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2013 was a year of changes in Starkville

Posted 12/31/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For better or worse, there was nothing status quo in Starkville in 2013. From school consolidations to a seismic shift in city politics that claimed a well-regarded city administrator as a victim to the abrupt depature of two police chiefs to progress on the much-delayed Mill project, 2013 was a year of change.

Emotions high for Bulldogs

Posted 12/31/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State is proving team record isn't the litmus test for emotion leading into a bowl game. Heading into last season's Gator Bowl, MSU was skidding into the final month of the season with four losses in its last five games.


NAACP leader to continue push for Unity Park's opening

Posted 12/31/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Chris Taylor, the leader of Oktibbeha County's NAACP chapter, says he again will push for Unity Park's unveiling in early 2014 after county supervisors failed for a second straight year to formalize plans for an opening ceremony.



Death of Phoenix bank robber described in 911 call

Posted 12/31/2013 in Area

A caller told an emergency dispatcher that a masked man raced into a Phoenix bank and then calmly described how police gunned down the suspect minutes later as he fled with a bag of cash. "They're shooting, they're shooting," the 911 caller said. Ten seconds later: "One guy down. He's down."


In a selfie, a slain teen's last moments

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

It's a happy moment, a selfie taken by a group of teenagers on a sunny day in downtown Beirut. Mohammed Shaar sits among his friends in a red hoodie and his dark-framed glasses.


Democrats, GOP seek to define issue for 2014 elections

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

In a competitive district east of Denver, Democrat Andrew Romanoff is counting on voter anger at a divided and ineffectual Congress to help him unseat three-term Republican Rep. Mike Coffman.


Minnesota Vikings fire coach Leslie Frazier

Posted 12/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Minnesota Vikings fired coach Leslie Frazier this morning, one year after they made the playoffs and one day after they finished a 5-10-1 season.


Highway Patrol to increase patrols on New Year's Eve

Posted 12/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is encouraging drivers to think twice before they get behind the wheel of a car after New Year's Eve drinking.


Ellis won't seek re-appointment to CVB

Posted 12/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors were informed during their meeting today that Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors member Leon Ellis will not seek reappointment.

Wanted Tupelo bank robber killed after robbery in Phoenix

Posted 12/30/2013 in State

The Secret Service says that the man authorities have linked to a three-state bank robbery spree, the killing of one Mississippi police officer, and wounding of another was arrested in 2010 after being accused of making online threats against the president.

Federal health care sign-ups pass 1 million

Posted 12/30/2013 in National

The government's rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration says.


Judge dismisses Katrina flooding lawsuits

Posted 12/30/2013 in Area

Dozens of lawsuits seeking damages from the federal government for Hurricane Katrina-related levee failures and flooding in the New Orleans area are over.



Officials organize to address recidivism

Posted 12/30/2013 in State

Officials from criminal justice programs and religious and civil liberties organizations are working on a program to create a Reentry Council to help former inmates become productive citizens and to reduce prison recidivism.



Analysis: McInnis, Allain among Miss. deaths

Posted 12/30/2013 in State

State Rep. Mack McInnis helped 1994 become one of the worst years for Mississippi inmates. McInnis, who died in April at age 79, wanted inmates to wear stripes. How he said it put him in the national spotlight.



Teachers find home visits help in the classroom

Posted 12/30/2013 in National

In days gone by, a knock on the door by a teacher or school official used to mean a child was in trouble. Not anymore, at least for parents and students at Clay Elementary School.


Legal pot sales begin amid doubt in Colo.

Posted 12/30/2013 in National

A gleaming white Apple store of weed is how Andy Williams sees his new Denver marijuana dispensary.

Grave marker project helps bury the blues

Posted 12/30/2013 in National

Blues guitarist Tommy Bankhead rubbed shoulders with some of the genre's royalty, from Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James to Albert King and Sonny Boy Williamson. But visitors to the overgrown St. Louis cemetery where Bankhead was buried more than a decade ago would never know his musical legacy. Or his name.


GOP can count ways to Senate majority

Posted 12/30/2013 in National

Republicans count enough competitive races to challenge Democrats for control of the Senate in the 2014 elections, if only they can figure out what to do with the tea party.



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