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$270M chocolate plant proof of sweet tooth

Posted 3/27/2014 in National

Americans aren't losing their taste for chocolate. Need proof? Look to Kansas, where candy giant Mars Inc. is opening its first new plant in 35 years to churn out millions of chocolate bars and other sweets every day.



Charlotte mayor resigns; accused of taking bribes

Posted 3/27/2014 in National

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, who has been in office less than six months, resigned Wednesday, just hours after he was arrested and accused of taking more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to do work with North Carolina's largest city.


Two more shooting incidents in Columbus

Posted 3/26/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus teenager will be charged as an adult for his alleged role in a shooting that left one man injured.

Pundit Taggart optimistic Republicans can take majority of Senate

Posted 3/26/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Andy Taggart would be the first to tell you he's a proud Republican. It's no surprise, then, that he's hopeful Republicans will gain the majority of the Senate after 33 of its 100 seats are contested this year in elections.

United Way raised $650K-plus last year

Posted 3/26/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County chapter of the United Way raised more than $650,000 last year, organization officials announced at their annual meeting Tuesday.

Former apartment manager arrested for embezzlement

Posted 3/26/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman has been arrested for embezzling from a local apartment complex.

Injured Lowndes County deputy released from hospital

Posted 3/26/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One week after he was shot in the leg, a Lowndes County Sheriff's Department deputy is home from the hospital.


Humane Society receives $5K grant for spay, neuter services

Posted 3/26/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Humane Society announced it will receive a $5,000 state grant to offset its pet spay and neuter programs for low income families.


T.K. Martin Center wins Restaurant Week's grand prize

Posted 3/26/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Representatives of Mississippi State University's T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability collected Starkville Restaurant Week's $5,000 grand prize charity donation Tuesday after the organization received more than 6,000 votes during last week's competition.


The Long Blue Line at The W comes home

Posted 3/26/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women invites alumni, friends and guests to a weekend filled with entertainment and activities for Homecoming March 27-30.


Mississippi University for Women unveils new car tag

Posted 3/26/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women is unveiling a new car tag.

Rare Tennessee Williams story published

Posted 3/26/2014 in National

Before his mother became the model for Blanche DuBois of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and his sister the inspiration for Laura Wingfield of "The Glass Menagerie," Tennessee Williams drew upon a college girlfriend -- if only in name -- to tell a story of desire, drunkenness and regret.


MetroCast bringing fiber residential Internet service

Posted 3/26/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A battle for next-generation Internet subscribers is brewing in Starkville, as MetroCast Communications announced Monday it will deploy its own fiber-optic, residential service to Starkville at a later date.



Schools await governor's action on school starting date bill

Posted 3/26/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Public school leaders across the state are waiting to see if Gov. Phil Bryant takes action today on SB 2571, a bill that would repeal 2012's call for academic years to begin on or after the third Monday in August.



Law could cut cost of getting public records

Posted 3/26/2014 in State

A new Mississippi law could decrease the amount of money people pay to obtain public records.



Charter nominations go to full Senate

Posted 3/26/2014 in State

A Mississippi Senate panel is endorsing all six members of the state's first charter school governing board.



Three Secret Service agents benched before presidential trip

Posted 3/26/2014 in National

The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama's arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday.


Birth control rule seems to divide Court

Posted 3/26/2014 in National

Seemingly divided, the Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with the question of whether companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama's health overhaul and its guarantee of birth control in employees' preventive care plans.


Navy: Shooting suspect didn't have own weapon

Posted 3/26/2014 in National

A civilian approaching a Navy destroyer at the world's largest naval base late at night took a weapon from a sailor who was standing watch and used it to shoot and kill another sailor who was trying to help his embattled colleague, Navy officials said Tuesday.



Investigators: Unsafe speed caused Walker crash

Posted 3/26/2014 in National

The Porsche carrying "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was traveling up to 94 mph when it went out of control on a suburban street and crashed, killing the actor and his friend, according to an investigation by law enforcement agencies into the November accident.



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