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Settlement in suit over illegal workers

Posted 8/21/2012 in State

Federal court records show a Mississippi company that was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on illegal immigrants has settled a discrimination lawsuit by four black women who claimed the company gave preferential treatment to Latinos.



SPD arrests 70 during students' first weekend back in town

Posted 8/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Police Department arrested more than 70 people this weekend in a special detail devoted to cracking down on underage drinking.



IHL waits for state legislature to respond to funding requests

Posted 8/21/2012 in State

The Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) is awaiting an answer from the Mississippi Legislature after approving a list Thursday of the top 10 construction priorities for each of the state's public universities. The costs of those projects would be $684 million.



Afghan militants hit U.S. military chief's plane

Posted 8/21/2012 in National

ilitants fired rockets into a U.S. base in Afghanistan and damaged the plane of the chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff while he was on a visit, but the general was not near the aircraft, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition said today.


Phyllis Diller blazed trail for female comedians

Posted 8/21/2012 in National

Phyllis Diller was the template for self-deprecating female comedians. She not only motivated a generation of funny women, such as Ellen DeGeneres and Whoopi Goldberg, her silver-tongued zingers -- often punctuated by her trademark cackle -- paved the way for them. And she inspired funny guys, too.


Lawmaker apologizes for Galilee skinny dip

Posted 8/21/2012 in National

A freshman congressman from Kansas has apologized for going skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee during a fact-finding trip to Israel last summer.



Two Okitibbeha Co. deputies involved in fatal shooting

Posted 8/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two Okitbbeha County Sheriff's Office deputies were involved in a fatal shooting early Monday evening, sources have told The Dispatch.


One arrested on burglary, assault charges

Posted 8/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Deputies with the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department arrested Clark Russel Hobson on Friday and charged him with one count of burglary of a dwelling and one count domestic violence-aggravated assault.


OCSO's Feel Safe program showing positive results

Posted 8/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department is coming up with new ways to keep the citizens and businesses of Oktibbeha County safe.


Monday profile: Starkville Schools' Holloway sees technology as vital asset

Posted 8/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

He has only been in town for a little over two months, and some people still only see Lewis Holloway as another face.

Krispy Columbus: Owner of popular doughnut franchise expands to city

Posted 8/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Billy Dorgan has spent most of his life making and selling donuts. And not just any donuts, but the hot "original glazed'' donuts of the Krispy Kreme franchise.


Red and Blue: South no longer 'solid'

Posted 8/20/2012 in National

The "Solid South" was a political fact, benefiting Democrats for generations and then Republicans, with Bible Belt and racial politics ruling the day.



Council ready to tackle Catfish Alley proposal

Posted 8/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A controversial proposed renaming of a Columbus street will be brought before the City Council tomorrow evening.


Social Security fixable; changes tough

Posted 8/20/2012 in National

Despite Social Security's long-term problems, the massive retirement and disability program could be preserved for generations to come with modest but politically difficult changes to benefits or taxes, or a combination of both.

'Top Gun' director dies after jumping off bridge

Posted 8/20/2012 in National

Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as "Top Gsun," "Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge, authorities said. The 68-year-old Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said.

Swimmer steady in Cuba-Fla. record attempt

Posted 8/20/2012 in National

Endurance athlete Diana Nyad forged ahead in the Straits of Florida with renewed vigor Sunday in pursuit of a record 103-mile (166-kilometer), unassisted swim in open waters without the aid of a shark cage.


New Tupelo park: nature, cross-country, Elvis

Posted 8/20/2012 in Area

Tupelo's new nature trail passes by a pond where, according to legend, the young Elvis Presley and his friends once skinny-dipped.


Bluecutt Road project on schedule

Posted 8/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A $1-million construction project on Bluecutt Road is scheduled to be completed in September.

Grand jury fails to indict Hinton on murder charge

Posted 8/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been released from the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center after being charged with murder.

Macon hay: Mennonites respond to Ohio drought victims

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

Macon farmer Gary Miller didn't hesitate when his neighbor, Morris Miller (no relation), called to say dairy farmers in northeast Ohio were suffering from a severe drought, dipping into their winter reserves to feed their cattle. The two men sprang into action, and within hours, 540 bales of hay was northward-bound.


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