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State could change process for failing schools

Posted 12/8/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi State Superintendent Tom Burnham said Wednesday he will propose a law to allow the state to either forcibly merge or require new elections in failing school districts because the current reform system doesn't work.



Natchez Trace Parkway: Slow down for salamanders

Posted 12/8/2011 in State

JACKSON -- The Natchez Trace Parkway provides a home for the tiny juvenile Webster's Salamander and frogs.



BP cited for five more violations

Posted 12/8/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Federal regulators on Wednesday cited BP PLC for a second set of violations stemming from the 2010 well blowout that killed 11 rig workers and caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.



New Hope family escapes fire, loses Christmas gifts

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A New Hope family escaped with only the clothes on their backs after an early morning fire damaged their rental house and all of their possessions, including the children's Christmas presents.



Finalist withdraws bid for Columbus police chief

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus has one less option for the the job of chief of police.



Columbus finalizes revised alcohol ordinance

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council approved an amendment to the city's alcohol ordinance at Tuesday's regular meeting.



Study: U.S. presidents tend to live longer than their peers

Posted 12/7/2011 in Area

CHICAGO -- White House wannabes take note: Contrary to the idea that being president speeds up aging, a study shows that many U.S. commanders in chief have actually lived longer than their peers.


Tues. fire destroys Crawford nightclub

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County volunteer firefighters battled an early Tuesday morning blaze in Crawford but were unable to save The Horseman Club, a local juke joint and popular night spot in the small town.

Bittersweet goodbye: Well-wishers surprise Brigham with tribute

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Allegra Brigham slipped onto the Mississippi University for Women campus amid little fanfare nearly a year and a half ago. She thought she would leave the same way.


Columbus Police chief interviews to be televised

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus city officials report that only three of the four police chief finalists plan to be at the Columbus Municipal Complex on Thursday afternoon ready to state their cases for employment.



New Starkville city regulations will save developers time, money

Posted 12/7/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Builders now have an option to save money during subdivision construction. The Board of Aldermen had its third public hearing Tuesday on amending its subdivision regulations to allow one-stage street development, a move three aldermen panned for different reasons.



Starkville has options, not funding, for South Montgomery congestion

Posted 12/7/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The future of South Montgomery Street could rest in federal and state transportation funds.



Pearl Harbor survivors return to ships after death

Posted 12/7/2011 in Area

HONOLULU -- Lee Soucy, who lived to be 90 after surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, is finally back with his shipmates 70 years later.



TV anchor seeks ruling in lawsuit by MLK estate

Posted 12/7/2011 in State

JACKSON -- A popular Mississippi television anchor wants a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit brought by the estate of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that seeks documents and other material connected to the civil rights leader.



Hattiesburg repeals ban on fortune telling

Posted 12/7/2011 in State

HATTIESBURG -- Hattiesburg city leaders have repealed a ban on fortune telling after a federal judge ruled the ordinance unenforceable. The Hattiesburg City Council voted Tuesday to repeal the ordinance.



City to flush out brown water

Posted 12/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Reports of discolored water in Starkville's pipes are at their lowest level since February. Now, with a complete flushing staff, the city is ready to lessen the incidents even mo


Starkville explores alternatives to bond issue

Posted 12/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mayor Parker Wiseman hopes to officially begin the search for a tax-neutral financing for the ongoing municipal facilities plan today.


No sign of sign vandals

Posted 12/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Road Manager Victor Collins can't keep up. Over the past month, Collins and his road crew have replaced 36 traffic or street signs that have been torn down, vandalized or stolen.



Bryan: Club Rock out of control

Posted 12/6/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Club Rock could be shut down in as little as a week. The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Monday voted unanimously to seek a temporary injunction to close the business following police and fire safety reports that have deemed the venue hazardous.



Barbour backs cyber tax

Posted 12/6/2011 in State

Gov. Haley Barbour is now backing a congressional proposal to allow states to directly collect sales taxes from Internet and catalog merchants.



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