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Officials explain Libya attack intelligence

Posted 9/29/2012 in National

U.S. intelligence officials sought to explain Friday why the Obama administration's understanding of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is "evolving."



Another big Supreme Court term kicks off Monday

Posted 9/29/2012 in National

When last we saw the chief justice of the United States on the bench, John Roberts was joining with the Supreme Court's liberals in an unlikely lineup that upheld President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.


No sign of remains in new Mich. search for Hoffa

Posted 9/29/2012 in National

Jimmy Hoffa is presumed dead, cocooned in mystery and innuendo and missing for the past 37 years. Patricia Szpunar just hopes that if the former Teamsters boss' remains do turn up, they're not in her backyard.

Burnt money, campus ban: Tidbits on Colo. shooter

Posted 9/29/2012 in National

The suspect in the Aurora movie shooting case mailed "burnt currency," along with a notebook, to his psychiatrist before the attack. He threatened a professor and was banned from a university campus before withdrawing from its neuroscience graduate program. His defense team has added a psychiatrist.


Iranian news picks up Onion article as fact

Posted 9/29/2012 in National

A joke by the satirical newspaper The Onion appears to have gotten lost in translation. An Iranian news agency picked up -- as fact -- a story from the paper about a supposed survey showing an overwhelming majority of rural white Americans would rather vote for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than President Barack Obama.



Postal Service to default on second $5B

Posted 9/28/2012 in National

The U.S. Postal Service, on the brink of default on a second multibillion-dollar payment it can't afford to pay, is sounding a new cautionary note that having squeezed out all the cost savings within its power, the mail agency's viability now lies almost entirely with Congress.


Cheap Chinese steel, stagnant economy are Severstal's main challenges

Posted 9/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

U.S. steel mills have had a long-standing reputation of being unionized, grim manufacturing plants polluting the skyline of the blight-filled Rust Belt. Lowndes County's Severstal does not seem to fit the stereotypical steel mill mold, however.


State will take over Oktibbeha schools

Posted 9/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County School District is the latest in a growing number of districts seized by the Mississippi Department of Education and placed under state control due to poor student performance and other accreditation issues.



Changes on Catfish Alley met with mixed reviews

Posted 9/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County



'Pretty Lights' brings unique show to Starkville

Posted 9/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Friday night the Mississippi Horse Park will be illuminated by Pretty Lights.



Holder says civil rights remain priority

Posted 9/28/2012 in State

Speaking blocks away from where U.S. marshals battled rioters a half-century ago in an effort to compel the admission of the first black student to the University of Mississippi, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that civil rights enforcement remains a federal priority.



Columbus fire inspections set for next week

Posted 9/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Fire Department will officially kick off its annual fire and safety inspections next week.


This year's flu vaccine guards against new strains

Posted 9/28/2012 in National

Time to get your flu vaccine -- and a surprising new report shows babies and toddlers seem to be getting protected better than the rest of us.


Police: Minn. office shooter among 'several' dead

Posted 9/28/2012 in National

The shooter who opened fire inside a Minneapolis sign company Thursday was among "several" people found dead inside the building, according to police officials who won't specify how many people were killed.



Takeover imminent for Oktibbeha County schools

Posted 9/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Board of Education voted unanimously today to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare a state of emergency in the Oktibbeha County School District. Once Bryant signs the paperwork, as he is expected to do, the district will be taken over by the state department of education, and Superintendent James Covington and all school board members will be removed and replaced with a state-appointed conservator, who could be in place as early as Monday.


Experts doubt pork shortage, but say prices could soar

Posted 9/27/2012 in Area

A statement from Britain's National Pig Association sent pork lovers reeling Tuesday. In the report, British hog farmers claim the world will be facing a shortage of pork, particularly bacon, in 2013. But some local experts say the shortage statement is somewhat misleading.

Castleberry takes over as CottonMill developer

Posted 9/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The seemingly endless saga of CottonMill Marketplace may go on a little longer now that a new developer has been hired, replacing one that had worked on the stalled project for more than four years.


Columbus man drowns after auto accident

Posted 9/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man drowned early this morning after his car ran off the road and into a water-filled gravel pit on Highway 45 in Monroe County.



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