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Caledonia teacher arrested for enticement of a child

Posted 5/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Caledonia High School teacher has been arrested and charged with enticement of a child.

Hundreds rally for Eurocopter

Posted 5/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A contingent of American Eurocopter employees and executives, as well as family members and state leaders, came together Wednesday to call on Congress to reconsider spending cuts that would slash production of the UH-72A Lakota Helicopter.

 

Federal programs critical in Columbus schools

Posted 5/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Up to 95 percent of children in the Columbus Municipal School District qualify for free or reduced lunch. Each school year, the district applies for nearly $3 millions in federal funds to make sure those children receive the same advantages as the district's other children.

 

State braces for Guard furloughs

Posted 5/31/2013 in State

Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, the adjutant general of Mississippi, was to release details today of upcoming furloughs among more than 1,400 full-time National Guard employees across Mississippi.

Poll: 2 in 5 women would consider parenting solo

Posted 5/31/2013 in National

As Christy Everson was nearing age 40, she made a decision: She wanted to have a child, even though she was single and it meant doing it all alone. Her daughter, conceived via a sperm donor, is now 2 1/2 years old, and Everson hopes to have a second child.

Gaskin reps eye June 7 for Ward 4 hearing

Posted 5/31/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ward 4 candidate John Gaskin's lawyer says he hopes members of the Democratic Party will listen to his client's election appeal on June 7 after today's hearing was canceled by the party.

 

Banks report record earnings of $40.3B

Posted 5/31/2013 in National

 

 

McDonald's CEO: I lost weight by being active

Posted 5/31/2013 in National

They might start calling it the McDiet. McDonald Corp.'s CEO Don Thompson revealed at an analyst conference this week that he shed about 20 pounds in the past year by getting his "butt up" and "working out again." But he said he hasn't changed his habit of eating at McDonald's "every, single day."

 

 

State gives $1M to health overhaul call center

Posted 5/31/2013 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant rarely misses a chance to bash the federal healthcare overhaul as an unaffordable intrusion. But Thursday, he announced the state is giving $1 million to a federal contractor that will hire 1,000 Mississippians to help implement it.

 

 

Groups say conditions in Miss. prison 'barbaric'

Posted 5/31/2013 in State

Inmates in a Mississippi prison are isolated for long periods in "barbaric" conditions, sometimes in filthy cells with rats and broken toilets, and they are denied access to medical and mental health care, a federal lawsuit filed Thursday said.

 

 

Letters underscore NYC mayor's place in gun debate

Posted 5/31/2013 in National

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a public face of gun control for years, but he's in a new, unsought spotlight after ricin-laced letters were sent to him and a group he helps lead.

 

 

'Bucket list' item leads to women's arrest in Fla.

Posted 5/31/2013 in National

 

Study: When helmet laws are weakened, injury costs increase

Posted 5/31/2013 in National

The average medical claim from a motorcycle crash rose by more than one-fifth last year in Michigan after the state stopped requiring all riders to wear helmets, according to an insurance industry study. Across the nation, motorcyclists opposed to mandatory helmet use have been chipping away at state helmet laws for years while crash deaths have been on the rise.

 

Tornadoes hit in Oklahoma, Arkansas

Posted 5/31/2013 in National

At least three tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma, including one in Tulsa, and two more hit Arkansas on Thursday as a powerful storm system moved through the middle of the country. At least nine people were injured.

 

 

Would-be Chicago bomber gets 23 years

Posted 5/31/2013 in National

 

 

Boston suspect is walking, mother says

Posted 5/31/2013 in National

The remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has recovered enough to walk and assured his parents in a phone conversation that he and his slain brother were innocent, their mother told The Associated Press on Thursday.

 

 

Average Americans far from regaining previous wealth

Posted 5/31/2013 in National

 

 

Microsoft aims to simplify with Windows 8.1 update

Posted 5/31/2013 in National

 

Liddell used CMSD resources for private party

Posted 5/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Documents obtained by The Dispatch reveal Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell used school resources -- including funds and staff -- for personal use in throwing a party during the Christmas holidays.

Mayor Smith's campaign funds dwarf those of opponents

Posted 5/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Campaign reports for Tuesday's municipal general election show Democratic incumbent Mayor Robert Smith donated more money to his own campaign than the combined amount of contributions received by Republican opponent Glenn Lautzenhiser and Independent Bo Jarrett.

 

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