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FBI investigating threat made against the Grove — OXFORD -- The FBI is investigating an anonymous threat made this week towards the center of Ole Miss' campus. An anonymous letter, received by Ole Miss late Tuesday, threatened damages to the trees and shrubs in the Grove. "What's going to happen to y'all on the field Saturday Aint nothing compared to what's going to happen on your beautiful campus.
Nov 26, 2014

Ross Bjork and Scott Stricklin released a joint statement asking Egg Bowl fans to be respectful of each other.…

Nov 26, 2014

"This is not the first time a tree has been threatened as part of an SEC West rivalry": #waronshrubs #wtf…

Nov 26, 2014

Not cool RT @HKellenbergerCL: Actual headline I just wrote: The FBI investigating threat made against the Grove.…

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Medical pioneer Dr. Aaron Shirley has died — Dr. Aaron Shirley has died. Dr. Aaron Shirley, who broke a racial barrier at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1965 and founded the Jackson Medical Mall, has died. Shirley, medical pioneer and civil rights icon, died of natural causes today at a Jackson hospital. He was 81.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @samrhall: Sad news. Medical pioneer Dr. Aaron Shirley has died. He leaves a tremendous legacy.…

Nov 27, 2014

Sad news. Medical pioneer Dr. Aaron Shirley has died. He leaves a tremendous legacy.…

Nov 27, 2014

Dr. Aaron Shirley was an amazing pioneering physician in MS. He will be sorely missed.…

Nov 27, 2014

RT @JeffGoodBRAVO: If you didn't know Dr. Shirley's story, please take a moment and read this.

The Weeks back home in Mississippi — You can take the Weeks out of Mississippi, but you can't take the Mississippi out of the Weeks. While the band technically relocated from the Jackson area to Nashville in 2011, it's become a place to recharge between shows in recent years. The band's Twitter bio succinctly describes them as "MISSISSIPPI LONG HAIRS always on tour."
Nov 27, 2014

I'm loving @JacoboLaSombra new music column because I enjoy reading people who are passionate about what they write.…

Panthers already here in Mississippi? — The Clarion-Ledger's Sunday story about mountain lions moving closer to Mississippi drew a strong reaction from readers on social media. The majority felt this cat was long out of the bag and has already returned to the state. Albert K. Stowers commented: "They have been around for years.
Nov 27, 2014

Panthers already here in Mississippi? Readers share stories after mountain lion story.…

Can Southern Democrats recover lost ground? — ATLANTA - To rebuild in the conservative South, Democratic leaders say their party must become more aggressive advocates for the middle class in an effort to energize African-Americans and attract whites. After the Republicans' success in the midterm elections, many say the Democratic Party should openly embrace government as a tool for lifting people out of economic hardship.

Mississippi will sorely miss Dr. Aaron Shirley — Sad to hear the news that Dr. Aaron Shirley, Mississippi's pioneering physician, died. He is among the more fascinating people I've interviewed in my career as a reporter. His latest project involved utilizing community health advocates to help ensure Mississippians receive the low-cost, preventive health care they desperately needed.

Shackelford overcame multiple knee injuries, earned two degrees at Ole Miss — Ole Miss linebacker Deterrian Shackelford will walk into Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday for the last time as a player. He'll touch the bust of Chucky Mullins, the man whose No. 38 jersey Shackelford has won for an unprecedented second time. He'll stand with his family near the 50-yard line and hear the crowd roar when his name is introduced.
Nov 27, 2014

Deterrian Shackelford will finish his long Ole Miss career on a high note on Saturday.…

Judge overturns Mississippi same-sex marriage ban — A federal judge has overturned Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage, but he is putting his order on hold for two weeks so the state can appeal. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday. State attorneys have already said they will ask the 5th U.S.
Nov 25, 2014

Let's not forget that Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage was just overturned. #NotTheLast… via @emily_lecoz

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Local couple gives $100K to Stewpot — A local couple who wishes to remain anonymous donated $100,000 on Tuesday to Stewpot Community Services. The money is to be used specifically for the Matt Devenney emergency shelter in Jackson. Because of the donation, the shelter will be able to stay open for another year, Executive Director Frank Spencer said.

Dak Prescott ready 'to take care of business' in Oxford — Dak Prescott began his week of preparation for Ole Miss with the Egg Bowl Trophy. Before discussing the rivalry, the junior placed his hand on top of the gold trophy that sat next to the podium. "This is pretty," Prescott said.
Nov 26, 2014

"I put my heart out there for the people, for my team, for the history of the game." Dak Prescott on the Egg Bowl

Last year's Egg Bowl win gave Mississippi State a major boost — Clichés fill coach's press conferences every week emphasizing the now. Dan Mullen advised his team that neither the past nor the future impacts No. 4 Mississippi State's contest with Ole Miss. It's true, last season's Egg Bowl has no bearing on the outcome this Saturday. But it certainly mattered for the 2014 season.
Nov 27, 2014

Momentum for Mississippi State's playoff push this season began at last year's Egg Bowl

Ole Miss eyes ways to slow MSU’s Prescott — Ole Miss is aware that there is more to Mississippi State than quarterback Dak Prescott. But in talking about No. 4 Mississippi State (10-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conferee) in advance to the Egg Bowl, it begins with the potential Heisman Trophy finalist taking the snaps. "They're a very good football team," Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said.
Nov 26, 2014

Ole Miss knows the key to beating MSU is stopping Dak Prescott. Here's how they might try to do it.

Nov 26, 2014

Ole Miss knows how special Dak Prescott is, but will have to find a way to stop him.…

Ex-Miss. gov. Ray Mabus contender for defense secretary — WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and former Mississippi governor is reportedly a candidate for the next secretary of defense, The Wall Street Journal reported. Chuck Hagel announced his resignation Monday. Hagel agreed to remain in office until his successor is confirmed by the Senate, the official said.

Ole Miss' Dave Wommack among nominees for Broyles Award — OXFORD -- Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack is among the nominees for this year's Broyles Award. Wommack is the architect of the defense for No. 18 Ole Miss (8-3, 4-3 SEC), and he's been praised in many circles for the job he's done this season. Ole Miss' defense is No.
Nov 26, 2014

Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack is among the nominees for the Broyles Award.…

Tunica casino worker missing — Authorities are searching an area near casinos in Tunica County for a missing employee. WMC-TV reported that Angie Still went missing overnight. Family members say Still has a medical condition. Surveillance video captured Still walking around the RV park between 1 and 2 a.m. Wednesday.

California woman arrested in Rankin for money laundering — A traffic stop turned up more than $375,000 Tuesday. Rankin County officials have arrested a woman for money laundering after a traffic stop turned up more than $375,000 Tuesday. Sheriff Bryan Bailey said in a release Wednesday that Alexandra Arreola, 26, of San Jose, Calif., was pulled over on a traffic violation by a drug interdiction task force deputy.
Nov 26, 2014

California woman arrested in Rankin for money laundering via @clarionledger

Dan Mullen: Quick start in Egg Bowl key for Mississippi State — Mississippi State scored a touchdown on its first possession of the game in five of its first seven games. The Bulldogs have started much slower in their last four, with one opening-drive touchdown. MSU scored on its first possession against Vanderbilt last week. Dan Mullen wants to continue that in the Egg Bowl.
Nov 26, 2014

Dan Mullen said quick start is key Sat. The numbers back it up. MSU a different team when it scores on opening drive

Resignations unrelated to Epps scandal, warden says — The abrupt contract cancellations by private prison consultant Irb Benjamin to run two facilities housing state inmates amid the fallout of a statewide corrections scandal has raised questions about the longtime lobbyist's role, if any, in the alleged corruption. But Benjamin, who has deep ties to embattled former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Epps, said it's completely unrelated.

Family leaving Jackson to protect bullied child — Fred Mackabee is moving his family to Brookhaven he says to protect his son from bullying at a Jackson school, WJTV reported. Travien Mackabee was allegedly bullied on a Jackson Public Schools school bus in October.