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GOP, Obama line up behind modest budget deal

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

Top Republicans and President Barack Obama are lining up behind a modest but hard-won bipartisan budget agreement that seeks to replace a portion of tough spending cuts facing the Pentagon and domestic agencies.

Arrest report: 12-10-13

Posted 12/10/2013 in Area


Greenville ex-officer loses suit over Facebook firing

Posted 12/10/2013 in State

A federal judge has ruled against a former police officer who argued in a lawsuit that Greenville officials violated her free speech rights by firing her over comments posted on a social networking site.



28 percent of Miss. roads in bad shape, group says

Posted 12/10/2013 in State

A national research group said Monday that 28 percent of Mississippi roads are in poor or mediocre condition and 22 percent of bridges in the state need to be repaired, improved or replaced.


Miss. trying to educate people about voter ID law

Posted 12/10/2013 in State

Mississippi's top elections official is launching a publicity blitz to bring attention to the state's voter identification law that's scheduled to be used for the first time in June.

MSU secures partial funding for county school partnership

Posted 12/10/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University secured $1 million toward an Oktibbeha County partnership school after a Texas-based couple donated $12.3 million to the school's Infinite Impact fundraising campaign, the university announced Monday.

St. Nicks learn tricks of trade at Santa School

Posted 12/10/2013 in National

Where does Santa Claus learn to chortle "Ho, ho, ho!" and listen to the wishes of children all over the world? He goes to Santa School.

Tech firms vie to protect personal data, profits

Posted 12/10/2013 in National

Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits.

Sarah Palin to host outdoors show

Posted 12/10/2013 in National

The Sportsman Channel said Monday it has hired Sarah Palin to be host of a weekly outdoors-oriented program that will celebrate the "red, wild and blue" lifestyle.

'Sound of Music' actress Eleanor Parker dies at 91

Posted 12/10/2013 in National

Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in "The Sound of Music," has died at 91.


Ala. woman charged in Miss. ATV death

Posted 12/10/2013 in Area

A 44-year-old Alabama woman has been charged with manslaughter following an ATV accident in Mississippi.


World leaders, South Africans honor Mandela

Posted 12/10/2013 in National

World leaders and joyous, singing South Africans honored Nelson Mandela today at a rainy Soweto soccer stadium where U.S. President Barack Obama praised him as a "giant of history" and the last great liberator of the 20th century.

Christmas with Lizzie: 10th Ave. home a holiday tradition

Posted 12/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It started small in the late 1990s. Lizzie Clemons put a few things out in her yard to celebrate the holidays. A Santa Claus. A wreath. Some lights. She lives at 820 10th Ave. S. People in the neighborhood liked her Christmas display. Some brought children by. This made Clemons happy. So she added more and more. And more.

Leaders want to continue aggressive stance on eyesores

Posted 12/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen and department heads are on the same page when it comes to addressing dilapidated structures: Everyone wants them gone. Not everyone agrees, however, on how many of the eyesores they expect to see demolished over the next three and a half years.

Millage increase discussion resurfaces

Posted 12/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When asked last week during a working retreat to list ways to bring more money into city coffers, a group of Columbus department heads had several suggestions. Get the Columbus crime lab accredited and utilize it more effectively. Be more creative in raising fees from events at the Trotter Convention Center. Sell more city-owned real estate.


Mississippi prepares for bicentennial

Posted 12/10/2013 in State

The Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration Commission will unveil its plans for the state's 200th anniversary on Tuesday.


Ga. man suffering from Alzheimer's fatally shot

Posted 12/9/2013 in National

The last walk that Ronald Westbrook took began as early as 1 a.m. when he slipped unnoticed from his North Georgia home with his two dogs. It ended three hours later when Westbrook, a 72-year-old who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, knocked in the dark on a stranger's door last month.

EMCC wins Mississippi Bowl

Posted 12/9/2013 in Area

In a season full of dominating performances, the East Mississippi Community College football team delivered another one in its final game. No. 2 EMCC rallied from two deficits to post a 52-32 victory against No. 1 Georgia Military College in the sixth Mississippi Bowl on Sunday afternoon at Indian Stadium on the Biloxi High School campus.


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