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Judge: BP payouts to local entities to start soon for spill

Posted 7/28/2015 in National

A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill.



Experts: Report shows Bland may have used pot in jail

Posted 7/28/2015 in National

An initial toxicology report for Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas jail cell three days after her arrest during a traffic stop, raises the possibility that she may have used marijuana while in custody, two experts said.



Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal 'ridiculous,' 'sad'

Posted 7/28/2015 in National

President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran "ridiculous if it weren't so sad."


Boy Scouts of America to allow gay adult leaders

Posted 7/28/2015 in National

The Boy Scouts of America has ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders but will allow church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.


2016 Republicans use Trump, TV to make debate cut

Posted 7/28/2015 in National

Rick Perry is attacking Donald Trump's credibility and branding the billionaire businessman "a cancer on conservatism." Rick Santorum, a conservative stalwart, popped up on a TV program popular with liberals. Lindsey Graham set his cellphone on fire.


Aldermen to discuss raises for workers, elected officials

Posted 7/27/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the second time in two months, Starkville aldermen will discuss setting a minimum $10-per-hour pay raise for city employees and an annual increase for the incoming administration.


Child struck in Southside hit and run

Posted 7/27/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A juvenile struck by a car during a hit-and-run Saturday evening in Columbus suffered only moderate injuries, authorities say.



West Point utility bills to rise

Posted 7/27/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Town residents will be paying higher utility bills this fall.


Butler: Pickering misspending campaign money

Posted 7/27/2015 in State

Second-term Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering is defending his campaign spending on travel, vehicles and a garage door.


State sales tax holiday weekend will begin July 31

Posted 7/27/2015 in State


Holloway joins Dispatch newsroom

Posted 7/25/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Alex Holloway has joined The Commercial Dispatch staff as a news reporter, general manager Peter Imes has announced.

CMSD deals with teacher turnover

Posted 7/25/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District will have many new teachers when it begins classes next month.

Charges expected to be filed Monday

Posted 7/25/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The wife and mother-in-law of a missing New Hope man are expected to be formally charged Monday in connection to the case.

The eerie case of Manuel Vasquez

Posted 7/25/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The case of a missing Lowndes County resident named Manuel Vasquez took an eerie turn last week when investigators with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department discovered human remains in the yard of his home in a wooded, residential neighborhood in New Hope.


OCH betting on improved financial position

Posted 7/25/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

OCH Regional Medical Center's tentative Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget shows officials are more optimistic about the hospital's short-term financial future.


MSU graduate Craven takes over campus radio

Posted 7/25/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University junior Blake Stacy stumbled upon one of the true passions in his life.


Info session for national funding to be held Monday

Posted 7/25/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Volunteer Mississippi and Mississippi University for Women will hold a public information session from 9 to 11:30 a.m Monday in Room 120 of the Education Building on MUW's campus.



City council adjusts Trotter prices

Posted 7/25/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rental prices at the Trotter Convention Center have been tweaked.



WWE cuts ties with Hulk Hogan amid report that he used slurs

Posted 7/25/2015 in National

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hulk Hogan amid a report that one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape.



AT&T buys DirecTV, now biggest traditional TV provider in US

Posted 7/25/2015 in Business

Even as TV watchers increasingly go online, AT&T has become the country's biggest traditional TV provider with its $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV.



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