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Disney to make new 'Star Wars' films, buys Lucasfilm

Posted 10/31/2012 in National

A decade after George Lucas said "Star Wars" was finished on the big screen, a new trilogy is destined for theaters as The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it was buying Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion.

Nunnelee enjoys huge edge in campaign donations

Posted 10/30/2012 in State

As election season comes to a close, politicians are still hoping for last minute donations that will give their campaigns a final push to the finish.

Horseback program empowers those with special needs

Posted 10/30/2012 in Area

The dusty gravel road winds through 60 acres of rolling pasture just off Highway 45 Alternate in West Point. It is a bucolic setting, hardly the place where one might imagine a battle being waged or a war being won.

Starkville signs on with Link

Posted 10/30/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Board members from both the Greater Starkville Development Partnership and the Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority signed and authorized a revised contract with a new regional economic development coalition Monday night.


FBI: Crime reported to police fell last year

Posted 10/30/2012 in National

The number of violent crimes reported to police decreased 3.8 percent last year to 1.2 million, the fifth straight year of declines, the FBI announced Monday.


Three women arrested in fatal stabbing

Posted 10/30/2012 in Area

Three women, including one from Columbus, have been arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing in West Point Saturday night.


Jackson schools could lose accreditation Thursday

Posted 10/30/2012 in State

Jackson's public schools could lose state accreditation Thursday, after district board members rejected a deal that would have given the system longer to comply with rules regarding special education.



Starkville High School Fall Festival set for tonight

Posted 10/30/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The students who normally inhabit the halls of Starkville High School, will be replaced by an assortment of ghouls, princesses and super-heroes tonight during the Starkville Schools Fall Festival.



Starkville teacher resigns in wake of arrest

Posted 10/30/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville High School teacher has resigned his position three days after being suspended with pay following his arrest on a variety of charges, including second-offense DUI.



Seniors a tough crowd on gay marriage vote

Posted 10/30/2012 in National

The word "homosexual" was rarely uttered in public when Louise Pardee was growing up, but now the 81-year-old is dialing up fellow Minnesota senior citizens trying to convince them gay relationships are nothing to fear.


One dead, captain missing after Sandy claims ship

Posted 10/30/2012 in National

When the Bounty set sail last week, the captain running the ship made famous in Hollywood adventure films believed he could navigate around Hurricane Sandy and weather the storm. After two days in rough seas, he realized his journey would be far more difficult.

Crane dangles from NYC high-rise, clearing streets

Posted 10/30/2012 in National

A construction crane atop a $1.5 billion luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan collapsed in high winds Monday and dangled precariously, prompting plans for engineers and inspectors to climb to the top to examine it as a huge storm bore down on the city.

Syrian regime launches airstrikes

Posted 10/30/2012 in National

Syrian fighter jets pounded rebel areas across the country on Monday with scores of airstrikes that anti-regime activists called the most widespread bombing in a single day since Syria's troubles started 19 months ago.


Musicians: Iran's national orchestra disbanded

Posted 10/30/2012 in National

The Iranian national symphony orchestra has been disbanded for lack of funds, musicians said Monday, another sign of the effects of Western economic sanctions.


East Coast grinds to a halt

Posted 10/29/2012 in National

Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Eastern Seaboard's largest cities Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds, soaking rain and a surging wall of water up to 11 feet high.

Latest technology makes painful mammograms a thing of the past

Posted 10/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Most women have heard the horror stories, passed around the dinner table and growing in magnitude until a simple diagnostic procedure begins to take on the shadings of an epic nightmare.


MSU campaign surpasses $100 million

Posted 10/29/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As of mid-October, Mississippi State's "StatePride: An Initiative for Student and Faculty Support," has brought in more than $104 million, surpassing its $100 million goal two months ahead of schedule.


Monday profile: Tompkins looks to make a difference in role as city prosecutor

Posted 10/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For attorney and city prosecutor Shane Tompkins, the law isn't just a career choice, it's a family legacy.


Weather service warns of November weather

Posted 10/29/2012 in State

National Weather Service meteorologists are warning Mississippi residents to be wary of severe weather in November.



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