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Double vision: Fertility doctors aim to lower rate of twin births

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

In the five years since the "Octomom" case, big multiple births have gone way down but the twin rate has barely budged. Now fertility experts are pushing a new goal: One.



Troopers work 167 collisions over holiday, 2 fatal

Posted 12/3/2013 in State

The Mississippi Highway Patrol worked two fatal accidents over the Thanksgiving holidays and investigated a total of 167 collisions that injured 36 people.



Snowden resigns as Starkville's community developer

Posted 12/2/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Community Developer William Snowden tendered his resignation this morning, becoming the fourth significant departure from the city since the current board of aldermen took over in July. City officials confirmed the resignation shortly before a Community Development Department staff meeting.


Wassail Fest is Friday

Posted 12/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Wassail, a cider made of juices and spices, has been served for centuries. Robin Hood, it is said, enjoyed the occasional swallow. Friday, downtown Columbus merchants will try their hands at preparing their version of the ancient beverage during the 10th annual Wassail Fest.

Criminal justice task force to meet

Posted 12/2/2013 in State

A criminal justice task force meets Wednesday to finalize its report on proposals to overhaul the state's corrections system and cut ballooning costs.

Starkville kicks off Christmas parade season

Posted 12/2/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Christmas parade season kicks off tonight in Starkville where the theme will be "Christmas in Who-ville." The parade begins at 6 p.m. and starts at the intersection of Lampkin and Russell streets. Approximately 70 parade entries will travel north on Montgomery Street before taking a left onto Main Street.

Government: on the mend

Posted 12/2/2013 in National

Computer crashes should be giving way to insurance coverage -- if the government's diagnosis of its health care website is correct.


Online petition: Stop Jackson bloodless bullfight

Posted 12/2/2013 in State

The man behind two new events celebrating Jackson's Hispanic population has brought controversy with the third. An online petition to cancel the Mississippi Bullfighting Exhibition scheduled Dec. 7 at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center had nearly 7,900 signatures by midday Saturday.


'A Christmas Story' at 30: Now part of the family

Posted 12/2/2013 in National

Even after three decades, the triple-dog dare doesn't get old. The film "A Christmas Story" opened 30 years ago to mixed reviews but has shown its staying power as a holiday family favorite.

Probe seeks cause of NYC train crash that killed 4

Posted 12/2/2013 in National

Federal authorities today were beginning an exhaustive investigation into what caused a New York City commuter train rounding a riverside curve to derail, killing four people and injuring more than 60 others.


Montana appeals teacher's rape sentence

Posted 12/2/2013 in National

The Montana attorney general's office on Friday asked the state Supreme Court to throw out a 30-day sentence given to a teacher who raped a 14-year-old girl, saying the punishment was illegally lenient.



Officials looking at taxes on Nissan plant

Posted 12/2/2013 in State

The president of the Madison County Board of Supervisors said officials will negotiate with Nissan over property taxes in early 2014. An initial 10-year tax exemption expires at the end of the year.



Group: Miss. should do better to help vendors

Posted 12/2/2013 in State

It's too hard for companies to track down information on how to sell goods and services to state government and Mississippi should make it easier to do business with the state, a legislative watchdog group said.


Bryant proposes $4.4M to Mississippi hospitals

Posted 12/2/2013 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing the state give Mississippi hospitals $4.4 million to offset an expected loss of federal funds due to the Affordable Care Act.


Kidd asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear petition

Posted 12/2/2013 in State

John Ray Kidd, a Pontotoc County man convicted of sexual assault in an attack on a woman who had accepted a ride home from him, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to listen to his post-conviction arguments for a new trial.



Two state prisons get new supes

Posted 12/2/2013 in State

New superintendents have taken over the leadership of two Mississippi state prisons.


Officials: Speed a factor in Walker's deadly crash

Posted 12/2/2013 in National

Investigators sought to determine the cause of a fiery crash that killed "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker while the actor's fans erected a makeshift memorial Sunday near where the Porsche he was riding in smashed into a light pole and tree.

76-year-old Salvation Army bell ringer has been at it for a decade-plus

Posted 11/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

James Merrigan's wife told him to find something to do with his time. So the retired Air Force veteran left his Old Aberdeen Road home in Columbus and showed back up a little while later. When he did, his wife, Vicki, asked what he had found. "Well," he said, "it's seasonal." That was 13 years ago. He's been doing the thing he found ever since.

Lowndes County looking at two sites for tech school

Posted 11/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District is moving ahead with plans for a district wide Career Tech center. As far as where it will be located, the school board will decide between two pieces of land near Highway 50 and Lehmberg Road.


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