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Senate Democrats on track to pass budget

Posted 3/22/2013 in National

Democrats controlling the Senate appear on track to pass their first budget in four years, promising a second, almost $1 trillion round of tax increases on top of more than $600 billion in higher taxes on the wealthy enacted in January.


Parks board promises to 'shop at home'

Posted 3/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Parks Commission Board leader Dan Moreland promised Thursday his organization will seek more local purchases after hearing a complaint from a local merchant over a broken agreement.


Sales tax returns are cause for optimism

Posted 3/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville posted its second-highest January sales tax returns this year, according to data released by the city earlier this week.



SCT Anderson Scholarship deadline approaching

Posted 3/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Applications for Starkville Community Theatre's 2013 Mary Eleanor Anderson Scholarship are due April 5.



Town: OK to boo, politely, at board meetings

Posted 3/22/2013 in National


Shivs, more on display at historic Philly prison

Posted 3/22/2013 in National

A mounted wooden fish. Dog figurines. Colorful soap carvings of clowns and Santa. A wallet made of interwoven cigarette packs. It sounds like a bad garage sale -- until you get to the shivs. And the century-old mug shot book. And the inmate death ledger.


Bryant criticizes universities on teacher standard

Posted 3/22/2013 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant confronted members of the state College Board Thursday over their opposition to increasing requirements for teaching candidates.



Miss. lawmakers OK small increase for FY14 budget

Posted 3/22/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are giving themselves a bit more wiggle room in writing a budget for the coming year.



Forensic pathologist sued over trial testimony

Posted 3/22/2013 in State

A woman who was acquitted in the death of her boyfriend has sued the medical examiner who testified at her 2010 trial. Jennifer Wardle Hollis seeks unspecified damages from Dr. Steven Hayne, who she alleges provided incorrect information to the Forrest County jury during her trial.



Reid: Background checks will be in Senate gun bill

Posted 3/22/2013 in National

Democrats who vowed a crackdown on guns after the horrific Newton, Conn., school shooting are touting prospects for Senate passage of expanded federal background checks, even as they acknowledge there isn't enough support to restore a ban on assault-style weapons.



Police: Girl, 7, was asked to pepper spray workers

Posted 3/22/2013 in National



3 dead, including suspect, in Marine base shooting

Posted 3/22/2013 in National

A Marine who worked at an officer candidates school fatally shot two colleagues, a man and a woman, before killing himself in a barracks dorm room, officials said.


Fire consumes Corps of Engineers' facility

Posted 3/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They came from church, from work, from supper with their families. One by one, they spilled out into the chill night air, silhouettes back-lit by the raging inferno as they put on their turnout gear and faced the fire.

Bigelow hits ground running as Main Street director

Posted 3/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Barbara Bigelow absolutely exudes high energy, from her bright eyes and quick smile to the hands that can't help but get involved in the conversation when she gets excited and wants to emphasize her point.

Heritage Academy changes name

Posted 3/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heritage Academy will soon be changing its name. A little.


Big cuts in House budget plan

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

A familiar budget plan to sharply cut safety-net programs for the poor and clamp down on domestic agencies performing the nuts-and-bolts programs of the government is cruising to passage in the tea party-flavored House.



Rockets hit Israel as Obama meets Palestinians

Posted 3/21/2013 in National



Aldermen pass outdoor furniture ordinance

Posted 3/21/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance regulating the use, location and visibility of furniture storage Tuesday and is expected to address new landscaping codes at its next meeting. The ordinance passed 6-1 with Ward 4 Alderman Richard Corey casting the lone "Nay" vote.



Southern Baptists push expansion northward

Posted 3/21/2013 in National



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