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White House: Israel has right to defend itself

Posted 11/17/2012 in National

The White House on Saturday defended Israel's right to defend itself against attack and decide how to respond to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, blaming the ruling Islamic militant Hamas group for starting the conflict.

Ecuador officials reject donkey as candidate

Posted 11/17/2012 in National

The demand of dozens of citizens has been denied in the Ecuadorean city of Guayaquil: There will be no jackass running for the legislature.

 

West Point's Christmas Tour of Homes visits Old Waverly

Posted 11/17/2012 in Area

The third annual Christmas Tour of Homes in West Point will showcase six unique homes at Old Waverly Golf Club on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 2-5 p.m. Refreshments will be served from 4-6 p.m. in the Clubhouse on the grounds.

 

Silicor will miss deadline; future uncertain

Posted 11/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A much-anticipated Lowndes County industrial prospect will miss a second construction deadline. According to Lowndes County Administrator Ralph Billingsley, Silicor Materials is not expected to meet its phase one groundbreaking deadline set for Dec. 31.

Church still interested in Lee purchase

Posted 11/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Five months have passed since Point of Grace Pastor Shane Cruse's bid for Lee Middle School was rejected, but he has not given up hope.

Castleberry gets IHL approval for CottonMill project

Posted 11/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

On Thursday, the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Directors approved a contract between Mississippi State University and Columbus developer Mark Castleberry to develop the much-delayed CottonMill project.

 

Angel Tree program begins today

Posted 11/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the Christmas season approaches, children anxiously write their lists to Santa, begging for the top toy of the season.

 

 

Rodent problem? How about 180 million rats?

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

The unique bird and reptile species that make the Galapagos Islands a treasure for scientists and tourists must be preserved, Ecuadorean authorities say -- and that means the rats must die, hundreds of millions of them.

 

Wiseman says city won't fight ethics ruling

Posted 11/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman said the city will not challenge a preliminary report by the Mississippi Ethics Commission that says the city violated three sections of the state Open Meetings Act.

 

State finds homestead exemption mistakes

Posted 11/16/2012 in State

The Mississippi Department of Revenue has found mistakes in 36,000 homestead exemption filings.

 

 

BP agrees to pay $4.5B; 3 employees charged

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

A day of reckoning arrived for BP on Thursday as the oil giant agreed to plead guilty to a raft of criminal charges and pay a record $4.5 billion in a settlement with the government over the deadly 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Three BP employees were also charged, two of them with manslaughter.

 

 

DeLaughter no longer on supervised release

Posted 11/16/2012 in State

Bobby DeLaughter, a former circuit judge caught up in Mississippi's judicial bribery scandal, is no longer on post-prison supervised release.

 

 

$100-a-year fee approved at Ole Miss, MSU

Posted 11/16/2012 in State

The state College Board has approved a request from Mississippi's two largest universities to impose a $50-a-semester fee on their students.

 

4 dead, 17 hurt when train hits Texas vets parade

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

A freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans on Thursday, killing four people and injuring 17 others as the float tried to get through a West Texas railroad crossing on its way to an honorary banquet, authorities said.

 

Diabetes rates rocket in Oklahoma, South

Posted 11/16/2012 in State

The nation's diabetes problem is getting worse, and the biggest jump over 15 years was in Oklahoma, according to a new federal report issued Thursday.

 

 

Petraeus treks to Capitol for Benghazi questioning

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

David Petraeus, in his first congressional testimony since resigning as CIA director over an extramarital affair, began fielding questions Friday from lawmakers about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

 

 

Israel and Hamas battle on social media as well

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

The hostilities between Israel and Hamas have found a new battleground: social media. The Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas militants have exchanged fiery tweets throughout the fighting in a separate war to influence public opinion.

 

States reveal their choices on Obama's health law

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

After two years of political battles and a Supreme Court case, many if not most states are expected to tell the federal government Friday if they're willing carry out a key part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

 

Power outage time after Sandy not extraordinary

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

As the number of nights without power stretched on for thousands left in the dark after Superstorm Sandy, patience understandably turned to anger and outrage.

 

 

Obama presses GOP on taxing rich to avert 'cliff'

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

President Barack Obama challenged congressional Republicans Wednesday to let taxes rise on the wealthiest Americans on both economic and political grounds, noting he campaigned successfully for re-election on the point and contending it would instantly ease the threat of the "fiscal cliff" plunging the nation back into recession.

 

 

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