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Keeping the faith: As Jewish population in the South declines, local Jews bond to maintain traditions

Posted 3/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sunday afternoon, Dr. Seth Oppenheimer drove from his home in Starkville to Tuscaloosa, armed with a very special grocery list -- the items he will need for tonight's Passover meal. The hour-long trek is not unusual. It is an undertaking Jews in small communities across Mississippi will make as they prepare for the holiday, which begins tonight at sundown.

Local charities can receive rewards points

Posted 3/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Customers with CSpire Wireless now have the opportunity to donate to their favorite charities. The cell phone provider implemented a new rewards program last week that allows customers to give money to nine charities.

State Representative found dead

Posted 3/25/2013 in State

State Rep. Jessica Upshaw, an attorney who had been a lawmaker since 2004, was found dead Sunday of an apparent suicide. She was 53.

GOP's 'no' on Medicaid becomes 'Let's make a deal'

Posted 3/25/2013 in National

Given the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law, many Republican governors and lawmakers initially responded with an emphatic "no." Now they are increasingly hedging their objections.

Restaurant Week event provides boost in sales

Posted 3/25/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Patrons wanting Old Venice's creole salmon special Sunday afternoon were out of luck: The fish flew from the restaurant's menu.

Toenail clippings to measure toxic exposure in N.J.

Posted 3/25/2013 in National

The neighborhood looks exceedingly normal: single-family homes and apartment buildings packed together, dogs barking from postage-stamp-size lawns, parents hustling down narrow sidewalks to fetch their children from school. But something with very dangerous potential lies below the surface, officials say.


Medgar Evers exhibit opening May 1

Posted 3/25/2013 in State

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History commemorates the 50th anniversary of the slaying of civil rights leader Medgar Evers with the opening of a new exhibit in Jackson on May 1 with Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers Williams.



NYC museum accused of duping visitors

Posted 3/25/2013 in National



Letter from DNA discoverer to be auctioned in NYC

Posted 3/25/2013 in National


Both sides of gun debate make public appeals

Posted 3/25/2013 in National

Two of the loudest voices in the gun debate say it's up to voters now to make their position known to Congress. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and National Rifle Associate Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre claim their opposing views on guns have the support of the overwhelming number of Americans.


Marine base shooting victim was goofy, churchgoing

Posted 3/25/2013 in State

A Marine who was shot to death at a Virginia base was described as a warm-hearted country boy from the South who grew up in the Pentecostal church and even preached a few times.



Rove sees potential support for gay marriage

Posted 3/25/2013 in National

GOP strategist Karl Rove says he can imagine a Republican candidate in the next presidential campaign supporting gay marriage.



New Columbus City Council Wards map

Posted 3/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

High-resolution pdf file of the new council wards for the city of Columbus.


Furloughs looming for CAFB

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As furloughs loom for 800,000 of the nation's government contract workers, one Columbus man is bracing himself for the financial hit. Carmine Muscarella, a life coach at Columbus Air Force Base, said he expects the furlough notices to begin this week. For Muscarella and the other 472 contract workers employed through CAFB, that means a 20 percent reduction per pay period due to sequestration.


FAA releases final list of air tower closures

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

Under orders to trim hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget, the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday released a final list of 149 air traffic control towers that it will close at small airports around the country starting early next month.


Groundhog Phil a furry felon over false forecast

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

A shadow of a different kind is hanging over Punxsutawney Phil. Authorities in still-frigid Ohio have issued an "indictment" against the famed groundhog, who predicted an early spring when he didn't see his shadow after emerging from his lair in western Pennsylvania on Feb. 2.

Backlash prompts Heritage Academy to keep its old name

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heritage Academy has rescinded its decision to change its name. The school announced earlier this week that it intended to rename Heritage Academy to Columbus Heritage Academy.

Alleged postal shooter in custody

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Michigan teenager is in custody after allegedly shooting a local United States Postal worker in the course of a robbery.

Holloway: Better to negotiate merger bill now than later

Posted 3/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway told public stakeholders Thursday it is better to negotiate a school merger bill now than have a future measure without local input, according to unofficial strategic planning session minutes released by the district.


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