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5 applicants for upcoming CL&W appointment

Posted 6/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

David Shelton's five-year term on the Columbus Light & Water Board of Directors expires at the end of this month. City councilmen will decide June 16 whether to re-appoint him or pick one of four other applicants to replace him.

Coroner: Man found downtown died of head trauma

Posted 6/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 32-year-old man found laying unconscious in an alley behind the Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus last week died of blunt force trauma to the head, Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said Friday.

Pastor files suit against city over 2011 arrest

Posted 6/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local pastor arrested beside a Columbus street three years ago while taking part in a pro-life rally has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and one of its police officers.

Dispatch reporter apologizes for comments

A journalist who covers Mississippi State University athletics for The Dispatch is apologizing for offensive comments he made about Lafayette, Louisiana, and its residents during an Internet radio broadcast last week.

 

Senate race: McDaniel's school plan targeted

Posted 6/7/2014 in State

Establishment Republicans backing Sen. Thad Cochran launched a campaign to brand GOP challenger Chris McDaniel a candidate who would deeply cut federal education dollars on which Mississippi schools rely. The six-term senator, they said, would protect money for students and teachers.

 

Mayor, 2 aldermen late with economic filings

The Mississippi Ethics Commission website shows Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman and Ward 1 Alderman Ben Carver filed their annual statements of economic interest past the May 1 deadline and lists no such filing yet for Ward 7 Alderman Henry Vaughn.

MSU studies how bird beak's design may lead to better helmets

A woodpecker may not make a good football mascot, but Mississippi State University researchers think this bird's shock-absorbing beak may help them design a better football helmet.

Drug smugglers pretend to be federal agency

Posted 6/7/2014 in National

It looked like a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service truck. But the U.S. Border Patrol says it was actually the latest in a long line of creative attempts by smugglers to get illegal drugs from Mexico into the U.S.

 

Drivers begin seeing flashing yellow arrows

Posted 6/7/2014 in State

Mississippi motorists will increasingly see flashing yellow arrows when they want to make a left turn.

 

 

No charges filed in Hinds courthouse incident

Posted 6/7/2014 in State

No charges will be filed against a tea party officer and two others representing the challenger in a Senate primary after they became trapped in a courthouse in the middle of the night, hours after officials had gone home from counting votes.

 

Hood leads national AG group

Posted 6/7/2014 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has been elected president of the National Association of Attorneys General.

 

Prison system seeks contract for transition beds

Posted 6/7/2014 in State

Mississippi's prison system has turned to a contractor to expand services for people released from prisons, after the town of Walnut Grove blocked the state's attempt to open its own transition center.

 

VA acting chief: Retaliation will not be tolerated

Posted 6/7/2014 in National

Investigators said they are examining allegations that supervisors in the veterans' health system retaliated against 37 employees who complained about practices such as falsified records used to cover up months-long delays in scheduling appointments. The acting VA chief said such reprisals would not be tolerated.

 

Man charged in Mounties' death obsessed with guns

Posted 6/7/2014 in National

A chilling portrait of a man obsessed with guns and anti-government rhetoric began to emerge as people in this eastern Canadian city struggled to reconcile the knowledge that the person charged with murdering three Mounties was the same one who had seemingly lived quietly among them.

 

From prayers to fury: The journey of Bowe Bergdahl

Posted 6/7/2014 in National

Bowe Bergdahl stands, hands at his sides, his loose-fitting Pashtun smock and pants bright white against the rocky landscape. The hillsides are dotted with armed Afghans, rifles ready.

CMSD meeting to discuss superintendent candidates

Posted 6/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The next step in the search for a permanent superintendent for Columbus Municipal School District will take place June 12.

 

Last Columbus recovery center closing today

Posted 6/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The disaster recovery center at 222 Lawrence Dr. in Columbus will close permanently at 6 p.m. today.

 

 

Mississippi soldier remembers D-Day

Posted 6/6/2014 in State

All Jim Livaudais has left from his service with the 82nd Airborne are his garrison cap, his decorations displayed in a shadow box and a few photos of him in uniform.

 

World honors D-Day's fallen, 70 years on

Posted 6/6/2014 in National

Men who stormed Normandy's shore 70 years ago joined world leaders today in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives in the D-Day landings in Nazi-occupied France.

Tea party allies divvy up help for Miss. candidate

Posted 6/6/2014 in State

National tea party groups are divvying up the nuts and bolts of campaigning as they rush to boost Republican Chris McDaniel's effort to deny Sen. Thad Cochran a seventh term representing Mississippi.

 

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