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Yu joins Dispatch staff as local government reporter

Posted 1/18/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Yue "Stella" Yu has joined The Dispatch newsroom staff as its local government reporter for Columbus and Lowndes County.

Anti-bullying program helps link Caledonia fourth-graders in atmosphere of kindness

Posted 1/18/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They sat cross-legged on the floor, doe-eyed and innocent, listening politely to group of women from the Junior Auxiliary of Columbus during a special program at Caledonia Elementary School Friday morning. The subject matter -- bullying -- seemed inconsistent for an audience of fourth-graders, whose exposure to bullying has been limited. That's the whole point.

Pumps reducing water level at Oktibbeha Lake

Posted 1/18/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The high-alert warning level for the area surrounding Oktibbeha County Lake will continue through the weekend while six diesel-fueled pumps lower the lake to a safer water level, Emergency Management Agency Director Kristen Campanella said Saturday.

'One big old family': Neighborhood near Oktibbeha County Lake has long history of unity, fellowship

Posted 1/18/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Walter Bell Road, just northeast of the Oktibbeha County Lake, hasn't been there as long as some of its residents have.


Appeals court won't rehear Mississippi 15-week abortion case

Posted 1/18/2020 in State

A federal appeals court said Friday that it will not reconsider its ruling that Mississippi's law banning most abortions after 15 weeks is unconstitutional.



Board delays vote on moving Confederate monument at Ole Miss

Posted 1/18/2020 in State

A Confederate monument will remain, for now, in a prominent spot on the University of Mississippi campus, nearly a year after student leaders requested that it be moved to a Civil War cemetery.



Frozen food maker invests $27.3M, adding jobs in Mississippi

Posted 1/18/2020 in State

A frozen food manufacturer plans to invest $27.3 million in a project to increase capacity at its facility in north Mississippi.



Mississippi keeping history exam, despite calls to end it

Posted 1/18/2020 in State

Mississippi's state Board of Education is keeping the state's U.S. history exam, despite months of pressure from teachers and others to cut testing.



Facing Senate trial crunch, Democrats blitzing Iowa, early states

Posted 1/18/2020 in National

As a winter storm barreled down on Iowa, Elizabeth Warren's campaign team struggled with whether to scrap a town hall scheduled at the old Maytag headquarters.



Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team

Posted 1/18/2020 in National

President Donald Trump has assembled a made-for-TV legal team for his Senate trial that includes household names like Ken Starr, the prosecutor whose investigation two decades ago resulted in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said he will deliver constitutional arguments meant to shield Trump from allegations that he abused his power.



Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia

Posted 1/18/2020 in National

Police are scouring the internet for clues about plans for mayhem, workers are putting up chain link holding pens around Virginia's picturesque Capitol Square, and one lawmaker even plans to hide in a safe house in advance of what's expected to be an unprecedented show of force by gun-rights activists.



Members of Congress visit Navy shipbuilder amid talk of cuts

Posted 1/18/2020 in National

The Democratic chairman and ranking Republican on a House Armed Services subcommittee toured Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works on Friday and offered assurances to shipbuilders amid reports of possible cuts.



Iran to send flight recorders from downed jet to Ukraine

Posted 1/18/2020 in National

Iran will send the black box flight recorders from the Ukrainian jetliner that it accidentally shot down last week to Ukraine for further analysis, an Iranian official said Saturday.



Rollback proposed for Michelle Obama school lunch guidelines

Posted 1/18/2020 in National

The Trump administration on Friday took another step toward dismantling Michelle Obama's school nutrition guidelines, proposing a new rule that could lead to more pizza and fries and less fruit and a smaller variety of vegetables on school menus.



Tech, communications stocks push US indexes to more records

Posted 1/18/2020 in National

Wall Street capped a milestone-setting week Friday with a few more as modest gains nudged the major stock indexes to all-time highs.



Thousands gather for Women's March rallies across the US

Posted 1/18/2020 in National

Thousands gathered in cities across the country Saturday as part of the nationwide Women's March rallies focused on issues such as climate change, pay equity, reproductive rights and immigration.



Senate panel OKs last bit of teacher pay for current year

Posted 1/18/2020 in State

Mississippi legislators are pushing ahead with a plan to pay the full cost for this year's teacher pay raise.



Update: Pumps delivered to Oktibbeha County Lake Dam; installation to begin Friday night

Posted 1/17/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Update: A set of pumps was delivered from Birmingham, Alabama to the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam on Friday evening to be installed at the levee to drain the water to a safe level and relieve pressure on the dam.


Some road projects ongoing, others about to begin

Posted 1/17/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first of many roundabouts in downtown Columbus could be up and running by the end of this year, City Engineer Kevin Stafford told Columbus Exchange Club members at the Lion Hills Center Thursday afternoon.

Corps of Engineers bringing pipes to drain Oktibbeha lake

Posted 1/17/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a set of pipes to drain the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam to a few feet above the bottom in order to relieve pressure on the levee, which started to show early signs of breaching Tuesday morning and prompted a warning and 24-hour monitoring from county leaders.


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