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Wicker: Long-term changes need for entitlement programs

Posted 1/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Roger Wicker is optimistic about cuts approved by the U.S. House and Senate in appropriation spending for 2014. In total, the federal government will appropriate $1.1 trillion this fiscal year.

 

Government panel urges end to phone data spying

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency's bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans' calling records, The Associated Press has learned.

 

Wiseman says GOP out of touch in State of the State response

Posted 1/23/2014 in State

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman called for bipartisan ideas and creativity to help solve Mississippi's toughest challenges during the state Democratic response to Gov. Phil Bryant's State of the State address.

 

Business brief: Tate named as finalist

Posted 1/23/2014 in Business

 

 

Building permits 1-23-14

Posted 1/23/2014 in Business

 

 

States weigh labels on genetically altered food

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

In the absence of federal regulation, states from Rhode Island to Hawaii are considering laws to require labels on food items containing genetically modified ingredients.

 

UN chief's bungled Iran invitation hurts his role

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

Ban Ki-moon made a rare effort at solo diplomacy when he invited Iran to join this week's Syria peace talks, but it backfired, raising questions about the effectiveness of a U.N. secretary-general better known -- and often criticized -- for his reserved and scripted style.

 

LAX gunfire came while officers were on break

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

Minutes before a gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles International Airport terminal last fall, killing a security screener and wounding three other people, the two armed officers assigned to the area left for breaks without informing a dispatcher as required.

 

 

New regulations sought for child car seats

Posted 1/22/2014 in National

Child car seats would for the first time have to protect children from death and injury in side-impact crashes under regulations the government is proposing, The Associated Press has learned.

 

 

Black media seek part of court-ordered tobacco ads

Posted 1/22/2014 in National

Black media outlets want the nation's tobacco companies to run court-ordered advertisements in their publications as part of a lawsuit charging that the industry lied about the dangers of smoking.

 

Council tables retail marketing proposal

Posted 1/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen voted to table a proposal from commercial consulting firm Retail Strategies after Mayor Robert Smith suggested that elected officials discuss the idea with the Golden Triangle Development Link.

Buffalo Wild Wings coming to Columbus

Posted 1/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Buffalo Wild Wings officials say construction on a Columbus location could start as early as next week.

City schools considering two potential start dates

Posted 1/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With state lawmakers considering changing a law that dictates when public schools can begin the school year, the Columbus Municipal School District is considering two calendars for the 2014-2015 school year.

Mickens, Smith spar over agenda issue

Posted 1/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Confusion over an item that did not get added to Tuesday's city council's agenda until councilman Joseph Mickens asked at the meeting for it to be added resulted in a testy exchange between he and Columbus Mayor Robert Smith.

 

Mississippi's community colleges plan to rework remedial courses

Posted 1/22/2014 in State

A new structure for remedial courses at Mississippi's 15 community colleges could help more students graduate more quickly.

 

 

Man in ricin-letter case pleads guilty to fondling

Posted 1/22/2014 in State

The man who pleaded guilty last week to federal charges of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials pleaded guilty Tuesday to unrelated fondling charges in state court in Mississippi.

 

Rep. Smith proposes ban on human cloning

Posted 1/22/2014 in State

A longtime Mississippi lawmaker has filed a bill to ban human cloning, although he said he doesn't know why he filed it, who requested it or even whether there's any possibility of researchers trying to make clones.

 

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