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Health law's rule delay could hamper enforcement

Posted 7/17/2013 in National

There's a bit of a domino effect undercutting President Barack Obama's health care law. Enforcement of the overhaul's central mandate -- that individual Americans must have coverage -- could be weakened by the Obama administration's recent delay of a requirement that larger employers provide medical insurance.


Committee wants input on merger questions

Posted 7/17/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local representatives say public input is needed before they broach one of the biggest questions surrounding school consolidation: Should the state merge one or a combination of Oktibbeha County's four campuses with a neighboring county's public education system?


Miss. insurer could cut ties to two hospital systems

Posted 7/17/2013 in State



Flood insurance changes hit resistance

Posted 7/17/2013 in National



N.Y. man pleads not guilty in Deen extortion plot

Posted 7/17/2013 in National



CCEDD launches, approves land purchase

Posted 7/16/2013 in Area

The newly formed Clay County Economic Development District performed its first major order of business Monday -- the authorization to purchase up to $11 million in parcels needed for Yokohama Tire Company to build its plant.


Fisher files grievance against CMSD

Posted 7/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District board member Currie Fisher has filed a grievance against her fellow board members. Fisher read the grievance during Monday night's regular board meeting, voicing her concerns over the way she was removed as school board president.

Man charged for carrying machete into restaurant

Posted 7/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was arrested at a local restaurant Monday night for carrying a concealed weapon. The Columbus Police Department responded to a call at Zaxby's restaurant Monday around 6:30 p.m. for a disturbance with a weapon.

County supes expect millage value boost in 2014

Posted 7/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Citing preliminary figures from the Lowndes County tax assessor's office, Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders said the value of a general county mill may increase about $40,000, while school millage value could see a jump as high as $57,000.


Supes outlaw firearms in county buildings

Posted 7/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors Monday unanimously approved a proposal that will ban firearms from county-owned buildings and property.



Capture of Zetas leader unlikely to quell violence

Posted 7/16/2013 in National



Panama finds suspected weapons on N. Korean ship

Posted 7/16/2013 in National

Panama's president said the country has seized a North Korean-flagged ship carrying what appeared to be ballistic missiles and other arms that had set sail from Cuba on its way to the Pacific.


Atmos deal will cut gas rates in half in Artesia

Posted 7/16/2013 in Area

Sixty-one customers of the Artesia natural gas system will soon see their monthly rates cut 49 percent after Mississippi Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley signed an act approving a sale and transfer to Atmos Energy Corporation Monday.


Noxubee Co. Community Work Center inmate caught

Posted 7/16/2013 in State



Study: Later retirement may help prevent dementia

Posted 7/16/2013 in National

New research boosts the "use it or lose it" theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, a study of nearly half a million people in France found.



On Martin case, Obama shifts from passion to calm

Posted 7/16/2013 in National

When President Barack Obama first addressed the death of Trayvon Martin last year, he did so passionately, declaring that if he had a son, he would look like the slain 17-year-old. His powerful and personal commentary marked a rare public reflection on race from the nation's first black president.


Vaccines: A choice or requirement? Some moms say they should have more of a voice in process

Posted 7/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With last week's announcement that students entering the seventh grade must have a Tdap vaccine, most parents simply shrugged their shoulders and added the shot to their school "to do" list. But some moms are digging in their heels.


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