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Judge: Mississippi suit to cover all who lost voting rights

Posted 2/16/2019 in State

A federal judge says a handful of former Mississippi convicts who are suing to have their voting rights restored can represent everyone who falls into that category.



Trump says he might extend deadline in US-China talks

Posted 2/16/2019 in National

President Donald Trump said that "there's a possibility" he would extend a March 2 deadline in trade talks with China if the two countries are closing in on a deal.



Trump emergency declaration faces fights in the courts

Posted 2/16/2019 in National

Let the lawsuits begin. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court.



Police: Aurora gunman likely knew he was being fired

Posted 2/16/2019 in National

The man who gunned down five co-workers and wounded a sixth at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse before shooting and wounding five police officers brought his gun to a meeting in which he was going to be fired, authorities said Saturday.



Mississippi ACLU director runs for attorney general as Dem

Posted 2/16/2019 in State

The executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi said Friday that she is running for state attorney general.



Payless ShoeSource to shutter all of its remaining US stores

Posted 2/16/2019 in National

Payless ShoeSource is shuttering all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton that have closed down in the last year.



Forrest County jail agrees inmates can receive nonreligious books

Posted 2/16/2019 in State

A south Mississippi county has agreed to allow inmates to receive non-religious reading materials, ending a lawsuit.



Shipyard doesn't meet investment target, incentive deal ends

Posted 2/16/2019 in State

Mississippi officials say they have voided an incentive deal with a Louisiana shipbuilder because planned investments and hiring never occurred.



Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart

Posted 2/16/2019 in National

In early November, word began to leak that Amazon was serious about choosing New York to build a giant new campus. The city was eager to lure the company and its thousands of high-paying tech jobs, offering billions in tax incentives and lighting the Empire State Building in Amazon orange.



Justices to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

Posted 2/16/2019 in National

The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship that could affect the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal money.


Street work no longer part of 1-percent tax request

Posted 2/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If legislators approve a special 1-percent restaurant sales tax for Columbus, the city will only use it for maintaining and operating the Sen. Terry Brown Amphitheater at The Island.

Sen. Younger: Proposed pay raise for teachers should be higher

Posted 2/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local legislators expressed disappointment Friday with two bills in the Mississippi Legislature affecting education, one of which aims to increase salaries for public school teachers and the other which -- had it not died in committee -- would have raised the pay for school board members.

Walters out of jail on bond

Posted 2/15/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A former Dispatch sports editor accused of exploitation is out of custody after posting bond at the DeSoto County Jail.

Harrison joins District 2 supervisor race

Posted 2/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A third Republican candidate has joined the race for Lowndes County District 2 supervisor.

Arrest report for 2-15-19

Posted 2/15/2019 in Area


Trump Org scraps plans for 2 hotel chains, blaming politics

Posted 2/15/2019 in National

President Donald Trump's company is scrapping plans for two new hotel chains announced two years ago, casting blame in part on a hostile political environment.



Mississippi Senate to keep private school money through 2024

Posted 2/15/2019 in State

Mississippi state senators on Thursday voted to keep public subsidies alive through 2024 for special education students who attend private schools, overcoming some Democrats who were trying to kill the state's Education Scholarship Account program.



Longest-serving Mississippi lawmaker not seeking new term

Posted 2/15/2019 in State

The longest-serving state lawmaker in Mississippi history says he is not seeking re-election this year.



Flu vaccine doing a relatively good job this season

Posted 2/15/2019 in National

The flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it, U.S. health officials said Thursday.


Weather, possibly budget delaying Partnership School

Posted 2/14/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

More delays have pushed the completion of the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District's Partnership School with Mississippi State University beyond a fall 2019 opening date.


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