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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.


Jilted!: Collapse of Silicor project is latest of Correnti's empty promises

Posted 1/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On the surface, Lowndes County, Amory, Ontario, Ohio, and Stanly County, N.C., don't seem to have much in common. That they all have a desire for economic development and job creation certainly doesn't make them unique. What they do have in common, however, are their frustrating experiences with venture capitalist John Correnti.

Gun sales boom as enthusiasts fear ban

Posted 1/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the debate over gun rights rages around the nation in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, gun enthusiasts are snatching guns off the shelves as quickly as dealers can stock them.

Chaney says Bryant has handed control to Feds

Posted 1/5/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is handing control of a state health insurance exchange over to the federal government by trying to block creation of a state-run exchange, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney told the governor in a letter Friday.


Oktibbeha Co. to hire architect for courthouse renovations

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors could soon approve a request for proposals to hire an architect to renovate the county courthouse.



Talk of GOP primaries follows 'fiscal cliff' vote

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

Republicans in Congress who took the politically risky step of voting to raise taxes now find themselves trying to fend off potential primary challenges next year from angry conservatives.



2012 was worst year for whooping cough since 1955

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

The nation just suffered its worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades, according to preliminary government figures.



Farm bill extension evidence of lost clout

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn't include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to getting for their rural districts.


Obama urges action on debt ceiling

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

President Barack Obama is hailing a last-minute deal that avoids the so-called fiscal cliff but says it's just one step in a broader effort to boost the economy and shrink federal deficits.


Cat used in Brazil prison smuggling try

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

Guards thought there was something suspicious about a little white cat slipping through a prison gate in northeastern Brazil.



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