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Inmate loses effort to seal medical records during appeal

Posted 6/22/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied a motion from death row inmate Bobby Batiste of Starkville to seal his medical records.


Analysis: Opening meetings, College Board ruling turns 30

Posted 6/22/2015 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court's landmark ruling on open meetings and the state College Board is 30 years old this year.


New Orleans police arrest suspect in killing of officer

Posted 6/22/2015 in National

After an intense 24-hour manhunt, New Orleans police Sunday arrested a man believed to have shot and killed a police officer while wearing handcuffs as he was being transported to jail.

Bite-mark expert dismisses own testimony

Posted 6/22/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The expert whose bite-mark evidence convinced a jury to put Eddie Lee Howard Jr. on Mississippi's death row now believes that such evidence should be tossed, and has felt so for years.


Obama in first presidential podcast: US not cured of racism

Posted 6/22/2015 in National

President Barack Obama said the United States has not overcome its history of racism and is using the N-word to make his case.



Confederate flag sets off debate in GOP 2016 class

Posted 6/22/2015 in National

Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012, called for the immediate removal of the Confederate battle flag from outside the South Carolina Statehouse, scrambling the 2016 GOP presidential contenders into staking a position on a contentious cultural issue.


Coordinated ringing of bells sends message of unity, healing

Posted 6/22/2015 in National

For several minutes Sunday, the sweltering skies above this grieving city were alive with the sound of bells: high in steeples and in the hands of toddlers, all ringing and tinkling in unison to honor the nine people cut down during a Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Southside violence

Posted 6/20/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was a typical Friday night on Washington Avenue in South Columbus when T.C. Lowery heard gunshots ring out outside his home.

Dispatch wins Freedom of Information award, 12 others

Posted 6/20/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch won the 2014 Daniel E. Phillips Freedom of Information Award and 12 other awards in the Mississippi Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest, Editorial Division.

Stigma persists despite rise in single father households

Posted 6/20/2015 in Area

Only 32 percent of children in Mississippi live with their married, biological parents, according to The Upshot.

Teen arrested for shooting into detention center

Posted 6/20/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department arrested a Columbus minor after he allegedly fired a shot at someone detained in the Juvenile Detention Center on College St on the night of June 13, according to a media release from the police department.


Stormwater board finds issues with development

Posted 6/20/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's stormwater hearing committee tabled an ordinance relief request from Dan Moreland Friday, but final approval from the group is unlikely after members said his Louisville Street development is projected to increase water discharge in the area.



MSU honored for rain garden project

Posted 6/20/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A rain garden project in Starkville has been given a regional award from the Environmental Protection Agency.



Gun rights still trumping gun controls in politics

Posted 6/20/2015 in National

They offered prayers and moments of silence. They sought to comfort. Some flashed with anger and frustration that, once again, America was forced to confront another mass shooting.



NRA board member blames victim for shooting

Posted 6/20/2015 in National

A Houston attorney on the National Rifle Association's board of directors is blaming the deadly Charleston church shooting on one of the victims.


Charleston church victims' families forgive suspect in court

Posted 6/20/2015 in National

They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his sins, and asked for God's mercy on his soul. One even told Dylann Storm Roof to repent and confess, and "you'll be OK."


Religion and politics: GOP hopefuls' new insight on faith

Posted 6/20/2015 in National

The 2016 Republican hopefuls are offering new insight into how faith would guide their decisions in the White House.



Boy donates birthday money to slain officer's family

Posted 6/20/2015 in State

An 8-year-old boy used his birthday party to give to the children of a slain Mississippi police officer.



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