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Gov. Bryant withdraws Board of Health nomination

Posted 4/2/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday he's withdrawing his nomination of anti-abortion activist Terri Herring of Ridgeland to the state Board of Health.



Miss. Medicaid vote may prompt special session

Posted 4/2/2013 in State


Conference committee pushes report requirement to 2014

A joint House-Senate conference committee developed Monday compromises language in the Starkville-Oktibbeha consolidation bill which adds an additional Starkville School District representative to a local merger study committee and pushes its report deadline to March 1, 2014.


Court ruling could affect Lowndes Co. woman's fate

Posted 4/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A dozen public health organizations and human rights advocates are supporting two Mississippi women -- one from Lowndes County -- in their efforts to avoid prosecution for the stillborn death of her child.



Sifting of Sept. 11 debris for remains begins anew

Posted 4/2/2013 in National

Jim Riches pulled his son's mangled body out of the rubble at the World Trade Center, but the phone calls still filtered in years afterward. The city kept finding more pieces of his son.



Colo. officials to do review after prison error

Posted 4/2/2013 in National

Colorado court officials have vowed to review procedures to ensure that a clerical mistake that allowed the early release of a prisoner -- who then went on to allegedly shoot the state's corrections director last month -- doesn't happen again.


Investigation leads to dogfight raid

Posted 4/2/2013 in State

A raid on a barn in northern Mississippi over the weekend busted up what is thought to be one the biggest annual dogfights in the United States with organizers and participants from around the country, authorities said Monday.


North Korea vows to restart nuclear facilities

Posted 4/2/2013 in National

North Korea said Tuesday it will escalate production of nuclear weapons material, including restarting a long-shuttered plutonium reactor, in what outsiders see as Pyongyang's latest attempt to extract U.S. concessions by raising fears of war.



House and Senate approve borrowing $196M

Posted 4/2/2013 in State

A bill to borrow $196 million would send tens of millions to universities and community colleges for construction projects.



Barbour portrait to be unveiled

Posted 4/2/2013 in State


Munson, team of teachers design market mural

Posted 4/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Visitors will see a new feature on the barn that serves as home base for the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market, which opens Saturday and will run through October.

Rawle settling in as new city chief financial officer

Posted 4/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

You could say that Milton Rawle had to go around the world before he found his way to Mississippi. The city's new chief financial officer is soft-spoken and polite, still in the "getting to know you" phase with both his new position as well as Columbus. So far, he says, he likes both.

Prayer & Facebook

Posted 4/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It used to be that support groups were most often confined to community centers and church basements. That was before social media.


Lightning strike causes five-hour power outage

Posted 4/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Almost 1,000 Columbus residents were without electricity for more than five hours Easter Sunday after officials believe lightning struck a power pole.



Analysis: Reeves risks blame if charter bills fail

Posted 4/1/2013 in State



Texas DA's killing puts other prosecutors on alert

Posted 4/1/2013 in National

After one of his assistant prosecutors was gunned down in January, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland carried a gun everywhere, even when walking the dog.



Novartis loses India patent battle

Posted 4/1/2013 in National

India's Supreme Court on Monday rejected drug maker Novartis AG's attempt to patent an updated version of a cancer drug in a landmark decision that health activists say ensures poor patients around the world will get continued access to cheap versions of lifesaving medicines.


No place like home: Descendant of original owner of the Amzi Love Home draws strength from his family's history

Posted 3/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What does it take to coerce Sid Caradine to tell you about his Columbus roots? Eye contact. This week, the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation celebrates its 73rd Pilgrimage with its tours of homes, churches and Friendship Cemetery. Sid Caradine, or "Captain Sid" as he is more commonly known, will be in his glory.

Students show their stuff in Dispatch Design An Ad contest

Posted 3/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The inaugural Design An Ad contest winners appear in today's edition of The Dispatch. Complied of hand-drawn and computer generated advertisements, poems and short stories from local students, the young winners did an excellent expressing their creativity.

Gregory joins Dispatch staff

Posted 3/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nathan Gregory has joined the Dispatch staff as a news reporter, managing editor Slim Smith has announced.


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