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NASA cuts ties with Russia

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

After insisting that space relations wouldn't be altered by earthly politics, NASA on Wednesday said it was severing ties with Russia except for the International Space Station.


Nonprofit insurers struggle in new marketplaces

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

A smorgasbord of options and lower prices for consumers were two of the chief selling points for President Barack Obama as he promoted his overhaul of the nation's health insurance industry, predicting Americans would see "competition in ways we haven't seen before."



Building permits 4-3-14

Posted 4/3/2014 in Business



Lawmakers accuse GM of possible criminal cover-up

Posted 4/3/2014 in Business

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill accused General Motors of a potentially criminal cover-up of its defective ignition switches and fumed at the lack of answers from its new CEO during a second day of hearings Wednesday into why GM waited a decade to recall cars with the deadly flaw.



Columbus man dies after motorcycle crash

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was killed Tuesday night after he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a vehicle.


Andrews promoted to interim fire chief

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Martin Andrews was named the department's interim chief Tuesday.


Caledonia gearing up for Easter egg hunt

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia's annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt is set for April 12 at Ola J. Pickett Park. Rissa Lawrence, who is coordinating the event, updated the town's board of aldermen on the event's status during its monthly meeting Tuesday.


City consolidates planning, federal programs offices

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen have consolidated the offices of city planning and federal programs into one department and named city planner Christina Berry to lead it.

Happy Birthday from the Halls of Congress

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Irene Burrow Lancaster turns 89 today and along with birthday greetings from friends and family -- two children, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren -- the retired junior high teacher also heard from a former student.

Johnson updates Columbus Rotarians on air show

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Officials at Columbus Air Force Base are expecting this weekend's Wings Over Columbus to be the best event yet.

KiOR gets $25M financial commitment

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR announced that it had closed the deal Monday on $25 million in financing that will keep the biofuel maker's doors open at least through August.

City takes steps toward Island redevelopment

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In an effort to promote more foot traffic and encourage special events on the newly renovated Old Highway 82 Bridge, Columbus councilmen agreed to temporarily waive rental and insurance fees for six months.


Legislature approves negotiated school merger bill

Both chambers of the Miss. Legislature Tuesday passed a conference report for SB 2818, a bill that ensures technical amendments sought by the Commission on Starkville School District Structure for 2015's state-mandated unification.



City engineer placed on 6-month probation

Starkville Aldermen placed City Engineer Edward Kemp on six-month probation after almost two hours of closed-door discussions with him, the city planner and developer Clayton Richardson Tuesday. Aldermen gave no reasoning behind their move, and the city did not disclose a vote breakdown when officials announced the personnel matter.


Burglary suspect turns himself in to SPD

Starkville Police Department arrested 18-year-old Deangelo Dewayne Manning, of 406 Hancock Circle, Monday after a March 27 burglary incident in which he allegedly broke into a Catherine Street home and attacked its residents with a knife.


Teacher pay plan calls for 3rd-year merit raises

Posted 4/2/2014 in State

Pay raises for Mississippi public school teachers are close to becoming law. The full House and Senate passed House Bill 504 Tuesday, sending it to Gov. Phil Bryant for his consideration.


Savings and loan figure Charles Keating dies at 90

Posted 4/2/2014 in National

Charles H. Keating Jr., the notorious financier who served prison time and was disgraced for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure of the 1980s, has died. He was 90.


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