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Trump hails civil rights heroes; protesters pan his record

Posted 12/9/2017 in State

President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices help make the United States a fairer and more just country, though protests surrounding his visit to Mississippi laid bare the stark divisions among Americans about his commitment to that legacy.


Starkville moves ahead with bollard installation plan

Posted 12/8/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The city of Starkville will soon start reviewing plans to install bollard locations in a swath that stretches from downtown to the Cotton District.

22-year sentence for man with multiple counts of child molestation

Posted 12/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man who already served time in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for child molestation will go back to prison for 22 years for the same thing.

Second murder trial ends in hung jury

Posted 12/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The second trial of a man accused of capital murder in the shooting death of his disabled cousin ended in a hung jury Thursday.

Restaurant tax: Contentious city-county meeting yields few results

Posted 12/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A frustrated Leroy Brooks stood up, put on his jacket and started gathering his belongings from the table in the Trotter Convention Center meeting room at which he had been seated for about two hours Thursday morning.

Restaurant tax: Chism open to removing tax floor

Posted 12/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

District 37 Rep. Gary Chism offered mixed reviews to The Dispatch Thursday on suggestions that came out of a joint meeting of Columbus and Lowndes County leaders at Trotter Convention Center to discuss renewing the 2-percent restaurant tax.


Rep. John Lewis: Trump is an 'insult' to civil rights event

Posted 12/8/2017 in State

U.S. Rep John Lewis announced Thursday that he won't speak at the opening of Mississippi civil rights and history museums, saying it's an "insult" that President Donald Trump will attend.



Like Trump, Moore breaking the rules of modern-day politics

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

He has ignored all the rules of modern-day politics.



Combative Franken quits, points to GOP tolerance of Trump

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

Sen. Al Franken, a rising political star only weeks ago, reluctantly announced Thursday he's resigning from Congress, succumbing to a torrent of sexual harassment allegations and evaporating support from fellow Democrats.



White ex-cop gets 20 years for Walter Scott slaying

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

One by one, relatives of the late Walter Scott urged a judge to mete out a significant punishment for Michael Slager, the white former police officer who fatally shot Scott, an unarmed black man, in the back after a 2015 traffic stop.



Pearl Harbor survivors in their 90s attend solemn ceremony

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

Survivors gathered Thursday at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember fellow servicemen killed in the early morning raid 76 years ago, paying homage to the thousands who died with a solemn ceremony marking the surprise bombing raid that plunged the U.S. into World War II.



Congress averts shutdown, sends Trump stopgap spending bill

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

Congress on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill.



Keillor: Radio station fired me without full investigation

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

Garrison Keillor says Minnesota Public Radio was wrong to fire him last week without fully investigating what a senior executive has described as "multiple allegations" spanning an extended period against the former "A Prairie Home Companion" host.



Trump travel ban to be heard by federal appeals court

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's updated travel ban is headed back to a federal appeals court in Virginia.


Fire destroys Oktibbeha home

Posted 12/7/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An early morning fire destroyed an Oktibbeha County home Wednesday, but it didn't hurt any residents.

Dealing with Devin: Reed's closing at Leigh Mall

Posted 12/7/2017 in Business

Reed's Jewelers is becoming the latest store in Leigh Mall to close.

Kidnapping latest in series of suspect's incidents

Posted 12/7/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man accused of abducting his ex-girlfriend faces charges from kidnapping and domestic violence to reckless driving.

Remaining reasonable in the heat of the moment: Local law enforcement, attorney talk excessive vs. reasonable force in policing

Posted 12/7/2017 in Area

There is a split second right before a car wreck when the driver has to decide how to avoid a collision.

Photo: Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders visit CAFB

Posted 12/7/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Khalyn sits inside a T-38C Talon as Capt. James Couch, 49th Fighter Training Squadron assistant upgrading instructor pilot flight commander, talks about some of the key features during a tour of the flight line at Columbus Air Force Base Mississippi on Monday. Numerous members of the cheerleading squad visited the base where they were shown the 14th Flying Training Wing mission and conducted a Cheer to Fitness Clinic for children at the Youth Center.


Jones seeking support of women in Alabama Senate race

Posted 12/7/2017 in National

Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones drew a line between himself and Republican nominee Roy Moore on Wednesday as he sided with women making sexual misconduct allegations against men of both parties.



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