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Party official wants Dems disciplined for attending GOP event

STARKVILLE — A member of the Oktibbeha County Democratic Executive Committee wants party members disciplined for attending a Republican fundraiser. Committee member Patti Drapala wants county Chairman Chris Taylor to convene a meeting to discuss the issue, reports The Commercial Dispatch. (http://bit.ly/13tNMiT) Pictures show Roy A. Perkins, Henry Vaughn and Lisa Wynn, all Democrats who recently won Starkville alderman seats, ...

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Officials to break ground tomorrow for Grammy Museum

CLEVELAND — The Grammy Museum Mississippi will showcase the state’s role in developing blues, country and genres that shaped American music. Officials are breaking ground tomorrow for the museum. It will be at the south end of the Delta State University golf course, off of Mississippi Highway 8 in Cleveland. The museum is scheduled to open in early summer 2015. ...

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Mississippi State advances to College World Series

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — Jonathan Holder pitched out of a ninth-inning jam Monday afternoon to give Mississippi a 6-5 win over Virginia in the completion of a suspended game and a berth in the College World Series next weekend in Omaha, Neb. MSU won the NCAA Super Regional best-of-three series two games to none. Virginia scored twice in the top of ...

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WAPT-TV wins Best Newscast for second consecutive year

JACKSON, Mississippi — WAPT-TV was awarded a regional Emmy Award for Best Newscast by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It’s the second year in a row 16 WAPT News has won the Emmy for Best Newscast, and the fourth Emmy Award ever won by 16 WAPT News, capping off a big year of awards for the station. ...

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"Crazy ants" set to conquer Deep South this summer

The heat and humidity aren’t the only things you have to look forward to this summer. The New York Daily News has published a chilling story on the recent infestation of the South by Nylanderia fulva, swarms of insects better known as “crazy ants.” The crazy ants wreaked havoc in their native Argentina and Brazil before finding new homes in Texas, ...

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Senators introduce bill aimed at keeping down flood insurance costs

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today joined Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) to introduce legislation to avoid flood insurance rate increases. Cochran is the primary cosponsor to the Responsible Implementation of Flood Insurance Reform Act, which was developed in response to increasing concerns from Mississippians about the prospect of significantly higher flood insurance rates being imposed as early as ...

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Officials overrun by records; supervisors conference room in jeopardy

HERNANDO — There’s hardly room to squeeze through the boxes of DeSoto County records packed nearly to the ceiling in a third-floor room of the county administration building. Supervisor Lee Caldwell of Nesbit indicated a Toys for Tots box for Christmastime donations, high in one corner. “That’s the only box in here that’s not full,” she told The Commercial Appeal. ...

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Auditor hands county check for ex-clerk's theft

CLAY COUNTY — State Auditor Stacey Pickering recovered $69,220.76, and presented a check in the amount of $57,512.99, to the Clay County Circuit Clerk’s Office following an investigation into former Circuit Clerk Bobbie Davis’ misappropriations of public funds. The amount returned represents $49,503.57 in principal costs, $8,009.42 in interest and $11,707.77 in investigative costs. The Auditor’s Office, which began its ...

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Runway construction at Columbus air base running ahead of schedule

COLUMBUS — Columbus Air Force Base officials say construction of a center runway is ahead of its projected late-August completion target. The Commercial Dispatch reports the work began in March and officials say it is about two-third complete. The $31.29-million project is the most extensive overhaul to the two-mile runway since it was built in 1959. The 300-foot-wide runway’s 10,000 ...

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