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Conference report renames consolidated school district

A joint House-Senate conference committee filed a newly negotiated Starkville-Oktibbeha school merger bill Monday with numerous technical amendments that preserve requests previously made by the Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure.



Supes intend to renew industrial land bond option

Posted 4/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors set an April 30 public hearing date to hear from taxpayers on a proposed resolution that would give them authority to issue bonds for industrial development purposes if they felt it necessary.



Teen arrested for bomb threats at Columbus Middle

Posted 4/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A teenager has been arrested for making false bomb threats.



Rate dispute means loss of channels on Cable One

Posted 4/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Stalled contract negotiations between local cable television provider Cable One and a major cable programmer will mean the loss of some popular channels for subscribers.



Council mulls tax increase for capital improvements

Posted 4/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City leaders will hold a public hearing in May to get taxpayer feedback on a possible millage increase to fund infrastructure upgrades throughout Columbus.



Five injured in Starkville nightclub shooting

Posted 3/31/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County sheriff deputies are continuing to canvas the countryside for clues surrounding a Sunday shooting at Club Rock that left five people injured. Sheriff Steve Gladney confirmed five shots were fired at the facility's parking lot about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Five people were injured in the shooting, and their injuries ranged in severity.


Monday profile: Weeks stepping down in June as CHA Director

Posted 3/31/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This summer, the Columbus Housing Authority will be undergoing a leadership change after the retirement of Earl Weeks, its executive director of more than 13 years.

Five wounded in Oktibbeha nightclub shooting

Posted 3/31/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

No arrests have been made in a shooting outside a nightclub near Starkville that left five people wounded.


Second committee forms for merger legislation

Posted 3/31/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

State legislators formed a second conference committee last week to negotiate minor and technical amendments to Starkville-Oktibbeha County school merger provisions currently moving through the state capitol.



The GOP advantage: Geography or gerrymandering?

Posted 3/31/2014 in National

Republicans helped solidify their hold on the U.S. House when GOP legislators in key states drew new congressional maps after the 2010 Census. But was it geography or gerrymandering that gave Republicans an edge in state after state?



Law shields research from raiders

Posted 3/31/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers have extended trade-secret protections to universities and community colleges by exempting materials tied to any commercial, scientific or technical research from the state's Open Records Act before the research is published.


Fewer Miss. docs accepting Medicaid payments

Posted 3/31/2014 in State

Fewer than half of Mississippi's primary care doctors are taking new Medicaid patients, Mississippi State University researchers say.


Miss. lawmakers work on $6 million budget

Posted 3/31/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers must approve dozens of bills in the state's $6 billion budget before a deadline today.


Miss. politics change, U.S. House map varies little

Posted 3/31/2014 in State

Party loyalty is being tested in one of Mississippi's U.S. House districts as a former Democratic congressman runs in a Republican primary. Gene Taylor says he never asked constituents their political affiliation, and he hopes they'll accept him with a new label.

Congress: GM twice failed to fix defect

Posted 3/31/2014 in National

General Motors discussed two separate fixes for an ignition switch defect in 2005 but canceled both of them without taking action, according to a memo released Sunday by the House subcommittee investigating GM's handling of the defect and a subsequent recall.


Seabed of jet hunt zone mostly flat

Posted 3/31/2014 in National

Two miles beneath the sea surface where satellites and planes are looking for debris from the missing Malaysian jet, the ocean floor is cold, dark, covered in a squishy muck of dead plankton and -- in a potential break for the search -- mostly flat. The troubling exception is a steep, rocky drop ending in a deep trench.



'Noah' rises to top of box office with $44M debut

Posted 3/31/2014 in National

After weathering a sea of controversy, "Noah" arrived in first place at the weekend box office. Paramount's biblical epic starring Russell Crowe in the titular role opened with $44 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.



Columbus Police Department investigator dies at 58

Posted 3/29/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Don English, chief investigator with the Columbus Police Department, died Friday morning at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. He was 58.


Cole: Focus political discussions on 'meat of things'

Posted 3/29/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole is touring the state in hopes of uniting Mississippians, Democrat and Republicans alike, he said. Cole, a self-confessed "political junkie" who jokes that he was born a Democrat, has served as the party's chairman since 2012.


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