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MUW graduates its first PhD class

Posted 12/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ty Walton never imagined a career in nursing. But, after working in the field for more than a decade, she knows that it was meant to be.

Near tragedy led EMCC grad to new career

Posted 12/14/2013 in Area

Courtney Rigdon's family ties have made her an honorary East Mississippi Community College Lion her entire life. But she didn't officially join the pride until her father was nearly crushed to death in an ATV accident in 2006.

Wicker urges MSU grads to contribute

Posted 12/14/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

U.S. Sen. Roger F. Wicker told Mississippi State fall graduates Saturday that big things are expected from them, but that important contributions to society don't always come with public acclaim.

Coloring book features Ted Cruz

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

He's known for coloring outside the lines in the staid U.S. Senate. Now children large and small can color in U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Just in time for the holidays, St. Louis publisher Really Big Coloring Books Inc. is offering a coloring and activity book featuring the Texas tea party darling.

 

Bullock leaving as Bryant spokesman

Posted 12/13/2013 in State

Mick Bullock, the spokesman for Gov. Phil Bryant, is leaving to become communications director of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

 

Last of 'Columbus Six' armed robbers sentenced

Posted 12/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The six men arrested following the 2011 armed robbery of a Columbus woman inside her Sandpiper Apartment Complex home have been sentenced to a combined 114 years behind bars, according to Lowndes County Circuit Court documents.

KiOR inches near deal for Columbus II

Posted 12/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR's plan to build a second refinery in Columbus is closer to being a done deal. Lowndes County Port Authority director John Hardy said the Texas-based alternative fuel refinery has hired engineering firm Neel-Schaffer to survey some land officials could potentially purchase from the county to locate a second plant.

Wassail Fest, parade set for weekend

Posted 12/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Come rain or shine, the shows will go on this weekend. Main Street Columbus director Barbara Bigelow said this morning that plans for the rescheduled Downtown Wassail Fest and the Columbus Christmas Parade will go on despite the weather.

Indiana man rides horse across country to raise funds for rescue operation

Posted 12/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Josh Campbell rode "Cojak" into Columbus on Wednesday shortly after noon. The man and his horse had been traveling for 35 days. They started their journey in Elizabeth, Ind., and are headed to Roswell, N.M. -- a 2,800-mile trek that Campbell expects to complete by the end of April.

 

Defense bill aims to address sexual assault crisis

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

A comprehensive defense policy bill that aims to deal with the epidemic of sexual assault in the military is heading to the Senate, where it could get slowed by Republican outrage over majority Democrats' limits on GOP power.

 

Jennings wins new trial on rape charge

Posted 12/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a new trial for Toney Jennings, who was convicted in 2011 of statutory rape in Lowndes County.

BSP extends property lease, moves in equipment

Posted 12/13/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

BSP Filing Solutions has extended a lease with Starkville for production space at Airport Road's South Hangar from two to five years, Oktibbeha County economic development representative Joey Deason confirmed Thursday.

 

Study: Medicaid expansion would spur Miss. economy

Posted 12/13/2013 in State

Mississippi is losing billions of dollars in potential economic activity because state leaders, so far, have chosen not to extend Medicaid to hundreds of thousands more people, a nonprofit group said a report Thursday.

 

 

C Spire to acquire Alabama communication firm

Posted 12/13/2013 in State

C Spire has announced plans to acquire Callis Communications, which provides cloud-based unified communications as a service for businesses.

 

 

Security company in shooting not licensed

Posted 12/13/2013 in State

Vicksburg records show T&T Security, the company hired by the promoters of a party during which one man was killed and two others were shot, was not licensed to do business in the city.

 

GOP struggle widens as Boehner rebukes hard right

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

The Republican establishment's much-anticipated pushback against the tea party wing is underway. House Speaker John Boehner made that clear Thursday, when he renewed his denunciation of groups that try to defeat GOP incumbents they consider too willing to compromise with Democrats.

 

Consumers' big purchases lift hopes for economy

Posted 12/13/2013 in Business

Americans ramped up spending at retail businesses in November, providing a boost to the economy just in time for the holidays.

 

Huge crowds gather in hopes of seeing Mandela body

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

Tens of thousands of South African mourners waited in line on Friday to view the body of Nelson Mandela, which was lying in state for the third and final day, with the likelihood that many would be turned away before the casket is taken away later in the day.

Feds join battle on citrus disease

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

The federal government is getting involved in the fight against citrus greening disease, in hopes of saving Florida's -- and possibly the entire nation's -- citrus crop.

 

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