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Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

Posted 5/25/2018 in National

A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.



Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson a century later

Posted 5/25/2018 in National

President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially charged conviction.



Feds: Uber self-driving SUV saw pedestrian, did not brake

Posted 5/25/2018 in National

The autonomous Uber SUV that struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, but did not stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled, according to federal investigators.



Harvey Weinstein arrives to surrender in sex assault probe

Posted 5/25/2018 in National

Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to police Friday morning to face the first criminal charges to be filed against him after months of sexual abuse allegations from scores of women that destroyed his career and set off a national reckoning known as the #MeToo movement.



Plaque shows landmark status for civil rights leaders' home

Posted 5/25/2018 in State

The National Park Service has unveiled a bronze plaque showing that the Mississippi home of civil rights leaders Medgar and Myrlie Evers is a national historic landmark.


Two pilots involved in T-38 crash released from hospital Wednesday

Posted 5/24/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus Air Force Base pilots who ejected from a T-38C Talon II before it crashed outside the base Wednesday morning were released from Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, CAFB spokespeople confirmed Wednesday.

Ex-Columbus-Lowndes Airport manager arrested for embezzlement

Posted 5/24/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former manager of the Columbus-Lowndes Airport has been arrested by the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor for embezzlement.

Three finalists announced for CMSD superintendent spot

Posted 5/24/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Joe Cook Elementary principal is among the three finalists for Columbus Municipal School District superintendent, board of trustees President Jason Spears confirmed to The Dispatch on Wednesday.

Local legislators jeer this year's session as unproductive

Posted 5/24/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Wednesday's legislative forum at Lion Hills focused on a handful of much-discussed statewide issues -- and one local one.

CMSD board upholds Hickman termination

Posted 5/24/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District's board on Wednesday unanimously upheld the termination of former superintendent Philip Hickman.

Citizens, Pecan Acres residents grill Housing Authority head at forum

Posted 5/24/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For nearly two hours, citizens grilled Starkville Housing Authority board chair Loren "Bo" Bell about a proposed development that would resettle Pecan Acres residents from Highway 12 to a new location on Highway 182.

Sturgis firefighters move 40K gallons of water in 50 minutes

Posted 5/24/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It took less than an hour for Oktibbeha County volunteer firefighters to move 40,000 gallons of water during a Wednesday morning water shuttle exercise near Sturgis.

Lowndes man indicted for touching a child for lustful purposes

Posted 5/24/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County man has been indicted for child molestation.


Building permits 5-24-18

Posted 5/24/2018 in Business



Trump administration explores tariffs on autos, auto parts

Posted 5/24/2018 in National

The Trump administration launched an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the imports of automobiles into the United States, moving swiftly as talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled.



Judge: President can't block critics on Twitter

Posted 5/24/2018 in National

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump is violating the First Amendment when he blocks critics on Twitter because of their political views.



Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum

Posted 5/24/2018 in State

Some of the boxes stacked inside anthropologist Molly Zuckerman's laboratory contain full bones -- a skull, a jaw, or a leg. Others contain only plastic bags of bone fragments that Zuckerman describes as "grit."



Texas shooting survivors seek purpose in shadow of Parkland

Posted 5/24/2018 in National

She had seen the memorials on television, the familiar white crosses erected after each massacre, and now there were 10 of them lined up on her high school's lawn.



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