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New fire rating will reduce premiums in Oktoc area

Posted 11/23/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A total of 757 residences in the Oktoc area will see their insurance premiums reduced as much as a third when they renew policies thanks to a new Class 8 fire protection rating, according to Oktibbeha County Fire Services Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan.


'Legally dead' man's kidnapping trial delayed

Posted 11/23/2012 in State

A federal trial has been pushed back to August for a man who was declared dead in Mississippi in 1994 and surfaced years later as a suspect in the deaths of his Las Vegas girlfriend and her daughter.



PERS OKs increase in employer contributions

Posted 11/23/2012 in State

The governing board of the state retirement system has increased -- as expected -- the amount employers contribute to the program.


Two killed, dozens injured in massive Texas pileup

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

Two people died and more than 80 people were hurt Thursday when at least 140 vehicles collided in Southeast Texas in a pileup that left trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull survivors from the wreckage.


Cash-strapped post office tests same-day delivery for holidays

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

Emboldened by rapid growth in e-commerce shipping, the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service is moving aggressively this holiday season to start a premium service for the Internet shopper seeking the instant gratification of a store purchase: same-day package delivery.


1 killed, 19 wounded in Israeli gunfire near Gaza

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded 19 people as crowds surged toward Gaza's border fence with Israel today, a health official said, the first violence since a truce between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers took hold a day before.


Pakistan to cut phone service to prevent attacks

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

Pakistan's interior minister says the government will suspend cell phone service in most parts of the country over the next two days to prevent attacks against Shiite Muslims over a key religious holiday.



Blogger's death in Iran window onto cyber patrols

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

In his last blog entry, activist Sattar Beheshti wrote that Iranian authorities had given him an ultimatum: Either stop posting his "big mouth" attacks against the ruling system or tell his mother that she will soon be in mourning.



Black voters look to leverage their loyalty after election

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

When black voters gave President Barack Obama 93 percent support on Election Day in defiance of predictions that they might sit it out this year, black leaders breathed a collective sigh of relief.



Study: Pregnant teens need better school support

Posted 11/23/2012 in National


De la Cruz's first Thanksgiving inspires 'international' feast

Posted 11/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It was Thanksgiving Day 1963, in the normally bustling college town of Athens, Ga. Armando de la Cruz was a graduate student living on the University of Georgia campus and he was in a pinch.


Posted 11/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kids have their own unique take on Thanksgiving

Brown: Education, health care will dominate budget talks

Posted 11/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus native Terry Brown, the Pro Tempore of the Mississippi Senate, has served in the state legislature since 1988 -- a part-time job requiring full-time energy, as he describes it. Before heading back to Jackson, where he will serve a key role as the state puts together its budget, Brown took some time to meet with Dispatch reporter Jeff Clark for a wide-ranging conversation.


Columbus merchants ready for Black Friday

Posted 11/21/2012 in Area

As families across the country gather over turkey and cranberry sauce to celebrate Thanksgiving, retailers and shopaholics alike are preparing for the biggest shopping day of the year -- Black Friday.


Unemployment numbers provide reason for optimism

Posted 11/21/2012 in Area

Unemployment figures continue to slowly drop, just in time for the holiday season, which should be a good bit brighter than last year for workers across the Golden Triangle.


Twin parties to mark end of hurricane season

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

Actor Michael Cerveris is among the organizers of simultaneous parties set for New Orleans and New York to mark the end of hurricane season and raise money for storm recovery.



US abortions fall 5 percent, biggest drop in a decade

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

U.S. abortions fell 5 percent during the Great Recession in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade, according to government figures released Wednesday.


Israel and Hamas agree to Gaza cease-fire

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to a cease-fire Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip.


Woman gets 80 years for deadly day care fire

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

It had been Jessica Tata's dream to run a day care. She was soon in over her head, caring for too many kids and taking chances by leaving them alone to run errands.



Internal emails offer details on bin Laden burial at sea

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

Internal emails among senior U.S. military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden's burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony.



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