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Analysis: Not every bill is a headline grabber

Posted 3/18/2013 in State

The first two bills that Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed during the 2013 legislative session dealt with money.



China becomes fifth largest arms exporter

Posted 3/18/2013 in National



Suspect in 1964 Klan slayings dies

Posted 3/18/2013 in State

Olen Burrage, who was acquitted in the case of three civil rights workers killed by Ku Klux Klansmen in Mississippi in the 1960s, has died. He was 82.


Conference committee expected to meet on school consolidation

Posted 3/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

State Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, says a conference committee between Mississippi House and Senate members should be created this week to iron out the differences between both chamber's Starkville-Oktibbeha County school consolidation bill.

Light load scheduled for supes' recess meeting

Posted 3/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County supervisors face a light agenda during their 5:30 p.m. today meeting at the county courthouse. The board is expected to enter into an inter-local agreement with Choctaw and Webster counties to save money on aerial mapping services, a move board vice president John Montgomery said should save the three counties money by consolidating the project.

CVB not likely to change festival guidelines for 2013

Posted 3/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Festival grants will again be a topic of discussion at tonight's Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board meeting. The festival grants committee met last week and is expected to recommend that the board make no changes at this time, executive director Nancy Carpenter said Sunday afternoon.

City Council expects update on city bus service

Posted 3/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The proposed city bus service will once again appear before the Columbus City Council Tuesday night. Dorothy Dowdell of Lawrence Public Transit is scheduled to address the council during the citizens input portion of the council meeting to update mayor Robert Smith and the councilmen on the status of the bus line.

Tornado debris study could lead to better warnings

Posted 3/18/2013 in National

Photos and mementoes that were snatched up and blown hundreds of miles during a Southern tornado outbreak two years ago are giving researchers new insight on how debris is carried by the storms and how it could threaten the public.

Two firms under consideration for The Mill's parking deck

Posted 3/16/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two firms emerged Friday as the frontrunners to handle architectural and construction plans surrounding an $8 million parking facility associated with The Mill development.


Court upholds Lowndes man's convictions

Posted 3/16/2013 in State



Gov. Bryant: No local bans on food portions

Posted 3/16/2013 in State

In the most obese state in the nation, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he'll sign a new law to prevent cities or counties from banning extra-large soft drinks or requiring restaurants to list calorie counts on menus.



Group says it would defend new Mississippi prayer law

Posted 3/16/2013 in State

A nonprofit conservative group says it will provide free legal representation to Mississippi schools or districts if a new school prayer law is challenged in court.



Aldermen briefly discuss harassment complaint

Posted 3/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Town of Caledonia Board of Aldermen held a brief, special-called meeting Saturday morning to discuss a town employee's harassment complaint against a former political candidate, but the topic was only briefly touched upon in what turned out to be a fairly routine agenda.


Cadence Bank robber apprehended in parking lot

Posted 3/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

You couldn't have picked a worse place -- or a worse time -- to commit a crime, as a bank robber discovered Friday afternoon in downtown Columbus.

Link to apply for training school grant

Posted 3/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Lowndes County continues to solidify its presence in the South as an aerospace powerhouse, local leaders have their sights set on the future, looking for ways to ensure a skilled workforce prepared for jobs in aviation.


Tough choices: Baptist seeks to educate public on end-of-life options

Posted 3/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Most people would rather talk about anything else. But medical experts say no matter how uncomfortable it may be, thinking about death -- and discussing end-of-life wishes with loved ones -- is the only way to ensure your voice is heard, even if you're unconscious.



Mississippi Senate debates Israel's boundaries

Posted 3/16/2013 in State

The Mississippi Senate adopted a resolution Friday to support Israel, but first engaged in nearly an hour-long debate about the nation's borders.


Missile plan changes may provide opening for talks

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

By adding 14 interceptors to a missile defense system based in Alaska and California, the U.S. is abandoning a critical part of a European system strongly opposed by Russia. Yet the decision also could provide a potential opening for new arms control talks.


Judge rules secret FBI letters unconstitutional

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

They're called national security letters and the FBI issues thousands of them a year to banks, phone companies and other businesses demanding customer information. They're sent without judicial review and recipients are barred from disclosing them.



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