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Silicor project in jeopardy after missed deadline

Posted 1/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Silicor Materials has missed a Dec. 31 deadline to put up $150,000 in earnest money, jeopardizing the two-phase, $600-million project, according to a source close to the project.

 

Congress reaches deal on fiscal cliff

Posted 1/2/2013 in National

Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit.

Profile: Arledge puts emphasis on communication during first year as sheriff

Posted 1/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge, putting on his gun and his badge every day is almost second nature. Although he just finished his first year as sheriff, he has been donning a badge and a gun for more than 30 years.

 

Brain image study: Fructose may spur overeating

Posted 1/2/2013 in National

This is your brain on sugar -- for real. Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating.

 

 

MHP reports 16 area DUIs during holiday weekend

Posted 1/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Over the New Year's holiday, 16 people were arrested for DUI by the Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop G, a region that includes Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Noxubee, Monroe and Clay counties.

 

AP Interview: Bryant says education is top issue

Posted 1/2/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said education dominates his 2013 legislative agenda, from merit pay for teachers to charter schools that will receive public funding but be free of some state regulations.

 

Calendar delivered 63 years late

Posted 1/2/2013 in National

A northeastern Pennsylvania newspaper has just received a calendar to help ring in the new year -- except the year is 1950.

 

 

Stampede kills 61 on Ivory Coast

Posted 1/2/2013 in National

A crowd stampeded after leaving a New Year's fireworks show early Tuesday in Ivory Coast's main city, killing 61 people -- many of them children and teenagers -- and injuring more than 200, rescue workers said.

 

 

Pakistanis bury slain teachers, aid workers

Posted 1/2/2013 in National

Hundreds of villagers in northwest Pakistan turned out today to bury five female teachers and two health workers who were gunned down a day earlier by militants in what may have been the latest in a series of attacks targeting anti-polio efforts in the country.

 

 

Psychiatric test for suspect in NYC subway death

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

A woman accused of shoving a man to his death in front of a subway train because she believed he was Muslim laughed and smiled during a court hearing where she was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

 

 

Hillary Clinton hospitalized in New York with blood clot

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is under observation at a New York hospital after being treated for a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.

 

Supes consider adding security staff at Courthouse

Posted 12/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With the mass murder in Newtown, Conn. still fresh on the minds of most Americans and with two bomb threats in a week at the Lowndes County Courthouse, Chancery Clerk Lisa Neese told the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors it's time to increase security at the courthouse.

 

Analysis: Miss. judges see raises with new year

Posted 12/31/2012 in State

Mississippi judges -- thanks to Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. for a novel funding method that didn't raid the treasury.

 

 

Deal reached for stopping spike in milk prices

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that could head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.

 

Road trip on tap for NASA's Mars rover in new year

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

Since captivating the world with its acrobatic landing, the Mars rover Curiosity has fallen into a rhythm: Drive, snap pictures, zap at boulders, scoop up dirt. Repeat. Topping its to-do list in the new year: Set off toward a Martian mountain -- a trek that will take up a good chunk of the year.

 

Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama pledged to put his "full weight" behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

 

'Fiscal cliff' deadline nears

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

The White House and Senate Republicans sorted through stubborn disputes over taxing the wealthy and cutting the budget to pay for Democratic spending proposals as Monday's midnight deadline for an accord avoiding the "fiscal cliff" drew to within hours.

Education tops state's legislative agenda

Posted 12/31/2012 in State

When state lawmakers return to work Jan. 8, overhauling some aspects of the state's education system is expected to be top priority for the first 90-day session of the year. Among the more contentious issues will be the re-introduction of charter school legislation in the Senate, a debate senate Republicans are planning to win.

 

Senate holds last-minute fiscal cliff talks

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

Senate leaders groped for a last-minute compromise Saturday to avoid middle-class tax increases and possibly prevent deep spending cuts at the dawn of the new year as President Barack Obama warned that failure could mean a "self-inflicted wound to the economy."

 

 

Miss. schools could face cuts from fiscal cliff

Posted 12/29/2012 in State

Mississippi schools could lose about $53.9 million in federal education money, according to a report released by the National Education Association, if Congress doesn't stop a package of budget cuts scheduled to take place Jan. 2.

 

 

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