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Taliban wants exchange of prisoners

Posted 6/20/2013 in National

The Afghan Taliban are ready to free a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay as a conciliatory gesture, a senior spokesman for the group said Thursday.



U.S. tries saving Taliban talks after Afghan president objects

Posted 6/20/2013 in National

Hopes dimmed for talks aimed at ending the Afghan war when an angry President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday suspended security negotiations with the U.S. and scuttled a peace delegation to the Taliban, sending American officials scrambling to preserve the possibility of dialogue with the militants.


Boehner dances between parties on immigration

Posted 6/20/2013 in National

The immigration protesters advanced on the news conference, poking signs that read "Do Not Reward Criminals" and "No Amnesty!" over the heads of Republicans who had just finished speaking about finding a civilized tone in the year's most difficult debate.


House will vote on cuts to crop insurance

Posted 6/20/2013 in National



Business brief: Smith honored

Posted 6/20/2013 in Business



Building permits 6-19-13

Posted 6/20/2013 in Business



Stocks slide as Fed says bond purchases could slow

Posted 6/20/2013 in Business



Woman, allegedly enslaved, spent time in jail

Posted 6/20/2013 in National


Men's Wearhouse ousts founder, pitchman

Posted 6/20/2013 in Business

Men's Wearhouse doesn't like the way its founder looks anymore. The men's clothier said Wednesday that it fired executive chairman and face of the company George Zimmer, 64, who has appeared in many of its TV commercials with the slogan "You're going to like the way you look. I guarantee it."

Council votes to raise its own salaries

Posted 6/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen voted to give themselves a 23 percent pay raise during their meeting Tuesday despite applause from people in attendance for members who announced they would vote against doing so.

CMSD begins search for superintendent and CFO

Posted 6/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Less than 20 hours after it fired its superintendent, the Columbus Municipal School Board of Trustees met Tuesday to begin looking for an interim superintendent and a new chief financial officer.


Report says most Miss. education schools mediocre

Posted 6/19/2013 in State

Mississippi's teacher training programs are mediocre at best, according to a group pushing for changes in how the nation trains teachers.


SSD begins hearings on 2014 budget

Posted 6/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville School District Board of Trustees held its first hearing Tuesday night on the district's budget for Fiscal Year 2014.

Board approves two of three historic districts

Posted 6/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen established the Greensboro and Nash Street Historic Districts Tuesday but declined to create the Overstreet Historic District after Ward 4 Alderman Richard Corey said that specific area's boundaries could be redrawn in the future to alleviate issues.

Flare-up arises from engineering report

Posted 6/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During Tuesday's city council meeting, Ward 2 councilman Joseph Mickens called on city engineer Kevin Stafford to explain three invoices due from the city. The documents were linked to Micken's former election opponent Susan Mackay.


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