Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to sign the Broadband Enabling Act into law by the end of the month. The law, which removes restrictions prohibiting electric power co-operatives in the state from providing internet service to its customers, has the potential to close what is called "the digital divide" like no other measure in our state's history.
"How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Parre?" Those lyrics to a song written after the end of World War I, still resonate today in Mississippi, where Millennials are leaving for better opportunities in other places at a higher rate than any other state in the country.
In the Mississippi Legislature, some bills are considered dead on arrival. Each year, hundreds of bills are filed that have no chance of passage. They are often presented by legislators who are trying to make a point rather than enact new law.
The triple murder that shook the small town of Artesia will leave an indelible mark on the community for years to come.
In 2004, the Mississippi Legislature made a change in a law applying to the state's airports in a well-intentioned effort to help our state's regional airports improve service and attract customers.
Each week, between 40,000 and 50,000 folks turn to The Dispatch's website to read the news. One feature offered online that is not available in the print edition is the ability to leave anonymous comments below each story.
As has been noted, this year's session of the Legislature isn't likely to take up many controversial topics. For legislators, it's a matter of self-preservation during an election year.
As the federal government's partial shutdown continues into its third week, the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal employees have been affected.
Flight delays aren't frequent at Golden Triangle Regional Airport, where the on-time rate of 87 percent exceeds the industry average of 82 percent.
Someday -- not today probably -- the sting of frustration that accompanied Mississippi State's 27-22 loss to Iowa in Tuesday's Outback Bowl will subside and Bulldog fans will be able to consider things in a broader perspective.
At the end of last year's session, the Mississippi Legislature approved a $6.1 million budget for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, a state agency that operates a statewide network of television and radio stations.
Columbus residents, like people all across the country, have been awaiting word on a possible government shutdown.
In keeping with the spirit of the season, we take note of the many opportunities we have to help the less fortunate, often through large, well-organized charities.
Since her arrival as superintendent for the Columbus Municipal School District this summer, Cherie Labat has taken pains to carefully craft and nurture the image the city's schools present to the community.
"Keep the change" is an old expression, usually a small, seemingly insignificant gesture motivated as much by convenience (who wants to fool with a few coins?) as charity.
It's still too early to tell just how effective The Retail Coach will be in reinvigorating Columbus' retail sector.
Some exports are better than others. In Mississippi, poultry, forest and agricultural products such as corn, cotton and soybeans are exports that share the state's economy. Other exports aren't exactly something to crow about.
Pending approval by the Columbus City Council and the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, the Columbus-Lowndes Airport will be "under new management," as the saying goes.
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