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Engineering experts hit safety culture in BP spill

Posted 12/15/2011 in National

WASHINGTON -- BP and the oil industry drilling in the Gulf of Mexico lacked the proper safety attitude to handle the large risks of deep-water drilling, leading to the many bad decisions behind the nation's worst offshore spill, a panel of expert engineers said Wednesday.



Poll: Most Americans want payroll tax extension

Posted 12/15/2011 in National

WASHINGTON -- Most Americans want Congress to vote to continue the payroll tax reduction, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll that comes as Democrats and Republicans wrestle over whether to extend the cut through 2012



Judge gives Lohan attagirl

Posted 12/15/2011 in National

A judge offered Lindsay Lohan something Wednesday that she hadn't heard from a court in nearly two years: Praise.



Time names 'The Protester' as 'Person of Year'

Posted 12/15/2011 in National



Police arrest second man in video burglary

Posted 12/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The second suspect in the burglary caught on video turned himself in Tuesday night, police said. Columbus police officer Terrie Songer said Tavarous Mason, 28, of 416 John Colbert Road in Macon, turned himself in to Noxubee County authorities.



Columbus installs new traffic signals

Posted 12/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some of the city's winking traffic lights are more energy efficient thanks to a state grant. Columbus Light and Water employees have been seen at intersections around town installing new traffic signals.



Oktibbeha County Arrest Report 12-15-11

Posted 12/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The following people were arrested on felony charges from Dec. 6 to Dec. 11, according to an Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office:



Clay County drug court doing its job, director says to selectmen

Posted 12/15/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- Clay County's drug court is growing by the month. Edward Houston, drug court director, delivered another positive report to the West Point Board of Selectmen Tuesday night, noting increased participation and rehabilitation successes.



Lowndes Circuit Court: Steens man pleads guilty to child rape

Posted 12/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Steens man was sentenced to 28 years in prison for statutory rape. The Lowndes County Circuit Court session wrapped up last week with a high-profile murder case. The same day a guilty verdict was delivered in the Daniel Copple murder trial, Joshua L. Conn of 413 Steens Road in Steens pleaded guilty to statutory rape.



MSU to extend Mullen's contract

Posted 12/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University is expecting to put its head football coach back on a four-year agreement for the third consecutive winter. And all it took was a look, a nod and two words.



Starkville school board gets first look at superintendent candidates today

Posted 12/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County



Aberdeen superintendent fired

Posted 12/14/2011 in Area

ABERDEEN -- Aberdeen school board members voted to fire their top educator Monday night. The school board dismissed Chester Leigh in executive session during their regular meeting on Monday.



Family escapes Tuesday house fire near airport

Posted 12/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County home was destroyed Tuesday morning, and officials are investigating how it started. No one was injured in the fire that started about 3 a.m. inside a mobile home at 883 Motley Road near the Golden Triangle Regional Airport.


Columbus police arrest one in home burglary caught on video

Posted 12/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested one of the two men suspected in connection with a November house burglary. The burglary was caught on surveillance video.


Starkville zoning commission holds C Spire tower request

Posted 12/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Starkville Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday tabled a request from C Spire to erect a cellular service tower along Highway 25. The commission was faced with a string of issues, including conflict between C Spire and neighboring property owner RMR Investment Co., which said the 120-foot monopole tower would affect the aesthetics of the area and drive down property value.



Baptist hospital: Better patient satisfaction, stat!

Posted 12/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last November, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle's emergency department faced a dilemma: No matter what the staff did, patients were unhappy. Surveys ranked the ER in the 17th percentile for patient satisfaction. And despite their best efforts, scores were still plummeting.


Collision on Highway 45 sends drivers to hospital

Posted 12/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A wreck involving a white pickup truck and a commercial truck with a mounted crane sent both drivers to the hospital this morning.

McQueen keeps Johnson as assistant chief

Posted 12/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said he will not change assistant police chiefs. Capt. Joe Johnson will remain in the No. 2 position. "I am going to take what I have in place right now and work with it," McQueen said.


Omnova to phase out manufacturing operations

Posted 12/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus plant that has been a mainstay of the local economy since 1963 plans to phase out its manufacturing operations here.



Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry sells for $115 million

Posted 12/14/2011 in National

Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry collection fetched a record-setting $115 million -- including more than $11.8 million for a pearl necklace and more than $8.8 million for a diamond ring given to her by Richard Burton -- at an auction of gems and other memorabilia amassed by the late actress.



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