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Vasquez murder affidavit reveals more details

Posted 8/31/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A mother and daughter shot and killed the daughter's husband, burned his body in a barrel and spread his remains throughout the yard of their New Hope home in late June -- this according to affidavits from the case obtained in Lowndes County Justice Court by The Dispatch.

Head football coach at EMCC: 'Call me a lifer'

Posted 8/31/2015 in Area

Buddy Stephens knew the East Mississippi Community College football team hadn't had a lot of success before he took the job. He didn't care.

Obama makes waves by renaming Mt. McKinley

Posted 8/31/2015 in National

Shrinking glaciers, Arctic temperatures and a mix of messy energy politics await President Barack Obama on his historic trip to Alaska. Even before he departed, Obama was making waves with a decision to rename Alaska's famed Mount McKinley despite a backlash from Ohio politicians.


Iranian national accused of making terroristic threats

Posted 8/31/2015 in State

Mississippi officials shut down Interstate 10 for about 3 hours after an Iranian national knocked a deputy to the ground and claimed his vehicle contained explosives.



Ole Miss groups discuss qualities sought in new chancellor

Posted 8/31/2015 in State

Students, staff and faculty members at the University of Mississippi are telling the state College Board that they want a new chancellor who can unify Ole Miss.



Hurricane Fred forms in the Atlantic Ocean

Posted 8/31/2015 in National

Fred has strengthened to a hurricane as it approaches the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.



Immigration shift shows India, China outpacing Mexico

Posted 8/31/2015 in National

Siddharth Jaganath wanted to return to India after earning his master's degree at Texas' Southern Methodist University.


Trump's idea for mass deportation similar to 1930s removals

Posted 8/31/2015 in National

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's call for mass deportation of millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, as well as their American-born children, bears similarities to a large-scale removal that many Mexican-American families faced 85 years ago.


Suspect in ambush of Houston-area deputy due in court

Posted 8/31/2015 in National

The man charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a uniformed suburban Houston sheriff's deputy had a lengthy criminal record going back a decade, but never spent more than short stints in jail.



Democratic Party lags in money before presidential year

Posted 8/31/2015 in National

The Democratic National Committee barely has more cash than it does IOUs, and it is being outraised month after month by its Republican competitor.


Horror master Wes Craven dies at 76

Posted 8/31/2015 in National

Wes Craven, the prolific writer-director who startled audiences with iconic suburban slashers like "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream," has died. He was 76.

Columbus' response to Katrina

Posted 8/29/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, it sent residents of New Orleans and the Mississippi coast scattering.

Long-sought dog heads out of town

Posted 8/29/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This story is about a stray dog that with the help of a handful of unknown people roamed a rural area of Columbus for months, always staying one step ahead of animal control officers, until Friday, when it stepped into a trap and began a journey toward a place far away from the Golden Triangle.

Finding a home after Katrina

Posted 8/29/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ten years ago, on Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, struck the Gulf Coast.

No charges against MSU student

Posted 8/29/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As of Friday, no criminal charges had been filed against the 20-year-old detained on Mississippi State University's campus Thursday after officials received a tip about a possible active shooter near the Drill Field.

MUW named top grad school

Posted 8/29/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women has been named among the top universities to pursue a master's degree by Washington Monthly magazine for the fourth consecutive year.


Judge is asked to block ban on adoption by gay couples

Posted 8/29/2015 in State

Four lesbian couples are asking a federal judge to immediately stop Mississippi from enforcing a law that bans same-sex couples from adopting or taking children into foster care.



More than $1M raised for endowed chair honoring Jones

Posted 8/29/2015 in State

The University of Mississippi says more than $1 million has been raised for an endowed chair honoring outgoing Chancellor Dan Jones.



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