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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.


Danish zoo kills giraffe to prevent inbreeding

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

Saying it needed to prevent inbreeding, the Copenhagen Zoo killed a 2-year-old giraffe and fed its remains to lions as visitors watched, ignoring a petition signed by thousands and offers from other zoos and $680,000 from a private individual to save the animal.


British orchid display provides hint of spring

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

The weather outside is frightful -- it has been for weeks, with parts of the country experiencing the worst floods in decades -- but it's positively warm inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory. It's humid too, tropical in fact.


Miss. House approves criminal justice changes

Posted 2/11/2014 in State

Mississippi legislators are advancing proposals designed to trim $266 million from the prison budget over the coming decade.



Miss. enacts law to protect teachers' August pay

Posted 2/11/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a new law designed to ensure teachers get a full paycheck in August, even if they work fewer days than usual because the school year will start later.



Mississippi House moves forward with money for health clinics

Posted 2/11/2014 in State

The Republican-led Mississippi House voted Monday to give $4.8 million of state money to health clinics that provide primary care for low-income patients, but Democrats criticized the proposal as a minuscule effort compared to the federal dollars Mississippi could collect by expanding Medicaid.



Email shows effort to shield bin Laden photos

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

A newly-released email shows that 11 days after the killing of terror leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, the U.S. military's top special operations officer ordered subordinates to destroy any photographs of the al-Qaida founder's corpse or turn them over to the CIA.



Man sentenced to 30 years in agent's death

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

Kelly Terry-Willis did not hesitate to look into the eyes of the orange-jumpsuit-clad man involved in the shooting death of her big brother, telling him his "evil decision" took from her a loving confidant, dance partner and dedicated family man.



Employers scrutinize latest health care concession

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

It may take weeks to render a verdict on the Obama administration's latest health care concession to employers.



LA newscaster apologizes for black actor mix-up

Posted 2/11/2014 in National



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