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VA under fire for proposed filing rule

Posted 1/12/2014 in National

For veterans seeking disability compensation, the application process is supposed to be so easy that a handwritten note on a napkin will initiate a claim or an appeal.

 

 

Four arrested in contraband seizure outside prison

Posted 1/12/2014 in State

Rankin County deputies have seized several plastic bags of tobacco, a dozen cellphones with phone chargers and other items and arrested four people accused of trying to toss the items over a fence at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.

 

Looking for Super Bowl tickets? You pay, they play

Posted 1/12/2014 in National

Welcome to the Super Bowl, where demand always beats supply and the teams don't really matter.

 

Chief official believed N.J. lane closings illegal

Posted 1/12/2014 in National

The September lane closings near the George Washington Bridge that caused huge traffic jams and now appear to have been politically orchestrated by a member of Gov. Chris Christie's administration and key allies violated federal law, a chief official said in an email ordering the lanes reopened.

 

Israel's Ariel Sharon dies at 85

Posted 1/12/2014 in National

It was vintage Ariel Sharon: His hefty body bobbing behind a wall of security men, the ex-general led a march onto a Jerusalem holy site, staking a bold claim to a shrine that has been in contention from the dawn of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Former MUW president killed in crash

Posted 1/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Mississippi University for Women president was killed in a head-on collision Wednesday in Florida.

Dispatch's Walters named Mississippi Sportswriter of the Year

Posted 1/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch sports staff member Scott Walters was recognized Thursday as the state of Mississippi's National Sportscaster and Sportswriters (NSSA) Sportswriter of the Year.

CL&W explores mobile water metering

Posted 1/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Light and Water will soon choose a company to install a mobile water meter reading system citywide.

Columbus man arrested in New Year's Day shooting

Posted 1/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is being charged in a New Year's shooting that left a teenager injured.

KiOR shuts down production to make improvements

Posted 1/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The facility on The Island that converts wood chips to fuel stopped production in December and remains offline today.

 

Clay supes shoot down night meetings

Posted 1/10/2014 in Area

Clay County supervisors entertained the possibility of meeting in the afternoon twice a year, but a motion to enact the policy failed to get a majority vote and was subsequently withdrawn.

 

 

New merger report draft could become final version

Posted 1/10/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The culmination of almost 15 meetings of the Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure could come 9 a.m. Tuesday as committee members are expected to discuss the final draft of their long-awaited school merger report.

 

 

Skunks removed from Corinth arena

Posted 1/10/2014 in State

Ozzy Hendrix has taken care of a stinky situation at the Crossroads Arena in Corinth.

 

 

Report: Sexism part of academies' culture

Posted 1/10/2014 in National

Students at the U.S. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior, a Pentagon report finds, reflecting a culture of disrespect that permeates the schools and their sports teams and fuels reports of sexual harassment and assaults.

 

 

Trapped trucker survives hours in subzero temps

Posted 1/10/2014 in National

Tim Rutledge's eyelid had frozen shut. His voice was hoarse after competing for hours with bitter-cold wind and humming truck engines while screaming for help. He was losing consciousness, pinned under his rig in sub-zero temperatures at an Indiana truck stop.

 

Christie looks to recover after staff shakeup

Posted 1/10/2014 in National

A wounded Chris Christie is working to move beyond the most challenging test of his political career, while the New Jersey Republican governor's critics promise to keep probing a traffic scandal that rocked his administration this week and threatens to tarnish his national image ahead of the next presidential contest.

Scientists: Americans are becoming weather wimps

Posted 1/10/2014 in National

We've become weather wimps. As the world warms, the United States is getting fewer bitter cold spells like the one that gripped much of the nation this week. So when a deep freeze strikes, scientists say, it seems more unprecedented than it really is.

 

Superintendents say funding gap pinches schools

Posted 1/10/2014 in State

School superintendents say that because Mississippi isn't fully funding its education formula, their districts have fewer classroom aides, larger class sizes, outdated computers and aging buses.

 

 

Pay lags for Miss. government employees

Posted 1/10/2014 in State

Mississippi government employees make an average of $9,108 less than their counterparts in the surrounding states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee, said the Mississippi State Personnel Board director Thursday.

 

 

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