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MEC: Education, health care are keys to state's economy

Posted 2/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Education and health care will be the driving forces behind economic development over the next few decades, Mississippi Economic Council officials told members of the Columbus Rotary Club Tuesday at Lion Hills Golf Club.


Miss. House seeks more than $184 million in bonds

Posted 2/20/2013 in State

House members want the state to borrow more than $184 million, mainly for new buildings at Mississippi's community colleges and public universities.



Miss. panel hears about uninsured working poor

Posted 2/20/2013 in State

Expanding Medicaid would help thousands of "working poor" Mississippi residents who don't receive health insurance coverage through their jobs, a small-town family physician told lawmakers Tuesday.



Pair of restaurants open in Columbus

Posted 2/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a series of invitation-only soft openings, two new Columbus restaurants are open for business. The LongHorn Steakhouse, a Orlando, Fla.-based franchise which also owns Red Lobster and Olive Garden, opened its doors to the public Monday.



CVB's festival grant meeting canceled

Posted 2/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A special meeting of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's Festival Grants Committee scheduled for today has been canceled. According to committee member Bernard Buckhalter, the meeting was canceled because committee chairman Mark Castleberry would not be able to attend.


CottonMill TIF change request delayed until March

Posted 2/20/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen approved amendments to a potential Community Development Block Grant application associated with the project formerly known as CottonMill and its proposed $8 million parking facility Tuesday.

U.S. developing penalties for cybertheft

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

Evidence of an unrelenting campaign of cyberstealing linked to the Chinese government is prompting the Obama administration to develop more aggressive responses to the theft of U.S. government data and corporate trade secrets.

Allen retirement opens Europe command slot

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

President Barack Obama is looking for a new candidate to lead American and allied forces in Europe after his first choice, Marine Gen. John Allen, bowed out Tuesday and announced his intention to retire for what he called personal reasons.

Cadaver dogs search after Kansas City gas blast

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

Firefighters with cadaver dogs were searching early today through the rubble of a popular restaurant flattened by a natural gas explosion and massive fire that sent black smoke high over Kansas City's upscale Country Club Plaza shopping and dining district.


Biden says a shotgun will scare off intruders

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Americans don't need semi-automatic weapons to protect their homes because a couple of blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders.


Future science: Using 3D worlds to visualize data

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

Take a walk through a human brain? Fly over the surface of Mars? Computer scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago are pushing science fiction closer to reality with a wraparound virtual world where a researcher wearing 3D glasses can do all that and more.


Renewed fervor for Google lifts stock above $800

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

Google's stock price topped $800 for the first time Tuesday amid renewed confidence in the company's ability to reap higher profits from its dominance of Internet search and prominence in the growing mobile market.



Bottle fraud in Mich. may face harsher penalties

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

Attention smugglers of empty soda cans: Stay out of Michigan, or you could face jail time.



Shooting rampage kills three in Calif.

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

The early morning commute was just getting under way on suburban Orange County's network of freeways when Melvin Lee Edwards pulled up to a stop sign near a busy off-ramp. It was just after 5 a.m. and Edwards, 69, was on his way to work when, police say, a fleeing murder suspect forced him out of his BMW at gunpoint, marched him across the street and shot him three times from behind as horrified commuters watched.



Foundation works on blight-free chestnut tree

Posted 2/20/2013 in State

North Mississippi Research and Extension Center forestry specialist John Kushla says he's excited to be documenting four cross-bred chestnut tree seeds donated by master gardener Reginald Rose.



Miss. lawmakers say no to local food regulation

Posted 2/20/2013 in State

No one's trying to take away supertanker-sized soda drinks in Mississippi, but state lawmakers passed a bill Feb. 13 to make sure they never do.


Columbus City Council selects Verdell for school board

Posted 2/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council voted to appoint Angela Verdell to the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees.

Local women form group to give shelter animals 11th-hour reprieves

Posted 2/19/2013 in Area

A knock on Andrea Spain's door in Starkville Monday elicits a raucous chorus of what sounds like hundreds of dogs. It's easy to imagine being bowled off her porch by a canine blitzkrieg of muddy paws and slobbering tongues. But when she opens the door, silence -- punctuated by a staccato of wagging tails -- ensues. No dog leaves Spain's home without learning basic house manners.

Bridge renovation should be finished by May

Posted 2/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The much-delayed and highly anticipated restoration of the old Tombigbee River Bridge is on track to be completed by May. Kevin Stafford with Neel Schaffer Engineering, said the project is 30-percent complete, with both the underwater portion of the project completed and the center pier now successfully on solid footing.

County forms committee to target 10 worst roads

Posted 2/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new ad hoc committee formed by the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors has been charged with finding the 10 worst roads in the county. The committee will present its findings to the supervisors in an effort to have some or all of the roads repaired.


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