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State tells AMS to improve writing scores for SPED students

Posted earlier today in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Armstrong Middle School is now state mandated to improve its students with disabilities on English Language Arts. Principal Julie Kennedy presented an improvement plan to the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday night, which unanimously approved it.


Eight apply for open municipal judge seat in Starkville

Posted earlier today in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Eight candidates have submitted applications by Monday's deadline to become Starkville's next municipal judge. The city's board of aldermen will hold a special-call meeting at 3 p.m. Friday, after a work session, to interview candidates.


As anchor tenants depart, a Starkville shopping center sees opportunity

Posted earlier today in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two of Middleton Court's anchor store locations will soon be empty. However, the shopping center's owners and Starkville business leaders and retail recruiters say there's little concern about Middleton Court's long-term success.

Columbus turns to consultant for leadership building

Posted earlier today in Columbus & Lowndes County

Benjamin Wax has spent the last six months trying to build stronger leaders among Columbus city employees.


Sentencing reforms get powerful backer in Mississippi

Posted earlier today in State

A conservative Republican governor and former sheriff's deputy who once sought longer prison sentences for criminals says he's changed his mind and now wants to make Mississippi's justice system less punitive.



Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote

Posted earlier today in National

Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nation's federal sentencing laws.



Survey: Mississippi jail inmates fall, but many stay long

Posted earlier today in State

A new survey provided to The Associated Press suggests that the number of Mississippi inmates jailed for short periods may be declining, but that those in jail for longer is holding steady.



Trump threatens shutdown in wild encounter with Democrats

Posted earlier today in National

In a wild Oval Office confrontation, President Donald Trump heatedly threatened to shut down the U.S. government Tuesday as he and Democratic leaders bickered over funding for his promised border wall and offered a grim preview of life in Washington the next two years under divided government.



Jury recommends life in prison for man who rammed crowd

Posted earlier today in National

A jury Tuesday called for a sentence of life in prison plus 419 years for the Hitler admirer who killed a woman when he rammed his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville two summers ago.



Airline group: Christmas travel will rise 5.2 percent

Posted earlier today in National

U.S. airlines expect a 5.2 percent increase in air travel during the Christmas and New Year's break, to more than 2.5 million people a day.



Farm bill exempts pure maple, honey from added sugars label

Posted earlier today in National

The new farm bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday prevents maple syrup and honey producers from being required to list their pure products as containing added sugars on their nutrition labels -- a plan proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration months ago that producers said was misleading.



France: Suspected Christmas market gunman named, had long police record

Posted earlier today in National

A massive manhunt involving hundreds of police and soldiers was underway Wednesday for a suspected extremist who yelled "God is great!" in Arabic during a shooting spree around one of Europe's most famous Christmas markets.



UK disarray: Prime Minister May to face no-confidence vote from her party

Posted earlier today in National

A no-confidence vote in British Prime Minister Theresa May Wednesday threw U.K. politics deeper into crisis and Brexit further into doubt.


CMSD combats 'gang' activity on school campuses

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Gang-related activity in the city is spilling into Columbus Municipal School District hallways and classrooms, Superintendent Cherie Labat told school board members Monday evening.

St. Joseph parishioners start petition to block priest reassignment

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For some parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Starkville, the cure seems almost as bad as the illness.

4-County Foundation awards $47K in grants to nine area nonprofits

Posted yesterday in Area

The Starkville Area Arts Council relies heavily on 4-County Electric Power Cooperative.

Italian exchange student adjusts to life in US

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Elisa Ceriani prefers a certain type of breakfast. Ceriani, an Italian student living in Starkville for the Rotary Youth Exchange program, said her usual breakfast is a cup of cappuccino with some cookies. "I just found out that's weird here," she told Starkville Rotary Club members Monday, to a chorus of laughter.


Christmas tree farmers combat popularity of artificial trees

Posted yesterday in National

Rosa Villarreal's three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement palpable as they raced from evergreen to evergreen. The boys, ages 2, 4 and 6, were picking out a real tree this year -- a new tradition their young parents hope will create lasting memories.



Dem Brown won't run again as Mississippi utility regulator

Posted yesterday in State

One of Mississippi's three public service commissioners announced Monday that he won't seek re-election in 2019.



Justices reject county's appeal over woman's time in jail

Posted yesterday in State

The Supreme Court has rejected a Mississippi county's appeal in the case of a woman who was jailed for more than three months without seeing a judge.



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