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Senate leaders: School bus safety bill an impostor

Posted 1/13/2011 in Business

A House bill aimed at strengthening rules for school bus safety doesn't go far enough, and in some ways weakens current state law, Senate leaders said Thursday.



KiOR seeks rewording in lease agreement

Posted 1/13/2011 in Business

KiOR is awaiting a revised lease from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before breaking ground on Columbus' island.



Foreclosure filings jump in Miss.

Posted 1/13/2011 in Business

Although Mississippi has avoided the crux of the national housing crisis, the number of properties targeted by foreclosure filings in 2010 jumped more than twofold from two years ago, a national tracking firm said Thursday.



House hearing focuses on sex education

Posted 1/13/2011 in Business

By the time Lori Roberts was 18, she had given birth to three children, but she believes her choices about sex would have been different if she had learned about the subject in school.



Cooper Tire to expand Tupelo plant

Posted 1/13/2011 in Business

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has announced a $9 million expansion at its Tupelo plant. The expansion will add 35 new jobs.



Auditor demands $292,000 from ex-Panola County administrator

Posted 1/12/2011 in Business

State Auditor Stacy Pickering says an alleged deception by a former, longtime county administrator could only have been done by someone who "knew the system."



Whiskey rebellion: Fayette, Ala., liquor tax draws complaints

Posted 1/12/2011 in Business

Leaders in a west Alabama town are deciding what to do about complaints that liquor taxes in the formerly dry city are now too high.



Runoff in north Miss. transportation commissioner race

Posted 1/12/2011 in Business

Despite the chilly weather, voters turned out Tuesday, sending transportation commissioner candidates Mike Tagert and John Caldwell Sr. to a runoff election. While Caldwell was the top vote-getter, Tagert, of Starkville, won the vast majority of votes in the Golden Triangle.



Hungry Auburn fans cause run on duck meat

Posted 1/11/2011 in Business

Auburn fans in the Mobile area who wanted to chow down on duck meat while watching the Tigers defeat the Oregon Ducks for the national championship may have been out of luck. At least two stores sold out of duck meat Monday as fans were getting ready for the big game.



Weather, kindness allow fan to get ticket to Auburn game

Posted 1/11/2011 in Business

Dial Gibbs, an 81-year-old Auburn resident, had almost given up hope Saturday afternoon. He was alone in Phoenix without the $995 ticket he purchased to the BCS National Championship game.


Condos may come to former Borden plant in Starkville

Posted 1/11/2011 in Business

Tabor Construction and Development has spent more than a year renovating the former Borden milk plant at the corner of Montgomery and Lampkin Streets for restaurant, retail and storage space. Now, the Starkville-based company is hoping to add condominiums to the massive, two-story structure.

Low voter turnout as election competes with weather

Posted 1/11/2011 in Business

The special election for the state's next Northern District Transportation Commissioner was on for today, despite concerns about icy roads. "Now we just need voters," one circuit clerk said.

Area continues thaw, but crippling cold expected tonight

Posted 1/10/2011 in Business

Some north Mississippi schools remained closed today and more crippling cold weather was expected tonight through the end of the week, as residents continued to dig out from under a winter storm that left up to 11 inches of snow Monday.


MDOT's Brown says he'll retire, cites health reasons

Posted 1/10/2011 in Business

Larry "Butch" Brown says his health concern - not a string of controversies - was the major factor in his decision to retire as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation.


Barbour: No delay for special elections

Posted 1/10/2011 in Business

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he will not delay three special elections scheduled for Tuesday.


Hazardous driving conditions in north Miss.

Posted 1/10/2011 in Business

Hazardous driving conditions are being reported in parts of north Mississippi after a storm system moved through the state Sunday and into eastern parts of the country overnight.


Area dodges brunt of storm, but roads remain treacherous

Posted 1/9/2011 in Business

A blast of winter weather gripped Columbus, coating the city and Lowndes County in about 3 inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain Sunday and today. Hundreds of businesses and schools in north Mississippi, including across the Golden Triangle, canceled classes today as the storm set in.


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