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13 GM traffic deaths are tied to a 57-cent part

Posted 4/2/2014 in National

The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, members of Congress said Tuesday as they demanded answers from General Motors' new CEO on why the automaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect.



Bill passed to trim taxing powers

Posted 4/2/2014 in State

Lawmakers are moving ahead with tax collection changes that the state Department of Revenue warns could ultimately cost Mississippi more than $100 million a year.



AG Hood seeks answers on Byrom ruling

Posted 4/2/2014 in State

Attorney General Jim Hood is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to explain why it threw out the conviction of a death row inmate in the slaying of her husband.



Two pit bulls kill 3-year-old boy

Posted 4/2/2014 in State

Holmes County deputies are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy who was reportedly attacked by two pit bulls at his home in the Thornton community.



Race for Results: New report details racial gap among U.S. children

Posted 4/2/2014 in National

In every region of America, white and Asian children are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap.



Magnitude 8.2 earthquake kills five in Chile

Posted 4/2/2014 in National

Authorities kept hundreds of thousands of people out of their beds early today after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast. Five people were crushed to death or suffered fatal heart attacks, a remarkably low toll for such a powerful shift in the Earth's crust.



Few details emerging from Club Rock shooting

Oktibbeha County investigators are finding little insight into a Sunday shooting at an Oktibbeha County nightclub despite two days of canvassing for clues and interviewing potential witnesses, Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department Commander Brett Watson said. No arrests have been made after gunfire in Club Rock's parking lot left five people injured.



Zacharias road designation survives conference negotiations

A joint House-Senate conference committee Monday filed a new version of HB 615, legislation that will honor former Mississippi State University President Donald Zacharias with a road designation in Oktibbeha County, with additional designations across Mississippi.



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.


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