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San Diego cabbies cry foul over body odor test

Posted 9/13/2014 in National

Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Cabbies say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination.



Marriage of newlyweds, ages 96 and 95, questioned

Posted 9/13/2014 in National

In some ways, Rebecca Wright doesn't understand all the fuss over her 96-year-old mother's recent marriage. After all, she says, "Anybody who wants to get married must have a little dementia."


Columbus brothers charged with manufacturing marijuana

Posted 9/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus brothers have been arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana.

MUW enrollment hits highest point in decade-plus

Posted 9/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fall enrollment numbers at Mississippi University for Women are up from last year, according to preliminary figures released this week by the state Institutions of Higher Learning.


Starkville guarding detailed FY 2014-2015 budget

Posted 9/12/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville employees asked The Dispatch and a Starkville resident to file Freedom of Information Act requests Thursday for its upcoming Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget, an act that could shield the intricacies of the city's guiding financial document from public inspection before Tuesday's board of aldermen meeting.


Starkville Parks' finances reaches 'critical' situation

Posted 9/12/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Parks Commission leader Dan Moreland is making a last-minute call for additional Fiscal Year 2014-2015 funding after sending a letter to aldermen stating his autonomous city department is forecasted almost $57,000 short for September and operated at an estimated $10,000 monthly loss for at least a portion of the current fiscal year.

Council passes new budget with $300K shortfall

Posted 9/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen passed the city's upcoming fiscal year budget Tuesday. During the special call meeting, a 4-2 vote passed the $22,966,210 budget through. Councilmen Kabir Karriem and Bill Gavin were the two opposing votes.


GreenTech Automotive says Miss. factory built

Posted 9/12/2014 in State

GreenTech Automotive has announced it has completed a factory in Mississippi's Tunica County for the manufacture of small electric vehicles.



Bryant going to Japan for trade meeting

Posted 9/12/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is preparing to go overseas for a trade conference between officials from Japan and the southeastern United States.



Study: Want lower gas prices? Ship more oil abroad

Posted 9/12/2014 in National

Exporting more U.S. crude around the world would lower the price of gasoline for U.S. drivers and benefit the U.S. economy, according to a new study released Tuesday.


Memorial set for 5 slain kids; father heads to court

Posted 9/12/2014 in National

The five children who police say were slain by their father will be remembered at a memorial in Mississippi today, while 500 miles away, their father will make his first court appearance.


U.S. sharply cutting deportations

Posted 9/12/2014 in National

President Barack Obama is on pace this year to deport the fewest number of immigrants since at least 2007, even as he has postponed until after Election Day his promised unilateral action that could shield millions more from deportation.



Lawmakers to high court: Protect pregnant workers

Posted 9/12/2014 in National

More than 120 members of Congress urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it's needed to ensure that expecting mothers are not forced out of their jobs.



U.S. threatened Yahoo with huge fine over emails

Posted 9/12/2014 in National

Yahoo's free email service could have cost the company an extra quarter of a million dollars a day.



Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

Posted 9/12/2014 in National

As a U.S. senator from Illinois running for the White House in 2007, Barack Obama sponsored a resolution to prohibit President George W. Bush's administration from taking military action against Iran unless it was explicitly authorized by Congress.



Deadline approaches for photo contest

Posted 9/12/2014 in Area

The Friends of Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge are accepting submissions for their annual photo contest until September 15.


CMSD board votes to hire supe's wife

Posted 9/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board, with a 3-2 vote, has hired the wife of the district's superintendent to be an elementary school teacher.

Columbus annexation goes to court next week

Posted 9/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus' 2011 annexation plan will go before a judge next week. Judge Kenneth Burns will hear the case next week in Lowndes County Chancery Court beginning Monday at 9 a.m.

Columbus native at Pentagon on 9/11 recalls attack

Posted 9/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Forgetting that day is what Marie Hood Lewis has been trying to do for 13 years.


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