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SPD undergoing on-site study for CALEA reaccreditation

Posted 6/23/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Police Department opened its doors and filing cabinets to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) assessors this week.


LCSD holds public budget hearing

Posted 6/23/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees hosted a public hearing Monday to review the district budget for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins July 1.


GOP candidates embrace SC gov's call on Confederate flag

Posted 6/23/2015 in National

Republicans with presidential aspirations rushed Monday to embrace South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol, eager to move past a vexing issue that challenges the GOP's effort to win over the diverse coalition of voters it likely needs to win back the White House.


Hood says Mississippi settles some tobacco claims for $15M

Posted 6/23/2015 in State

Mississippi's attorney general says the nation's largest tobacco company will pay the state $15 million to settle claims that it was underreporting the number of cigarettes it was shipping to the state.



Deadline today for job fair vendors

Posted 6/22/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Registration deadline is today for businesses who want to participate in City of Columbus Department of Outreach job fair.


Donations, volunteers increasing in Lowndes

Posted 6/22/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Charitable giving is still lagging in Lowndes County following the recession, but United Way expects it to pick up again next year.

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.



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