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Aurora unveils new $15-million facility

Posted 1/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Aurora Flight Sciences unveiled the fruits of a more-than $15 million investment Monday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new facility that attracted some of the state's leading dignitaries.

 

US banks to pay $8.5B in mortgage settlement

Posted 1/8/2013 in National

Hundreds of thousands of Americans stand to benefit from the latest mortgage-abuse settlement, but consumer advocates say U.S. banks may be getting the best of the deal.

 

MSU, Starkville see growth in recycling programs

Spoiler alert: This newspaper will probably be thrown away. According to a report from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, about 10 million tons of newsprint is thrown away each year in the United States. There is no way to be sure exactly how many of those tons come from this state, but without question it's more than a few.

Officials tout achievements; new plans for city

In February, city engineer Edward Kemp will present the Starkville Board of Aldermen a capital improvement plan intended to take the city through the next two to three years.

 

Lowndes supes will hire deputy for courthouse

Posted 1/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a request for more security at the Lowndes County Courthouse, which was the subject of two bomb threats in less than a week, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors on Monday voted to hire an additional sheriff's deputy as a full-time security officer.

 

 

Sheriff thinks Conn. tragedy a factor in Ala. bomb plot

Posted 1/8/2013 in Area

An Alabama teenager who described himself as a white supremacist made journal entries about a plot to bomb classmates three days after the Newtown school massacre and began building small homemade explosives, a sheriff said Monday.

 

 

Maben company seeks tax breaks

A Maben furniture manufacturer is hoping the promise of 62 jobs will induce the county to provide some tax breaks. Bob Klimek of Main Street Forest Products said he hopes to be back in front of the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors at its Jan. 21 meeting with the legal documents required to request a tax abatement.

 

 

Giffords, Kelly launch gun control lobbying effort

Posted 1/8/2013 in National

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed six people and left her critically injured.

 

Monday profile: Whitcomb will leave job, but not her work

Posted 1/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Judy Whitcomb, the idea of public service extends far beyond her part-time job as town and court clerk in Caledonia. Ask any resident of the small town and you will be quickly informed that if Whitcomb isn't at her official job, she's either visiting someone in the hospital, sending a card to a friend who's down and out, or taking care of someone in need.

Obama taps Hagel for Pentagon, Brennan for CIA

Posted 1/7/2013 in National

President Barack Obama today will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, two potentially controversial picks for his second-term national security team.

 

Lawmakers try again on charter schools

Posted 1/7/2013 in State

A year ago, even some opponents of charter schools expected a bill to pass. But some majority Republicans balked, killing the bill in the House. So proponents redoubled their efforts, trying to build support for widening the rules that allow alternative public schools run by outside groups. Now they will try again.

 

 

Lairy, Fowler face off to fill Turner's seat on Jan. 15

Posted 1/7/2013 in Area

A special election to fill the 16th District Senate seat left open by the Nov. 27 death of Sen. Bennie Turner, D-West Point, will be held next Tuesday, Jan. 15.

 

Aldermen Dumas, Corey won't seek reelection

Two of the seven members of the Starkville Board of Aldermen have announced that they will not seek another term in the 2013 municipal elections.

Palazzo takes heat on Sandy aid vote

Posted 1/7/2013 in State

U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo says he voted against funding to pay the Hurricane Sandy flood insurance claims because of the deficit, but as the chief financial officer for the Biloxi Public Housing Authority in 2005, Palazzo asked for federal relief despite the nation's debt.

 

Shakespeare theme featured in high school art show

Works from area high school students honoring the era of Shakespeare will be displayed at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership on Wednesday.

 

 

Lawmakers to again mull texting while driving ban

Posted 1/7/2013 in State

State Sen. Billy Hudson again plans a proposal to ban texting while driving.

 

At Iowa prison, a lonely battle against sex movies

Posted 1/7/2013 in National

Administrators let offenders at one of Iowa's most dangerous prison units watch violent and sexually explicit movies and TV shows for years, despite repeated complaints from a female officer who said it encouraged inmates to sexually harass her.

 

Clinton scheduled to return to work today

Posted 1/7/2013 in National

The State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will return to work Monday, a little over a week after she was hospitalized with a blood clot in her head.

 

 

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