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Owners of AR-style firearms defend their weapon of choice

Posted yesterday in National

Karen Butler still remembers the first time she picked up an AR-15-style rifle a decade ago. "Quite honestly, I was scared of it," she recalls. But as soon as she fired it, she became a fan.



CPD to hold self defense class July 28

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department will host a self defense class at the Trotter Convention Center July 28.



CPD officer involved in fight to go before city council

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus police officer who allegedly got in an altercation with a citizen outside McDonald's Wednesday will go before the city council on July 5.


Spears: CMSD tax hike unnecessary

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

One Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees member has a proposition to fund the district's increased budget without raising taxes.

Industrial park bonds set for fall issuance

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County and Starkville are set to issue a combined $14 million in bonds to fund a new industrial park this fall after supervisors approved their half of the issuance notice Monday.


Judge: HB 1523 creates inequality for gay marriage

Posted yesterday in State

Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, under a ruling a federal judge handed down Monday.



Miss. abortion law similar to overturned Texas law

Posted yesterday in State

Mississippi's abortion restrictions will likely be the first outside Texas to be affected by Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning requirements that abortion doctors have hospital admitting privileges, the leader of the Center for Reproductive Rights said.



GOP leaders hope for quick session on Miss. budget

Posted yesterday in State

Republican officials are hoping for a quick special session to patch holes in the Mississippi budget. But there's no guarantee Democrats will sit quietly and go along with that plan.


Pat Summitt, winningest coach in D1 history, dies at 64

Posted yesterday in National

Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who uplifted the women's game from obscurity to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday morning. She was 64.


Pope: Gays and others deserve an apology

Posted yesterday in National

Pope Francis says gays -- and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited -- deserve an apology.



Intolerant acts surge as British referendum result sinks in

Posted yesterday in National

An Eastern European family in Rugby finds dog excrement shoved through its mailbox. A Londoner nearly gets into a fight over drunken slurs shouted on a crowded subway car. A Polish teenager in Gloucestershire is taunted with threats of deportation at her high school.



Trump's Muslim ban: From clarity to confusion

Posted yesterday in National

From the moment he first declared it, the plan has been a signature of his campaign for president: "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."



Trump emails: Can you spare $10 to help elect a billionaire?

Posted yesterday in National

The billionaire running for president now seeks to convince millions of Americans to give him money.



Warren: Clinton can be trusted to fight Donald Trump

Posted yesterday in National

Elizabeth Warren offered an impassioned endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Monday, vouching for her as someone who could be trusted to fight for workers and fend off Donald Trump.



Court upholds reach of gun ban for domestic violence

Posted yesterday in National

The Supreme Court is upholding the broad reach of a federal law that bans people convicted of domestic violence from owning guns.



Justice quest goes on after 'Freedom Summer' cases end

Posted yesterday in State

The search for courtroom justice in the 1964 "Freedom Summer" killings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi's Neshoba County is over, more than a half century after they died, but some Mississippians and the relatives of the slain men say the search for another kind of justice still is still ongoing.


MSU horticulture student gains experience at Smith Landscaping

Posted 6/27/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lauren Gamblin has always had a green thumb.


Two sessions planned on proposed tax increases

Posted 6/27/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The public will have two chances Thursday to gather more information about the Columbus Municipal School District's proposed tax increase.



Higgins: $150 million project eying Lowndes Port

Posted 6/27/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new industrial development project could come to Columbus if some road blocks can be cleared, according to Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins.


Dispatch recognized for best news story in state

Posted 6/25/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch claimed eight awards, including three first-place honors and an overall first-place award for news reporting, during Saturday's Mississippi Press Association Awards Luncheon.


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