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Marriages and divorces 8-16-12

Posted 8/16/2012 in Business


New ad campaign portrays caregivers' call for help

Posted 8/16/2012 in National

A woman grips her car's steering wheel and silently lets out a scream as her frail father, on oxygen, coughs beside her and her kids play around in the back seat. The frustration portrayed in an arresting new public service announcement is recognizable to millions of Americans who struggle to care for aging loved ones while holding down jobs, raising children and taking care of their own health.


Undoing Obama Medicare cuts may backfire on Romney

Posted 8/16/2012 in National



Romney says Obama just trying to 'hang onto power'

Posted 8/15/2012 in National

epublican presidential challenger Mitt Romney charged Wednesday that President Barack Obama is running a campaign "of enmity and jealousy and anger" and called on him to lift the tone of political discourse.



Christie in, Palin out, as GOP convention speakers

Posted 8/15/2012 in National

The full slate of convention speakers for the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month is now set, and it reveals a careful attempt by the GOP to highlight voices that will excite party loyalists in the campaign hall while excluding those that could turn off independent voters watching on television at home.


Dog treadmill sales brisk as pets shape up

Posted 8/15/2012 in National

Like any true celebrity, Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier from "The Artist" and "Water for Elephants," puts in his time on the treadmill.

Musicians remember Elvis' talent, character

Posted 8/15/2012 in National

Elvis Presley left behind hit songs, epic performances, some so-so movies and an image as a handsome, rebellious, talented and sometimes-troubled artist that remains indelibly marked in America's pop culture psyche 35 years after his death.


Ron Palillo, of 'Welcome Back, Kotter,' dies at 63

Posted 8/15/2012 in National


Some below poverty line don't qualify for Medicaid

Posted 8/15/2012 in National

Many working-class people are below the federal poverty line but don't qualify for Medicaid, a decades-old state-federal insurance program. That's especially true in states where conservative governors say they'll reject the Medicaid expansion under Obama's health law.

'Change' will be operative word, says MUW's Borsig

Posted 8/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women is growing, as is its economic impact on the community, but the watchword for the years ahead will be change, MUW President Dr. Jim Borsig told members of the Town and Tower Club Tuesday morning during the group's quarterly meeting.


McComb man finds grenade in yard

Posted 8/15/2012 in State

A man weeding his yard Monday found a World War II-era practice hand grenade that authorities say could have caused harm despite its age.



Six candidates bid for sanitation director post

Posted 8/15/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Six hopeful candidates stated their cases for the position of director of the sanitation and environmental services during Tuesday's Board of Aldermen meeting.



Lowndes officials busy with budget preparations

Posted 8/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The budgeting process for Lowndes County is underway, with the Board of Supervisors scheduled to adopt a new budget Sept. 14.



2nd agency cuts Mississippi Power's credit rating

Posted 8/15/2012 in State

Lower credit ratings may be causing Mississippi Power Co. to pay more to borrow money. Moody's Investors Service became the second credit rating agency to downgrade Mississippi Power last week, days before the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. returned to the bond market to borrow $200 million.


Textbook wars: Students have more options than ever

Posted 8/15/2012 in Area

It would be far from outlandish to think Barnes and Noble has a near monopoly on textbooks in the Golden Triangle. As the official textbook provider for Mississippi State University, the major bookstore chain likely does business with more than 50 percent of MSU's enrollment.

Geuder leaves State for post at University for Women

Posted 8/15/2012 in Area

For many years, Maridith Geuder's mother held a cherished dream -- she wanted young Maridith to study piano at Mississippi University for Women. But Geuder had her own dreams.


Teachers get 'debit cards' for school supplies

Posted 8/15/2012 in State

Beginning this fall, Mississippi teachers will have a new way to purchase classroom supplies -- state-issued procurement cards which will function similarly to debit cards.



Local conservatives like Ryan as VP pick

Posted 8/15/2012 in Area

Mitt Romney's announcement of Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his GOP vice-presidential running mate may have caught some political pundits off-guard. But Ryan's selection is being celebrated among conservatives.



Alabama ranks 4th on new obesity list

Posted 8/14/2012 in National

A new study ranked Alabama as the nation's fourth-fattest state, and health officials said Monday they have yet to see evidence that programs encouraging residents to slim down are doing much to combat poor diets and a lack of exercise at the heart of the problem.



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