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Study: Kids' obesity risk starts before school age

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Those efforts to fight obesity in schools? Think younger. A new study finds that much of a child's "weight fate" is set by age 5, and that nearly half of kids who became obese by the eighth grade were already overweight when they started kindergarten.

 

 

Miss. lawmakers advance criminal justice changes

Posted 1/31/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are moving forward with bills designed to make the criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive.

 

 

Bill would force insurers to use providers

Posted 1/31/2014 in State

Insurers would have to accept any medical provider who meets contract terms into their network under a bill moving forward in the Mississippi House.

 

 

Proposal would ban destruction of guns in buy-back programs

Posted 1/31/2014 in State

Mississippi cities and counties would be banned from buying and destroying guns, under a proposal lawmakers are considering.

 

From Muppets to puppies, Super Bowl ads get cute

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Call it Cute Bowl. Adorable is the name of the game this year as Super Bowl advertisers try to grab your attention. That means lots of "cute" story lines, including a family that's expecting a new baby and a horse that forms a long-lasting bond with a puppy.

Knox's murder conviction reinstated

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

More than two years after Amanda Knox returned to the U.S. apparently home free, an Italian court Thursday reinstated her murder conviction in the stabbing of her roommate and increased her sentence to 28 years in prison, raising the specter of a long extradition fight.

 

Gunman's doctor before rampage: 'No problem there'

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

The gunman who killed 12 people in last year's rampage at Washington's Navy Yard lied so convincingly to Veterans Affairs doctors before the shootings that they concluded he had no mental health issues despite serious problems and encounters with police during the same period, according to a review by The Associated Press of his confidential medical files.

 

 

U.S. seeks death for marathon suspect

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

The announcement by federal prosecutors that they will seek the death penalty against the man accused in the Boston Marathon bombing came as no surprise to people who lost limbs or suffered other injuries in last year's attack.

 

 

Wash., Colo., have few ways to stop weed leaving

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Among the many oddities that have arisen from marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado is this: It can be easier to get through airport security with a bag of weed than a bottle of water.

 

 

N.J. university offers course studying Beyonce

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Beyonce is one of the world's most scrutinized pop stars, and now that study is moving to academia.

 

 

Denver mayor sparks Super Bowl chile battle

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

A friendly Super Bowl bet between the mayors of Seattle and Denver is causing a stir in New Mexico.

 

 

Vatican bank admits widows victims of crackdown

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Dozens and perhaps hundreds of widows and Vatican pensioners recently came in for a rude surprise: The Vatican bank told them they had to close their accounts or risk losing access to their money -- all in the name of Pope Francis' reform efforts, The Associated Press has learned.

 

 

Editorial cartoon for 1-30-14

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

 

Island group likely unaffected by LINK split with city

Posted 1/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In November, officials from the Golden Triangle Development LINK agreed to partner with a committee of city and county officials to explore economic development opportunities for city-owned property on the Island.

Columbus couple charged with identity theft

Posted 1/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus couple arrested and charged with fraudulent use of ID Tuesday includes a city employee.

Unemployment rates up for most area counties in 2013

Posted 1/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A significant decrease in unemployment rates in December 2013 compared to December 2012 were not enough to push 2013's overall jobless rate below 2012's in many area counties.

 

Snow, ice send South's flagship city reeling

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

The snow and sleet have stopped falling and traffic was moving again around Atlanta following a crippling storm -- but transportation and rescue officials said that didn't mean it was safe yet to drive, especially after the sun goes down.

 

 

Farm bill passes House after years of disagreement

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

After years of setbacks, a nearly $100 billion-a-year compromise farm bill cleared the House on Wednesday despite strong opposition from conservatives who sought a bigger cut in food stamps.

 

 

CAC's 'Arts for All' kicks off Saturday with line dancing

Posted 1/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Beginning Saturday, the Columbus Arts Council will offer a fun primer on a different artistic topic the first Saturday of each month, through May.

 

 

Study: 4 of 5 fourth graders are not proficient readers

Posted 1/30/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A recently released Kids Count study shows 4 out of 5 Mississippi school children are not proficient readers by the time they enter the fourth grade.

 

 

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