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County administrator search to continue into February

Posted 1/12/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County's search for a new county administrator is expected to last through February as supervisors use an informal process to hone a list of more than 30 applicants to five or so preferred candidates.

Ex-Republican runs as Dem for Senate

Posted 1/12/2014 in State

Bill Marcy said Friday that he's changing party labels, but not his conservative beliefs, to run as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi this year.

 

Former Reagan spokesman, Speakes dies at 74

Posted 1/12/2014 in State

Larry Speakes, who spent six years as acting press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, died Friday in his native Mississippi. He was 74.

 

 

Entrepreneur: Boost California wages to $12-an-hour

Posted 1/12/2014 in National

Democrats across the nation are eager to make increasing the minimum wage a defining campaign issue in 2014, but in California a proposal to boost the pay rate to $12 an hour is coming from a different point on the political compass.

 

 

Proposed Medicare drug change stirs access worries

Posted 1/12/2014 in National

In a move that some fear could compromise care for Medicare recipients, the Obama administration is proposing to remove special protections that guarantee seniors access to a wide selection of three types of prescription drugs.

 

 

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.

 

 

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