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To frack or not to frack? Safety concerns, impact on infrastructure complicate debate on drilling method

Posted 1/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It is easy to make the argument that a hunger for land and an insatiable appetite for the resources it contained were largely responsible for the settling of the North American continent. These movements have not always been proud chapters in American history, when the treatment of Native American peoples or the ravaging of land for the extraction of natural resources are considered.

Colleagues remember Robson as a pioneer in physical therapy

Posted 1/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Kevin Randall has known Celia Robson for as long as he can remember. Growing up in Starkville, any time he visited the doctor he went to the Longest Student Health Center on the campus of Mississippi State, where Robson worked as a physical therapist.


MDA won't disclose plans for Silicor site

Posted 1/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two weeks after backing out of a $600 million that promised 971 jobs for Lowndes County, state officials are staying silent regarding the latest developments with California-based Silicor and its plans to continue to locate in Mississippi.



Miss. lt. gov proposes armed guards in schools

Posted 1/12/2013 in State

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is proposing a $7.5 million program to help schools hire trained and armed law enforcement officers to work on campus.



Only Miss. abortion clinic can't comply with law

Posted 1/12/2013 in State

Mississippi's only abortion clinic missed a Friday deadline to comply with a 2012 state law that requires each of its physicians to get hospital admitting privileges -- a law the governor said he signed with the hopes of shutting the clinic down.



Starkville's Wiseman to announce reelection bid

Posted 1/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman is expected to announce his plans to seek reelection in the 2013 municipal race.


RFK children speak about assassination

Posted 1/12/2013 in National

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced that a lone gunman wasn't solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a "shoddy piece of craftsmanship."


Delay in plea by Holmes disturbs victims, families

Posted 1/12/2013 in National

A stunned silence settled over a courtroom Friday after the father of a woman killed in the Colorado theater shootings loudly cursed defendant James Holmes, prompting a sympathetic but firm warning from a judge.



Almost 800 people sign up for Fla. 'python challenge' hunt

Posted 1/12/2013 in National

Nearly 800 people have signed up to hunt Burmese pythons on public lands in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is holding a month-long "Python Challenge." Officials are offering cash prizes to whoever brings in the longest python and whoever bags the most pythons.



Hospitals crack down on workers refusing flu shots

Posted 1/12/2013 in National

Patients can refuse a flu shot. Should doctors and nurses have that right, too? That is the thorny question surfacing as U.S. hospitals increasingly crack down on employees who won't get flu shots, with some workers losing their jobs over their refusal.


Two fire victims died in heroic rescue effort

Posted 1/11/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Officials with the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office confirmed Thursday that the final body has been recovered from the charred rubble left after a Wednesday afternoon house fire that claimed the lives of three, including a ground-breaking physical therapist.

Legislature hits ground running

Posted 1/11/2013 in State

State lawmakers headed back to work this week to begin the first legislative session of 2013. The 90-day session will be conducted at a faster pace than last year's 125-day session.

Biden, NRA clash during gun violence talks

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

Despite fresh opposition from the National Rifle Association, the Obama administration is assembling proposals to curb gun violence that would include a ban on sales of assault weapons, limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun buyers.

Flu season strikes early and, in some places, hard

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

From the Rocky Mountains to New England, hospitals are swamped with people with flu symptoms. Some medical centers are turning away visitors or making them wear face masks, and one Pennsylvania hospital set up a tent outside its ER to deal with the feverish patients.


How to tell a cold from the flu

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

The common cold and flu are caused by different viruses but can have some similar symptoms, making them tough to tell apart.


Miss. House staff says Gibbs still in Legislature

Posted 1/11/2013 in Area

Mississippi House officials said Thursday that ailing Democratic Rep. David Gibbs of West Point remains a member of the Legislature.


Pulley details plans in first school board meeting

Posted 1/11/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County School Board held its first official meeting with new district conservator Margie Pulley on Thursday, where she announced the district's after-school program would start later this month.



Pentagon moving to freeze hiring, delay contracts

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

The Pentagon will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay some contract awards and curtail some maintenance to prepare for drastic budget cuts if Congress can't reach an agreement on a final spending plan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.



Colo. theater shooting case enters new phase

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

A judge has ordered the Colorado theater shooting suspect to stand trial, but his attorneys say they're not ready to enter a plea.



Sheriff: Calif. teen planned attack on classmates

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into a rural California high school on Thursday, shot one student and fired at others and missed before a teacher and another staff member talked him into surrendering, officials said.



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