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DC-area sniper shootings case to have Supreme Court hearing

Posted 3/19/2019 in National

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider Virginia's plea to reinstate the life-without-parole sentence of a man who as a teenager participated in sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002.



White House foresees long economic boom where others don't

Posted 3/19/2019 in National

Contrary to the views of most economists, the Trump administration expects the U.S. economy to keep booming over the next decade on the strength of further tax cuts, reduced regulation and improvements to the nation's infrastructure.



Cyclone's death toll into the hundreds in southern Africa

Posted 3/19/2019 in National

Hundreds are dead, many more are missing and thousands are at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi caused by Cyclone Idai and persistent rains.



Gunman kills 3 on Dutch tram; mayor fears terrorism

Posted 3/19/2019 in National

A gunman killed three people and wounded five during a mid-morning tram ride Monday in the Dutch city of Utrecht, raising the specter of another extremist attack only days after the murderous rampage in New Zealand.


Area students to head to state spelling bee in Jackson Tuesday

Posted 3/18/2019 in Area

Soyeon Park has won the state spelling bee every year she's attended. This year, now that she's an eighth grader, is her last year to try.

Sticking together: Triplets coming to MSU together after brother's acceptance to ACCESS program

Posted 3/18/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Denise Newton believes a February acceptance letter from Mississippi State University will completely change her son Rees' life.

Monday profile: Local antique shop owner offers wisdom on helping others

Posted 3/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two local antique dealers only spent a few minutes inside Quirky Antiques, Fred Haley's antique store on Second Street North near Second Avenue, but they still gave Haley something to think about. "Antique dealers are a little like used car dealers," he mused. "The kind of people not exactly trusted in society. I don't know where that came from."


Analysis: Mississippi lawmakers seek early exit to session

Posted 3/18/2019 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are aiming for an early end to their scheduled 90-day session.



Should media avoid naming the gunmen in mass shootings?

Posted 3/18/2019 in National

A few months after teen shooters killed 12 classmates and her father at Columbine High School, Coni Sanders was standing in line at a grocery store with her young daughter when they came face to face with the magazine cover.



Some lawmakers worry about allowing sports bets on phones

Posted 3/18/2019 in National

For states looking to profit off the new world of legal sports betting, there's an app for that. The question for state lawmakers: Should they allow it?



Mourners pay tribute to New Zealand victims, await burials

Posted 3/18/2019 in National

Thousands of people paid tribute Sunday at makeshift memorials to the 50 people slain by a gunman at two mosques in Christchurch, while dozens of Muslims stood by to bury the dead when authorities finally release the victims' bodies.



Be Kind, Please Rewind: Oregon Blockbuster is last on Earth

Posted 3/18/2019 in National



Left or center? Democrats mull best options to beat Trump

Posted 3/18/2019 in National

As she waited to meet former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper at a recent house party in Dubuque, attorney Connie O'Connor was anxious about the liberal direction of the Democratic presidential primary.



Dick Dale, King of Surf Guitar, 'Miserlou' composer, is dead

Posted 3/18/2019 in National

Dick Dale, whose pounding, blaringly loud power-chord instrumentals on songs like "Miserlou" and "Let's Go Trippin'" earned him the title King of the Surf Guitar, has died at age 81.



Ethiopia minister: 'Clear similarities' in Boeing crashes

Posted 3/18/2019 in National

Preliminary information from the flight data recorder of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed a week ago and killed 157 people shows "clear similarities" with an earlier disaster involving the same kind of Boeing aircraft in Indonesia, Ethiopia's transport minister said Sunday.


County to pay $15K to settle wrongful arrest suit

Posted 3/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors voted in executive session Friday to pay a former New Hope High School student $15,000 to settle a wrongful imprisonment lawsuit against a justice court judge, board president Harry Sanders confirmed to The Dispatch.

Lowndes supervisors ban Kratom

Posted 3/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Following a public hearing on Friday, supervisors banned Kratom county-wide effective April 1.

Coroner: Lowndes inmate apparently tried to hang himself in cell

Posted 3/16/2019 in Area

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation agents are looking into two inmate deaths in Golden Triangle jails last week.

Bowker joins Dispatch as sports editor

Posted 3/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Award-winning veteran sports journalist Paul Bowker has joined The Dispatch staff as the new sports editor.

Judge denied motion to dismiss criminal case against Canyon Boykin

Posted 3/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 16th circuit court judge ruled Friday not to dismiss a case against a former Columbus police officer involved in a fatal shooting three years ago.


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