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Gay Md. teen achieves Eagle Scout

Posted 2/12/2014 in National

Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an openly gay 17-year-old in Maryland achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

 

 

House approves military pension bill

Posted 2/12/2014 in National

The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to restore full cost of living increases to pension benefits for younger military retirees, responding eagerly to election-year pressure from veterans groups.

 

Millport chooses engineer for sewer

Posted 2/12/2014 in Area

The Millport Town Council is one step closer to beginning work on its city sewer system.

 

Discovery of graves affects hospital parking lot plan

Posted 2/12/2014 in State

The discovery of what could be as many as 1,000 graves on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center has officials rethinking the location parking facilities and other facilities.

 

 

Graco recalling nearly 3.8M child car seats

Posted 2/12/2014 in National

Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can get trapped by buckles that may not unlatch.

 

 

House passes plan to pay student's community college tuition

Posted 2/12/2014 in State

A plan to pay community college tuition for recent Mississippi high school graduates who are not covered by other financial aid is advancing.

 

 

House rejects appointed superintendents bill

Posted 2/12/2014 in State

Mississippi House members like elected school superintendents so much that they're not even willing to let voters decide if they want to keep electing them.

 

 

Bill seeks to address Mississippi teen pregnancy

Posted 2/12/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers could require community colleges and public universities to study ways to prevent unplanned pregnancies among unmarried 18- and 19-year-olds.

 

 

Bryant: Collect DNA after certain arrests

Posted 2/12/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday that he supports proposals to require collection of DNA from people arrested and charged with violent crimes such as murder.

 

 

House OKs bill to create 3 elite strike forces

Posted 2/12/2014 in State

 

 

Wiggle room for big firms under new health care coverage rule

Posted 2/12/2014 in National

Big retail stores, hotels, restaurants and other firms with lots of low-wage and part-time workers are among the main beneficiaries of the Obama administration's latest tweak to health care rules.

 

 

Bedrock GOP principle dropped in debt ceiling vote

Posted 2/12/2014 in National

It was once the backbone of the House Republican majority -- the hard-line stand that brought President Barack Obama to the negotiating table and yielded more than $2 trillion in deficit reduction.

 

 

Belgium set to extend right-to-die law to children

Posted 2/12/2014 in National

Belgium, one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, is expected to take the unprecedented step this week of abolishing age restrictions on who can ask to be put to death -- extending the right to children for the first time.

 

 

AG urges restoring voting rights to ex-inmates

Posted 2/12/2014 in National

Attorney General Eric Holder called on a group of states Tuesday to restore voting rights to ex-felons, part of a push to fix what he sees as flaws in the criminal justice system that have a disparate impact on racial minorities.

 

 

Section 42 repeal dies despite support from local governing bodies

Posted 2/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last week, Lowndes County supervisors and Columbus councilmen showed their support for state legislators repealing the Section 42 housing law.

 

Columbus choir set to sing at Carnegie

Posted 2/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Choral Society is heading to Carnegie Hall. Conductor Alisha Toy said the choir would be performing at the famed concert hall in June.

 

Golden Triangle wakes up to slippery roads

Posted 2/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Icy and slippery roads and bridges were being reported across much of the Golden Triangle this morning. A little after 8 a.m., the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department responded to at least two wrecks, both were rollovers with passenger ejections, according to local scanner traffic.

 

Roberson, longtime Dispatch photographer, dies at 71

Posted 2/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ray L. Roberson, a photographer whose personable nature made him a good newspaper man and well-liked Columbus character, died shortly after midnight Sunday at Community Hospice in Verona, Ala. He was 71.

Lowndes County to have alternative school

Posted 2/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District will soon have its own alternative school. Board members voted 3-0 during Monday night's school board meeting to create an alternative school at West Lowndes Middle School.

 

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