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German co-pilot was once treated for suicidal tendencies

Posted 3/31/2015 in National

How could someone once diagnosed with suicidal tendencies get a job as a commercial pilot, entrusted with the lives of hundreds of people?



Tsarnaev's lawyers try to show brother in charge of bombing

Posted 3/31/2015 in National

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzkhokar Tsarnaev started their case by trying to show that his older brother was the driving force behind the 2013 terror attack.



AP president: Killing of journalists should be war crime

Posted 3/31/2015 in National

The president and CEO of The Associated Press called on Monday for changes to international laws that would make it a war crime to kill journalists or take them hostage.


The Dispatch updates its 50-year-old press

Posted 3/30/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you have noticed that your copy of The Commercial Dispatch has looked crisper and cleaner in the last week, you are onto something.

Mechanic sentiment differs on inspection stickers

Posted 3/30/2015 in Area

A bill awaiting Gov. Phil Bryant's signature would make inspection stickers a thing of the past in Mississippi on July 1. The governor is expected to sign the bill as soon as today.

Golden Triangle's next generation: Lowndes Co. native has no plans to leave home

Posted 3/30/2015 in Area

In the darkest of nights, when thunder is rumbling, rain is pouring and wind whistles through the trees, most Columbus residents rest peacefully. Meanwhile, 27-year-old Lance Hall is climbing utility poles to restore electricity to his community.


Starkville fire chief interviews set for today

Posted 3/30/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen could choose its next fire department leader during a 5 p.m. recess meeting today at the Sportsplex.



Analysis: Closed meetings can feed false public impressions

Posted 3/30/2015 in State

One lesson of the Dan Jones fiasco? While government boards in Mississippi can legally meet behind closed doors to discuss many issues, the public can be left dumbfounded when a board takes a major action that it's never before discussed in an open meeting.


Spain: 3 generations, all named Emma, die in France crash

Posted 3/30/2015 in National

From a lush suburban valley near bustling Barcelona, three generations of a well-heeled family set off last week for a fun trip to Manchester, England: 12-year-old Emma Solera Pardo, her mother Emma Pardo Vidal, and grandmother Emma Vidal Bardan.

Nichols presents CAFB 2015 strategic plan

Posted 3/28/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Col. John Nichols, commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base, discussed the base's 2015 strategic plan Friday at a Base Community Council meeting in the Columbus Club.

Students accused of statutory rape

Posted 3/28/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three New Hope High School students have been charged with statutory rape in a case involving at least two alleged victims.

Unpaid city, justice court fines worth millions

Posted 3/28/2015 in Area

Municipal and justice courts in the Golden Triangle tally millions of dollars worth of old, uncollected fines, but many of these courts are more aggressively seeking to reduce that number.

Golden Triangle's next generation: MSU senior wonders if career goals will take her out of area

Posted 3/28/2015 in Area

When Zakeya Good moved to Starkville from Memphis four years ago to begin her freshman year at Mississippi State University, she felt like she was coming home.

Golden Triangle's next generation: For this pilot from Maryland, the Golden Triangle is just right

Posted 3/28/2015 in Area

Patrick Doyle spends his days strapped into a cockpit the size of a clothes dryer.

Discussions on subdivision rules possible in future

Posted 3/28/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County supervisors finished a years-long comprehensive planning process last week by discussing how to implement several ordinances, but the board is not expected to adopt many of the proposed ordinances.


German airline could face 'unlimited' damages for Alps crash

Posted 3/28/2015 in National

Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said Friday.



Are the early primary states a big deal anymore?

Posted 3/28/2015 in National

Few states have shaped presidential politics like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.



Dispatch changing Sunday comics

Posted 3/28/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch is changing up its lineup of Sunday comic strips.



Hundreds attend funeral of man found hanged

Posted 3/28/2015 in State

Loss and healing were the focus of eulogies as more than 200 people packed a Baptist church for the memorial service for a black man found hanging behind his home in Mississippi.



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