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Criminal probe adds to cancer agency woes

Posted 12/17/2012 in National

Texas put up $3 billion in taxpayer money and promised cancer breakthroughs. But a criminal investigation, widespread rebuke from scientists and the resignations of embattled state officials came faster than medical discoveries.


MSU says employee did not embezzle from college

Posted 12/15/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An internal review this week revealed that a Mississippi State employee did not take funds from the university, though she has been charged with embezzling from another organization.

Health department demolition underway

Posted 12/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A North Columbus eyesore is being demolished after remaining vacant more than two years. The old Lowndes County Health Department building on Military Road is being torn down by an independent contractor.

Supervisors work to eliminate soccer park congestion

Posted 12/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Eliminating problems with traffic and parking at the Columbus Soccer Complex has been a main objective for the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors since the park opened in September. Friday, the board took a major step forward in approving a new project that will extend Coretta Street on the back end of the complex.


Parents struggle to help kids grasp Conn. tragedy

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

The killings at a Connecticut elementary school left parents struggling to figure out what, if anything, to tell their children.



Potential vo-tech sites and funding identified

Posted 12/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The county school board continues to explore the possibility of building a vocational-technical school for the Lowndes County School District.



Gas prices soon to hit low point for 2012

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Gas prices will soon drop to their lowest level of the year.



Military families worried by fiscal cliff

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Emerging from more than a decade at war, military families are confronting a new worry at home: the prospect that a deal between Congress and the White House over federal spending cuts could chip away at military health insurance, pensions and other services long considered untouchable.



Secretary of State Clinton faints, sustains concussion

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting, the State Department said Saturday.


Conn. town mourns as police look for answers

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Investigators on Saturday worked to understand what led a bright but painfully awkward 20-year-old to slaughter 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school, while townspeople took down Christmas decorations and struggled with how to get through a holiday season that has suddenly become a time of mourning.


No rise in mass killings, but their impact is huge

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

In what has become sickeningly familiar, gunmen opened fire on innocents in what should be the safest of places -- first, at a shopping mall in Oregon, and then, unthinkably, at an elementary school in Connecticut.



Crop insurance juicy target in 'fiscal cliff'

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Rural lawmakers worry that $9 billion in annual federal crop insurance subsidies are an easy target for spending cuts in a "fiscal cliff" deal so they're shopping around for a late compromise on a farm bill to protect them.



Miss. farmers see record soybean and corn yields

Posted 12/15/2012 in State

Mississippi farmers grew more soybeans and corn per acre in 2012 than ever before. U.S. Agriculture Department statistics show soybean yields rose to 42 bushels per acre, while corn yields rose to 156 bushels per acre.


Huge DNA code of the Christmas tree being revealed

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

To millions of people, the Christmas tree is a cheerful sight. To scientists who decipher the DNA codes of plants and animals, it's a monster.

Bernsen resigns as city's chief financial officer

Posted 12/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The chief financial officer for the City of Columbus resigned Wednesday afternoon. Mike Bernsen, who has been the CFO for the city since 2008, will take a position as the new comptroller for Columbus Light and Water.

Talks stall with Mississippi Silicon

Posted 12/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a Dec. 31 deadline drawing near, talks between the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and a silicon company have stalled. Mississippi Silicon was given until 12 a.m. New Year's Eve to place $150,000 in escrow or lose a prime industrial site in Lowndes County, along with millions of dollars in incentive money.

Work on stalled drainage project to resume in 2013

Posted 12/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Work on a stalled drainage project will hopefully resume in early 2013, according to District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith. The Pickensville Road/Pickens Drive project came to a halt when engineering changes had to be made in November.


'Cliff' crash may clear way for deal in January

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

To get to "yes" on a "fiscal cliff" accord, Congress and the White House first might have to get to "no."



Pentagon to send missiles, 400 troops to Turkey

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attack, the Pentagon said today.



North Korea rocket launch shows young leader as gambler

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

A triumphant North Korea staged a mass rally of soldiers and civilians Friday to glorify the country's young ruler, who took a big gamble this week in sending a satellite into orbit in defiance of international warnings.



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