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Miss. ability to borrow still adequate

Posted 3/17/2014 in State

Mississippi could borrow $1.8 billion to use for new buildings, highways and economic development incentives over the next five years and rising state revenue probably could support that amount of borrowing, a report by Treasurer Lynn Fitch suggests.



Pilot suicide a taboo topic in past crash probes

Posted 3/17/2014 in National

As police investigate the two pilots of a Malaysian passenger jet that disappeared more than a week ago, a possibility they must consider -- however remote and improbable -- is that one of them committed suicide -- and mass murder in the process.


St. Pat's parades proceed amid tension over gays

Posted 3/17/2014 in National

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio was to become the first mayor in decades to sit out the city's traditional St. Patrick's Day parade over a dispute involving whether march participants can carry pro-gay signs.

U.S. expected to announce Russian sanctions

Posted 3/17/2014 in National

The U.S. and its allies in Europe are expected to announce sanctions against Russia, including visa bans and potential asset freezes, today, one day after Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.


Moore may step down as fire chief Monday

Posted 3/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Multiple councilmen and Columbus Fire and Rescue personnel have said an announcement from Mayor Robert Smith's office is expected Monday regarding the future of city Fire Chief Kenneth Moore's employment with the department.



Reversal of fortune has Airbus flying high

Posted 3/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nothing is ever certain, but the outlook for Airbus Helicopters' Columbus plant and its 280 employees is significantly more promising than it was last May.



Supes agree to match grant for Riverwalk connector

Posted 3/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors voted Friday to match $25,000 to an additional $100,000 from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks for additional walking trails connecting the Columbus Soccer Complex to the Riverwalk.


Local pilots speculate on fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

Posted 3/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than a week removed from initial reports of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, three local pilots give different perspective into the mystery.

Autism clinic expands psychology services at MSU

Posted 3/15/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Families with children who struggle with autism and other developmental disabilities have a new resource at Mississippi State University.


Mill project ground-breaking set for Thursday

Posted 3/15/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local, state and university representatives will break ground for the Mill at MSU development project 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cooley Building, officials have confirmed.


Oil mars Aliceville swamp months after crude train crash

Posted 3/15/2014 in Area

Environmental regulators promised an aggressive cleanup after a tanker train hauling 2.9 million gallons of crude oil derailed and burned in a west Alabama swamp in early November amid a string of North American oil train crashes.


Central African Republic dad gives all to save family

Posted 3/15/2014 in National

Who could bear to break the news to Yaman Ahmat?



Mississippi man who awakened inside body bag dies

Posted 3/14/2014 in State

A 78-year-old Mississippi man has died two weeks after he woke up in a body bag at a funeral home after being mistakenly pronounced deceased, a coroner said.


Columbus Marina gears up for busy season

Posted 3/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There is one thing T. Caldwell has never understood about the Columbus Marina since he became its manager: The fact that more transient boaters know about it than Columbus residents.


Search process continues for Starkville community developer

Posted 3/14/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Nine candidates applied for Starkville's vacant community developer job, one of the last high-tier positions the city has left to fill, Personnel Director Randy Boyd confirmed.



County fills CVB board vacancy

Posted 3/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors appointed a local sales manager to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors today in a 4-0 vote.



Sunday program explores Creek Indian War

Posted 3/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When most people think of wars fought in this area of Mississippi, they immediately think of the Civil War in the early 1860s.



Business expresses interest in West Point for public transit

Posted 3/13/2014 in Area

The operator of a public transportation system in Aberdeen has expressed interest in delivering the same service to West Point.



County soon to address four-year road, bridge plan

Posted 3/13/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County supervisors are expected to turn their attention toward updating the county's four-year road plan this spring once concluding their search for a new administrator. County Road Manager Victor Collins said the update could come as early as April. The board is scheduled to meet 5:30 p.m. Monday at the chancery courthouse to address the administrator search and hold a public hearing on the county's comprehensive planning efforts.



House passes amended school merger bill

Posted 3/13/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

House lawmakers passed an amended form of SB 2818, the Senate's Starkville-Oktibbeha County school merger bill, a day after the Senate unanimously passed its own strike-all amendment to the House's legislation.



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