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Media relations, criticism are hot topics at school board retreat

Posted 1/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District's board of trustees held its annual retreat Saturday morning at the Wingate by Wyndham hotel. Sequestered in a tiny side room dominated by a long conference table, the board discussed the events of the past year and brainstormed ways to make the upcoming year better.



Bills would remove gun permits from public records

Posted 1/19/2013 in State

Some Mississippi lawmakers propose cutting off public access to records about state-issued permits for people to carry concealed guns.



Government again delays proposed 'fracking' rule

Posted 1/19/2013 in National

The Interior Department is again delaying a proposed rule that would require companies drilling for oil and natural gas on federal lands to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.


MSU, Starkville ready for MLK activities

Posted 1/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University will hold its 19th annual Unity Breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. The event will include keynote speaker Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard.


Ex-New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin charged with bribery

Posted 1/19/2013 in National

More than a decade ago, Ray Nagin was elected mayor of New Orleans on a vow to root out corruption in a city plagued by decades of it. On Friday, the former mayor was indicted on charges he lined his pockets with bribe money, payoffs and gratuities while the chronically poor city struggled to recover from Hurricane Katrina's punishing blow.



GOP leader: House to vote on debt limit increase

Posted 1/19/2013 in National

House Republican leaders Friday offered President Barack Obama a three-month reprieve to a looming, market-rattling debt crisis, backing off demands that any immediate extension of the government's borrowing authority be accompanied by stiff spending cuts.



Work to begin on $2-million Trotter renovation

Posted 1/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A more than $2-million renovation project for the Trotter Convention Center will begin later this year, with some work possibly beginning as early as May, city officials said Thursday. The project to renovate the city-owned facility could take up to two years to complete.


City workers scramble to fill potholes

Posted 1/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The rain may finally have ended, but its costly residue remains. After seven consecutive days of precipitation, the roadways have taken a major hit, in the form of potholes.


Weather-related accidents soar during winter storm

Posted 1/18/2013 in Area

Thursday was a great day on the roads -- if you owned a tow truck operation. Otherwise, the nasty winter weather wreaked havoc on roads throughout the area.



State fares well in 16th Section land-use ratings

Posted 1/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

New findings by researchers at Utah State University show that Mississippi has lost nearly 25 percent of its school trust land, commonly known as 16th Section land. But schools in the state still earned a healthy $71 million in land trust revenue in Fiscal Year 2011.



Community Market seeks board members

Posted 1/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Applications for board member positions for the Starkville Community Market are now available at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.



Overstreet School hosts 'active shooter' drills

Posted 1/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

School resource officers from throughout north Mississippi will converge at Overstreet School in Starkville on Saturday for an active shooter drill.



Colo. theater reopens, months after mass shooting

Posted 1/18/2013 in National

One survivor had to pause on his way into the theater and pray. Another braced for flashbacks as he entered the auditorium where 12 people died and dozens were injured during a massacre six months earlier. Others refused to come, viewing the reopening of the multiplex as insensitive.



House GOP may seek short-term debt limit extension

Posted 1/18/2013 in National

House Republicans may seek a quick, short-term extension of the government's debt limit, a move that would avoid an immediate default by the Treasury as the party seeks to maximize leverage in negotiations over spending cuts with President Barack Obama this spring, officials said Thursday.



Report: Miss. school discipline too hard on kids

Posted 1/18/2013 in State

Civil rights advocates say harsh disciplinary practices at many Mississippi schools lead to children being expelled and even incarcerated for minor infractions, policies that disproportionally affect minorities.



Miss. Senate approves expanded charter school bill

Posted 1/17/2013 in State

A bill to expand charter schools in Mississippi easily cleared the Senate on Wednesday, and attention shifts to the House for the second year. In a 31-17 vote, the bill had two Democratic supporters but no Republican opponents. The vote came after more than three hours of debate and a day after Senate Bill 2189 was introduced and passed by the Senate Education Committee.


Snowstorm descends on Golden Triangle

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the first time since January 2011, Lowndes County residents awoke to find significant snow accumulations, triggering school and business closings and causing multiple vehicle accidents throughout the Golden Triangle. Government offices remained open for the most part, although municipal court was canceled.


MUW offers nursing doctorate

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women's nursing program has long been an asset in the college recruitment game, and now, they have another tool in their arsenal -- a doctorate.


Severstal partners with MSU for research lab

Posted 1/17/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Steel manufacturer Severstal North America has partnered with Mississippi State to install a laboratory on campus for steel alloy research.


Marriages and divorces 1-17-13

Posted 1/17/2013 in Business



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