Yue "Stella" Yu has joined The Dispatch newsroom staff as its local government reporter for Columbus and 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.
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.
Walter Bell Road, just northeast of the Oktibbeha County Lake, hasn't been there as long as some of its residents have.
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.
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.
A frozen food manufacturer plans to invest $27.3 million in a project to increase capacity at its facility in north Mississippi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Mississippi legislators are pushing ahead with a plan to pay the full cost for this year's teacher pay raise.
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.
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.
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.
1. Update: Pumps delivered to Oktibbeha County Lake Dam; installation to begin Friday night STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
2. Pumps reducing water level at Oktibbeha Lake STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
3. 'One big old family': Neighborhood near Oktibbeha County Lake has long history of unity, fellowship STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
4. Anti-bullying program helps link Caledonia fourth-graders in atmosphere of kindness COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY