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Bryant salutes work of racial reconciliation group

Posted 1/28/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Gov. Phil Bryant said he plans to continue activity with a Christian group promoting racial reconciliation.



Brandon teenager in 'Idol' top 40

Posted 1/28/2012 in State

Brandon -- A 17-year-old Brandon girl is one of the Top 40 candidates on Fox's American Idol. Skylar Laine Harden was one of the top 40 contestants who advanced to the singing competition's Hollywood round, placing her one step closer to making her debut on a stage that has launched the careers of stars such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.



BP emails reveal company knew rig could blow

Posted 1/28/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- On the day the Deepwater Horizon sank in the Gulf of Mexico, BP officials warned in an internal email conversation that if the well was not protected by the blow-out preventer at the drill site, crude oil could burst into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of 3.4 million gallons a day, an amount a million gallons higher than what the U.S. government ultimately estimated spilled daily from the site.



Aurora to expand manufacturing; details forthcoming

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Aurora Flight Sciences is expanding its Columbus operation, but a company spokesman declined to give specifics Friday, citing continuing negotiations.



Fire retardant foam spill contained at CAFB

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base received the all-clear Friday afternoon after a fire retardant foam spill at the base about 48 hours earlier.


Williams' play to open Mississippi tour in Columbus

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the birthplace of Tennessee Williams, it is appropriate that Columbus has been selected as the first of three cities in Mississippi to host the renowned writer's powerful play, "Orpheus Descending," Feb. 23-25. The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Massachusetts and Infinite Theatre Co. of New York have teamed to bring the production to the playwright's home state.

Residents, Elvis escape Starkville apartment fire

Posted 1/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Seven people and a dog escaped a Friday afternoon fire at Summer Chase Apartments on Carver Drive. The dog was rescued after the roof of the two-story apartment complex caved in.


Colleges praise IB program

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When it comes to college admissions, the International Baccalaureate diploma may not make much of a difference, but admissions counselors from the local level to the Ivy League were unanimous in their praise for the program.


Educators say International Baccalaureate program's advantages outweigh costs

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They were fresh-faced and eager, half-shy and half-confident in that way only high school seniors can be. They stood in the lobby of Columbus High School last spring and donned blue gowns, graduation caps slipping down over their eyes and falling off their heads as they sheepishly laughed.


Columbus High evacuated due to bomb threat

Posted 1/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Students and faculty were evacuated from Columbus High School this afternoon following a bomb threat, but as of 3:30 p.m., police and bomb-sniffing dogs had found no device on campus.



Bully Gras Ball hopes to raise $30,000

Posted 1/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Imagine it: formal wear, finger foods and good, old-fashioned face-to-face dancing all set to classic rhythm and blues. This isn't a high school prom it's the second annual Bully Gras Ball, a grownup party with hometown philanthropy at the core.



District: Employees broke the rules with Gonsoulin petitions

Posted 1/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville School District sent a memo to administrators this week reminding them to use care and abide by school policies when advocating for a new superintendent.



Interviews for Starkville's top educator rescheduled

Posted 1/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Semifinalist interviews for the superintendent job at Starkville School District have been rescheduled, the district announced Thursday.



West Point police invite public to turn in guns

Posted 1/27/2012 in Area

WEST POINT -- The West Point Police Department is encouraging area residents to turn over unregistered firearms Saturday at the police department at 310 E. Westbrook Ave.


Pacific is U.S. military's priority, general says

Posted 1/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The world is changing. And those things affecting the Asia-Pacific region will impact all of us, an Air Force general told members of the Columbus community Thursday. "The world ... is reshaping. It will shape our futures as well," said Gen. Gary North, commander of Pacific Air Forces.


Struggling in US, F-35 fighter pushes sales abroad

Posted 1/27/2012 in National

TOKYO -- Detractors say the F-35 stealth fighter, the costliest military plane ever, is destined to go down as one of the biggest follies in aviation history. But it may have found a savior: deep-pocketed U.S. allies hungry to add its super high-tech capabilities to their arsenal.



St. Louis hosts first big parade on Iraq War's end

Posted 1/27/2012 in National

ST. LOUIS -- Since the Iraq War ended there has been little fanfare for the veterans returning home. No ticker-tape parades. No massive, flag-waving public celebrations.



Prison dilemma: surging numbers of older inmates

Posted 1/27/2012 in National

NEW YORK -- In corrections systems nationwide, officials are grappling with decisions about geriatric units, hospices and medical parole as elderly inmates -- with their high rates of illness and infirmity -- make up an ever increasing share of the prison population.



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