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A Dispatch special report: In Macon, a senseless act

Posted 3/21/2015 in Area

On March 2, Kristopher Haywood was shot in the head. He died two days later. His heart still beats in Mississippi.

MSU fires Ray after three seasons

Posted 3/21/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray was fired Saturday, 10 days after finishing his third losing season in as many years.

Issues, effort hampering Starkville Restaurant Week voting

Posted 3/21/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A number of issues with how participating Starkville Restaurant Week diners are providing and displaying charity ballots prompted organizers to say this year's total vote count could be lower than in 2014.


FBI: Autopsy report days away in hanging of Miss. man

Posted 3/21/2015 in State

The body of a black man found hanging in a tree in Mississippi has been sent from a state crime lab to a funeral home, but the FBI said it will be days before autopsy results are complete.



Final Unity Park plaque ready for dedication

Posted 3/21/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A final plaque dedication ceremony will honor famed civil rights pioneer Fannie Lou Hamer 10:30 a.m. Monday at Unity Park.



Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically.



Rare Tennessee Williams story published for first time

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

As she takes in the despair of her in-laws' one-room apartment in "A Streetcar Named Desire," Blanche Dubois exclaims: "Only Poe! Only Mr. Edgar Allan Poe could do it justice!" Years earlier, Tennessee Williams channeled Poe for an entire story.



Grandma faces death in girl's running death

Posted 3/21/2015 in Area

Jurors who convicted an Alabama woman in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter soon must decide whether to recommend she should die for the crime or spend the rest of her life in prison.



Ole Miss chancellor's contract not renewed

Posted 3/21/2015 in State

Dr. Dan Jones said Friday that the state College Board is not renewing his contract as University of Mississippi chancellor, and he will leave the job when his current four-year contract expires in mid-September.



Sheriff: New Orleans airport attacker had explosives

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

Authorities say the machete-wielding man who was shot at New Orleans' international airport after trying to attack passengers and security agents was carrying explosives at the time.



State bills would limit access to officer body camera videos

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

State legislators around the country are pushing to make it much harder for the public to obtain police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law enforcement accountable.



Fracking: Rules tightened for chemical disclosure

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.



Felon using expedited airport screening renews concerns

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

A key lawmaker raised questions about air travel security after a convicted felon and former member of a domestic terrorist organization was able to use an expedited airport security line.



Judge orders release of military detainee abuse photos

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

The U.S. must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners.



Afghanistan president to embark on landmark Washington visit

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

As the Afghan president heads to the United States on his first trip to Washington as head of state, the landmark visit offers a chance for both sides to start afresh and wipe the slate clean on the legacy of troubled U.S-Afghan relations.



Divisive issue of abortion stalls human trafficking bill

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

The Senate's 100 members don't agree on much. They agreed they wanted legislation to help the victims of sex trafficking. Then the bill got caught up in the emotional and uncompromising politics of abortion.


Oktibbeha murder suspect found dead in Tenn.

Posted 3/21/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An Oktibbeha County man allegedly connected to a Saturday homicide, kidnapping and burglary of a dwelling was found dead in Tennessee.

Marty Turner files assault complaint against Leroy Brooks

Posted 3/20/2015 in Area

Democratic challenger to District 5 supervisor incumbent filed assault paperwork Thursday.

Columbus police seek suspects in Friday shooting

Posted 3/20/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are seeking suspects in a shooting that injured four people Friday afternoon at Sims Scott Park.

Atkins receives Book of Golden Deeds Award

Posted 3/20/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Exchange Club presented Lowndes County native B. A. Atkins with the Andy Morris Book of Golden Deeds Award at the club's weekly luncheon at Lion Hills on Thursday.


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