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Chavez failed at US humanitarian attempt

Posted 3/7/2013 in National

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez offered to send thousands of soldiers, firefighters and volunteers to help with the cleanup. He also pledged $1 million in aid plus fuel to help rebuild hard-hit cities like New Orleans.



General: Heart attack killed Chavez

Posted 3/7/2013 in National



Lion kills intern at Calif. exotic animal park

Posted 3/7/2013 in National

Authorities are trying to determine what provoked a lion at an exotic animal park in Central California to attack and maul to death a 24-year-old woman, who had been on the job as an intern there for just a few weeks.



Ads out of closet, into mainstream with gay themes

Posted 3/7/2013 in National

A new TV commercial features a good-looking young woman on a beach vacation lounging next to a good-looking young man. He bemoans the glare on his iPad and she fills him in on the Kindle Paperwhite's sun-friendly screen.



Cops: No charges after home's refusal to give CPR

Posted 3/7/2013 in National

Police said Wednesday that no criminal charges will be filed after a care worker's attention-grabbing refusal to perform CPR on a resident of a Central California independent-living facility.



Miss. House passes home-brewing bill

Posted 3/7/2013 in State

The House has sent a bill to Gov. Phil Bryant that would legalize home brewing in Mississippi.



Business brief: Quality Inn awarded

Posted 3/7/2013 in Business



Building permits 3-7-13

Posted 3/7/2013 in Business



Oktibbeha County building permits 3-7-13

Posted 3/7/2013 in Business



Miss. Dems seek new approach on Medicaid expansion

Posted 3/7/2013 in State

Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they're trying a new approach to push for Medicaid expansion -- an issue they support and Republican leaders oppose.



FBI monitoring investigation of candidate's death

Posted 3/7/2013 in State

The FBI said Wednesday that it has been monitoring the state investigation into the death of an openly gay mayoral candidate in Mississippi, but the agency didn't indicate it had opened its own investigation.


SFD set to distribute 360 free smoke detectors to residents

Firefighters aren't known for delivering presents, but Starkville residents may soon find a first responder holding a valuable gift at their doorsteps. Starkville Fire Marshal Mark McCurdy says firefighters will begin distributing 360 free smoke detectors in two weeks to homeowners in low-income neighborhoods.


City school board expected to address consolidation bill

The Starkville School District Board of Trustees will have its first opportunity to comment on an ever-changing school consolidation bill at its 6 p.m. meeting today at the Greensboro Center.


Gifted programs serve unique purposes, instructors say

Posted 3/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The proposal to end gifted classes in the county's seventh and eighth grades will go before the Lowndes County School Board Friday. Parents of the affected students have promised to be at the meeting and voice their opinions on why the district should not only continue to offer the gifted classes, commonly referred to as MERIT, but should offer them alongside pre-Advanced Placement classes.


Caledonia clerk implicates mayor, alderman candidate

Posted 3/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New information continues to come to light in the harassment complaint filed by a Town of Caledonia employee last week. An incident report obtained by The Dispatch Wednesday reveals that acting Town Clerk Krista Hill filed a workplace harassment complaint Feb. 26, alleging incidences of indecent language and sexual comments made in her presence.


Furious over sanctions, North Korea vows to nuke US

Posted 3/7/2013 in National

North Korea vowed on Thursday to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric hours ahead of a vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test.

Grant will provide homes for four families

Posted 3/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four Lowndes County families are one step closer to receiving new homes. On Monday, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted to allow Home Investment Partnerships Grant Program (HOME) coordinator Spencer Broocks of Golden Triangle Planning and Development to begin advertising for professional services.


More gun laws equal fewer deaths, 50-state study says

Posted 3/7/2013 in National

States with the most gun control laws have the fewest gun-related deaths, according to a study that suggests sheer quantity of measures might make a difference.



City hires new firemen, public works employees

Posted 3/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Along with hiring a new chief financial officer Tuesday night, the Columbus City Council also hired several new employees to fill various spots within Columbus Fire and Rescue and the public works department.



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