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Chrysler agrees to recall of Jeeps at risk of fire

Posted 6/19/2013 in National

Chrysler abruptly agreed to recall 2.7 million older model Jeeps Tuesday, reversing a defiant stance and avoiding a possible public relations nightmare over fuel tanks that can rupture and cause fires in rear-end collisions.



Hitchhiking cat 'Mata Hairi' headed home

Posted 6/19/2013 in National


CVB adopts ethics policy, funds festivals

Posted 6/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors approved the adoption of an ethics policy in a 7-1 vote during its meeting Monday.


Sales tax figures fall slightly

Posted 6/18/2013 in Area

For the eighth straight month, Columbus sales tax revenue is down from last year, but collections for the month of June are only down $2,306.51 from June 2012.


Gaskin challenges election in circuit court

Posted 6/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Attorneys for alderman candidate John Gaskin filed a petition for judicial review for the Ward 4 Democratic Primary with the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court, documents show. The complaint lists the Starkville Municipal Democratic Executive Committee and incoming Ward 4 Alderman Jason Walker as defendants.


Rumored pay raises for council not on agenda

Posted 6/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Though an item regarding pay raises for Columbus councilmen is not listed on an agenda emailed to The Dispatch on Thursday, leaders do have the option of adding such a resolution before today's meeting.



Plans would put women in most combat jobs

Posted 6/18/2013 in National

Military leaders are ready to begin tearing down the remaining walls that have prevented women from holding thousands of combat and special operations jobs near the front lines. Under details of the plans obtained by The Associated Press, women could start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later.



House takes up far-reaching anti-abortion bill

Posted 6/18/2013 in National


Chrysler expected to formally refuse Jeep recall

Posted 6/18/2013 in National

In one of the biggest-ever showdowns between an automaker and the government, Chrysler on Tuesday is expected to file papers explaining its refusal to recall 2.7 million older Jeep SUVs that are at risk of catching fire in rear-end collisions.


G-8 summit turns focus to clampdown on tax-dodging

Posted 6/18/2013 in National



Transgender candidate could become first in NYC to hold office

Posted 6/18/2013 in National


Columbus school superintendent fired

Posted 6/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell has been fired. After a four-and-a-half hour executive session, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees voted, 3-2, to terminate the superintendent during Monday's board meeting.


CVB will again discuss ethics policy today

Posted 6/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A proposed ethics policy tabled at last month's Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitor's Bureau Board of Directors meeting will once again come before the board when it meets at 4 p.m. today.


Monday Profile: Bush leans on faith in serving public

Posted 6/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some know him as a mainstay at Columbus' public works department, which he now leads on an interim basis. Some know him as a minister of Greater Mt. Zion Church, where he has led the congregation since 2008. In either case, leading is something Casey Bush has a great deal of experience with, something he says it's only possible through his faith.

Aldermen consider redevelopment district Tuesday

Posted 6/17/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville officials are hopeful a proposed redevelopment district for a portion of the Miss. Highway 182 corridor will help spur growth and investments, thereby broadening the city's tax base in the future.

Picking up the pieces

Posted 6/17/2013 in Area

Two months after a devastating tornado swept through Noxubee County, the residents of Shuqualak are rebuilding their homes and their lives.


Miss. supes discussing county budgets

Posted 6/17/2013 in State

Mississippi supervisors gather on the Gulf Coast this week to talk about roads and bridges, economic development, water resources and other issues.



Police: Evidence backs up self-defense in shooting

Posted 6/17/2013 in State


Defense lawyers: Review cases involving Hayne

Posted 6/17/2013 in State

Some defense lawyers are calling for an independent review of cases involving a pathologist whose testimony prompted the Mississippi Supreme Court to overturn two convictions.


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