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Kelley selected as Starkville municipal judge

Posted 12/15/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen, in a vote that drew three abstentions, have named Brian Kelley Starkville's next municipal judge.

Buying a piece of history: Market for antebellum homes changing in Columbus

Posted 12/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There are dozens of homes for sale in Columbus, but three historic homes on the market on the city's north side, all within a few blocks of each other, have become a source of curiosity.

Council to discuss freeze on travel spending

Posted 12/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus spent almost $158,000 on travel in Fiscal Year 2018. Of that total, nearly 30 percent -- $45,323.28 -- was the combined tab for the mayor and city council, according to information the city provided The Dispatch in response to a Mississippi Public Records Act request.

 

Auditor demands more than $200,000 from chancery clerk

Posted 12/15/2018 in State

Mississippi's state auditor is demanding that a southwest Mississippi official repay more than $200,000 to county government.

 

 

Some USM students want library renamed, citing segregation

Posted 12/15/2018 in State

Some students at the University of Southern Mississippi want to consider renaming the school's main library, citing the namesake's history of supporting segregation.

 

 

Farmers buoyed but cautious as China resumes buying soybeans

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

The resumption of soybean sales to China this week is encouraging to American farmers who have seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade war with the world's second-largest economy, but producers see it only as a small step and say they need more federal aid.

 

 

Budget head Mulvaney picked as Trump's next chief of staff

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

President Donald Trump has picked budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his acting chief of staff, ending a chaotic search in which several top contenders took themselves out of the running for the job.

 

 

Interior Secretary Zinke resigning, cites 'vicious' attacks

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year's end, Trump said Saturday.

 

 

Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments were wrong

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Shaken and facing a prison term, President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer said Friday that Trump directed him to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 campaign because he was concerned their stories of alleged affairs with him "would affect the election." He says Trump knew the payments were wrong.

 

 

J&J hammered by report it knew of asbestos in baby powder

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Johnson & Johnson on Friday forcefully denied a media report that it knew for decades about the existence of trace amounts of asbestos in its baby powder.

 

 

Stocks plunge to 8-month lows on growth fears

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Stocks staggered to eight-month lows Friday after weak economic data from China and Europe set off more worries about the global economy. Mounting tensions in Europe over Britain's impending departure from the European Union also darkened traders' moods.

 

 

Ruling to strike down health law puts GOP in a quandary

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

A federal judge's ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who've seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul's core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people.

 

 

Reports: Federal prosecutors probe Trump inaugural committee

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating the finances of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and whether foreigners contributed to its events using straw donors.

 

 

Death of 7-year-old migrant on border raises questions

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Just 7 years old, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin was picked up by U.S. authorities with her father and other migrants this month in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. Some seven hours later, she was put on a bus to the nearest Border Patrol station but soon began vomiting. By the end of the two-hour drive, she had stopped breathing.

 

 

Are we done here? Nope. Cranky Congress still has work to do

Posted 12/15/2018 in National

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer leaned back in his seat and propped up his feet on the leather chair next to him as he listened to a colleagues farewell address this week. It was a casual vibe in the normally stuffy chamber and just one sign that the end of an ugly 115th Congress can't come soon enough, even for its own members.

 

Christmas Co-op offers second wave of support to needy families

Posted 12/14/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Lanisha Shields lost her job in early October. Shields had worked at the Toyota plant in Blue Springs. She has three children, and as the holiday season approached, she worried about how she'd get them gifts for Christmas, with rent and utility bills still to pay.

Without a hitch: High schoolers build Rube Goldberg machines for annual competition

Posted 12/14/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the past three weeks, Starkville High School junior James Fairley's ping pong table at home was covered with marble tracks, books, boxes and a remote-control airplane.

Vibrant Church's $14M expansion nearly complete

Posted 12/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Vibrant Church congregation will meet for the first time Sunday in its new, 1,500-person worship center.

City still accepting applications for planning commissioner

Posted 12/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on its Planning Commission. Earlier this month, the city council reappointed longtime member Annette Savors and appointed new member Melissa Smith to the commission, leaving it with one remaining open spot.

IP awards $95K in grants to local schools, nonprofits

Posted 12/14/2018 in Area

2017 was a pretty good year for International Paper, which means 2018 was a good year for educational and nonprofit groups in the communities where the company operates in the U.S. and 24 other countries.

 

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