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Obama: Debt limit fight imperils elderly's checks

Posted 1/15/2013 in National

Declaring "we are not a deadbeat nation," President Obama warned on Monday that Social Security checks and veterans' benefits will be delayed if congressional Republicans fail to increase the government's borrowing authority in a looming showdown over the nation's debt and spending.


Sidewalks may play role in Starkville mayor's race

Posted 1/15/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

When Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman encounters criticism of the city's ambitious, contentious sidewalk ordinance, he said he is comforted by the story of the Mississippi four-lane highway program.


Miss. lawmakers eye mandatory kindergarten again

Posted 1/15/2013 in State

Momentum may be building toward making kindergarten mandatory in Mississippi. At least four senators plan to introduce bills requiring 5-year-olds to attend school, and at least one House member also plans such a bill.



State names Hwy. 82 first cultural highway

Posted 1/15/2013 in State

U.S. Highway 82, which runs from the Mississippi River at the Arkansas line across North Mississippi to the Alabama line, has been named the state's first cultural highway.



Sunday fire damages Starkville home

Posted 1/15/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Sunday night fire at a mobile home in Starkville left no injuries, but heat and smoke damage will make the home temporarily uninhabitable.



Dallas tears down ex-home of JFK assassin Oswald

Posted 1/15/2013 in National

A handful of history buffs and curious onlookers watched Monday as a bulldozer tore through the walls of a dilapidated apartment building where Lee Harvey Oswald lived a few months before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


Columbus lands big soccer tournaments

Posted 1/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two of Mississippi's largest youth soccer tournaments are coming to the Columbus Soccer Complex. Officials with Columbus-Lowndes Parks and Recreation Department won bids against other soccer complexes in the state to host the 2013 Coaches Cup Tournament and the 2014 Presidents Cup Tournament.

Gibbs' death takes legislators by surprise

Posted 1/14/2013 in Area

State Rep. David Gibbs, recalled by colleagues as a common-sense lawmaker who preferred to keep a low profile and make things happen behind the scenes, died Sunday. He was 76.


NRA says Congress will not pass ban

Posted 1/14/2013 in National

The powerful gun lobby is gauging enough support in Congress to block a law that would ban assault weapons, despite promises from the White House and senior lawmakers to make such a measure a reality.



Starkville studies Chattanooga broadband program

Posted 1/14/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Officials with the city of Starkville visited with the president of the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association and met with members of the Chattanooga Electric Power Board last week.



AP Analysis: Lawmakers' jobs both boon and conflict

Posted 1/14/2013 in State

It's the strength and the weakness of a citizen legislature -- many Mississippi lawmakers have other jobs back home. A strength, because it gives them knowledge of particular subjects they make laws on. A weakness, because it can make them look like they're pulling for their own self-interest when they're in Jackson.



Man pardoned by Barbour involved in fatal shooting

Posted 1/14/2013 in State

One of the ex-prisoners who received a full pardon last year from then-Gov. Haley Barbour was involved in exchange of gunfire that killed another man Thursday night, a northern Mississippi sheriff said.



Scramble for vaccine as flu season heats up

Posted 1/14/2013 in National

Missed flu-shot day at the office last fall? And all those "get vaccinated" ads? A scramble for shots is under way as late-comers seek protection from a miserable flu strain already spreading through much of the country.



Iowa man, sister reunite thanks to boy, Facebook

Posted 1/14/2013 in National

An Iowa man and his sister have reunited 65 years after being separated in foster care thanks to a 7-year-old friend's Facebook search.


To frack or not to frack? Safety concerns, impact on infrastructure complicate debate on drilling method

Posted 1/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It is easy to make the argument that a hunger for land and an insatiable appetite for the resources it contained were largely responsible for the settling of the North American continent. These movements have not always been proud chapters in American history, when the treatment of Native American peoples or the ravaging of land for the extraction of natural resources are considered.

Colleagues remember Robson as a pioneer in physical therapy

Posted 1/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Kevin Randall has known Celia Robson for as long as he can remember. Growing up in Starkville, any time he visited the doctor he went to the Longest Student Health Center on the campus of Mississippi State, where Robson worked as a physical therapist.


MDA won't disclose plans for Silicor site

Posted 1/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two weeks after backing out of a $600 million that promised 971 jobs for Lowndes County, state officials are staying silent regarding the latest developments with California-based Silicor and its plans to continue to locate in Mississippi.



Miss. lt. gov proposes armed guards in schools

Posted 1/12/2013 in State

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is proposing a $7.5 million program to help schools hire trained and armed law enforcement officers to work on campus.



Only Miss. abortion clinic can't comply with law

Posted 1/12/2013 in State

Mississippi's only abortion clinic missed a Friday deadline to comply with a 2012 state law that requires each of its physicians to get hospital admitting privileges -- a law the governor said he signed with the hopes of shutting the clinic down.



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