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Citizens will go to polls to decide on alcohol sales

RIPLEY — Voters in Ripley will vote Aug. 13 on whether to legalize the sale of liquor, beer and light wine within the town limits. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports he city board set the date for the election this week after about 800 of the city’s 3,800 registered voters petitioned for it. Alcohol is available for sale in areas within ...

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Aldermen override mayor's veto, vote again to fire city administrator

STARKVILLE — The Starkville Board of Aldermen has reaffirmed its decision to fire city administrator Lynn Spruill. The Starkville Daily News reports the board voted 5-2 yesterday to override Mayor Parker Wiseman’s veto of its early decision. Aldermen declined to answer questions from the audience gathered yesterday’s on why the majority decided to fire Spruill, who was paid $61,169 a ...

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MSU signs agreement with Army on unmanned aircraft research

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is opening a new chapter in its research of unmanned aerial systems. Officials from the land-grant institution were at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., yesterday for a memorandum of understanding signing with the U.S. Army’s Project Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PM UAS). The agreement will foster collaboration between PM UAS and MSU that complements ...

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PRCC named one of 50 best community colleges in America

POPLARVILLE – A higher education-career website has ranked Pearl River Community College the 28th best community college in the country. TheBestSchools.org selected the 50 best community colleges in the U.S. based on a comparison of several studies and ratings of community colleges as well as the college’s reputation and review of a large number of notable community colleges. “This recognition ...

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Jurors selected in mayoral election lawsuit in Hub City

HATTIESBURG — It took close to seven hours to pick a jury to hear testimony in a lawsuit contesting the results of the recent Hattiesburg mayor’s election. Now it’s on to opening arguments, with the legal team of mayoral candidate Dave Ware to presents its open statement today at the Forrest County Courthouse. The Hattiesburg American reports Ware is contesting ...

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Virginia GOP attacks former GreenTech chairman in heated governors race

TUNICA — New developments in a federal investigation of a program that offers U.S. visas to foreign investors have Virginia Republicans attacking Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe and the electric-car firm he headed with a plant in Mississippi and ties to China. The Associated Press reported yesterday that President Barack Obama’s pick for the Homeland Security Department’s No. 2 spot, ...

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Tennessee company to discuss leasing hospital with supervisors

STARKVILLE — The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meets Aug. 5 to discuss a 50-year lease proposal for OCH Regional Medical Center by Capella Healthcare. The Commercial Dispatch reports the Franklin, Tenn.-based company originally inquired about the status of OCH in an April 23 letter to board members. How much the company is offering the county has not been made ...

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Blown out Gulf well continues to burn off La. coast

GULF OF MEXICO — An out-of-control natural gas well off the Louisiana coast continued to burn today after it caught fire following a blowout that prompted the evacuation of 44 workers, authorities said. Meanwhile, officials stressed that yesterday’s blowout wouldn’t be close to as damaging as the 2010 BP oil spill, in which an oil rig, the Deepwater Horizon, exploded ...

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Trustmark gets earnings boost from BancTrust takeover

JACKSON — Regional bank Trustmark Corp. says profit in 2013’s second quarter rose 6 percent from the same three months of 2012, fueled by gains from its takeover of the former BancTrust Financial Group. Trustmark posted quarterly profit of $31.1 million or 46 cents per share yesterday. That’s up from $29.3 million or 45 cents per share in 2012’s second ...

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Senators have concerns about Common Core education standards

JACKSON — A group of state senators is questioning Mississippi’s implementation of the Common Core education standards even as the state’s schools move to put those standards into place this fall. Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, said Mississippi’s decision to set different testing goals for different racial subgroups undermines the state’s adoption of the standards, along with 44 other states. Hill ...

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