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Skimming fraud on upswing during shopping season

Posted 12/6/2012 in Area

With only 19 shopping days left until Christmas, shoppers crowd the stores and browse the Internet in search of the perfect gift. For many, that means paying for the item by a swipe of the debit card and that could make unsuspecting shoppers vulnerable.

Time to go a-wassailing!

Posted 12/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two or three at a time, in numbers that might reach 5,000, festival-goers will gather around the Christmas punch bowl Friday for the ninth annual Wassail Fest, presented by Main Street Columbus. A mixture of both downtown holiday shopping and a beverage contest, the festival -- which will be held from 5-9 p.m. -- has become a favorite event for downtown Columbus.

Lairy to run for Turner's senate seat

Posted 12/6/2012 in Area

Like father, like daughter? Angela Turner Lairy, daughter of state senator Bennie Turner, D-West Point, has announced she will run in the Jan. 15 special election to fill the seat left vacant by her father's death Nov. 27, Lairy told the Dispatch Wednesday.

Starkville duo chosen for All-State band

Posted 12/6/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In his five years as the Starkville High School band director, Shawn Sullivan has had one member make the Mississippi Lions All-State Band. This year, he has two: Andrew Rogers and Jacob Easley.


Two conferences address Miss. teen pregnancy rate

Posted 12/6/2012 in State

Organizers say it's just a coincidence that separate conferences about teenage pregnancy in Mississippi are taking place in the same facility on the same day.



Suit filed over Greenwood doctor's prosecution

Posted 12/6/2012 in State

Greenwood oncologist Arnold Smith contends Attorney General Jim Hood had no authority to run a police operation that resulted in shootout at a local law office.



Historic Miss. buildings open for candlelight tour

Posted 12/6/2012 in State

The Mississippi Capitol and other historic buildings are decked out for the Old Jackson Christmas by Candlelight Tour.



Illegal immigration drops after decade-long rise

Posted 12/6/2012 in National

New census data released Thursday affirm a clear and sustained drop in illegal immigration, ending more than a decade of increases.



Expert panel: NASA seems adrift in space, needs new goal

Posted 12/6/2012 in National

NASA, the agency that epitomized the "Right Stuff," seems lost in space and doesn't have a clear sense of where it is going, an independent panel of science and engineering experts said in a stinging report Wednesday.



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Home brewing law next challenge in beer regulation

Posted 12/6/2012 in State

Buoyed by recent success in changing Mississippi's beer and brewing regulations, the craft beer lobby was set to push next year to change laws to allow the sale of "growlers," large containers of fresh draft beer to go.


The 'royal molecatcher' outlives Versailles king

Posted 12/6/2012 in National

The king is dead, but the molecatcher lives on.

Homeless man charged in subway rider's death

Posted 12/6/2012 in National

As New York City straphangers pondered what they would do in a similar nightmare situation, authorities charged a homeless man in the death of a Queens resident pushed in front of an oncoming subway train and killed as onlookers watched.


Guatemalan police arrest software guru McAfee

Posted 12/6/2012 in National

Software company founder John McAfee was arrested by Guatemalan police for entering the country illegally, ending his bizarre weekslong journey as a blogging fugitive claiming to be persecuted by authorities in Belize.


Two arrested for drugs in Columbus

Posted 12/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was arrested Monday night and charged with possession of marijuana more than an ounce with intent to distribute.

Columbus council pursues loan for projects

Posted 12/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council voted to accept bids on a loan for some equipment and a drainage project during Tuesday's regular meeting. The city is looking to borrow up to $1.2 million to be paid back over a five-year period.


Caledonia delays decision on water line repair

Posted 12/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A water leak on Stanley Road in Caledonia may have been fortuitous, albeit costly. While searching for the source of the leak, Caledonia water superintendent Benny Coleman stumbled upon something that isn't a problem now but could become one, he told the board of aldermen Tuesday night.



Fiscal cliff offers hint at more defense cuts

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama hints at billions of dollars in military cuts on top of the nearly $500 billion that the White House and Congress backed last year, and even the fiercest defense hawks acknowledge that the Pentagon faces another financial hit.



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