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Building permits 2-27-14

Posted 2/27/2014 in Business



Iran sanctions dispute hurts vets bill prospects

Posted 2/27/2014 in National

The prospects for an election-year Senate bill aimed at beefing up benefits for America's veterans are caught in the dispute over whether to impose sanctions on Iran.



Lawmakers eye plan to give Viking Range $12M

Posted 2/27/2014 in Business

The state of Mississippi is proposing to give $12 million to Middleby Corp., the owner of Greenwood's Viking Range, to help pay for an expansion.



Big changes ahead for Delta frequent fliers

Posted 2/27/2014 in Business

Delta Air Lines is making fundamental changes to its frequent flier program and will reward those who buy its priciest tickets, as opposed to those who fly the most miles.



Phone cameras step closer to high-end power

Posted 2/27/2014 in Business

Expect sharper, clearer selfies this year. Samsung Electronics Co. has beefed up the camera in its Galaxy S5 smartphone due for April release and added smarter camera software, following Sony and Nokia in their upgrades of handset cameras.



Credit card data-breach costs take bite out of Target's 4Q profit

Posted 2/27/2014 in Business

Looks like Target Corp. will be feeling the financial pain for a while from the theft of credit card numbers and other information from millions of its customers.



Texas gay marriage ban latest to be struck down

Posted 2/27/2014 in National

A federal judge declared a same-sex marriage ban in deeply conservative Texas unconstitutional on Wednesday, but will allow the nation's second-most populous state to enforce the law pending an appeal that will likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court.



General: Grim Afghan future if no security pact

Posted 2/27/2014 in National

Depicting a grim future for Afghanistan without U.S. help, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday that Afghanistan's refusal to sign a security agreement with the United States may make the fight more difficult this year, embolden the enemy and prompt some Afghan security forces to cooperate with the Taliban to "hedge their bets."



Obama seeking $300 billion for roads, railways investment

Posted 2/27/2014 in National

President Barack Obama said Wednesday he will ask Congress for $300 billion to update aging roads and railways, arguing that the taxpayer investment is a worthy one that will pay dividends by attracting businesses and helping put people to work.



Army removes 588 troops from sensitive jobs

Posted 2/27/2014 in National

The Army removed 588 soldiers from sensitive jobs such as sexual assault counselors and recruiters after finding they had committed infractions such as sexual assault, child abuse and drunken driving, officials said Wednesday.


New look coming for nutrition labels

Posted 2/27/2014 in National

Those "Nutrition Facts" labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look.

Neighbors foil attempt to steal Banksy mural

Posted 2/27/2014 in Area

Neighbors in New Orleans foiled what police say was an attempt to steal a chunk of a cinderblock wall bearing a painting by the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy.

Kentucky snake handler death doesn't shake congregation's belief

Posted 2/27/2014 in National

Three days after pastor Jamie Coots died from a rattlesnake bite at church, mourners leaving the funeral went to the church to handle snakes.

Columbus police arrest teenager for burglary

Posted 2/26/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus teen was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with burglary of a home.

CVB director touts bike system for Columbus

Posted 2/26/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter said she's working with city leadership on a potential bicycle transit system and will help draft a plan in the coming months on starting one in Columbus.


Court to hear arguments over Miss. abortion law

Posted 2/26/2014 in State

A federal appeals court is expected to hear oral arguments in late April or early May in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 law that threatens to close Mississippi's only abortion clinic.


California couple stumbles upon $10 million cache of rare coins

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.


Parents push for Miss. special education vouchers

Posted 2/26/2014 in State

Parents who want Mississippi lawmakers to approve special education vouchers are adding their voices in support.


Two charged in connection to Gun Dog Supply theft

Posted 2/26/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Gun Dog Supply employee and his associate are both free on bond after the duo was arrested in connection to an alleged theft at the business.


Three charities vying for Restaurant Week donations

Posted 2/26/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Homeward Bound Project of Mississippi, Starkville Pregnancy Care Center and Mississippi State University's T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability will compete for a combined $6,500 in donations during this year's Starkville Restaurant Week, the Greater Starkville Development Partnership announced Tuesday.



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