuss festival grant guidelines put in place August 2012. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the CVB board room.

 

Ballard leaves United Way, joins city schools

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One agency's loss is another agency's gain as Jan Ballard, executive director of United Way of Lowndes County, heads over to the Columbus Municipal School District, where she will serve as school board clerk, assisting deputy superintendent Craig Shannon and streamlining responsibilities with the administrative assistant for the office of the superintendent.

CAFB passes inspection with flying colors

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of hard work, the men and women of Columbus Air Force Base were finally able to stand at ease Monday, enjoying a base-wide picnic and celebration following the conclusion of their biennial unit inspection.

 

City project moves forward after Supreme Court ruling

Posted 2/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman says the city will move forward with municipal construction projects as soon as possible after Wednesday's ruling by the Mississippi Supreme Court that dismissed an appeal to block the process.

 

County, city hold school consolidation meetings today

Posted 2/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two separate discussions on a pending county-wide school consolidation bill are scheduled for 6 p.m. today.

 

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