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Education Department awards $120 million to districts

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Students will earn an associate's degree and a high school diploma at the same time. Every student will have a laptop to take home at night. And teachers will be retrained to let students move at their own pace. All are pilot programs the Education Department is funding with $120 million in grants to five school groups, Secretary Arne Duncan said Tuesday.



India diplomat says she faced cavity search in New York

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

An Indian diplomat says she underwent repeated cavity and strip searches following her arrest in New York City on visa fraud charges.



Figure skating to air live from Sochi Games

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

The first full day of February's Sochi Olympics, American television viewers can watch a marquee event live from Russia -- in the morning.


Survey: Teens using synthetic drugs less often

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

Fewer teens are trying fake marijuana known by such names as K2 and Spice, apparently getting the message that these cheap new drugs are highly dangerous, according to the government's annual survey on drug use.

Committees to review billboard law, blight

Posted 12/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Advertising on billboard signs in city rights of way is against the law in Columbus, but a committee appointed during Tuesday's city council meeting will review the code and may suggest lessening restrictions.

Hobby Lobby coming to Columbus

Posted 12/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It looks like Columbus is getting a Hobby Lobby. Last month, the Oklahoma-based business filed a "memorandum of lease" in the Lowndes County chancery clerk office.

City to seek AG opinion on vice mayor term limits

Posted 12/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In July, Columbus councilmen voted to appoint Ward 1 Councilman Gene Taylor as vice mayor for one year. Prior opinions from the Mississippi attorney general office, however, say that once a vice mayor is appointed, he holds the position through the end of his elected term.

Lee museum awarded grant funding for ADA work

Posted 12/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The oldest property in Lowndes County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places will soon be wheelchair accessible.

Blind man, guide dog safe after subway track fall

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

Gallant guide dog Orlando was just doing his duty. The black Lab bravely leapt onto the tracks at a Manhattan subway platform Tuesday after his blind owner lost consciousness and tumbled in front of an oncoming train.


Sanitation director suspended for 10 days without pay

Posted 12/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen suspended Sanitation and Environmental Services Director Emma Gandy for 10 days without pay after an almost three-hour, closed-door session Tuesday.


CVB, city to apply for development grant

Posted 12/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau will join forces with the city council to apply for a grant that will help develop a vacant property east of the Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center.

Columbus man facing statutory rape charge

Posted 12/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Quadevious Atterberry, 21, of 2409 Oat Street, was arrested last week after investigators believe he engaged in a sexual relationship with an underage girl.

Noxubee Co. sheriff's son arrested on drug charges

Posted 12/17/2013 in Area

The son of the Noxubee County Sheriff was arrested Monday for possession of cocaine. Akem Olajuwon Grassaree, 25, of Macon, was arrested by agents with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Division after they discovered a felony amount of cocaine and a misdemeanor amount of marijuana in his possession, according to authorities.

Voter ID equipment installed in Lowndes Co.

Posted 12/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann visited the Lowndes County Courthouse Monday to supervise the installation of voter ID equipment at Circuit Clerk Haley Salazar's office.

Legislation expected to support Mill project

Posted 12/17/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

State lawmakers are expected to fast track special legislation preventing future governing boards from undoing provisions associated with The Mill at Mississippi State University's long-term lease agreements.

Aldermen consider new Carver Drive bid

Posted 12/17/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen could approve a new bid to concrete a portion of the Carver Drive ditch, a drainage feature that has served as a point of political conflict for years, during their 5:30 p.m. meeting today at City Hall.


State Supreme Court denies motion for removal of trial judge

Posted 12/17/2013 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court has again denied a motion from a Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case to remove the judge appointed to preside over his case.



Arrests at McComb weight loss center

Posted 12/17/2013 in State

The owner and business manager of the McComb weight loss clinic have been charged with selling drugs and practicing medicine without a license.



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