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Conservative divide scuttles Mississippi term limits effort

Posted 6/21/2016 in State

An effort to get a term limits initiative on the Mississippi ballot was doomed because conservative volunteers started gathering signatures but later shifted their time and energy to the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, organizers said Monday.



Attorney: Treat same-sex couples same as others for licenses

Posted 6/21/2016 in State

Same-sex couples in Mississippi should not be left guessing whether any particular clerk will refuse to issue them marriage licenses, a gay rights attorney argued Monday in federal court.



Experimental Zika vaccine to begin human testing

Posted 6/21/2016 in National

An experimental vaccine for the Zika virus is due to begin human testing in coming weeks, after getting the green light from U.S. health officials.



As Zika looms, health officials worry about the neighbors

Posted 6/21/2016 in National

Saron Wyatt pointed to the secluded end of her small street in Houston's impoverished Fifth Ward, where a mound of old tires keeps popping up.


Summer Jobs Series: New Hope lifeguard helps family's business for the summer

Posted 6/20/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to Kaitlyn Cox of New Hope, the best part about lifeguarding is the responsibility.

Councilman Turner to give up city phone

Posted 6/20/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 4 Councilman Marty Turner says he'll turn his phone over to the city, and he doesn't want it back.


Dollar General robbed over weekend

Posted 6/20/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is investigating a break-in to a local Dollar General that occurred over the weekend.



Tupelo police: Officer shot, killed man during fight

Posted 6/20/2016 in State

Police in Mississippi say an officer has shot and killed a man who fought and injured the officer and his police dog after being chased and hiding under a house.



Analysis: Miss. health care trust fund whittled away

Posted 6/20/2016 in State

It seems almost quaint now, the optimism that Mississippi legislators expressed in 1999 when they created a health care trust fund.



Miss. attorneys: LGBT law protects religious rights

Posted 6/20/2016 in State

State attorneys say a new Mississippi law that will let clerks recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples is a reasonable accommodation for people who believe marriage should only be between a man and a woman.



Senate to vote on gun control, prospects dim for change

Posted 6/20/2016 in National

Democrats get their long-sought votes on gun control a week after the massacre in Orlando, Florida, but election-year politics and the powerful National Rifle Association dim any prospects for changes in the nation's laws.



Divided America: Gun views fractious even as fewer bear arms

Posted 6/20/2016 in National

Look anywhere in this nation born of a bloody revolution of musket fire, and you're likely to find sharp disagreement over guns.



Biden: Trump could trigger surge in anti-Americanism

Posted 6/20/2016 in National

Warning of a potential surge in anti-Americanism, Vice President Joe Biden is tearing into Donald Trump's views on foreign policy and urging the country not to follow the presumptive Republican nominee down a path of isolationism and bigotry.



Trump says US should consider profiling Muslims

Posted 6/20/2016 in National

Donald Trump suggested Sunday that the United States should "seriously" consider profiling Muslims inside the country as a terrorism-fighting tool.



Former Vanderbilt football player again convicted of rape

Posted 6/20/2016 in National

A jury has convicted a former Vanderbilt football player on all counts after finding that he encouraged his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating.



FBI releasing conversations between gunman and police

Posted 6/20/2016 in National

Federal investigators promised to provide more insight as to what was happening inside the Pulse nightclub after a gunman started a deadly assault that was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.



Officer taken to hospital after punch from suspect

Posted 6/18/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An officer with the Columbus Police Department was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle Saturday with minor injuries after a suspect punched him.


County votes to hire parks consultant

Posted 6/18/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted to hire consulting firm RF Outdoor Consulting, LLC of Clinton to conduct a study of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority.

Tour of duty: Vietnam helicopter pilots find each other during cross-country road trip

Posted 6/18/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It is 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Jim Nowicki and Chris Oelerich have retreated to the cool darkness of the bar at The Princess as the shock troops of another Mississippi summer make their first advances. The two men, both retired now, are unwinding after a two-week, 3,000-mile car trip through about half the states to see seven of their old buddies.


Dispatch announces new summer game

Posted 6/18/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Dispatch readers, there is a new game in town.



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