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A Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District employee has been recognized as one of the best in her field this week.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorneys defending Mississippi say a lawsuit that challenges the state's system of choosing a governor is about "partisan politics," not about protecting African Americans' voting rights.

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A public hearing was held at Tuesday's Board of Aldermen meeting regarding a complete revision of the city’s current stormwater ordinance.

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A new subdivision is one step closer to approval this week after the Starkville Planning and Zoning Commission approved a preliminary report to rezone roughly 20 acres on the south side of town.

A local attorney representing a once-prominent Starkville man accused of attempted kidnapping and numerous other charges has officially filed to withdraw from the case, according to court documents entered earlier this week.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi candidates had a Wednesday deadline to file campaign finance reports showing how much money they had raised and spent through the end of June. This is a brief look at reports for top offices:

Alan Campbell, weather forecaster at the National Weather Service in Jackson, said the tropical system that could develop into a potential hurricane is continuing on its projected path westward toward Louisiana and Texas, but will impact Mississippi over the weekend.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Republican candidate for Mississippi governor says he would not let a woman journalist follow him while campaigning unless she was accompanied by a male colleague.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal lawsuit says Mississippi is violating free-speech rights by banning makers of plant-based foods from using terms such as "meatless meatballs" and "vegan bacon."

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge should intervene in Mississippi's mental health care system, a U.S. Justice Department lawyer argued Monday, saying the state has moved far too slowly to provide community alternatives to mental hospitals.

While things are looking up for the J.L. King Center following an abrupt loss of funding in January, the center still needs help from the community.

At its Friday work session, the Starkville Board of Aldermen heard a presentation from one of two firms being considered to install parking meters in downtown Starkville.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Several new laws are taking effect Monday in Mississippi, including one that gives a pay raise to teachers and two that are designed to ease burdens on people who face court fines or who are trying to find jobs after having a criminal conviction.

On Thursday night, 19 adult education students from the Emerson Family School moved on to their next steps.

With a day to go until deadline, one letter of interest has been submitted for the soon-to-be open seat on the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Board of Trustees.

The search for a full-time president and CEO of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership has continued for over a year, but those involved in the national search say they are closing in on finding a candidate.

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MANDEVILLE, Miss. (AP) — An outbreak of toxic bacteria is ruining some beach plans in Mississippi, where authorities are warning people not to swim or eat seafood from polluted coastal waters.

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Longtime Rotarian Sid Salter was installed as the Starkville Rotary Club’s new president Monday, taking over for outgoing president Bud Gordon.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge sat through a monthlong trial last year over conditions at a privately run Mississippi prison, but that wasn't enough for him to make a decision on whether conditions are unconstitutional.

A woman is taking civil action in federal court against Webster County and several county officials, including the former sheriff who is currently in jail, after her husband was temporarily released from jail and attacked her with sulfuric acid at her home last year.

The Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District began its budget process for the 2019-2020 fiscal year with a budget work session Monday morning.

Over the next three years, the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District will receive nearly $150,000 toward summer reading camps, thanks to a grant from the Mississippi Department of Education.

Following the shooting in McKee Park earlier this week that left one person wounded, the Oktibbeha County Chapter of the NAACP and local law enforcement met Thursday evening to discuss violence in the community.

The Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District will soon see improvements in its transportation capabilities with the addition of some new buses.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A county sheriff says he holds mentally ill people in jail because a community mental health center can't respond in time. A woman says her cousin would like to live closer to his hometown in the Mississippi Delta but hasn't been able to find a place. A father says his …

Police have charged a third suspect after a man and woman were accused of working together to steal more than $1,000 worth of cigarettes from a local convenience store last month.

A long-serving member of the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Board of Trustees will soon step down.

An ongoing Oktibbeha County project took a big step forward Friday morning, with the opening of bids for work on Longview Road.