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Judge won't force Itawamba district to hold prom

Posted 3/23/2010 in Business

A Mississippi school district violated a lesbian student’s rights by banning her from bringing her girlfriend to the prom, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, but he stopped short of forcing the district to hold the event.

 

 

School says prom had issues before lesbian teen filed lawsuit

Posted 3/23/2010 in Business

Mississippi officials who canceled a prom after a lesbian student asked to bring her girlfriend told a federal judge Monday that there were issues with the event even before that.

 

 

NY Times: How the Health Care Overhaul Could Affect You

Posted 3/22/2010 in Business

Great interactive illustration of what the pending health care bill means for you.

 

 

Lesbian high schooler who sued over prom gets $30,000 scholarship on 'Ellen'

Posted 3/19/2010 in Business

The lesbian high school student embroiled in a legal flap over her school’s prom policy was presented with a $30,000 scholarship on Friday when she appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

 

 

College Board eases transfer to universities from community colleges

Posted 3/18/2010 in Business

Students from the state’s community and junior colleges will be able to transfer more credits to four-year universities under a proposal approved by the state College Board on Thursday.

 

 

Barbour trims another $41 million from budget; cuts total $499.5 million

Posted 3/17/2010 in Business

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Wednesday made his fifth round of budget cuts since the fiscal year started last summer, and he warned lawmakers to be cautious as they write a spending plan for the coming year.

 

 

Ole Miss to limit access to Col. Reb image

Posted 3/16/2010 in Business

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi has taken another step to reduce the visibility of its old mascot Colonel Reb, which could soon become a collector's item on merchandise.

 

Domtar to close Columbus plant, shed 219 jobs

Posted 3/16/2010 in Business

Lowndes County will lose 219 jobs in late April when the Domtar coated groundwood paper mill closes its doors.

Soldiers refocus on family

Posted 3/16/2010 in Business

Members of the Starkville-based National Guard battalion are back after nine months in Mosul, Iraq.

 

Navistar to retrofit MRAPs with new suspension kits

Posted 3/16/2010 in Business

Navistar Defense officials today announced receipt of a $178 million contract to retrofit 1,222 International MaxxPro Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles with a new DXM independent suspension.

 

 

Macon woman takes Center Staging

Posted 3/12/2010 in Business

The term “home staging” has nothing to do with staging a scene for a play or movie. Instead, it is preparing a private residence for sale on the real estate market.

 

Local surveyor: His life meanders like river

Posted 3/11/2010 in Business

Columbus is a river town, so to start this week’s column, let me ask you a question about rivers. OK, here it is: Does the water in a flowing river tend to move in a straight line, or does it meander from side to side? You have three seconds, so think quickly.

Ingredients of success: Local deli features traditional and specialty sandwiches

Posted 3/11/2010 in Business

Every day, the Citgo convenience store at the corner of Gardner Boulevard and Tuscaloosa Road is redolent with the smells of fresh-baked bread piled high with roast beef, turkey, ham, cheddar, provolone or American cheese. Or cotto salami and bologna or savory meatballs smothered in Mozzarella cheese.

 

Unemployment jumps across Golden Triangle in January, report shows

Posted 3/10/2010 in Business

New jobless numbers released by the state provided little good news for the Golden Triangle, with new evidence that unemployment continues to tighten its grip on the area.

 

 

Chism’s strip club bill on governor’s desk

Posted 3/5/2010 in Business

A bill filed by Columbus Rep. Gary Chism giving Mississippi’s counties the authority to regulate strip clubs is headed to Gov. Haley Barbour.

 

 

Cadence Bank laying off local workers

Posted 3/4/2010 in Business

Cadence Bank could layoff as many as nine employees from its 11 Golden Triangle branches, a company spokesman said today.

 

 

House, Senate vote to restore budget cuts; bill sent to governor

Posted 3/3/2010 in Business

The Mississippi Legislature on Wednesday approved a plan to restore about one-fifth of the money Gov. Haley Barbour has cut from the current state budget.

 

 

Ex-policeman to serve two years

Posted 2/27/2010 in Business

A former West Point police officer will spend more than two years in jail for embezzlement.

 

 

Barbour: February tax shortfall worst of fiscal year; more budget cuts may be coming

Posted 2/26/2010 in Business

JACKSON — Mississippi budget writers exchanged sharp words Friday but came no closer to deciding how much money they'll restore to schools, prisons and other government services. Meanwhile, state Tax Commission released preliminary figures showing tax collections were 12.4 percent below expectations in February — a shortage of $33 million for the month.

 

 

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