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FDA: Anti-bacterial soaps may not curb bacteria

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

After more than 40 years of study, the U.S. government says it has found no evidence that common anti-bacterial soaps prevent the spread of germs, and regulators want the makers of Dawn, Dial and other household staples to prove that their products do not pose health risks to consumers.

 

 

Why do lottery players think they can defy odds?

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

It's the ultimate fantasy: Walk into a store, plunk down a dollar, and with nothing but luck -- really extraordinary luck -- you win a giant lottery. Suddenly, you're rich as a sultan with enough money to buy an NBA team or your own island.

 

 

No suspicious devices found at Harvard after email

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

Four buildings on Harvard University's campus were evacuated Monday after police received an email claiming that explosive devices may have been hidden inside, but after hours of searches and disruptions to final exams, no suspicious devices were found.

 

 

Family: Make Iran talks hinge on Levinson aid

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

The Obama administration should make any diplomatic agreement with Iran contingent on Tehran's help finding missing CIA contractor Robert Levinson, a lawyer for his family said Monday. "He's your guy and you put him there," attorney David McGee said. "Raise the ante."

 

Cochran: $14M contract for Aurora Flight Sciences

Posted 12/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran says the Department of Defense has awarded a $14 million competitive contract to Aurora Flight Sciences in Columbus to assist in the development of a new aircraft for the Department of Defense.

Council could place 4-way stop at 3rd St., 3rd Ave. S

Posted 12/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Right now, the intersection of Third Street and Third Avenue South has a two-way stop sign. Ward 5 councilman Kabir Karriem said that hasn't been enough to keep drivers from speeding through that area, causing a safety concern for pedestrians.

Mississippi to end prisoners' conjugal visits

Posted 12/16/2013 in State

Mississippi prisoners will no longer be allowed to have conjugal visits, starting early next year, Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps said.

FBI disrupts shootings through interventions

Posted 12/16/2013 in National

The FBI has helped to disrupt or prevent nearly 150 shootings and violent attacks this year, in part by steering potential gunmen toward mental health professionals.

 

Tupelo city gov't reducing its overtime spending

Posted 12/16/2013 in State

In the past three years, Tupelo city government has significantly cut the amount of money it's spending on overtime.

 

 

Child support decision gets second look

Posted 12/16/2013 in State

In a 5-4 decision in June, the Supreme Court majority reached two conclusions. It said that nothing in state law requires parents to financially support their offspring after they turn 21, and it also said the Legislature has not passed a law to require parents to pay support for, or on the behalf of, adult disabled children.

 

 

Tunica Furniture Market set for January

Posted 12/16/2013 in State

The inaugural Tunica Furniture Market in January will be held in January and its organizer says about 40 companies are expected to participate.

 

Detroit awaits direction on art sale options

Posted 12/16/2013 in National

Detroit may have to rely on the generosity of strangers to keep its impressive art collection that was amassed with taxpayer dollars in better times.

 

Poll: Another worry about new health law

Posted 12/16/2013 in National

Just when the government's insurance website is starting to run more smoothly, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds a potentially bigger problem for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

 

'Lawrence of Arabia' star Peter O'Toole dead at 81

Posted 12/16/2013 in National

Known on the one hand for his starring role in "Lawrence of Arabia," leading tribesmen in daring attacks across the desert wastes, and on the other for his headlong charges into drunken debauchery, Peter O'Toole was one of the most magnetic, charismatic and fun figures in British acting.

 

Kim's aunt appears safe after husband's execution

Posted 12/16/2013 in National

The aunt of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been named to an ad-hoc state committee, the country's official media reported, an indication that the execution of her husband and the country's No. 2 has not immediately diminished her influence.

 

Highway 45 Alternate shut down Monday

Posted 12/14/2013 in Area

Railroad crossing repairs will cause temporary lane closures next week at a major traffic artery in West Point.

County awarded $500K grant for road extension

Posted 12/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors agreed to match a grant that will fund paving and extending Charleigh D. Ford Jr. Drive during their meeting Friday.

Dispatch special report: School's outside catering under investigation

Posted 12/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For five years, the Columbus Municipal School District, through the use of its food service contractor, Aramark, has operated an outside catering service providing food for private events, often at a loss to the district. A veteran school superintendent calls the practice, "highly unusual."

 

Entergy-ITC deal canceled due to regulatory issues

Posted 12/14/2013 in State

Entergy Corp. and ITC Holdings Corp. have called off plans to spin off Entergy's electric transmission business and merge it into ITC, because the deal failed to get regulatory approval.

 

 

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