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Questionable behavior by elected officials

Elected government officials are supposed to be representing us, right? News Editor Jonathan Scott writes about a couple of these officials and some recent actions that appear somewhat questionable, and he wonders if they’re aware of the perception and appearance many of their constituents are getting. (January 17, 2013, Page 4)

One of America’s icons saved – for now

There are iconic buildings and sites you look for on city skylines. For Editor Don Whitten, one of those has always been the Astrodome, the first of the large indoor domed stadiums. He takes a closer look at the Houston, Texas, dome and what’s going on with the nearly 50-year-old facility. (May 31, 2012, Page 4)

Isn’t it too soon for another 100-year flood?

We’ll never see a flood like the one in 1927. There will never be a hurricane like Camille again. You’d think we’d learn to never say “never” about weather and related disasters. Even talk about 100-year floods and such are hard to understand, so Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at what a 100-year event really is. (May 18, 2011, Page 4)

How good are you at remembering years?

What year did the Oklahoma City bombing take place? When did man first walk on the moon? When did O-U Stadium open? Here’s one more, one that some 30 percent of respondents in a recent survey couldn’t get: What year did the 9/11 terrorist attacks take place? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how we can remember lots of events just as if they were yesterday, but we can’t recall the year they took place. How’s your memory? (April 4, 2011, Page 4A)

How will lawmakers respond to Barbour’s budget?

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, heading into his final year in office, has submitted his annual Executive Budget Recommendations to members of the State Legislature. Editor Don Whitten notes that some of the numbers involving budget cuts are lower than anticipated, but there are expected to be battles in several areas before the FY 2012 budget is eventually adopted. (November 19, 2010, Page 4A)

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