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Relatives plan to sue after police kill man at wrong address

Posted 2/11/2019 in State

A family plans to sue after Mississippi police went to the wrong house and ended up killing a man, lawyers said Thursday, and they suggested that a state investigative report they obtained in court would bolster their case.



Negotiations hit snag as shutdown deadline approaches

Posted 2/11/2019 in National

As the White House refused to rule out the possibility that the federal government may shut down again, negotiators clashed over whether to limit the number of migrants authorities can detain, creating a new hurdle for a border security compromise Congress can accept.



Parents question whether shooting drills traumatize kids

Posted 2/11/2019 in National

Long before an ex-student opened fire on his former classmates in Parkland, Florida, many school districts conducted regular shooting drills -- exercises that sometimes included simulated gunfire and blood and often happened with no warning that the attack wasn't real.



Virginia lawmaker backs off fast track for impeachment bill

Posted 2/11/2019 in National

A Virginia lawmaker on Monday backed off his plans to swiftly introduce an impeachment bill seeking the ouster of the state's leading black elected official as Democrats struggled to address revelations of past racist behavior and allegations of sexual assault roiling its highest levels of office.



Gun-seizure laws grow in popularity since Parkland shooting

Posted 2/11/2019 in National

In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and courts are issuing an unprecedented number of seizure orders across the country.



Father says he still struggles with death of Mississippi girl in oven

Posted 2/11/2019 in State

The father of a 20-month-old Mississippi Delta girl who police say was stabbed and placed in a hot oven says he still struggles with his emotions over her death.



Tabloid CEO's lawyer denies Enquirer tried to extort Bezos

Posted 2/11/2019 in National

The National Enquirer committed neither extortion nor blackmail by threatening to publish intimate photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, an attorney for the head of the tabloid's parent company said Sunday.



Dems' 2020 field now includes Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Posted 2/11/2019 in National

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Sunday joined the growing group of Democrats jostling to be president and positioned herself as the most prominent Midwestern candidate in the field, as her party tries to win back voters in a region that helped put Donald Trump in the White House.


Last three suspects in Bankhead case plead guilty

Posted 2/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The last three suspects arrested for their involvement in a fatal shooting of a disabled man nearly eight years ago have pleaded guilty and been sentenced -- with one suspect who attorneys said helped get the others convicted free from custody.

Dispatch staffers win 12 MPA awards

Posted 2/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch scooped 12 advertising awards, including two first place finishes, in the Mississippi Press Association's 2018 Better Newspaper Contest.


Pelfrey encourages airmen to 'show people the light'

Posted 2/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The program for Friday's Columbus Air Force Base 2018 Awards Ceremony featured a two-page bio of the event's guest speaker, retired Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Pelfrey. The bio included highlights of his 30-year career in the Air Force. It also included a color-coded chart explaining the various run-way control signals, which seemed an odd thing to include in a bio.


Photos: Rotary Classic Rodeo

Lefty Holman from Visalia, California, rides Spartacus in the Bronc Riding competition during the Team Roping Event at the Rotary Classic Rodeo at the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville on Friday.

Miley retires from sheriff's office

Posted 2/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After nearly 20 years with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, Chief Deputy Marc Miley has retired.


Mississippi lt. gov took part in Confederate frat parties

Posted 2/9/2019 in State

While in college in the 1990s, Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves took part in his fraternity's Old South parties. And at such Kappa Alpha parties, members often wore Confederate costumes, a common practice among chapters in the South at the time.



House approves bill to ease some criminal penalties

Posted 2/9/2019 in State

Mississippi House members on Thursday overwhelmingly supported a plan to ease some penalties for those accused or convicted of crimes, as its sponsor again acknowledged the bill constitutes "baby steps."



Mississippi considers limiting property owners' liability

Posted 2/9/2019 in State

Mississippi senators are advancing a bill that would limit people's ability to sue property owners for injuries or other problems.



Tire maker highlights worker training start in Mississippi

Posted 2/9/2019 in State

Continental AG is beginning to gear up worker training at the $1.4 billion tire-making complex that it's building in central Mississippi, as it aims to start producing truck tires by next January.



Judge: Man accused in 8 deaths can't get fair trial at home

Posted 2/9/2019 in State

A judge says a man accused of killing eight people in south Mississippi can't get a fair trial in his home county.



Mississippi man shot dead by state troopers after chase

Posted 2/9/2019 in State

A Mississippi Gulf Coast man is dead and two other people are facing criminal charges after a high-speed chase Wednesday where officers say someone shot at them.



Schools closed in northern Mississippi because of flu

Posted 2/9/2019 in State

Two public school districts and one private school in northern Mississippi were closed Friday because of an increase in flu cases.



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