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High emotions, little spectacle at Fort Hood trial

Posted 8/14/2013 in National



Russia: Surgeon stole heroin found in stomach

Posted 8/14/2013 in National


Sister of deceased is state's first witness

Posted 8/13/2013 in Area

Testimony began Monday in the murder trial of Brian Holliman, whose 2009 conviction for the murder of his wife was overturned on appeal in 2011. An Oktibbeha County jury heard opening arguments and the state's first witness Monday afternoon.

Farese: A flair for the law

Posted 8/13/2013 in Area

Steven Farese Sr. is not exactly your father's Atticus Finch. Instead of Harper Lee's illustration of Finch in "To Kill A Mockingbird," this small-town lawyer (Ashland, population 569) is known for the high profile clients he defends and the demeanor he uses in the courtroom. He's calm, cool, somewhat eccentric and often sporting a smirk that suggests he is in on a joke to which you aren't privy.

Columbus, Starkville public housing receive nearly $1M in funding

Posted 8/13/2013 in Area

The Columbus and Starkville housing authorities will receive nearly $1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for large-scale improvements to their four public housing developments.

Citizens speak out against proposed railroad closings

Posted 8/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Many residents at a community meeting regarding the possibility of closing six railroad crossings in Southside seemed to have made their minds up before they got to the gathering. The crossings need to be repaired, they said, but closing them would be a problem.


Flier lists Atlanta as host for rugby tournament

Posted 8/13/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A flier believed distributed by a Mississippi State University volunteer rugby coach states an upcoming Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference tournament will be held Nov. 9-11 in Atlanta, Ga.



Gov. Bryant may not get unemployment blame

Posted 8/13/2013 in State



NYC mayor lambastes stop-and-frisk ruling

Posted 8/13/2013 in National



Suspect in drug case asks judge to toss evidence

Posted 8/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Inducing labor may be tied to autism, study says

Posted 8/13/2013 in National

The biggest study of its kind suggests autism might be linked with inducing and speeding up labor, preliminary findings that need investigating since labor is induced in increasing numbers of U.S. women, the authors and other autism experts say.



California teen is home after harrowing rescue

Posted 8/13/2013 in National



BlackBerry weighs putting itself up for sale

Posted 8/13/2013 in Business



Officials consider new port for Lowndes Co.

Posted 8/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Port Authority board members are mulling the feasibility of adding a second port on the Tennesseee-Tombigbee Waterway but discussions are still in the earliest stages, director John Hardy said.


City looks for outreach coordinator internally

Posted 8/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Though it is not externally advertising for the position, the city is actively looking for a community outreach coordinator, Columbus Human Resource Director Pat Mitchell said.


Railroad crossing closures to be discussed at Ward 1 meeting

Posted 8/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first public discussions of a proposal to close some railroad crossings in Columbus will take place tonight during a Ward 1 meeting at the Townsend Community Center.



Child dies after Friday morning collision

Posted 8/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An 8-year-old girl died Saturday after injuries sustained in a Friday morning traffic accident.


DA won't pursue felony charges against daycare worker

Posted 8/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

District Attorney Forrest Allgood will not pursue felony charges against a Starkville daycare worker who admitted to giving two children a powerful muscle relaxer that sent them to the emergency room almost a year ago, The Dispatch has learned.

Holliman re-trial begins Monday

Posted 8/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four years after being convicted of murdering his wife, Brian Holliman will once again face a jury Monday. Jury selection begins Monday before Judge Lee Howard at the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court after Holliman's attorney was granted a change of venue.


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