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Lawmakers, vet groups panning Pentagon's new medal

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

The military's new medal for cyber warriors should get a demotion, according to veterans groups and lawmakers who say it shouldn't outrank such revered honors as the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.



Father of Newtown victim: Ban assault weapons

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

After weeks of arguing constitutional fine points and citing rival statistics, senators wrangling over gun control saw and heard the anguish of a bereft father.


Lions, bears removed from gangster's property

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

A man known as Nutzu the Pawnbroker has been indicted for leading a fearsome criminal gang, but the public seems to be more interested in his pets: four lions and two bears.

Public defender accused of double-dipping

Posted 2/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman said she will file a complaint with the Mississippi Bar Association after she paid thousands of dollars to her son's court-appointed attorney.


Child care groups rally for state preschool plan

Posted 2/27/2013 in State

A group of preschool operators is adding to the push for state funding to educate 4-year-olds.


Bernsen replacement to be named Tuesday

Posted 2/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will announce its new Chief Financial Officer during its regular Feb. 5 meeting after completing a final round of interviews Tuesday.

Miss. House OKs list of tax breaks for businesses

Posted 2/27/2013 in State

The Mississippi House has approved tens of millions of dollars' worth of tax breaks for businesses, but it's unclear if the proposals will survive the Senate.


Pope recalls 'joy' of papacy, and difficulties

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday from a massive crowd at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of difficulty when "it seemed like the Lord was sleeping."


Billionaire plans for Titanic II

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

What could possibly go wrong? An Australian billionaire is getting ready to build a new version of the Titanic that could set sail in late 2016.


Music, movie industry to warn copyright infringers

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

Internet users who illegally share music, movies or TV shows online may soon get warning notices from their service providers that they are violating copyright law. Ignore the notices, and violators could face an Internet slow-down for 48 hours. Those who claim they're innocent can protest -- for a fee.



Senate Committee votes to block gun info

Posted 2/27/2013 in State

A Mississippi Senate committee approved a bill Tuesday that would make it difficult to get information on weapon permits, including concealed carry permits.



Hockey coach gets 15 days in jail for tripping

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

A Vancouver pee-wee hockey coach has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for tripping a player during a postgame handshake.


Charities compete for SCVB donation

Posted 2/27/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Convention and Visitors Bureau officials nominated three local charities - Sally Kate Winters Family Services, Oktibbeha County Humane Society and the Reclaimed Project - to compete for a $5,000 donation during March's inaugural Starkville Restaurant Week.


Preservation Commission approves guidelines for historic districts

Posted 2/27/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously to submit to city aldermen its previously agreed upon recommendations establishing three historic districts' design guidelines.



Auction of recluse's gold nets $3.5 million

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

The tale of a mysterious Nevada recluse's gold reached a new chapter Tuesday when a portion of the trove raked in more than $3.5 million at auction.



Advanced breast cancer edges up in younger women

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

Advanced breast cancer has increased slightly among young women, a 34-year analysis suggests. The disease is still uncommon among women younger than 40, and the small change has experts scratching their heads about possible reasons.


Phila. school lunches: Goodbye fries, hello fennel

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

It sounds more like a restaurant order than a school lunch menu: baked ziti with a side of roasted fennel salad and, for dessert, cinnamon apple rice pudding.


HPC could send historic district design standards to aldermen

Posted 2/26/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Today, Starkville's Historic Preservation Commission could recommend the nomination and adoption of three historic districts and their related design standards to the city board of aldermen. The commission meets 5:30 p.m. today in the City Hall Courtroom.


Supes pick local architect for courthouse renovations

Posted 2/26/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Last week, county supervisors picked local architectural firm Thomas S. Jones and Associates to manage almost $300,000 worth of renovations to the Oktibbeha County Courthouse.


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