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Study: When helmet laws are weakened, injury costs increase

Posted 5/31/2013 in National

The average medical claim from a motorcycle crash rose by more than one-fifth last year in Michigan after the state stopped requiring all riders to wear helmets, according to an insurance industry study. Across the nation, motorcyclists opposed to mandatory helmet use have been chipping away at state helmet laws for years while crash deaths have been on the rise.


Tornadoes hit in Oklahoma, Arkansas

Posted 5/31/2013 in National

At least three tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma, including one in Tulsa, and two more hit Arkansas on Thursday as a powerful storm system moved through the middle of the country. At least nine people were injured.



Would-be Chicago bomber gets 23 years

Posted 5/31/2013 in National



Boston suspect is walking, mother says

Posted 5/31/2013 in National

The remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has recovered enough to walk and assured his parents in a phone conversation that he and his slain brother were innocent, their mother told The Associated Press on Thursday.



Average Americans far from regaining previous wealth

Posted 5/31/2013 in National



Microsoft aims to simplify with Windows 8.1 update

Posted 5/31/2013 in National


Liddell used CMSD resources for private party

Posted 5/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Documents obtained by The Dispatch reveal Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell used school resources -- including funds and staff -- for personal use in throwing a party during the Christmas holidays.

Mayor Smith's campaign funds dwarf those of opponents

Posted 5/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Campaign reports for Tuesday's municipal general election show Democratic incumbent Mayor Robert Smith donated more money to his own campaign than the combined amount of contributions received by Republican opponent Glenn Lautzenhiser and Independent Bo Jarrett.


CMSD will handle maintenance, nutrition in-house

Posted 5/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District will soon be hiring additional employees to handle nutrition and grounds maintenance. During a special meeting of the school board Tuesday night, board members voted 3-1 to reject two bids pertaining to nutrition and grounds maintenance, voting instead to provide the services in-house.


Renovations to old 82 bridge should be completed in July

Posted 5/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Painting of the steel portion of the Old Highway 82 bridge and installing the boardwalk and lighting are the three steps remaining before the Columbus landmark is completely restored and ready for public use again, City Engineer Kevin Stafford said.


Soldier to admit Afghan massacre

Posted 5/30/2013 in National



Wrecks belie improving rail safety

Posted 5/30/2013 in National



Congressmen in Russia to investigate Boston attack

Posted 5/30/2013 in National


Mayoral candidates closing in on $100K donation mark

Posted 5/30/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's two remaining mayoral candidates, Democratic incumbent Parker Wiseman and GOP candidate Dan Moreland, combined to raise almost $96,000 in campaign donations as of May 28, a number which falls about $11,000 short of what all 15 primary candidates raised by April 30.


Jackson police: Man shot trying to run over cop

Posted 5/30/2013 in State



Community Counseling to host open house

Posted 5/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Community Counseling Services staff will open its doors at the Pines and Cady Hill Recovery Center for an open house today from 4-7 p.m.



Terror fears keep toxic plants hidden from public

Posted 5/30/2013 in Area



Nasdaq paying $10M for Facebook disruption

Posted 5/30/2013 in National

Nasdaq has agreed to pay a $10 million penalty to settle federal civil charges after regulators said its systems and decisions disrupted Facebook's public stock offering last year.


Israeli museum finds owner of looted art

Posted 5/30/2013 in National

Israel's national museum has located the heir of the owner of a valuable impressionist painting that was stolen by the Nazis after a photo was discovered showing the work in the original owner's home, the museum said Wednesday.


U.S. vs. European hurricane model: Which is better?

Posted 5/30/2013 in National

When forecasters from the National Weather Service track a hurricane, they use models from several different supercomputers located around the world to create their predictions.



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