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Former MUW president killed in crash

Posted 1/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Mississippi University for Women president was killed in a head-on collision Wednesday in Florida.

Dispatch's Walters named Mississippi Sportswriter of the Year

Posted 1/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch sports staff member Scott Walters was recognized Thursday as the state of Mississippi's National Sportscaster and Sportswriters (NSSA) Sportswriter of the Year.

CL&W explores mobile water metering

Posted 1/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Light and Water will soon choose a company to install a mobile water meter reading system citywide.

Columbus man arrested in New Year's Day shooting

Posted 1/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is being charged in a New Year's shooting that left a teenager injured.

KiOR shuts down production to make improvements

Posted 1/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The facility on The Island that converts wood chips to fuel stopped production in December and remains offline today.


Clay supes shoot down night meetings

Posted 1/10/2014 in Area

Clay County supervisors entertained the possibility of meeting in the afternoon twice a year, but a motion to enact the policy failed to get a majority vote and was subsequently withdrawn.



New merger report draft could become final version

Posted 1/10/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The culmination of almost 15 meetings of the Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure could come 9 a.m. Tuesday as committee members are expected to discuss the final draft of their long-awaited school merger report.



Skunks removed from Corinth arena

Posted 1/10/2014 in State

Ozzy Hendrix has taken care of a stinky situation at the Crossroads Arena in Corinth.



Report: Sexism part of academies' culture

Posted 1/10/2014 in National

Students at the U.S. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior, a Pentagon report finds, reflecting a culture of disrespect that permeates the schools and their sports teams and fuels reports of sexual harassment and assaults.



Trapped trucker survives hours in subzero temps

Posted 1/10/2014 in National

Tim Rutledge's eyelid had frozen shut. His voice was hoarse after competing for hours with bitter-cold wind and humming truck engines while screaming for help. He was losing consciousness, pinned under his rig in sub-zero temperatures at an Indiana truck stop.


Christie looks to recover after staff shakeup

Posted 1/10/2014 in National

A wounded Chris Christie is working to move beyond the most challenging test of his political career, while the New Jersey Republican governor's critics promise to keep probing a traffic scandal that rocked his administration this week and threatens to tarnish his national image ahead of the next presidential contest.

Scientists: Americans are becoming weather wimps

Posted 1/10/2014 in National

We've become weather wimps. As the world warms, the United States is getting fewer bitter cold spells like the one that gripped much of the nation this week. So when a deep freeze strikes, scientists say, it seems more unprecedented than it really is.


Superintendents say funding gap pinches schools

Posted 1/10/2014 in State

School superintendents say that because Mississippi isn't fully funding its education formula, their districts have fewer classroom aides, larger class sizes, outdated computers and aging buses.



Pay lags for Miss. government employees

Posted 1/10/2014 in State

Mississippi government employees make an average of $9,108 less than their counterparts in the surrounding states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee, said the Mississippi State Personnel Board director Thursday.



Docs say cutting food stamps could backfire

Posted 1/10/2014 in National

Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could be socked with bigger health bills. Maybe not immediately, they say, but over time if the poor wind up in doctors' offices or hospitals as a result.


Israel says it will build new homes in West Bank

Posted 1/10/2014 in National

Israel says it plans to build 1,400 new homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, territory the Palestinians claim for their state.


U.S. parents stuck in Congo with adopted children

Posted 1/10/2014 in National

Justin Carroll is the proud dad of a 6-week-old daughter in Tennessee, but thus far he's done his doting via Facetime video phone calls from Africa. Since mid-November, Carroll has been living in Congo, unwilling to leave until he gets exit papers allowing two newly adopted sons to travel with him.


Israel: Ex-PM Sharon's condition worsens

Posted 1/10/2014 in National

Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's health deteriorated sharply Thursday and he was in "grave condition" with his family by his bedside, the hospital treating him announced.


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