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Video gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family.

 

Plus-one insurance policy again up for discussion

Posted 9/15/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Fresh off the heels of a closed-door session last week on Starkville's new plus-one insurance policy, aldermen again will take up the matter during their 5:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting.

 

Columbus Magnolia Bowl to get makeover

Posted 9/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Magnolia Bowl will be turned into a walking track and outdoor study space for Franklin Elementary and the community.

Columbus native makes top 10 finish at Miss America

Posted 9/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray, a Columbus native, was among the final 10 contestants in the Miss America pageant Sunday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

 

Poverty education class comes to Starkville

Posted 9/15/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville non-profit organization Bridges out of Poverty is hosting a day long training session Tuesday.

 

 

Income tax collections driving Miss. revenue

Posted 9/15/2014 in State

Mississippi is one of 10 states most reliant on sales taxes as a share of revenue, according to a new Standard & Poor's report that says that such states may be particularly susceptible to an ever-widening income gap dragging down state tax revenues.

 

From hunter to hunted: The rise and fall of treasure sleuth Tommy Thompson

Posted 9/15/2014 in National

One of the last times anyone ever saw Tommy Thompson, he was walking on the pool deck of a Florida mansion wearing nothing but eye glasses, leather shoes, black socks and underwear, his brown hair growing wild. It was a far cry from the conquering hero who, almost two decades before, docked a ship in Norfolk, Virginia, loaded with what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Uber is under pressure globally -- including Mississippi

Posted 9/15/2014 in State

A rising and enterprising international car service finds itself at the intersection of civics and technology. In Mississippi and elsewhere, this means the company has been and continues to be in trouble with the law, too.

 

Police detain 'Django Unchained' actress in LA

Posted 9/15/2014 in National

Actress Daniele Watts, who appeared in "Django Unchained," is complaining that she was handcuffed and briefly put in the back of a squad car after a public display of affection with her white companion.

 

Miss. medical board sues VA for radiology records

Posted 9/15/2014 in State

Mississippi's state Board of Medical Licensure has sued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs over its refusal to release the names of patients who may have suffered because of the misconduct of a former radiologist at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Medical Center.

 

 

Bryant distrust on government refugee program

Posted 9/15/2014 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant's distrust of President Barack Obama is flaring again.

 

 

Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily

Posted 9/15/2014 in National

Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts.

 

 

Britain mourns slain hostage; another under threat

Posted 9/15/2014 in National

Now it's Britain's turn to mourn.

 

Browning named Dispatch managing editor

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

William Browning has been named managing editor of The Commercial Dispatch. Browning has served as interim managing editor since August and previously as news editor. He joined the staff of The Dispatch in July 2013.

New Hope High getting new field house

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New Hope High School is getting a new field house. Lowndes County School District board members voted Friday to spend approximately $2 million on the 16,000-plus square foot building.

Columbus native set for Miss America pageant

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jasmine Murray of Columbus will take part in the Miss America Pageant tonight in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

New cafeteria program highlights importance of CMSD staff

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Paula Baker gets to work at 6:30 a.m., she has a lot of mouths to feed. Baker, for the past eight years, has been the cafeteria manager at Columbus High School. Everyday, she and her staff prepare 2,324 meals -- two for 1,162 students.

Slain 5 kids loved to play, wrestle with their dad

Posted 9/13/2014 in National

The five children who authorities say were killed by their father loved to dress up as superheroes, play in the park and pool, and pose for the camera, always smiling. And they loved "wrestling with their dad."

 

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