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City of Starkville ready to 'get swept up'

Posted 8/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The population in Starkville could easily double this weekend with the influx of Mississippi State University and Jackson State University football fans as they converge for Saturday's season-opening football game.


Up in smoke: Teen pot use linked to later declines in IQ

Posted 8/28/2012 in National

Teens who routinely smoke marijuana risk a long-term drop in their IQ, a new study suggests.

Ann Romney, Christie on deck at GOP convention

Posted 8/28/2012 in National

Republicans are eager to showcase Mitt Romney as a man who understands everyday Americans and a leader who can fix the economy, with GOP National Convention speeches Tuesday by the woman who knows him best and tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. But with New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast waiting fearfully to see where a massive storm makes landfall, politics has become an awkward enterprise and no one knows what sort of party the GOP gathering will turn out to be.


Starkville's improved fire rating means savings for businesses

Posted 8/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Local business owners could see as much as a nine-percent drop in insurance premiums in Starkville thanks in part to the city's fire department, which this year received the best fire protection rating it has ever had.


Paul delegates mounting floor fight over new rules

Posted 8/28/2012 in National

Rep. Ron Paul's delegates are trying to mount a floor fight over new GOP rules designed to limit the ability of insurgent presidential candidates to amass delegates to future Republican conventions.

Democrats urge immediate repair of Capitol Dome

Posted 8/28/2012 in National

Democrats controlling the Senate pressed Monday for an immediate infusion of money to repair the iconic dome of the U.S. Capitol, which has fallen into disrepair and has at least 1,300 cracks in it.

New Orleans' post-Katrina gentrification is touchy

Posted 8/28/2012 in National

With Isaac bearing down on New Orleans, the city finds itself at a delicate moment in its rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina struck seven years ago.


Networks prepare to juggle politics, weather

Posted 8/28/2012 in National

Television networks began juggling two major stories on Monday, still wondering whether Tropical Storm Isaac will cause them to divert a large amount of attention from the Republican National Convention in Tampa.



Drought-stricken states welcome rain from Isaac

Posted 8/28/2012 in National

The remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac could bring welcome rain to some states in the Midwest this week, although it is unlikely to break the drought that has been gripping the region.



Forecasters: Isaac on verge of becoming hurricane

Posted 8/28/2012 in National

Isaac was on the verge of ballooning into a hurricane today that could flood the coasts of four states with storm surge and heavy rains on its way to New Orleans, where residents hunkered down behind levies fortified after Katrina struck seven years ago this week.



Greenwood native killed in Afghanistan

Posted 8/28/2012 in State

U.S. Army Pfc. Patricia Horne enjoyed serving her country as a member of one of the Army's elite units. "She told me a few weeks ago that she was going to re-enlist," her mother, Betty Horne, told the Greenwood Commonwealth Monday. "The Army would pay for her schooling. She wanted to be a doctor." Unfortunately, the 20-year-old didn't get that chance.


Monday profile: Vet Bounds retires after 47 years

Posted 8/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

All is hushed at Animal Medical Center. The Saturday morning patients have been examined and the animals are snug in their kennels, without so much as a woof or a whimper as Dr. Louis Bounds makes his way through the darkened labyrinth.


Cable One crash leaves thousands without services

Posted 8/27/2012 in Area

Thousands of Columbus-area CableOne customers remain without service Monday morning after a hardware failure crashed the network around 6 p.m. Sunday night.



Funding cuts part of city's efforts to make budget

Posted 8/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the Columbus City Council moves towards approving its Fiscal Year 2103 budget, organizations across the area will also be facing some tough decisions.



Mississippi getting ready for Isaac

Posted 8/27/2012 in State

City, county and school officials, as well as gaming commissioners, will decide today about closings in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to reach hurricane strength today.



Councils approves proposal for one-way traffic on 11th Ave.

Posted 8/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A north Columbus street will soon become a one-way street following approval from the Columbus City Council last week.



All eyes on Isaac as GOP convention approaches

Posted 8/27/2012 in National

Mitt Romney's Republican National Convention sputters to life with the lonely banging of a gavel in a mostly empty hall, hardly the opening splash intended for the nation. With a sprawling and strengthening storm bearing down on the region, the party hastily rewrote the convention script to present the extravaganza's prime rituals and headline speakers later in the week -- Tropical Storm Isaac willing.



Isaac aims at north Gulf Coast after raking Fla.

Posted 8/27/2012 in National

Tropical Storm Isaac rolled over the open Gulf of Mexico on Monday, where it was expected to grow into a hurricane before hitting land somewhere between Louisiana and Florida and close to the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.


Columbus goes to Conventions: First-timer Cantrell, veteran Brooks both eager to be 'part of history'

Posted 8/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A pair of Lowndes County residents will soon occupy a tiny piece of the two largest political stages in the United States as delegates to their national party conventions.


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