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City budget includes rise in garbage rates

Posted 8/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will move forward with a public hearing on its Fiscal Year 2013 budget, a budget that will ask for more out-of-pocket money from the city's residents.

Heritage Academy's GATE program taps into each student's potential

Posted 8/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For decades, schools have offered gifted programs, with test scores dictating academic placement. At Heritage Elementary, Pathfinders served that purpose. But this year, the school has launched a new program and a new way of thinking, busting the gates of gifted education wide open to all first through sixth-graders -- no test required.


Building permits 8-23-12

Posted 8/23/2012 in Business



Marriages and divorces 8-23-12

Posted 8/23/2012 in Business



Rise in home sales reflects steady improvement

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

The recovery of the U.S. housing market is looking steadier and more sustainable, a trend that will likely add to economic growth in 2012 for the first time in seven years. Purchases, construction and prices are gradually but consistently increasing, though they remain far below levels seen in a healthy economy.



Judge delays decision on Monsanto seed dispute damages

Posted 8/23/2012 in State

A federal judge in Mississippi has heard arguments from the Monsanto Co., which is seeking $27 million in damages from a Tupelo farm supply business and its owners in an ongoing dispute over saving and selling its patented seeds.



When convenient, politicians cite media

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

In a new 30-second TV ad, Mitt Romney attacks President Barack Obama and his aides for their campaign claims. Or, more precisely, the ad lets others do the attacking: "Scraping bottom," reads a quote attributed to the Chicago Tribune. "Disgusting," says another that identifies ABC News as the source. "Unfair attacks," says a third, crediting CBS News.



Reality shows creating more gator hunting violations

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

Louisiana wildlife officials say alligator hunting violations are rising, and one reason appears to be the popularity of outdoor reality television shows.



Research links childhood obesity to antibiotics

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

The use of antibiotics in young children might lead to a higher risk of obesity, and two new studies, one on mice and one on humans, conclude that changes of the intestinal bacteria caused by antibiotics could be responsible.



Government gene sleuths stop superbug that killed 6

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

Over six frightening months, a deadly germ untreatable by most antibiotics spread in the nation's leading research hospital. Pretty soon, a patient a week was catching the bug. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health locked down patients, cleaned with bleach, even ripped out plumbing -- and still the germ persisted.



City disputes CVB's resolution on hotel tax usage

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A resolution passed by the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors is being criticized by some Columbus city officials. The CVB Board on Monday voted to ask the city to stop placing the funds from a two-percent hotel tax into the city's general fund and to start using the money to "promote tourism by expanding the Trotter Convention Center."



Details emerge in Starkville incidents

Posted 8/22/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Details continue to emerge in two Oktibbeha County altercations that occurred within 48 hours of each other and left one man dead, another in a medically-induced coma and a sheriff's deputy in the hospital with stab wounds.



No millage increase expected for Caledonia

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia residents incensed over recent sewer rate increases and the threat of higher water bills heard a bit of good news Tuesday night during the Board of Aldermen's budget discussions.


Two charged with equine abuse in Lowndes County

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In separate incidents, two Lowndes County men have been charged with animal cruelty for their recent neglect of nearly two dozen equines.

Polk, noted Scholar and MSU professor dead at 69

Posted 8/22/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Noel Polk, a widely respected literary scholar and English professor at Mississippi State University, has died at the age of 69.

Runaway Brit found safe in Starkville

Posted 8/22/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A 16-year-old girl from the United Kingdom who had ran away from her family while vacationing in Florida was found unharmed in Starkville Tuesday, and the young man she left with is now awaiting extradition to Florida.

From Dallas to London for JR

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

Cowboys, stetsons, bucking broncos and J.R. masks -- it could only be the arrival of "Dallas" in London.

Authorities amend Natalie Wood's death certificate

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

Natalie Wood's death certificate has been changed to reflect some of the uncertainties and lingering questions surrounding the actress' drowning more than 30 years ago in the Pacific Ocean off Southern California.


Obama, Romney discuss their religious beliefs with magazine

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, interviewed separately by a religious magazine, addressed skeptics who question their faith and offered divergent views of the separation of church and state.



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