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Delay in plea by Holmes disturbs victims, families

Posted 1/12/2013 in National

A stunned silence settled over a courtroom Friday after the father of a woman killed in the Colorado theater shootings loudly cursed defendant James Holmes, prompting a sympathetic but firm warning from a judge.



Almost 800 people sign up for Fla. 'python challenge' hunt

Posted 1/12/2013 in National

Nearly 800 people have signed up to hunt Burmese pythons on public lands in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is holding a month-long "Python Challenge." Officials are offering cash prizes to whoever brings in the longest python and whoever bags the most pythons.



Hospitals crack down on workers refusing flu shots

Posted 1/12/2013 in National

Patients can refuse a flu shot. Should doctors and nurses have that right, too? That is the thorny question surfacing as U.S. hospitals increasingly crack down on employees who won't get flu shots, with some workers losing their jobs over their refusal.


Two fire victims died in heroic rescue effort

Posted 1/11/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Officials with the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office confirmed Thursday that the final body has been recovered from the charred rubble left after a Wednesday afternoon house fire that claimed the lives of three, including a ground-breaking physical therapist.

Legislature hits ground running

Posted 1/11/2013 in State

State lawmakers headed back to work this week to begin the first legislative session of 2013. The 90-day session will be conducted at a faster pace than last year's 125-day session.

Biden, NRA clash during gun violence talks

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

Despite fresh opposition from the National Rifle Association, the Obama administration is assembling proposals to curb gun violence that would include a ban on sales of assault weapons, limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun buyers.

Flu season strikes early and, in some places, hard

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

From the Rocky Mountains to New England, hospitals are swamped with people with flu symptoms. Some medical centers are turning away visitors or making them wear face masks, and one Pennsylvania hospital set up a tent outside its ER to deal with the feverish patients.


How to tell a cold from the flu

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

The common cold and flu are caused by different viruses but can have some similar symptoms, making them tough to tell apart.


Miss. House staff says Gibbs still in Legislature

Posted 1/11/2013 in Area

Mississippi House officials said Thursday that ailing Democratic Rep. David Gibbs of West Point remains a member of the Legislature.


Pulley details plans in first school board meeting

Posted 1/11/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County School Board held its first official meeting with new district conservator Margie Pulley on Thursday, where she announced the district's after-school program would start later this month.



Pentagon moving to freeze hiring, delay contracts

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

The Pentagon will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay some contract awards and curtail some maintenance to prepare for drastic budget cuts if Congress can't reach an agreement on a final spending plan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.



Colo. theater shooting case enters new phase

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

A judge has ordered the Colorado theater shooting suspect to stand trial, but his attorneys say they're not ready to enter a plea.



Sheriff: Calif. teen planned attack on classmates

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into a rural California high school on Thursday, shot one student and fired at others and missed before a teacher and another staff member talked him into surrendering, officials said.



Inaugural pastor withdraws over anti-gay remarks

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

The evangelical pastor chosen to give the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration withdrew from the ceremony Thursday after remarks surfaced that he made two decades ago condemning the gay rights movement.


Bryant backs new restrictions on abortion in Miss.

Posted 1/11/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant told several dozen pastors and other abortion opponents Thursday that he supports a bill that would ban the procedure once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. It's similar to a bill that was filed and killed by a Senate chairman last year.


Flooded streets, some mudslides in parts of Miss.

Posted 1/11/2013 in State

Heavy rain brought isolated mudslides, flooded streets and downed trees to parts of Mississippi on Thursday as a large storm system moved across the South.



Tyler Perry offers $100K reward in Fla. cold cases

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

Filmmaker Tyler Perry is offering a $100,000 reward for information in the decade-old case of two men who went missing after separate encounters with a sheriff's deputy in southwestern Florida.



Ex-Gitmo inmates claim Bin Laden movie excuses torture

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

Two former Guantanamo detainees on Thursday condemned "Zero Dark Thirty," a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden whose brutal interrogation scenes have sparked a discussion over the use of extreme methods in the U.S. campaign against terror.


2 dead in Oktibbeha fire

Posted 1/10/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Officials with the state fire marshal and the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office are expected to announce that two bodies have been recovered from debris following a Wednesday house fire on Bardwell Road that kept emergency services occupied late into the night.


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