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Miss. farmers see record soybean and corn yields

Posted 12/15/2012 in State

Mississippi farmers grew more soybeans and corn per acre in 2012 than ever before. U.S. Agriculture Department statistics show soybean yields rose to 42 bushels per acre, while corn yields rose to 156 bushels per acre.


Huge DNA code of the Christmas tree being revealed

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

To millions of people, the Christmas tree is a cheerful sight. To scientists who decipher the DNA codes of plants and animals, it's a monster.

Bernsen resigns as city's chief financial officer

Posted 12/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The chief financial officer for the City of Columbus resigned Wednesday afternoon. Mike Bernsen, who has been the CFO for the city since 2008, will take a position as the new comptroller for Columbus Light and Water.

Talks stall with Mississippi Silicon

Posted 12/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a Dec. 31 deadline drawing near, talks between the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and a silicon company have stalled. Mississippi Silicon was given until 12 a.m. New Year's Eve to place $150,000 in escrow or lose a prime industrial site in Lowndes County, along with millions of dollars in incentive money.

Work on stalled drainage project to resume in 2013

Posted 12/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Work on a stalled drainage project will hopefully resume in early 2013, according to District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith. The Pickensville Road/Pickens Drive project came to a halt when engineering changes had to be made in November.


'Cliff' crash may clear way for deal in January

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

To get to "yes" on a "fiscal cliff" accord, Congress and the White House first might have to get to "no."



Pentagon to send missiles, 400 troops to Turkey

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attack, the Pentagon said today.



North Korea rocket launch shows young leader as gambler

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

A triumphant North Korea staged a mass rally of soldiers and civilians Friday to glorify the country's young ruler, who took a big gamble this week in sending a satellite into orbit in defiance of international warnings.


AT&T speeds up network in Starkville

Posted 12/14/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Wireless customers of AT&T in Starkville might have noticed their network working a little faster Thursday.


FDA review of tobacco products grinds to a halt

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

Tobacco companies have introduced almost no new cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products in the U.S. in more than 18 months because the federal government has prevented them from doing so, an Associated Press review has found.



Injury dashed Oregon mall shooter's hope of being Marine

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

His mother died before he was 3 years old, and he was estranged from the aunt who raised him. His dream of becoming a Marine was dashed by a broken foot, he hadn't yet settled on a career path, and a new plan, to move to Hawaii, ended when he apparently missed his flight.



Kerry, Hagel front-runners to lead State, Defense

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who unsuccessfully sought the presidency in 2004 and has pined for the job of top diplomat, vaulted to the head of President Barack Obama's short list of secretary of state candidates after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice suddenly withdrew from consideration to avoid a contentious confirmation fight with emboldened Republicans.



Russia backtracks on statement about Syria

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

Russia issued a clumsy denial today of a statement from its point man on Syria, who said a day earlier that Syrian President Bashad Assad is losing control of the country. The Foreign Ministry insisted it is not changing its stance on the embattled Syrian regime.



AP-GfK Poll: Science doubters say world is warming

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

Nearly 4 out of 5 Americans now think temperatures are rising and that global warming will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is done about it, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.



Most Googled in 2012: Whitney, PSY, Sandy

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

The world's attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, millions of people searched the Web to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver.


Man leads deputies on two-county chase

Posted 12/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man led law enforcement on a chase that spanned two counties Wednesday in an attempt to avoid being taken to Baptist Memorial Behavorial Care.

Fire won't delay opening of antiques store

Posted 12/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An early morning fire was quickly extinguished Wednesday, but not before damaging a number of antiques that had been placed in storage in an outbuilding on the property.

Shands retires from library

Posted 12/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Director Alice Shands is retiring after serving the community for about four years. Shands made her announcement during Wednesday's meeting of the library's board of trustees.


Miss. lawmakers brush up on education proposals

Posted 12/13/2012 in State

Mississippi lawmakers were doing homework Wednesday before the 2013 session. The House and Senate education committees met together at the Capitol to discuss elementary-school reading skills, teacher evaluations and charter schools.



Police: Oregon mall shooter used stolen rifle

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

Gunfire rang out in the mall food court, instantly transforming a casual afternoon of holiday shopping into a nightmare. The shooter, armed with a rifle, was dressed in dark clothing and wore a hockey-style face mask.



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