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Employers step in to prevent worker burnout

Posted 12/4/2013 in National

olkswagen turns off some employees' email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. BMW is planning new rules that will keep workers from being contacted after hours.



Audit: Health care subsidies vulnerable to fraud

Posted 12/4/2013 in National

Government subsidies to help Americans buy insurance under the health care overhaul may be vulnerable to fraud, a Treasury Department watchdog warned on Tuesday in the latest indication that troubles are far from over for President Barack Obama's signature legislation.


Lowndes school board mulling over options on vo-tech site

Posted 12/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District may be months away from deciding on a location for the proposed career tech center, but the choices have been narrowed to two.

City leaders begin ward tours

Posted 12/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fifteenth Street South is a thoroughfare used every day by truck drivers from Waste Pro, MMC Materials and APAC as they go to and leave plants in Columbus. It's only been about a year since the road was last milled and repaved, but portions of it have already deteriorated.

AT&T joins mix to provide cable service for city

Posted 12/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus residents may have an alternative option for Internet and cable television services next year. City councilmen approved paying a consultant $12,000 to negotiate re-upping Columbus' contract with Cable One, which is up for renewal in June, and to work with AT&T to bring its digital services to the city.

Board approves disciplinary action against police department master sergeant

Posted 12/4/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen on Tuesday approved a disciplinary action against Starkville Police Department Master Sgt. Shawn Word after a closed-door meeting with police officials.

OCSD makes arrest in 16th Section Road accident

Posted 12/4/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County sheriff's deputies arrested Dana Jones Roberson, 54, of Starkville, after he allegedly caused a head-on, multi-car collision Saturday that resulted in numerous injuries.


Memorial Friday, funeral Saturday for Allain

Posted 12/4/2013 in State

A memorial service for former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain will be held Friday at the state Capitol in Jackson, and the funeral will be Saturday in Natchez.


Lowndes Co. tightens rubbish pickup rules

Posted 12/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County now has stricter guidelines on its brush and debris pickup procedure. Supervisors on Monday passed a policy stating crews who handle those duties will no longer gather large trees, stumps, tires or household garbage.

County switches to self-funded insurance plan

Posted 12/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County employees will save on medical insurance costs after supervisors opted to transition from a fully-insured to a self-insured system.

Former Miss. Gov. Bill Allain dies at 85

Posted 12/3/2013 in State

Former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain, a Democrat who appointed significant numbers of women and minorities to government jobs and strengthened the executive branch by removing legislators from state boards, died Monday. He was 85.

Still time for holiday donations

Posted 12/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Columbus residents that are in the spirit of giving this holiday season, there are still several opportunities to donate to those in need.

EMCC Golden Triangle expansion to begin in early 2014

Posted 12/3/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

East Mississippi Community College will break ground on a new student union at its Mayhew campus early next year, President Rick Young told Oktibbeha County supervisors Monday, after the school successfully lobbied area counties for financial pledges this summer.


Obama tries to move past health care website woes

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

Seeking to move past its website woes, the Obama administration is launching a two-pronged health care strategy this month aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come January while also trying to refocus the public's attention on broader benefits of the sweeping law.



Fast-food strikes aim at 100 U.S. cities

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

Fast-food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job on Thursday, organizers say, which would mark the largest effort yet in a push for higher pay.


Arrest report: 12-3-13

Posted 12/3/2013 in Area


Miss. judge refuses to grant gay couple's divorce

Posted 12/3/2013 in State

A Mississippi judge on Monday refused to grant a divorce to a lesbian couple who got married in California, saying the marriage wasn't recognized under state law, according to the woman who filed and her lawyer.



Arraignment set in Mississippi ricin letters case

Posted 12/3/2013 in State

A man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday on a new charge.



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