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Police out in force for Labor Day weekend

Posted 9/3/2010 in Business

Law enforcement agencies nationwide are bracing for the Labor Day weekend rush, setting checkpoints and working officers overtime.



Plan to withhold Medicaid funds could cause education cuts

Posted 9/3/2010 in Business

Gov. Haley Barbour announced Tuesday $82 million slated for public K-12 schools would instead be placed in the state's rainy day fund.


Bar owner sues city, county for harassment

Posted 9/2/2010 in Business

Fuhgetaboutit bar owner Freddie Fields has sued Columbus and Lowndes County law enforcement agencies and officers for allegedly harassing him and his business.


Welcome to the paywall. Come on in.

Posted 9/1/2010 in Business

The Economist magazine declared 2010 the "Year of the Paywall" earlier this year. A paywall is simply refers to a subscription to a news website. The Dispatch launches our paywall today.


New prison offers boost for region's economy

Posted 9/1/2010 in Business

ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- Mississippians and Alabamians packed the Aliceville, Ala., City Hall Tuesday to learn about job opportunities at the city's new federal women's prison.


MUW doesn't plan to lay off faculty

Posted 9/1/2010 in Business

Mississippi University for Women's tenured professors' jobs aren't in danger for fiscal 2012.



Aurora expected to double workforce in light of new contract

Posted 9/1/2010 in Business

Aurora Flight Sciences has been awarded a contract by the United States Department of Defense to build an unmanned vehicle -- the Orion Unmanned Aerial System -- which is developed at Aurora's Columbus facility.



Pistol-packing Ala. grandmother shoots intruder in bedroom

Posted 8/31/2010 in Business

A pistol-packing grandmother in Decatur hopes intruders will think twice before messing with her again.


Congressional review: Arts school gets A-plus (video)

Posted 8/31/2010 in Business

Students at Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School are less than a month into the school year and already have performed for a U.S. congressman.


State approves biofuel project for Columbus

Posted 8/29/2010 in Business

Mississippi lawmakers on Friday swiftly approved a multimillion dollar incentive package for what state and company officials call a first-in-the-world project to convert timber products to a crude oil substitute.



WTVA: Bankruptcy ahead for Blockbuster? (link)

Posted 8/27/2010 in Business



Nettleton school's race rule causes mom to pull out kids

Posted 8/27/2010 in Business

A Mississippi school district has ended its policy of using race in class elections after a mother pulled her mixed-race children from the school.



Legislature OKs incentives for Columbus biofuel plant

Posted 8/27/2010 in Business

Mississippi lawmakers met in special session Friday and quickly approved a multimillion dollar incentive package for a company that plans to convert timber products into a crude oil substitute.


Libraries, though more vital, struggling with cuts

Posted 8/27/2010 in Business

An unfortunate correlation occurs at public libraries when the economy turns sour: Budgets and services are cut just as the public's need for access to those resources peaks.

Biofuel company to locate in Columbus (video)

Posted 8/26/2010 in Business

JACKSON -- Columbus is first in line to receive one of three renewable biofuel production plants in Mississippi. Governor Haley Barbour announced Thursday KiOR of Houston, Texas, has agreed to invest $500 million to build three facilities in Mississippi and create an estimated 1,000 jobs.


Peter Imes: How to unsend an e-mail in Gmail

Posted 8/26/2010 in Business

Gmail is Google's free e-mail service. Through, you can create an e-mail account that you can check on virtually any computer connected to the Internet. It's a replacement for Outlook or Apple Mail and is similar to Hotmail and Yahoo Mail.



Salute committee seeks community support

Posted 8/26/2010 in Business

Time is drawing near as the Salute to Lowndes County's Finest Committee strives to reach their fundraising goal. Their goal is to raise $10,000 for the First Responders Recovery Fund and the committee is asking local business leaders for their support.


For first time, MSU turns away housing applicants

Posted 8/26/2010 in Business

Hundreds of Mississippi State University students can attest to the university's growth. For the first time, MSU has had to turn away about 400 upperclassmen requesting on-campus housing. "They approached us desiring a space in housing," explained MSU Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Bill Kibler, noting the requests of the upperclassmen were declined in time for them to find off-campus housing before school began.


Jobless rate rises in July in state, across Golden Triangle

Posted 8/25/2010 in Business

Mississippi's unemployment rate for July rose to 11.5 percent, and Golden Triangle counties all had rates worse than the state average. In Columbus, more than one in five people was out of work.



Pact links Tenn-Tom Waterway, Panama Canal

Posted 8/25/2010 in Business

POINT CLEAR, Ala. - Officials have signed an international pact to link the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway with goods shipped through an expanded Panama Canal.



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