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Scientists: Americans are becoming weather wimps

Posted 1/10/2014 in National

We've become weather wimps. As the world warms, the United States is getting fewer bitter cold spells like the one that gripped much of the nation this week. So when a deep freeze strikes, scientists say, it seems more unprecedented than it really is.


Superintendents say funding gap pinches schools

Posted 1/10/2014 in State

School superintendents say that because Mississippi isn't fully funding its education formula, their districts have fewer classroom aides, larger class sizes, outdated computers and aging buses.



Pay lags for Miss. government employees

Posted 1/10/2014 in State

Mississippi government employees make an average of $9,108 less than their counterparts in the surrounding states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee, said the Mississippi State Personnel Board director Thursday.



Docs say cutting food stamps could backfire

Posted 1/10/2014 in National

Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could be socked with bigger health bills. Maybe not immediately, they say, but over time if the poor wind up in doctors' offices or hospitals as a result.


Israel says it will build new homes in West Bank

Posted 1/10/2014 in National

Israel says it plans to build 1,400 new homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, territory the Palestinians claim for their state.


U.S. parents stuck in Congo with adopted children

Posted 1/10/2014 in National

Justin Carroll is the proud dad of a 6-week-old daughter in Tennessee, but thus far he's done his doting via Facetime video phone calls from Africa. Since mid-November, Carroll has been living in Congo, unwilling to leave until he gets exit papers allowing two newly adopted sons to travel with him.


Israel: Ex-PM Sharon's condition worsens

Posted 1/10/2014 in National

Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's health deteriorated sharply Thursday and he was in "grave condition" with his family by his bedside, the hospital treating him announced.


Assault rifle stolen from Jackson police officer's car

Posted 1/9/2014 in State

Police in Jackson are searching for the thief who took a rifle from an officer's car.


CPD Chief McQueen files for retirement

Posted 1/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Chief of Police Selvain McQueen has put in his retirement papers, according to multiple city officials, including human resources director Pat Mitchell.

Ruby Hall damage likely to close dorm for spring

Ruby Hall, a residence hall that houses about 400 students within Mississippi State University's Zacharias Village, sat completely devoid Tuesday of the energetic bustle of students preparing for the start of spring semester classes.

Applications for CVB vacancies adding up

Posted 1/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

So far, six applicants are vying for three seats that will be up for grabs next month on the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors.


Mississippi schools get lowest achievement ranking in U.S.

Posted 1/9/2014 in State

Despite strong state standards, Mississippi students are not catching up to the rest of the nation, ranking last in a school performance evaluation released Thursday.


Browning on Business: Columbus gas stations closing doors

Posted 1/9/2014 in Business

Some gas station items to begin. The Kwik-N-Go next to Church's Chicken in the 1400 block of Main Street, as you may have noticed, has closed. That gas station was owned by Sanders Oil Company until the longtime Columbus business sold to Vernon, Ala.-based Midstates Petroleum Company in September.


Building permits 1-9-14

Posted 1/9/2014 in Business



Business brief: Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC recognized

Posted 1/9/2014 in Business



Hiring policies make job hunt tough for ex-inmates

Posted 1/9/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers say they want to reduce the number of former inmates who return to prison after serving time. However, one state representative said ex-felons could have trouble finding jobs because of workers' compensation insurance policies that companies carry.



Tupelo approves donated leave for officer

Posted 1/9/2014 in Area

The Tupelo City Council will allow employees to donate sick days to a police officer wounded in a shooting on Dec. 23.



Group restates Common Core support

Posted 1/9/2014 in Business

The Mississippi Economic Council is redoubling its support for Common Core academic standards.



Marriages and divorces 1-9-14

Posted 1/9/2014 in Business



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