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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.

Brooks to protest funding process at CVB meeting

Posted 12/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Festival grant funding has been a contentious issue between Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board members for most of 2012. Today's meeting, the last one of the year, looks to be more of the same.

CMSD launches city-wide electronics recycling

Posted 12/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is thinking green these days, launching a new recycling initiative it hopes will bring in a little extra cash while helping the environment.

Monday profile: After more than three decades, Nails say goodbye to bridal business

Posted 12/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When women get engaged, chances are they already have the perfect wedding planned out in their minds. While little boys are playing animated games of cops and robbers, countless little girls spend their Saturday afternoons playing bride. When those little girls grow into women, they turn to a local bridal boutique for the perfect Southern wedding.


EMCC's growth leads to expansion of graduation ceremonies

Posted 12/17/2012 in Area

A new graduation ceremony at East Mississippi Community College allowed a handful of students the chance to "double-dip" this week.


Five Starkville students selected to contribute to Rural Voices radio program

Posted 12/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Debbie Vanderford's fifth grade classes at Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary are pretty diverse. From race to socioeconomic status to gender, the diversity in the two classes makes for some unique stories. So when it comes time to submit her classes' personal narratives to the Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute for the Rural Voices Radio program, Vanderford's biggest problem is simply getting the students to write something, anything, down.


Many single women, a key bloc, are avoiding GOP

Posted 12/17/2012 in National

Sara Stevenson spends her working hours surrounded by Republicans, namely the married men who work alongside her in a Denver oil and gas firm company. But after hours and on weekends, she usually spends her time with other single women, and there's not a Republican in sight among the bunch.



Criminal probe adds to cancer agency woes

Posted 12/17/2012 in National

Texas put up $3 billion in taxpayer money and promised cancer breakthroughs. But a criminal investigation, widespread rebuke from scientists and the resignations of embattled state officials came faster than medical discoveries.



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