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FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs

Posted 9/18/2014 in Business

Growth in online shopping is boosting profit at FedEx, and the company plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle what is shaping up as another record year for holiday-season package deliveries.



Family Dollar opposes Dollar General overture

Posted 9/18/2014 in Business

Family Dollar has told shareholders to reject an unsolicited, $9.1 billion takeover bid from its rival, Dollar General.



Border Patrol to test body cameras

Posted 9/18/2014 in National

The U.S. Border Patrol purchased body cameras and will begin testing them this year at its training academy, two people briefed on the move said Wednesday, as new leadership moves to blunt criticism about agents' use of force.



U.S. military role in Iraq raises combat questions

Posted 9/18/2014 in National

The White House and the Pentagon are grappling with how to explain what American military forces are doing and could do in Iraq as they battle the Islamic State militants.


Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor

Posted 9/18/2014 in National

Schools closed, kids stayed inside and authorities chased down several false sightings Wednesday in their hunt for the suspect in a fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks.


Study: Artificial Sweeteners may promote diabetes

Posted 9/18/2014 in National

Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice.



Report: Americans endure unwanted care near death

Posted 9/18/2014 in National

Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.



Aug. insurance letter acknowledged 'domestic partnership' coverage

Posted 9/17/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An August report delivered to Starkville and provided in the city's e-packet before Sept. 2's meeting clearly identifies "domestic partnerships" as a beneficiary to an expanded plus-one insurance package that the board first unanimously approved earlier this month and then rescinded Tuesday.


CMSD supe addresses 'integrity' questions

Posted 9/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District superintendent told a room full of local business leaders Tuesday that despite recommending the school board hire his wife's uncle to work for the district, he never intended to go through with the move.


Severstal plant formally sold to Indiana company

Posted 9/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal Columbus has been sold to Steel Dynamics Inc., an Indiana-based steel producer and metal recycler. The plant, which sits on 1,400 acres near Airport Road, was sold by its Russian owners for $1.62 billion, according to a Steel Dynamics statement Tuesday.


Vernon native travels world as motorcross racer

Posted 9/17/2014 in Area

There aren't too many 18-year-olds -- or Vernon, Alabama, natives -- who've traveled to more than 15 countries. Aside from the jet lag, Thomas Covington is soaking up every minute of being a globe-trotting motorcross racer.

Starkville revokes same-sex insurance

Posted 9/17/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen specifically removed same-sex partners from the city's new plus-one insurance coverage Tuesday after an hour-long public comment session that yielded support of the move from the city's religious base and sharp criticism from those who self-identified as members of Starkville's LGBT community.

Council tightens controls on events with ordinance

Posted 9/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen have unanimously approved an ordinance regulating the leasing of property for large events where alcohol is served.

Vernon tackling municipal complex issues

Posted 9/17/2014 in Area

Rotted wood and leaning windows along the north end of the Vernon municipal complex have been resolved.


Sessions unopposed in primary or general election

Posted 9/17/2014 in Area

The primary season just ended and the general election campaign now unfolding looks the same to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, tea party favorite, foe of immigration legislation and the only Republican senator running in 2014 without a ballot opponent of any stripe.



CDC: Americans' bellies are expanding fast

Posted 9/17/2014 in National

The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures -- the most dangerous kind of obesity -- has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.


Childers: Cochran wrong on women's pay legislation

Posted 9/17/2014 in State

Democratic former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers said Tuesday that if he's elected to the Senate, he will support a bill requiring employers to pay women and men the same amount for doing the same jobs.


UN: Nearly $1B needed now to stop Ebola

Posted 9/17/2014 in National

The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a "human catastrophe."



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