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Aldermen vote down proposal to stop municipal project

Posted 12/19/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Even though the Oktibbeha County Chancery Court has authorized the city of Starkville to issue general certificates of participation to fund an $8 million municipal project that includes a new City Hall, there was a motion made at the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night to rescind all action pertaining to these certificates.


Judge upholds Kemper Co. power plant license

Posted 12/19/2012 in State

Mississippi Power Co.'s $2.8 billion Kemper County coal-fired plant is one step closer to legal clearance after a judge denied a Sierra Club challenge to the plant's license.


Investors turn against gun makers after massacre

Posted 12/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Investors shunned some of the nation's largest gun makers Tuesday, putting up for sale the manufacturer of the Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle used in the Connecticut school shooting and worrying that the attack could soon bring stricter gun laws.

Council approves $1.2 million loan; proposes new welcome sign

Posted 12/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council is moving forward with a $1.2 million loan needed for the purchase of some new equipment and the completion of a drainage project. Stephen Edds of Jackson-based Baker Donelson appeared before the council Tuesday night, bringing some good news about the loan with him. "Christmas has come early for Columbus," Edds said.

City begins search for new CFO

Posted 12/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The search to find the replacement for Columbus Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen is officially under way. The Columbus City Council accepted the resignation of Bernsen during Tuesday's meeting.


Too big to jail? Execs avoid laundering charges

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

When the Justice Department announced its record $1.9 billion settlement against British bank HSBC last week, prosecutors called it a powerful blow to a dysfunctional institution accused of laundering money for Iran, Libya and Mexico's murderous drug cartels.



Developers worried about new rules for apps

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

A cellphone game for kids about U.S. geography, "Stack the States," gets rave reviews from parents. Its creator, Dan Russell-Pinson, considered making the 99-cent app better by adding a feature to allow children to play online against one another. But with the Federal Trade Commission issuing more stringent online child privacy rules, he's not even pursuing the idea.


Around world, massacres have spurred gun control

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

If there's anywhere that understands the pain of Newtown, it's Dunblane, the town whose grief became a catalyst for changes to Britain's gun laws.


Obama backs off hard lines in search of compromise

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

Narrowing a "fiscal cliff" negotiating gap, President Barack Obama is backing off what had once been ironclad positions.



NRA goes silent after Connecticut school shooting

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

The nation's largest gun-rights organization -- typically outspoken about its positions even after shooting deaths -- has gone all but silent since last week's rampage at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school that left 26 people dead, including 20 children.


Four arrested on gambling, alcohol charges

Posted 12/18/2012 in Area

Four people were arrested at Clay County nightclubs over the weekend and charged with various charges relating to illegal gambling and selling beer without a permit.


Miss. schools eye security after Conn. shooting

Posted 12/18/2012 in State

School officials across Mississippi say they're on high alert and evaluating security policies in the wake of a deadly shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.



Unisex Easy-Bake oven on the way

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

Hasbro says it will soon reveal a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven after meeting with a New Jersey girl who started a campaign calling on the toy maker to make one that appeals to all kids.



Gunmen kill 5 polio workers in Pakistan

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

Gunmen killed five Pakistani women working on a U.N.-backed polio vaccination campaign in two different cities on Tuesday, officials said. The attacks were likely an attempt by the Taliban to counter an initiative the militant group has opposed.


Flu on the rise throughout Columbus

Posted 12/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the weather drops into the colder temperatures, children and parents alike are starting to see fevers increase to dangerous numbers as the flu settles into schools across Columbus.

Byrd will run against incumbent Gavin for Ward 6 seat

Posted 12/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With the first day to officially qualify about two weeks away, some candidates are getting a head start on their campaigns in the 2013 municipal elections. Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board member Whirllie Byrd has announced her intent to challenge vice-mayor Bill Gavin for the city council seat in Ward 6.

Supes make little progress on land deal at lake

Posted 12/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors again discussed what is being done with the county's portion of land at Oktibbeha County Lake during its 30-minute meeting Monday. And again, little progress was made and no action was taken.

Brooks rejects CVB funding: Supervisor says stipulations to grant money are unacceptable

Posted 12/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

District 5 Supervisor and Juneteenth Festival organizer Leroy Brooks turned down $15,000 in festival grant money in front of a room packed with city and county elected officials during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees. Brooks initially turned down $14,000 for the 2012 Juneteenth Festival before changing his mind and taking the grant money.

Obama signals action following school shooting

Posted 12/17/2012 in National

President Barack Obama is vowing to use "whatever power this office holds" to safeguard the nation's children, raising the prospect that he will pursue policy changes to stem gun violence in the wake of an elementary school massacre.


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