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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
$12.5 million for
By CHARLIE BENTON
More money will flow into the planned
Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District/Mississippi State University Partnership
In its Tuesday meeting, the School Board of
Trustees unanimously approved the increase 1n
the district’s contribution to the project from $10
million to $12.5 million, bringing the total cost
of the project to $27.5 million. In addition to
the district’s contribution, Mississippi State University is contributing $5 million, and the state
of Mississippi is contributing $10 million to the
According to Superintendent Lewis Holloway, the $12.5 million will be derived from bonds
Starkville Animal Control and MSU Veterinary School officials are reporting cases of the
distemper canine virus in the Starkville area, in
multiple raccoons. The viral disease can infect
dogs in the area that are not vaccinated.
The virus is highly contagious and is commonly found in skunks, foxes, raccoons, dogs,
ferrets and wolves. The Starkville Police Department, SAC and MSU officials urge residents to ensure their pets are vaccinated properly.
Distemper is spread by direct contact, sneez-
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totaling $16 million at the end of January 2017.
He added that the additional $3.5 million from
the bond would be used for additional expenses
for the project if necessary, and if not, would be
used for other potential district projects.
“The bid could come in good, and we save
money. Then we could put more money into
other projects, or it could come in higher, and
we‘ve got to get (more funds), but I think we
need spending authority to move forward, and
this gives us our budget. That’s our spending authority,” Holloway said.
The decision to vote on increasing the district’s contribution was made in a special call
meeting to discuss the partnership school on
Aug. 31, when the projected cost of the facility
See SCHOOL | Page 2A
Sick raccoons endanger dogs
By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY
ing or coughing and indirect contact from
sharing bedding and water bowls with infected
wildlife, according to the joint news release.
Pet owners should take measures to prevent
animals from having contact with any wildlife
or any animal not vaccinated.
Early signs of the disease are thick mucus
coming from the eyes or nose, fever, lethargy,
vomiting and diarrhea. In the later stages of the
disease, officials are reporting seeing animals
with altered neurological behavior, aggression
and staggering, according to the release.
If you see any wildlife that appear to suffer
any symptoms, contact SAC at 662-769-2728,
or SPD at 662-323-4131.
A little bit of rain didn't stop the community from showing its support Tuesday
night to Starkville's and Oktibbeha County's first responders. The event at Fire
Station Park featured live music from Hardluck Chuck, inflatables, face painting
for kids, baked goods and local produce vendors. The event was produced in
conjunction by Volunteer Starkville, Maroon Volunteer Center, and the Starkville
Community Market. (Photo by Alex Onken, SDN)
City approves new budget
By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY
creases, covers new parks department hires
and tackles city staff pay issues.
For the next fiscal year—set to start Oct.
Starkville aldermen unanimously ap- 1—aldermen approved a municipal budget
proved a budget for 2017 at Tuesday's meetSee BUDGET | Page 3A
ing, which includes two incremental tax in-
West Point teacher asks for WWI artifacts
By ALEX ONKEN
Bruce B. Mize, director of social studies at
West Point High School is asking the community to lend him artifacts from World War
I to commemorate the war’s 100th anniversary, for a community event on Veteran’s Day.
Mize said that this is a way to engage children who are plugged into the internet and
accustomed to instant results.
“Today’s kids are more about ;Show me
what you got,’” Mize said. “This brings it
more to life. Especially when you can tie it
to the community such, as items from maybe
their great-uncle or a man who would have
lived a block away from them.”
So far, Mize has only his World War I collection of artifacts to show at the event which
includes a WWI officer’s tunic. He is looking for items such as posters, uniforms, and
memorabilia. He has also received a 48 star
flag and trench art from the National WWI
Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
Mize does not want weapons because they
can not be shown on school property.
Mize said in a news release, that West
Point played an important part during the
war’s history being home to Payne Field, a
pilot training facility.
“It is my hope to bring to light the important role of the community of West Point
Items that will be shown at November's event include clothing used during the war, a played in the war effort and still plays to this
day,” he said in an email.
48 star flag and posters from the era. (Submitted Photos)
2A: Around Town
Mize has also been working with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History
on this project.\
“They’ve been very helpful providing information for me,” Mize said. “They also have
given me information on WWI Aces who are
buried in this area.”
In addition to collecting war artifacts, Mize
wants to create a digital presentation to honor
all veteran’s service and have students assist in
creating a collage of all local veterans.
“I would like to ask the community to send
in photos and a description of family members who have served or is currently serving
in the military,” Mize said. “The overall gaol
is to create a digital presentation in order to
honor their service to our country.”
There is no set deadline for submissions,
but Mize wishes to have everything in place
before Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. An open
house at West Point High School North
Campus Commons Area will be held for the
public to attend. He said this event is for all
veterans of all wars.
“This is a centennial celebration that has
been going on since 2014 and will last until
2018,” Mize said. “We call it Veteran’s Day
but it started out as Armistice Day. We have
this because of WWI. It started out because
of that bloody war that took so many men
For more information, contact Mize at
firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a
message for him at 662-494-6665.
to our loyal subscriber
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The Around Town calendar is a free service offered by the Starkville Daily News.
The calendars runs daily as space allows. Announcements should be submitted via
e-mail to email@example.com by 2 p.m. the day prior to publication and
be no more than 50 words in length. Religious events will be listed Saturdays on
the Faith page. Recurring events will run on Sundays only. One-time events will run
Monday through Friday.
u Free Computer Class—Emerson Family Resource
Center will hold the class from 8 a.m to 11 a.m. at the
J.L.King Center, 700 Long St. Pre-resgistration is required.
Call 662-320-4607 for more information.
u Free Computer Class—Emerson Family Resource
Center will hold the class from 8 a.m to 11 a.m. at the
J.L.King Center, 700 Long St. Pre-resgistration is required.
Call 662-320-4607 for more information.
u Home Economists in Home and Community—The
group will meet at 9:30 at Golden Triangle Planning and
Development District Office, Miley Dr. Dr. Will Evans,
Professor and Head of Food Science will give an update
on the department. For more information, call 324-1683.
u Active Parenting—Emerson Family Center will host
classes, titled “sidestepping the power struggle” from 10
a.m. to noon. Barbara Culberson will be the presenter.
u Breast is Best—OCH’s breast feeding class for expectant mothers will be held at 6 p.m. at the OCH Educational
Facility. Registraton is $60. To register, call 662-615-3364
or visit www.och.org/special-beginnings.
u Dave Ramsey’s Financial Management—Emerson
will offer Dave Ramsey’s financial management course from
6-8 p.m. Pre-registration is required and can be completed
by calling 320-4607.
u Starkville-MSU Symphony fall concert—The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Rent Auditorium at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. The concert is
free of charge and will feature works by Haydn, Harris and
The Controllers Generation II 4-H Club remembered the events of September 11 with Mrs. Iola Jones
at Starkville Manor Nursing Home. Jones shared her memories of her birthday and the telephone call she
received 15 years ago in regards to the terrorist attack. (Submitted photo)
u Rotary—The Starkville Rotary Club meets at 11:45 a.m.
at the Starkville Country Club. The guest speaker will be MSU
President Mark Keenum.
u Stork Support—OCH’s expectant mother class will be held
at 8:30 p.m. at the OCH Education Facility. Registration is $70.
To register, call 662-615-3364 or visit www.och.org/special-beginnings.
on developmental stages of children from 11 a.m. to noon. Elmarie Carr Brooks will be the presenter.
u Kiwanis—The group will meet at noon at the Hilton Garden Inn.
u American Heart CPR/AED certification classes—OSERVS offers classes the third Tuesday of every month beginning
at 5:30 p.m. The cost of the course is $25 per person. All students
must preregister by visiting the OSERVS office in the Synergetics
complex, 501 Highway 12, and pre-paying or by calling 662-3842200.
u Free Computer Class—Emerson Family Resource Center
u Canoe Day—The event will be held at the Noxu Free Computer Class—Emerson Family Resource Center
ubee Wildlife Refuge on Bluff Lake from 9:00 a.m. until will hold the class from 8 a.m to 11 a.m. at the J.L.King Center,
hold the class from 8 a.m to 11 a.m. at the J.L.King Center,
3:00 p.m. Canoes, kayaks, paddles, and life jackets will
700 Long St. Pre-resgistration is required. Call 662-320-4607 for
be available free of charge. Call 323-5548 for more in- more information.
u Active Parenting—Emerson Family Center will host classes more information.
Pontotoc clerk faces
SDN Staff report
A former deputy clerk for the Pontotoc County Sheriff's Office surrendered last week to face an embezzlement
charge, according to State Auditor Stacey Pickering's office.
Stephanie Cooper, 33, turned herself in Sept. 6. She had
worked for the sheriff's office from November 2002 until
“Cooper was responsible for record/bookkeeping and
used her position to embezzle funds totaling $44,440.58,”
said Kelley Ryan, in a news release from Pickering's office.
“These embezzled funds were taken from the collections of
bond payments, service of process fees and report fees.”
Pickering said in the news release that the discrepancies
were discovered during a routine county audit.
In addition to the embezzlement charge, Cooper is expected to pay $59,752.75, according to the news release.
Bigger county budget funds
By JIM GAINES
Oktibbeha County taxes are going up, as is pay for all
full-time county employees.
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a
$34.5 million budget Tuesday, including a 2.75-mill
property tax increase – earmarked for repairing bridges
and the county's contribution to a new industrial park –
and a 3.3 percent cost-of-living pay increase for full-time
workers. About 75 to 100 employees will be affected,
County Administrator Emily Garrard said. The budget
will go into effect with the start of the new fiscal year
The county general fund tops out at nearly $13 million, which is $528,862 more than the current fiscal year.
Overall, the new budget is up nearly $3.3 million from
fiscal 2016, Garrard said.
“This is quite an increase over last year,” she said. But
the majority of that is a $2.2 million FEMA grant to
build a disaster “safe room,” Garrard said.
Oktibbeha County is contributing $870,935 to other
Wags and Tails preregistration open
By ALEX ONKEN
The Lions Club will is sponsoring Wags and Tails, to raise funds for
people with impaired hearing or vision.
Wags and Tails is an event for dog
owners and dog lovers alike. The
Water funds for Blackjack SCHOOL
From page 1A
SDN Staff report
The Blackjack Water Association is getting a $343,000
loan to install new generators at two well sites and repair
a 100,000-gallon tank, according to a news release from
U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi.
The 40-year, 2.25-percent interest loan comes from
the USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal
“Nearly 400 families and businesses rely on water supplied by this locally-controlled association, and this Rural
Development loan will help ensure reliable water deliveries for these consumers,” Cochran said in the announcement.
Cochran chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee
and serves on the subcommittee with funding jurisdiction
over the USDA and Rural Development. He is also the
senior Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee,
which is charged with recommending USDA policy, his
agencies or projects; the largest allocation is $230,000 to
the East Mississippi Community College Capital Project,
according to the budget.
The total millage rate will rise from 118.99 to 121.74,
an increase of 2.75 mills, expected to bring in $2.7 million. That includes millage for the Starkville-Oktibbeha
Consolidated School System, which will get 54 percent
of the total revenue, according to the budget.
The county rate will be 2.42 mills lower for taxpayers
within Starkville city limits, who won't pay for volunteer
fire service since the city has its own fire department,
Garrard said. Taxpayers within the Cotton Mill Marketplace TIF and the towns of Maben and Sturgis will also
pay the lower rate of 119.32 mills. Altogether the county
expects to collect $41 million in property tax.
In other business, supervisors appointed Joseph Landfair to an available seat on the GTR LINK board of directors, at the motion of District 5 Supervisor Joe Williams.
Williams said Landfair is a retired schoolteacher, longtime resident and well-known in the community. He is a
trustee of Ebenezer Baptist Church and concerned with
economic development, Williams said.
was shown to be $27.5 million, following visioning with a basic budget of $25
The board also approved a resolution requesting the Mississippi Department of Finance to adopt a resolution
to declare the necessity for the issuance
of state general obligation bonds for the
event will be held on Saturday, Sept.
24 starting at 10 a.m. at the Starkville
Sportsplex, 405 Lynn Lane.
Proceeds from the event will allow
the club to provide members in the
community with glasses, hearing aids
and eye surgeries. The money will
also be used to raise awareness and
provide education in the community.
Events will include a dog parade,
costume contest, musical sit and a talent show. To enter all events is $35
or $10 for each. Preregistration will
be open until Sept. 15 at 5 p.m.
To register or for more information, call Eileen Carr-Tabb 662-3123431 or Beverly Hammett at 662323-6229.
“This is a resolution to get the first $5
million of the state money for the sixth
and seventh grade (partnership) school
project,” Holloway said. “The money
is supposed to come in two increments.
One is this December, and one in the
second December. I’ve been in contact
with the Department of finance and administration. I’ve sent them a great deal
of information, but this is the first formal
request we’ve made to them to get the
Once complete, the partnership
school will house all of the district’s sixth
and seventh graders, and serve as a laboratory for the MSU College of Education. Bids for the project are expected to
go out in February or March of 2017,
and the project is expected to be complete by July 2018.
The next school board meeting is
scheduled for Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. in the
Greensboro Center at 401 Greensboro
St. in Starkville.
Got a news tip? Call the Starkville
Daily News at 323-1642 and ask for
a member of the newsroom staff.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 • Starkville Daily News • Page 3A
Miss. emergency agency gets
new deputy administrator
From Wire Reports
PEARL, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi
Emergency Management Agency has a new
MEMA Executive Director Lee Smithson
said in a news release Tuesday David Shaw,
currently the Lafayette County Emergency
Management and Homeland Security Director, will assume the state position on Oct. 1.
Smithson says Shaw has a long career in
public safety. He worked for the Mississippi
Highway Patrol for 30 years from July 1979
to June 2009. Since 2009 he has worked as
the Director of the Lafayette County Emergency Management Agency.
Shaw is a native of Lafayette County. He
graduated from the University of Mississippi
with a bachelor's degree in public administration, majoring in law enforcement.
Mississippi gospel singers perform
for members of Congress
From Wire Reports
CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — A gospel
choir and a soloist from the Mississippi Delta
are preparing to sing for members of Congress.
The Coahoma Community College Gospel Choir is made up of high school and
college students. The group will perform
Thursday in Washington during a gospel
extravaganza hosted by the Congressional
Black Caucus Foundation.
Belzoni resident Abraham Gates will perform there as a soloist. He grew up singing
at Christ Belzoni Chapel, and he has been a
member of the church since 1956.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson's district stretches through the Delta.
Thompson says he has invited other performers to the event in the past, and audiences
always respond well to singers from Mississippi.
Gulfport, USO to help those
affected by La. flooding
From Wire Reports
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The city
of Gulfport is partnering with the United
Services Organization, Gulfport businesses, military and the fire department to send
donations to the areas of Louisiana affected
worst by flooding.
ly/2c7GQY5) it's the second trip for the
city in less than a month.
On Aug. 17, the city sent two truckloads
of supplies immediately after the flood waters started to recede.
Gulfport Chief Administrative Officer John Kelly said Monday the National
Guard Armory in Hammond, Louisiana,
set up a store specifically for military families.
The USO is a nonprofit that operates
two locations in Gulfport and annually provides programs and services to more than
60,000 service members and their families
in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.
Tupelo employees to see pay raise
From Wire Reports
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — More than 450
City of Tupelo employees will see a pay increase come Oct. 1.
Mayor Jason Shelton spoke Tuesday with
the City Council about the 2017 fiscal budget,
From page 1A
with a projected total revenue of around $20.05
million. Of the amount, nearly $5.9 million will
be financed through Tuesday's approved tax levy.
The funding year runs from October to September 30 of next year.
The new tax levy will include a new millage rate of 25.58 mills, an increase from 21.98.
The increases stem from bond payments on the
Starkville Police Department project and the
impending county industrial park site north of
Starkville. Aldermen diverted 1-mill for the SPD
project, and 2.6 mills for the industrial park project.
Residents of Oktibbeha County will also see
two more millage rate increases, 1-mill for the
county's overall road and bridges fund and 1.75
mills for the industrial park. In total, the combined city and county increases will sit at 6.35
Both projects were major topics throughout
the last six months, and demolition on SPD
headquarters began at the end of August, with
development officials still coordinating due diligence efforts at the industrial park site to prepare
the site for cultural artifact mitigation.
"This millage increase is to fund the police department as well as the industrial park, and we
are excited about the prospects of funding those,"
said Ward 5 Alderman and Budget Committee
Chairman Scott Maynard.
Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn thanked Maynard for his work with compiling the lengthy
The city's budget also includes new pay
progression plans for Starkville Utilities, the
Starkville Fire Department and sanitation department. The new plans will cost the city $40,000
for the utilities department; $75,000 for the sanitation department and approximately $100,000
for the SFD plan.
Separately, aldermen took another step in
cleaning up city employee pay issues by including
the increased minimum pay for staffers to $10
an hour. The increase will take effect July 2017,
unlike the other progression plans, which take effect immediately. The move to shore up salary
compression issues within the city won't require
a tax increase, officials confirmed.
As part of the restructuring of the Starkville
Parks and Recreation Department, aldermen
adopted a new organizational format for SPRD
by adding two new positions to shore up middle
which WTVA-TV reports (bit.ly/2c7diEO
) includes a three percent pay increase for
roughly 461 full-time employees.
The Council approved the budget unanimously.
This is the first employee salary increase in
management issues in the under-staffed department. The board approved adding a new director
of maintenance and a director of sports and recreation to assist SPRD Director Herman Peters in
managing the department.
Around $100,000 was included in the parks
budget for the new positions, which will be
advertised after the Oct. 4 board meeting. The
restructuring comes after the board adopted a
master plan document for SPRD. Facility and
maintenance issues have hurt the department,
and were major indicators in the master plan for
restructuring the department.
"We wanted a plan for addressing the size of
staffing for SPRD, and also the organization's
structure," said Mayor Parker Wiseman. "The
one thing that is striking about the old chart is
that it had no middle. For any organization that
is larger than three or four people, that is not
The firm in charge of the master plan designated five of Starkville's eight parks a "poor" rating, while three parks received satisfactory marks
from planning staff. The Sportsplex and Patriot's
Park earned "good" ratings, while Fire Station
Park—which hosts the Starkville Community
Market—earned a "perfect" rating.
"I think this is a bid first step in improving the
parks," said Ward 4 Alderman Jason Walker. "It's
very clear that we've had deficiencies in our staffing. I believe that the recommendations from the
master plan puts us in a good step."
In July, Ward 1 Alderman Ben Carver offered a motion to remove Peters from his position, but the item died without a second. The
board has been critical of the department since
its 2015 takeover of the group. In 2014 while
under private control, the department went over
budget and could not satisfy utility or payroll
payments. The problems prompted the city's
take over, and the arrearages were settled after
an aggressive payment plan was implemented
During the public comments section of the
meeting, Oktibbeha County NAACP President
Chris Taylor spoke in defense of Peters, acknowledging that his department was understaffed to
handle the maintenance and field up-keep issues.
The master plan also calls for creating three
additional full-time employee positions with the
maintenance staff, coordinating staff and custodial staff, Wiseman said. The additional positions
were not included in the 2017 budget.
To view a copy of the budget, download the
September 13 agenda at cityofstarkville.org.
In this June 6, 2015, file photo, a customer, bottom, pays for goods while shopping
at the Atlanta Farmers Market in Atlanta. Americans finally got a raise in 2015 after
seven years of stagnating incomes, driven by big gains among the poorest households,
according to information provided by the Census Bureau, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. Higher
minimum wages in many states and tougher competition among businesses to fill jobs
pushed up pay, while low inflation made those paychecks stretch further. (AP Photo/
David Goldman, File)
Americans got raise last year
for first time since 2007
By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER and
JESSE J. HOLLAND
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a long-awaited sign that middle-class Americans are finally
seeing real economic gains, U.S. households
got a raise last year after seven years of stagnant incomes. Rising pay also lifted the poorest households, cutting poverty by the sharpest
amount in nearly a half-century.
Higher minimum wages in many states and
tougher competition among businesses to fill
jobs pushed up pay, while low inflation made
those paychecks stretch further. The figures
show that the growing economy is finally benefiting a greater share of American households.
The median U.S. household's income rose
5.2 percent in 2015 to an inflation-adjusted
level of $56,516, the Census Bureau said Tuesday . That is the largest one-year gain on data
stretching back to 1967. It is up 7.3 percent
from 2012, when incomes fell to a 17-year
Still, median incomes remain 1.6 below the
$57,423 reached in 2007. The median is the
point where half of households fall below and
half are above.
The report "was superb in almost every dimension," Larry Mishel, president of the liberal Economic Policy Institute, said on a conference call with reporters. "This one year almost
single-handedly got us out of the hole."
Even so, it follows years of tepid pay gains
that contributed to widespread political turmoil, driving insurgent presidential candida-
cies from GOP nominee Donald Trump and
Sen. Bernie Sanders. Median household income remains 2.4 percent below the peak it
reached in 1999.
The solid gain will likely impact the presidential campaign. Incomes are now higher
than in 2009 when President Obama took office.
The Census report shows that the increase
was driven by the poorest Americans, who
saw the largest increase. Half of the states and
Washington, D.C. have increased their minimum wages since 2014, according to the EPI.
Greater competition for low-wage jobs has
also pushed up wages. The unemployment rate
fell from 6.2 percent to 5.3 percent last year,
and 2.4 million Americans found full-time,
year-round jobs. That's forced restaurants and
retail employers to lift pay to attract workers.
WalMart, TJX Cos., which owns T.J. Maxx,
and the Gap have all announced pay increases
in the past two years. Starbucks said in July
it would boost pay for all its employees by 5
percent later this year.
Income for the poorest 10 percent of
households jumped 7.9 percent last year, while
for the wealthiest 10 percent, incomes rose just
2.9 percent. That narrowed the gap between
the two groups by the largest amount on record.
The proportion of Americans in poverty
also fell sharply last year, to 13.5 percent from
nearly 14.8 percent. That is the biggest decline
in poverty since 1968. There were 43.1 million people in poverty last year, 3.5 million
fewer than in 2014.
Annual Membership Meeting
Thursday, September 15th
MAFES Conference Center
Annual Meeting of Membership
Please call by September 14th, 12:00
noon so we can count you in for the meal.
Our number is 662-323-5662.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Will Mississippi lawmakers follow Alabama’s
BP settlement template?
Across the state
line to the east,
meeting in a special
session approved a
to spend the lion’s
share of that state’s
$1 billion BP oil
spill settlement on
ing state debt, and
highway infrastructure in two Gulf Coast counties – and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has said he’ll
sign that legislation.
Could that a template of sorts as to how
Mississippi lawmakers choose to spend our
state’s BP settlement funds? Mississippi
will receive almost $2.2 billion in total
compensation for the 2010 BP explosion,
fire, and resulting oil spill on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
The rig was leased to BP by Transocean.
The Deepwater Horizon explosion
killed 11 men (with Mississippians among
the dead), injured others and resulted in an
estimated 210 million barrels of oil being
spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. It was the
nation’s largest offshore oil spill. Mississippi and other Gulf states suffered significant
economic and environmental damages.
Mississippi got a $2.2 billion settlement
from BP, but not all of that is subject to
the unfettered will of the Mississippi Legislature. Specifics of the settlement include,
over time, $750 million in economic damages that will be subject to state legislative
There are other funds with regulatory
strings attached that aren’t completely subject to legislative fiat, including some $183
million in Natural Resource Damage Assessment payments for environmental restoration, $582 million in Clean Water Act
penalties to be used for research and economic development and for environmental
This year, the Legislature used $42 million of the initial $150 million payment of
the BP settlement to the state to bolster a
stagnant state budget.
Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves,
and Attorney General Jim Hood – along
with Gulf Coast lawmakers – have all spoken to their belief that since the BP oil spill
disaster most directly impacted the Gulf
Coast, that’s where the preponderance of
the settlement funds should be spent.
Bryant’s Go Coast 2020 commission
issued a report that made specific recommendations on focusing the BP settlement funds on Gulf region projects that
bolstered the local economy and created
jobs. Reeves launched his own series of
fact-finding meetings with the same general focus.
But upstate, lawmakers are not yet ready to
concede to a plan that substantially excludes
central and northern counties from benefitting from a portion of the BP settlement.
That’s problematic for the lower six
Gulf Coast counties, who don’t possess the
numbers in either the Senate or the House
to impose their will on the rest of their
legislative colleagues. So most legislative
observers expect a bruising sectional fight
over the BP settlement funds that rivals the
fight over the state’s Hurricane Katrina relief funds back in 2006.
Former Gov. Haley Barbour and the
state’s congressional delegation – led by
U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran – worked with
Congress and the Bush Administration to
direct millions in hurricane relief to Mississippi. While the Coast was obviously the
hardest hit area of the state, damage was
evident as far north as Monroe County in
Hurricane Katrina’s 2005 fury came at
a time when Mississippi was really struggling with budget problems, principally
how to pay for the state’s Medicaid program. Voters will recall that legislators fell
over themselves to use substantial portions
of the federal funds provided for relief
from Hurricane Katrina to meet the state’s
It’s also not only possible but very likely
that the Legislature could use the state’s BP
money to offset spending they would otherwise make on the Gulf Coast – the so-called
“fungibility” principle – and still share the
wealth with central and northern counties.
Regardless, the looming sectional battle over the state’s BP settlement will be a
prime mover in the 2017 regular session of
the Legislature – or in possible special sessions that may arise earlier.
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Larger causes: God, family
Those of us who
lived it will never
forget! But, it’s
just another Zinnian history lesson
to the next generation, told in political terms with hateful accusations and Daniel Gardner
In a time when
whiny protests by
ungrateful and irreverent athletes are mimicked and applauded by a whining generation who know their rights but little else,
much less the truth, we need to make time
to honor real heroes who truly loved family, friends, and country to the point of
sacrificing their very lives to save countless
other lives they did not even know.
September 11, 2001, dawned a beautiful, blue sky day in America. Too soon
smoke and ashes blotted out sunlight and
rained sorrow down on all true patriots.
Two commercial jetliners piloted by radical
Islamic terrorists flew into the two towers
of the World Trade Center in New York
City. A third jetliner hijacked by other Islamic terrorists was flying toward Washington, DC.
Passengers onboard United Flight 93
flying from Newark, NJ, to San Francisco,
CA, knew their aircraft had been hijacked.
Because they had access to telephones on
the plane, they called loved ones only to
learn how dire their circumstances really
were. Then they made a plan.
Ten years later in his speech dedicating
the Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville,
PA, President George W. Bush described
the disparate group of passengers on Flight
93 this way:
“Aboard United Airlines Flight 93 were
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This was September of 1971. Alabama
had just unveiled a surprise Wishbone offense and stunned No. 3 Southern Cal at
the Coliseum in Los Angeles, reversing a
three-touchdown defeat the year before.
Bear Bryant was back. What’s more, the
Crimson Tide was to next play Southern
Miss. I was an 18-year-old sports reporter
for the Hattiesburg American, dispatched
to Tuscaloosa to cover Bryant’s regular
Tuesday press conference.
With No. 1 ranked Alabama coming to
Ole Miss Saturday, now seems a good time
to recount this story.
Understand, in 1971, in the Deep South,
Bear Bryant was as close as we had to deity
on earth. I had a new Ford Pinto with an
engine that sounded like a sewing machine.
I left 30 minutes early to make the 180-mile
trip with time to spare. Just the Alabama side
of Meridian, my left rear tire blew. This was
during a September heat wave. I couldn’t get
the flimsy jack to work. So I sweated and I
cussed and I got grease all over me. Then I
sweated some more and cussed some more,
knowing I was late. I couldn't make up time
in my sewing machine.
Greasy, sweaty and embarrassed, I got
to Alabama athletic offices a few minutes
after the press conference ended. Charley
Thornton, Alabama’s splendid sports information director back then, looked at me
and asked what happened. I told him, and
added, “Mr. Thornton, if I don’t get an interview with Coach Bryant, they might fire
me back home.”
Thornton said he’d see what he could
do and he walked down the hall. Then he
came back and told me to follow him, and
I did. And we walked into this spacious office with a desk that seemed about as big as
an end zone. Behind that mammoth desk,
leaning back in his chair, eating a barbecue
rib with his huge, socked feet propped up
on the desk, was Paul “Bear” Bryant.
He might as well have been God.
Thornton said, “Coach said he has 10
minutes for you,” and then he left. It was
Bear and me, all alone. He shoved a box of
ribs over and said, “Charley tells me you’re
Ace’s boy. Have a rib …”
I would have choked on it. I was still
hot and sweaty with a parched throat, and
now I was nervous as all Hades, as well. I
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said no thanks, but that I really appreciated
him letting me interrupt his lunch.
“Suit yourself,” he said. “They’re mighty
good. What can I do for you?”
I had prepared questions the night before, rehearsed them on my way over. In
my haste, I had left all that in the sewing
machine. I opened my mouth and … nothing came out. I froze. I choked.
Bryant waited several seconds, smiled
and then he said, “Aw, (rhymes with skit),
son, spit it out ….”
It was as if he knew just what to say. Just
as suddenly as my brain had frozen, everything came back. I got a splendid interview
that was more like a conversation. He of
course told me he was really worried about
Southern, because they always played Alabama tough and he knew his boys might be
cocky after winning at Southern Cal. He
made USM, an average team at best, sound
like the Green Bay Packers.
We went on longer than 10 minutes and
then he invited me to practice. And then
he drove me out to practice in his golf cart.
And then he took me up on his tower with
him. I felt as if I was in heaven, with deity.
much let his assistants handle practice.
And then he directed
me to his favorite
tire store and said to
tell them he sent me.
Later that week, I returned to Tuscaloosa
Rick Cleveland – in somebody else’s
car – and watched
Bryant’s boys disColumnist
Miss 42 to 6. I covered many more of Bryant’s games over the years, games against Ole
Miss, State and USM and also in bowl games
that won national championships.
I covered Bear's last game at the Liberty
Bowl and I covered his funeral a month later. Many believe he was the greatest coach
ever. I tend to agree. He’s certainly in
the first sentence when the subject arises.
What's more, he was mighty good to me.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016 • Starkville Daily News • Page 5A
In this July 14, 2014, file photo, a man passes by a Wells Fargo bank office in Oakland, Calif. Regulators announced
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, that Wells Fargo is being fined $185 million for illegally opening millions of unauthorized
accounts for their customers in order to meet aggressive sales goals. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
Wells Fargo cutting sales goals
in wake of $185 million fine
By KEN SWEET
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo will cut its aggressive
product sales goals for retail bankers, as it faces $185 million in fines and a damaged reputation after allegations that
it opened millions of unauthorized accounts to meet those
The sales goals will be eliminated by Jan. 1, the San Francisco-based bank announced Tuesday. That doesn't end the
matter, though, as Wells Fargo's chief executive has been
called to appear before the Senate Banking Committee next
week to answer questions about the bank's sales practices.
Wells Fargo has long been known for its aggressive sales
goals, but in an industry plagued with questionable action
during the mortgage bubble and financial crisis, it was also
regarded as a well-run, tightly managed firm that did not get
into the poisonous behavior of its Wall Street counterparts.
In announcing the fines last week, however, regulators
said Wells Fargo sales staff opened more than 2 million bank
and credit card accounts that customers may not have authorized, and that money in their accounts was transferred to the
new accounts without authorization.
Debit cards were issued and activated, as well as PINs
created, without telling customers. In some cases, employees
even created fake email addresses to sign up customers for
online banking services, regulators said.
"We are eliminating product sales goals because we want
to make certain our customers have full confidence that our
retail bankers are always focused on the best interests of customers," CEO John Stumpf said in a statement.
Wells Fargo, known for its stagecoach logo, has always
sold itself as first and foremost a community bank. But as
one of the nation's biggest financial institutions, Wells Fargo
executives also highlight every quarter the so-called cross-sale
ratio, a metric only Wells used that reflects the number of
products the bank sells to each customer. The ratio hovers
around six, which means every Wells Fargo household has on
average six different types of products with the bank.
The targets, pushed from Wells' top executives, were un-
realistic. Wells Fargo had a program called go for "Gr-Eight,"
a company-wide push to get more than eight products per
household — a level that was never reached. Many employees had to cheat to meet those goals, to the point where it
became widespread. Thousands of employees were fired for
this type of conduct.
The behavior was first brought to light by an investigation
by The Los Angeles Times in 2013.
One person who has not been fired is the executive who
ran Wells' consumer banking division, Carrie Tolstedt. She
announced earlier this year that she would retire from Wells
at the end of 2016. Despite running this troubled division,
the 56-year-old is expected to walk away with roughly $125
million in compensation in a mix of stock, salary and stock
Wells Fargo has refused to say if it is considering implementing its executive compensation clawback provisions regarding Tolstedt. The bank adopted a somewhat aggressive
clawback provision in 2013 that would apply to Tolstedt as
a highly paid executive. One of the triggers for the provision
could be if the executive's business group "suffers a material
failure of risk management" or misconduct that "expected to
have reputational or other harm to the company."
"It seems Wells Fargo's board has equipped themselves
with a broad enough tool that, if they think the situation
warrants it, this clawback provision could (apply to Tolstedt)," said Charles Tharp, a senior adviser at the Center for
Wells Fargo has been fined $100 million by the Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau, the largest fine the agency has
levied against a financial institution since it was created five
The bank will pay $35 million to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and $50 million to the City and
County of Los Angeles. It will also pay restitution to affected
Wells Fargo has said it regrets "any instances where customers may have received a product that they did not request" and that it has refunded $2.6 million in fees associated
with products that were opened without authorization.
Missing child found
SDN Staff report
The missing child alert issued Monday
morning for a Philadelphia girl has been canceled.
Destiny Larose Mingo, 13, has been found,
according to Warren Strain, communication
director for the Mississippi Department of
“She has been located and is safe,” he said
in a news release.
Mingo had last been seen Thursday
in Philadelphia, about 55 miles from
Son of convicted pastor
faces gun charge
From Wire Reports
COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) — The son of a
Hattiesburg pastor turned himself in on a gun
charge the same day his father was convicted in
a federal corruption case.
William Vaston Fairley, 36, surrendered on
a felony warrant Monday in Marion County,
where he had been indicted on possession of a
firearm by a convicted felon, WDAM-TV reported (bit.ly/2cTqR0Z ).
He was convicted of possession of a con-
From page 4A
college students from California, an iron
worker from New Jersey, veterans of the Korean War and World War II, citizens of Germany and Japan, a pilot who had rearranged
his schedule so that he could take his wife
on a vacation to celebrate their anniversary.”
Real people, but not ordinary people.
With Muslim terrorists looking on, passengers voted on a plan to retake the airplane’s cockpit. They didn’t know whether
their counter offensive would be a suicide
mission, but they did know they would save
many others that day from this terrorist attack. Passengers prayed and voted under the
glaring eyes of their radical captors before
charging and overcoming pure evil.
President Bush continued, “With their
selfless act, the men and women who
stormed the cockpit lived out the words,
‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a
man lay down his life for his friends.’ And
with their brave decision, they launched the
first counter offensive of the war on terror.
The most likely target of the hijacked plane
was the United States Capitol. We'll never
trolled substance in 2007 in Forrest County.
In April 2014, he was pulled over for an expired license plate on U.S. 98 in nearby Marion County. A report from that stop said Fairley was cooperative and told deputies he had a
gun in the vehicle.
His bond was set at $10,000 and he is
scheduled to appear in court Oct. 13.
His father, the Rev. Kenneth Fairley, was
convicted Monday on three counts of conspiracy and theft in a federal case involving money
skimmed from a federal housing program.
know how many innocent people might
have been lost, but we do know this, Americans are alive today because the passengers
and crew of Flight 93 chose to act, and our
nation will be forever grateful.”
Islamic terrorism is pure evil. Passengers
and crew of Flight 93 overcame pure evil
with love of family and sacrifice for country
Days after the brutal encounters with
evil, members of Congress from both sides
of the aisle held hands on the capitol steps
and sang, “God bless America.” We were
one nation, not whining about rights and
slights, but uniting against self-righteous
godlessness of the satanic kind.
There are larger causes in this life than
safe spaces and senseless debates about
which lives or flags matter more. This week
let’s ponder the real sacrifices millions have
made for larger causes like God, family, and
Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist
who lives in Starkville. You may contact him at
PJandMe2@hotmail.com, or interact with him
on the Clarion-Ledger web site www.clarionledger.com/story/opinion.
Page 6A • Starkville Daily News • Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Elderly Japanese among 11 dead in typhoon onslaught
By MARI YAMAGUCHI
80s and 90s. Police discovered nine bodies
there on Wednesday while checking another
facility in the inundated neighborhood.
As floodwaters rapidly rose on Tuesday
night, all 85 elderly residents and staff at a
three-story facility next door were rescued uninjured after evacuating to the top floor, said
Iwate prefectural official Reiko Ouchi.
A caretaker at that facility notified the
town office about their evacuation to the third
floor, noting that the nine residents next door
were stuck, NHK TV reported.
adding that a telephone line was cut off due
to flooding and she could not reach police or
TOKYO (AP) — Heavy rain from Ty"An overnight staff attended the residents,
phoon Lionrock flooded towns across Japan's
but in the end they all died, including one
north and left at least 11 people dead, most of
in (her) arms," Sato told nationally televised
them elderly residents at a nursing home who
NHK news. "I'm so sorry we could not
could not escape rising floodwaters, officials
help any of the nine residents," he said, as
he bowed deeply in apology, his teary voice
The home in the town of Iwaizumi, which
only had the ground floor, included people
The identity of the victims and other desuffering from dementia who were in their
tails, including the whereabouts of their caretakers, were not immediately known, said
Takehiro Hayashijiri, a prefecture disaster
Authorities found two more bodies in
Iwate — one in the same town and the second
in another town of Kuji, according to the Fire
and Disaster Management Agency.
Footage on NHK showed the nursing
home partially buried in mud, surrounded by
debris apparently washed down in the swollen
river. A car by the home was turned upside
At another nursing home, a rescue helicopter was perched atop a flat roof, airlifting residents, each wrapped in a blanket and carried
by their helpers.
"We're making a government-wide effort
to assess the extent of damage," Chief Cabinet
Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters. The
government sent troops to help in the rescue
and cleanup effort.
Farther north, on the island of Hokkaido,
at least two rivers broke through their banks.
The disaster management agency said at least
one person went missing in a car that went
down with a bridge torn away by the flood.
Authorities in the town of Minamifurano
reported hundreds of people trapped in houses and shelters by flooding from the Sorachi
river, the agency said. Hundreds of others
were also trapped in buildings and isolated in
several towns in Iwate.
Typhoon Lionrock made landfall Tuesday
evening near the city of Ofunato, 500 kilometers (310 miles) northeast of Tokyo on the
Pacific coast and crossed the main island of
Honshu before heading out to the Sea of Japan.
It was the first time a typhoon has made
landfall in the northern region since 1951,
when the Japan Meteorological Agency started keeping records.
The scene of large parts of northern Japan
covered with muddy water was a shocking reminder of the major tsunami that struck the
same region five years ago.
Iwate prefecture, the hardest-hit by the
typhoon, is one of the areas still rebuilding
Floodwaters from the Sorachi river wash away a building after embankments of the river were broken in Minami-furano, the northern from the March 2011 tsunami and earthisland of Hokkaido, Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. At least two rivers swollen by Typhoon Lionrock broke through embankments, quake, which left more than 18,000 people
dead along Japan's northeastern coast.
flooding the areas. (Daisuke Suzuki/Kyodo News via AP)
Ouchi said officials are looking into if and
how town officials responded to the call. An
evacuation order was not issued.
Hiroaki Sato, a senior official at the company that runs the nursing homes, said floodwater poured into the compound in a matter
of 10 minutes, making it impossible for the
nine elderly residents to escape. The water
was at chest-high Tuesday evening.
Despite earlier warnings of the approaching typhoon, only one of the eight staff was
on overnight duty, Sato told Kyodo News,
Israel's Peres hospitalized after stroke
In this Nov. 2, 2015 file photo, former Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks during an
interview with The Associated Press in Jerusalem. Former Israeli President Shimon Peres
on Tuesday suffered a stroke and was rushed to a hospital, where he was sedated and
placed on a respirator ahead of a brain scan. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)
By IAN DEITCH
JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli President Shimon Peres suffered a "major stroke" on
Tuesday and experienced heavy bleeding in the
brain, hospital officials said, as doctors raced to
stabilize the 93-year-old Nobel laureate.
Dr. Itzik Kreiss, director of the Sheba Medical Center, told reporters outside the hospital
near Tel Aviv that Peres experienced "lots of
bleeding" as a result of the stroke. He said he
had undergone a battery of tests, and that doctors planned to hold another assessment in a
Standing alongside Kreiss, Peres' son Chemi
said the situation was "not simple," but that the
family was trying to stay positive.
"My father is very special. I am keeping optimistic. Hoping for the best. But these hours are
not easy," he said.
He thanked the Israeli public for offering its
support and prayers.
Peres' office issued a statement early Wednesday describing his condition as "serious but
stable." It said he remained hospitalized in the
intensive care unit.
Earlier, Israeli media reported the bleeding
had stopped. Dr. Shlomi Matezsky, one of the
doctors treating Peres, told Channel 2 TV that
Peres had regained consciousness and was on a
"He is on a respirator and lightly sedated but
is conducting actions, what is called in medical
terms 'simple actions' and is not currently unconscious," he said.
He said doctors were meeting to decide how
to proceed. "The way things seem now, we
don't think surgery in the next few hours would
benefit Mr. Peres' condition," he said.
Peres is the elder statesman of Israeli politics and the last surviving link to the country's
Over a seven-decade career, he held virtually every senior political office in Israel,
including three terms as prime minister and
stints as foreign and finance minister. He won
the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in
reaching an interim peace agreement with the
He had remained active since completing his
seven-year term as president in 2014, and even
uploaded a video to his Facebook account earlier in the day.
In the video , in which Peres encourages
the public to buy locally made products, he appears weary but is otherwise alert and coherent.
Channel 10 TV said Peres had also delivered an
hour-long lecture earlier in the day.
Earlier this year, Peres was twice hospitalized
for heart problems but quickly released. His office said Peres received a pacemaker last week.
As president, a largely ceremonial office, he
cultivated an image as the country's elder statesman and became one of its most popular public
He also became a fixture at international
conferences like the World Economic Forum in
Davos. Earlier this month, he participated in the
Ambrosetti Forum in Cernobbio, Italy.
Since leaving the presidency, Peres frequently hosted public events at his peace center,
bringing together Arabs and Jews in efforts to
In a message posted on Facebook, Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished Peres a
speedy recovery. "Shimon, we love you and the
entire nation wishes you get well," he said.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 • Starkville Daily News • Page 7A
Prosecutor: Occupiers being tried for actions, not beliefs
By STEVEN DUBOIS
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The armed occupiers who seized a remote bird sanctuary in
Oregon early this year are being tried because
their actions intimidated and threatened federal employees, not because they challenged the
government's land policies, a prosecutor said
Tuesday as a trial began for seven people accused in the standoff.
During his opening statement, Geoffrey
Barrow dismissed claims by group leader Ammon Bundy and others that the takeover was
a legitimate protest of federal land management. Bundy and his brother Ryan, who's also
on trial, are part of a Nevada ranching family
embroiled in a long-running dispute over land
"Everyone in this great nation has a right
to his or her beliefs. We are not prosecuting
the defendants because we don't like what they
think or said," Barrow told jurors. "We are
prosecuting them because of what they did."
The occupation drew national attention to
the decades-old fight between the federal government and Western states over land policy.
After the land was seized, the government left
the group alone for weeks until the last few
holdouts abandoned the Malheur National
Wildlife Refuge after 41 days.
The seven on trial are charged with conspiring to impede Interior Department employees
from doing their jobs through intimidation or
threats. Five are also charged with possession
of a firearm in a federal facility.
Barrow said he will detail how the occupiers
were divided into squads and drilled in handto-hand combat. He also said one of the participants in the standoff will testify against his
Marcus Mumford, the defense attorney for
Ammon Bundy, said in his opening statement
that the occupation had nothing to do with
impeding federal employees.
Ammon Bundy "did what he did to demand
accountability from the federal government,"
Mumford said. "He demanded the federal government obey the law — the nerve."
Bundy grew up the son of a rancher, Mumford said, and became a "reluctant activist" on
matters involving government overreach and
Mumford repeatedly asserted that Bundy
was trying to legally take the refuge land by a
practice known as adverse possession, which is
a way to gain title to land by occupying it for
a period of time.
U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown
stepped in to tell jurors that the concept of adverse possession is not being litigated.
Mumford ended his statement by noting
that Bundy and his followers never aimed a
gun at anyone.
Protestors gather outside the federal courthouse in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. The trial of The Bundy brothers, Ammon
and Ryan, and five others are on trial nine months after the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in Oregon as government prosecutors
begin opening statements today in Portland.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Referencing the fatal shooting by police of
occupation spokesman Robert "Lavoy" Finicum, he said only one side of the standoff shot
someone. "And it wasn't Mr. Bundy."
Ryan Bundy, who is acting as his own attorney, told the court he came to help another
ranching family he felt was being abused by the
"I felt we were not there to break the law
but to enforce the law," Ryan Bundy said, referring to the U.S. Constitution. "I am very in
favor of government, as long as it's done correctly."
Before lunch, the judge rejected his request
to hand each juror a pocket-sized copy of the
About a dozen protesters showed up outside the federal courthouse in downtown Portland. They waved an upside-down American
flag and marched around the building during
the trial's lunch break.
Opening statements for the remaining defendants — Shawna Cox, David Fry, Jeff Banta, Kenneth Medenbach and Neil Wampler
— concluded Tuesday afternoon. All acknowledged they were at the refuge, but not to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs.
Fry's attorney Per Olson said his client
Clinton has history of ignoring
health and paying a price
By LISA LERER and KEN THOMAS
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The White
House was submerged in scandal. Democrats
faced tough midterm elections. And Hillary
Clinton, far more popular than her embattled
husband, had become a one-woman campaign
But the nonstop travel in 1998 took a toll.
Clinton developed a blood clot behind her
right knee, prompting the White House doctor to recommend hospitalization and a week
Determined to stay on the campaign trail,
Clinton settled on an alternative: A nurse
would travel with her to administer the medicine needed to monitor her health. She kept
her condition a secret from nearly everyone but
her Secret Service detail, alerted only because
an injury could have been life-threatening.
"Very few people knew about it at the
time," recalled Dr. Connie Mariano in her autobiography. "Her staff thought she had pulled
a muscle exercising."
Nearly two decades later, Clinton's desire
to work through illness — and penchant for
keeping her health secret — has helped cause
the most damaging 48-hour period in her
presidential campaign and given fresh ammunition to GOP rival Donald Trump. The incident has also stoked long-simmering conservative conspiracy theories about her health and
questions about her commitment to openness.
Video of her staggering and stumbling at a
9/11 ceremony on Sunday and her controversial comments about Trump's supporters at a
Friday fundraiser both occurred while she suffered from lingering pneumonia.
At least part of the blame goes to a simple
cause: Clinton's stubborn unwillingness to follow the advice of doctors, family and friends.
"This is just who she is. She is a workhorse.
No matter who tells her, her husband can tell
her. It doesn't matter. Chelsea can tell her,"
said Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat who served as chairman of her 2008 presidential campaign. "You're not going to change
her at this point in her life."
After her Friday pneumonia diagnosis,
Clinton was determined to "power through,"
she told CNN late Monday.
The public and most in her campaign were
kept in the dark. Her running mate, Virginia
Sen. Tim Kaine, and her campaign manager,
Robby Mook, declined to say when they first
learned about her condition.
The decision to keep going was one that
Clinton, who suffers seasonal allergies that
can become a vicious cough, came to regret.
The Democrat is now taking a few days off
the campaign trail, forced to the sidelines at a
critical point in the fall election.
Campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said the
Democratic nominee spent Tuesday reading
briefing material, calling aides and watching
President Barack Obama campaign on her behalf in Philadelphia. She will resume campaign
travel on Thursday, he said.
Facing criticism about her lack of disclosure, she's agreed to release more health information soon.
"I probably would have been better off if
I'd just pulled down my schedule on Friday,"
Clinton said on CNN, adding: "I just didn't
think it was going to be that big a deal."
Her supporters now are trying to turn the
episode into a badge of honor — and a credential for the White House.
"This is a woman who works 20 hours a
day and comes into contact with tens of thousands of people and you pick up germs and
viruses and things like that and you get exhausted," said Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut. "If you don't get a cold or
a virus or the flu or pneumonia in a campaign,
you weren't working hard enough."
But the incident follows a long pattern,
with Clinton paying a price, both physically
During the waning days of her time as secretary of state, she sustained a concussion in a
fainting episode at her home, which her doctor
later attributed to dehydration and a stomach
virus she developed during a trip to Europe.
In follow-up evaluations, Clinton was found
to have a blood clot in a vein in the space between her brain and the skull behind her right
To recover, she spent a few days at a hospital and took a month-long absence from the
State Department for treatment. Her physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, said in 2013 that testing showed "complete resolution" of the concussion's effects.
But the episode became a central part of a
political rumor about her health that has only
grown more damaging as her presidential
campaign has continued. Trump has seized
on those concerns, often questioning Clinton's
stamina and energy.
That infuriates Clinton's friends and former
aides, who cite dozens of stories about her
simply refusing to take a sick day.
"I am 20 years younger than Hillary Clinton and there is no single day when I outpaced
her ever in my life," said Neera Tanden, a former Clinton policy aide and president of the
liberal Center for American Progress. "I've always seen her get up earlier and stay up later."
drove to Oregon from Ohio with a laptop
computer, cellphone and no gun: "He brought
tools of speech, not tools of intimidation."
The standoff began as a protest against the
imprisonment of two Oregon ranchers convicted of setting fires and quickly grew into
demands for the U.S. government to turn public lands over to locals. The issue traces back
to the 1970s and the Sagebrush Rebellion, a
move by Western states such as Nevada to win
more control of vast federal land holdings.
At the refuge near Burns, Oregon, protesters mostly came and went as they pleased.
They changed the signs to "Harney County
Resource Center" and said they would give the
land to local officials to administer. The group
held frequent news conferences and said they
were doing maintenance and other work as
they moved heavy equipment around.
"He believed if he didn't do something dramatic, nobody would ever notice the death
of this (rural) culture," attorney Matthew
Schindler said of Medenbach.
The occupation roiled the surrounding
area, with some locals supporting the movement and others denouncing the occupiers as
Counterprotesters, including environmen-
talists, traveled to eastern Oregon and urged
the federal government to administer public
lands for the widest possible uses, for everyone
from ranchers to bird watchers.
The nearby Burns Paiute Tribe also criticized the standoff, noting that the refuge contains prehistoric archaeological sites and that
tribal members considered it part of their ancestral land.
Oregon officials, including Gov. Kate
Brown, grew frustrated at how long it took
federal authorities to move against the group.
At one point, Brown sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey urging them to end the occupation "as safely and as quickly as possible."
The Bundys were arrested in a Jan. 26 traffic stop that included the fatal shooting of Finicum, an occupation spokesman. Four holdouts
stayed at the refuge for another 16 days.
A total of 26 people were charged with conspiracy. Eleven have pleaded guilty, including
several from the Bundys' inner circle. Charges
were dropped against one. Seven defendants
sought and received a delay in their trial, now
scheduled for February.
The trial is expected to last until November.
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Study details sugar industry attempt to shape science
By CANDICE CHOI
AP Food Industry Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar's
role in heart disease — in part by pointing the
finger at fat — as early as the 1960s, according
to an analysis of newly uncovered documents.
The analysis published Monday is based on
correspondence between a sugar trade group
and researchers at Harvard University, and is the
latest example showing how food and beverage
makers attempt to shape public understanding
In 1964, the group now known as the Sugar
Association internally discussed a campaign to
address "negative attitudes toward sugar" after
studies began emerging linking sugar with heart
disease, according to documents dug up from
public archives. The following year the group
approved "Project 226," which entailed paying Harvard researchers today's equivalent of
$48,900 for an article reviewing the scientific
literature, supplying materials they wanted reviewed, and receiving drafts of the article.
The resulting article published in 1967 concluded there was "no doubt" that reducing cholesterol and saturated fat was the only dietary intervention needed to prevent heart disease. The
researchers overstated the consistency of the literature on fat and cholesterol, while downplaying studies on sugar, according to the analysis.
"Let me assure you this is quite what we had
in mind and we look forward to its appearance
in print," wrote an employee of the sugar industry group to one of the authors.
The sugar industry's funding and role were
not disclosed when the article was published
by the New England Journal of Medicine. The
journal did not begin requesting author disclosures until 1984.
In an editorial published Monday that accompanied the sugar industry analysis, New
York University professor of nutrition Marion
Nestle noted that for decades following the
study, scientists and health officials focused on
reducing saturated fat, not sugar, to prevent
While scientists are still working to understand links between diet and heart disease, concern has shifted in recent years to sugars, and
away from fat, Nestle said.
A committee that advised the federal government on dietary guidelines said the available
evidence shows "no appreciable relationship" between the dietary cholesterol and heart disease,
although it still recommended limiting saturated
The American Heart Association cites a
study published in 2014 in saying that too much
added sugar can increase risk of heart disease,
though the authors of that study say the biological reasons for the link are not completely
The findings published Monday are part of
an ongoing project by a former dentist, Cristin
Kearns, to reveal the sugar industry's decades-
Granulated sugar is poured in Philadelphia, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. A new study released Monday details how the sugar industry
worked to downplay emerging science linking sugar and heart disease. It's the latest installment of an ongoing project by a former
dentist to reveal the industry's decades-long attempt to influence science. The Sugar Association said it questions the author's attempt
to play into current anti-sugar sentiment. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
long efforts to counter science linking sugar
with negative health effects, including diabetes. The latest work, published in the journal
JAMA Internal Medicine, is based primarily on
31 pages of correspondence between the sugar
group and one of the Harvard researchers who
authored the review.
In a statement, the Sugar Association said it
"should have exercised greater transparency in all
of its research activities," but that funding disclosures were not the norm when the review was
published. The group also questioned Kearns'
"continued attempts to reframe historical occurrences" to play into the current public sentiment
The Sugar Association said it was a "disservice" that industry-funded research in general is
Companies including Coca-Cola Co. and
Kellogg Co. as well as groups for agricultural
products like beef and blueberries regularly fund
studies that become a part of scientific literature,
are cited by other researchers, and are touted in
Samsung's quick fix
for Galaxy Note 7 is
no full recharge
By YOUKYUNG LEE
AP Technology Writer
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung plans to issue a
software update for its recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones
that will prevent them from overheating by limiting battery
recharges to 60 percent.
The front page of the Seoul Shinmun, a South Korean
newspaper, carried a Samsung Electronics advertisement
on Tuesday announcing the software update for any users
of the Note 7 who may be disregarding its recall notice and
continuing to use the smartphone.
"It is a measure to put consumer safety first but we apologize for causing inconvenience," the advertisement said. The
update for South Korean users will start Sept. 20, it said.
South Korean media earlier reported the software update plan, citing Samsung.
It was unclear when the update may be issued overseas
and if it will be forced on existing Note 7 phones regardless of user consent. Yonhap News Agency reported that
Samsung is in talks with global mobile carriers to deliver
the same update to keep battery power at 60 percent or
below at all times.
Samsung plans to begin issuing new Note 7s with batteries it says will not be prone to overheating starting Sept.
19 in South Korea. It recalled 2.5 million of the devices
just two weeks after their launch after dozens of cases in
which batteries exploded or caught fire. Samsung says the
problem stems from a manufacturing glitch in the batteries.
Samsung is the world's largest smartphone maker, and
analysts said the recall may leave a larger impact on its
brand than earlier estimated. Aviation regulators and airlines have deemed the Note 7 a flight hazard and the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission is considering an
official product recall.
The company has urged consumers to immediately turn
off the phones and get them replaced with the new Note 7.
But implementing such a large-scale recall is a challenge.
Consumers have to visit Samsung service centers or retailers
twice — once to get a replacement phone — not a Galaxy
Note 7 — and have a safety check of their existing Note 7,
and a second time to get a new Note 7. South Koreans are
traveling for one of the two biggest national holidays of the
year starting Wednesday, which complicates the recall plan.
Samsung offered free pizza as an apology to workers at
mobile carrier shops who have been handling the unprecedented recall. Some will work during the holidays this
week as Samsung plans to keep its service centers open.
Lee In-tae, an employee at a SK Telecom shop in central Seoul, said two pizzas were delivered to the shop during lunchtime on Tuesday with a letter from Samsung that
included an apology for causing inconvenience with the
recall. South Korean media said Samsung gave free pizzas
to all employees at local handset shops and mobile carriers.
Companies say they adhere to scientific standards, and many researchers feel that industry
funding is critical to advancing science given the
growing competition for government funds.
But critics say such studies are often thinly veiled
marketing that undermine efforts to improve
"Food company sponsorship, whether or not
intentionally manipulative, undermines public
trust in nutrition science," wrote Nestle, a longtime critic of industry funding of science.
The authors of the analysis note they were
unable to interview key actors quoted in the
documents because they are no longer alive.
They also note there is no direct evidence the
sugar industry changed the manuscript, that the
documents provide a limited window into the
sugar industry group's activities and that the
roles of other industries and nutrition leaders in
shaping the discussion about heart disease were
Nevertheless, they say the documents underscore why policy makers should consider
giving less weight to industry-funded studies.
Although funding disclosures are now common practice in the scientific community, the
role sponsors play behind the scenes is still not
In June, the Associated Press reported on
a study funded by the candy industry's trade
group that found children who eat candy tend
to weigh less than those who don't. The National Confectioners Association, which touted the
findings in a press release, provided feedback to
the authors on a draft even though a disclosure
said it had no role in the paper. The association
said its suggestions didn't alter the findings.
In November, the AP also reported on
emails showing Coca-Cola was instrumental in
creating a nonprofit that said its mission was
to fight obesity, even though the group publicly said the soda maker had "no input" into its
activities. A document circulated at Coke said
the group would counter the "shrill rhetoric" of
"public health extremists."
Coca-Cola subsequently conceded that it had
not been transparent, and the group later disbanded.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
What is the right
legal structure for
The legal structure you
choose for your business is one
of the most important decisions
you will make during the business planning process. Your
choice can have long-lasting legal consequences, greatly affect
the way you run your business,
and impact everything from liability and taxes to control over
the company. The key is to
figure out which type of entity
gives your business the most advantages to achieve your organizational and personal financial goals. Critical areas for
consideration in a business structure include risk, taxation,
and complexity. There’s no right or wrong choice that fits
everyone when it comes to choosing a business structure, but
your job is to understand how each legal structure works and
then pick the one that best meets your objectives. All businesses carry some degree of risk, and smart business owners
will want to choose a structure that protects their personal
assets from business liabilities. It is highly recommended that
you seek legal counsel for guidance in the formation and financing of your new business before making any final decisions. There are four basic types of business entities, each of
which has its own pros and cons.
Sole proprietorship is the simplest and most common
form of business entity structures and is used by more than
70 percent of businesses in the U.S., primarily because this
type of business entity requires much less paperwork, time
and money to maintain. However, one person is responsible
for all of the company’s profits and debts and the owner has
no protection for personal assets from business liabilities.
A partnership entity is owned by two or more individuals
who share in the business’ profits and losses. The partnership
can be a general partnership where only one partner has control of its operations, while the other person or persons simply
contribute to and receive only part of the profit. But as with a
sole proprietorship, there is no limited liability protection for
owners of a partnership.
A limited liability company (LLC) allows owners, partners, or shareholders to limit their personal liabilities while
enjoying the tax and flexibility benefits of a partnership. Under an LLC, members are protected from personal liability for
the debts of the business, as long as it cannot be proven that
they have acted in illegal, unethical or irresponsible manner
in carrying out activities of the business. The LLC allows
owners to report business profits and losses on their own tax
returns without the business itself being taxed.
A corporation is considered as an entity that is separate
from its owners. It has its own rights, independent of its
owners, and it can sue, be sued, own and sell property, and
sell the rights of ownership in the form of stocks. It is constructed to have a board of directors that make the major decisions that guide the company. If you need to obtain outside
funding sources, like investor or venture capital, bank loans
and other avenues for money, you may be better off establishing a corporation, which has an easier time of obtaining
outside funding than does a sole proprietorship. Corporations can sell shares of stock, securing additional funding for
growth, while sole proprietors can only obtain funds through
their personal accounts, using their personal credit or taking
on partners. An LLC can face similar struggles, although, as
its own entity, it is not always necessary for the owner to use
his or her personal credit or assets. Both corporations and
LLCs require detailed record keeping as well as adherence to a
lengthy list of requirements in order to maintain their limited
For new businesses that could fall into two or more of
these categories, it’s not always easy to decide which one to
choose. You need to consider your startup’s financial needs,
risk and the ability to grow. In large part, the best ownership
structure for your business depends on the type of services or
products it will provide. To operate legally, every business
must be licensed. Depending on the type of business and
its activities, it may to be licensed at the local, state, and federal levels. In addition to ensuring that your business entity
is legally registered, you may need specific permits. If your
business will engage in risky activities, such as trading stocks
or repairing roofs, you almost surely want to form a business
entity that provides personal liability protection which shields
your personal assets from business debts and claims. In this
instance, a corporation or LLC is probably the best choice
for you. Sole proprietorships and partnerships are easy to set
up. LLCs and corporations, on the other hand, are almost
always more expensive to create and more difficult to maintain. If you are starting a business on a shoestring budget, it
might make sense to form the simplest type of business, a sole
proprietorship or partnership. In a sole proprietorship, you
simply register your name, start doing business, report the
profits and pay taxes on it as personal income. However, it
can be difficult to procure outside funding. Partnerships, on
the other hand, require a signed agreement to define roles and
percentages of profits. Partners in a partnership claim their
share of the profits as personal income. General partners can
raise cash without involving outside investors in the management of its business. Corporations and LLCs have various reporting requirements with the state and federal governments.
The owners of a corporation do not report their shares of
corporate profits on their personal tax returns. The owners
pay taxes only on profits they actually receive in the form of
salaries, bonuses, and dividends. A corporation carries the
least amount of personal liability, since the law holds that it is
its own entity, meaning that creditors and customers can sue
the corporation, but they cannot gain access to any personal
assets of the officers or shareholders. An LLC offers the same
protection, but with the tax benefits of a sole proprietorship.
Partnerships share the liability between the partners as defined
by their partnership agreement. The owner of an LLC will
pay taxes, just as the sole proprietor does as all profit is considered to be personal income.
Your initial choice of a business structure is not set in
stone, so keep in mind that you can start out as sole proprietorship or partnership and later, if your business grows or
the risk of personal liability increases, you can convert your
business to an LLC or Corporation.
Debbie Miller is the project coordinator for the Mississippi
State University Franklin Furniture Institute and a certified export manager leading the Institute’s Export Resource Service. For
more information on the Institute, visit www.ffi.msstate.edu; for
more information on exporting, visit the Export Resource Services
directly at www.ffi.msstate.edu/export .
The shop offers uniquely designed tees for walk-in customers and custom bulk orders can be placed online. (Photo by Austin Montgomery, SDN)
JCG Apparel expands in Starkville
BY AUSTIN MONTGOMERY
The Starkville store known as JC
Graphics since 2004 is rebranding,
expanding and moving. Now called
JCG Apparel, the store held a grand
reopening at the end of August, and
the newest Hotel Chester tenant will
now offer its custom graphic shirts to
the Main Street area.
The new location will be open
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to
Saturday. The shop offers uniquely
designed tees for walk-in customers
and custom bulk orders can be placed
online. The group caters to any major event or local group looking for
shirts—long or short sleeve.
The new Main Street business
opened just ahead of the planned
Tuscaloosa store, with the collective’s
Oxford location standing as the first
shop to be rebranded.
Moving downtown was in line
with the business’s expansion goals,
JCG Retail Director Meagan Babb
“We just wanted to be in the
downtown area,” Babb said. “We’re
in the expansion phase. We’re looking to expand further and we’re try-
ing to target college towns across the
The Main Street location was
picked due to its deep roots in the
Starkville community, she added.
Babb coordinated all interior design
efforts for the new storefront after
a summer of intense renovations by
“I was thinking about how the
floor plan should go and I wanted to
show people how the building was
constructed and take away some stuff
that had been added over the years,”
The renovation removed walls and
flooring from past renovations, and
Babb said she hoped to juxtapose a
rugged shown brick, natural light
atmosphere with the vibrant, new
“I want to maintain a historic look
in them,” Babb said. “That way our
new shirts stand out. We do have
a lot of rugged, vintage shirts but
they’re still so stark and so freshly
printed they look really cool next to
“I love the history of things like
that,” she added. “Anything that
can help me have a story to go off
of—even merchandising—helps focus
The shop offers brands like Gilden,
Comfort Colors, American Apparel,
Alternative Apparel, Bella and Canvas and Next Level. There’s a 50-shirt
minimum for all custom orders, according to Starkville manager Sydney
Lesniewski. Prices for custom orders
range from $12 to $16, depending
on the brand.
Lesniewski started as a sales associate at the shop in 2011, working her
way up as manager of the Starkville
“I have a little part in each part
of our business,” Lesniewski said. “I
get to do the designs, so I do a lot
of the custom work for MSU groups
on campus. I also get to help design
stuff for the retail floor. It’s cool to
go hand-in-hand like that.”
The store’s target audience is college students, and employs around
15 students throughout the year. For
new ideas for designs, Lesniewski
sometimes gets input from staff,
while finding ideas online or playing
around with different types of shirts
“It’s fun to play around with all
the different things,” she said. “It’s
For custom orders, visit jcgapparel.com.
The new location will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday. (Austin Montgomery, SDN)
The shop offers brands like Gilden, Comfort Colors, American Apparel, Alternative Apparel, Bella and Canvas and
Next Level. (Photo by Austin Montgomery, SDN)