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Kelly's lawyer: 'Chad didn't start' the fight

clarionledger.com — OXFORD -- A lawyer for Ole Miss commit Chad Kelly says a publicly-available video shows that Kelly was not as fault for what happened outside a Buffalo bar early Sunday morning. The 35-second video was published on Deadspin.com Monday morning, and shows Kelly talking with a pair of bouncers before being shoved.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @ZackCreglow: The latest. RT @HKellenbergerCL: Kelly's atty says he didn't start fight, wants to move on 'so he can play football.' bit.ly/1JKjYpt

Dec 22, 2014

The latest. RT @HKellenbergerCL: Kelly's atty says he didn't start fight, wants to move on 'so he can play football.' bit.ly/1JKjYpt

Dec 22, 2014

Chad Kelly's lawyer says Kelly didn't start the fight, wants to put this behind him 'so he can play football.' clarionledger.com/story/olemisss…

Meadville mayor to run for state Senate

clarionledger.com — First-term Meadville Mayor Lane Reed has announced he will seek the state Senate District 37 seat currently held by Melanie Sojourner. First-term Meadville Mayor Lane Reed has announced he will seek the state Senate District 37 seat currently held by Melanie Sojourner.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @DanielStrauss4: Chris McDaniel's campaign manager now has a primary challenger (you read that right) clarionledger.com/story/news/pol…

Dec 22, 2014

Chris McDaniel's campaign manager now has a primary challenger (you read that right) clarionledger.com/story/news/pol…

Deadspin releases Chad Kelly fight video

clarionledger.com — OXFORD -- There is video of the Chad Kelly fight at a Buffalo bar early Sunday morning. Deadspin.com released the video Monday. It's 24 seconds long, and includes Kelly scuffling with a pair of bouncers before being pulled back and taken across the street. You cannot hear Kelly telling the bouncers, "I'm going to go ...
Dec 22, 2014

RT @ZackCreglow: Early January decision on recruit Kelly's fate at Ole Miss? Latest from @HKellenbergerCL on fallout of QB's arrest. clarionledger.com/story/olemisss…

Dec 22, 2014

Early January decision on recruit Kelly's fate at Ole Miss? Latest from @HKellenbergerCL on fallout of QB's arrest. clarionledger.com/story/olemisss…

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Smith leads the way in easy Ole Miss win against SEMO

clarionledger.com — SOUTHAVEN -- In a lot of ways Ole Miss looked like the team coach Andy Kennedy thought he had in the preseason. The Rebels were down a player, and a key one at that, but the sum of the parts was still way too much for Southeast Missouri (5-7) to handle.
Dec 22, 2014

Terence Smith led the way for a Jarvis Summers-less Ole Miss team, which is starting to find its stride. clarionledger.com/story/olemisss…

Weber: The promise of prison education

clarionledger.com — In the dozen years that I have been teaching, two moments stand out as the most gripping experiences I have had in my classes. With a group of freshmen sitting by the Honors College fountain at the University of Mississippi, we once talked about philosopher John Lachs's book, In Love with Life.

Ole Miss QB recruit arrested

clarionledger.com — Ole Miss recruit Chad Kelly was arrested early Sunday after police said he fought with bouncers, threatened to shoot up patrons and, later, swung at officers, according to a report Sunday night in The Buffalo News. The quarterback signed with the Rebels out of East Mississippi on Wednesday.
Dec 21, 2014

Freeze looking into situation, and what arrest could mean for Chad Kelly at Ole Miss. on.thec-l.com/1zTpsd2 pic.twitter.com/MZe2QUXkRY

Dec 21, 2014

If you just got on Twitter and are wondering why everyone is talking about Chad Kelly, this is why. clarionledger.com/story/sports/c…

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See the scene of the Holmes Co. wreck that killed four men

Dec 22, 2014

See the scene of the Holmes Co. wreck that killed four men on.thec-l.com/16KyfDl via @clarionledger

19-year-old Army private saves man from submerged car

clarionledger.com — Johnny Taylor had no idea he would have the opportunity to put the skills he learned in Army training when he came home from training for the holidays, but on Monday he found himself submerged in a small pond, desperately trying to help a man trapped inside his vehicle.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @KRRoyals: I love writing these hero stories, especially at Christmas time. And this guy, who saved a man having a diabetic... fb.me/6ZqfyD5WB

Website not designed to track no-bid contracts

clarionledger.com — The scope and scale of the state's multibillion-dollar business with preferred vendors remains shrouded in darkness despite a 2008 law demanding transparency in government spending. Mississippi agencies awarded nearly $6.5 billion in no-bid contracts to at least 1,807 individuals and businesses in the past four years alone, according to a Clarion-Ledger investigation.
Dec 22, 2014

Transparency website that allows taxpayers to see how money is spent isn't designed to track no-bid contracts. clarionledger.com/story/news/201…

Dec 22, 2014

Here's Day 2 of @GeoffPender and @emily_lecoz's coverage of no-bid contracts in Mississippi. Great stuff here. clarionledger.com/story/news/201…

Karen Irby's house arrest to end next month

clarionledger.com — One-time Jackson socialite Karen Irby will be free from house arrest next month. One-time Jackson socialite Karen Irby will be free from house arrest next month. Irby was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2010 for causing the crash a year earlier that killed Dr. Lisa Dedousis and her fiance, Dr. Mark Pogue.

MHP announces Holiday Enforcement Period

clarionledger.com — Holiday checkpoints will begin Tuesday at 6 p.m. and run through Thursday at midnight. Mississippi Highway Patrol has announced the timing for its 2014 holiday enforcement period. According to a release from Lt. Johnny Poulos, the Holiday checkpoints will begin Tuesday at 6 p.m. and run through Thursday at midnight.

Jogger finds body in Brandon

clarionledger.com — A jogger on Monday morning discovered human remains while running along Eastgate Drive in Brandon. Brandon police and fire departments responded around 8:50 Monday morning, where they found the remains of a 50-year-old, white male lying in the ditch between Pavilion Drive and Garden Drive.

Survivor of wreck that killed four critical today

clarionledger.com — On Sunday he was listed in fair condition. As of 10:30 a.m. Monday, he was in critical condition. The man who was the only survivor of a wreck that claimed the lives of four Holmes County men is now in critical condition at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, officials said.
Dec 22, 2014

VIDEO: Survivor of wreck that killed four still fights for his life. fb.me/3vqRlavNf

Dec 22, 2014

Survivor of wreck that killed four critical today fb.me/2TMYqB0HB

Kevin Hart to play Jackson in January

clarionledger.com — Actor/comedian Kevin Hart is set to perform in Jackson Jan. 25 in a recently announced concert that's already two-thirds sold. Hart will play Thalia Mara Hall at 7 p.m. Jan. 25. Tickets, $56.50 before fees, are on sale through www.ticketmaster.com and the Mississippi Coliseum box office.

Look for severe weather leading up to Christmas

clarionledger.com — Mississippians may be looking at some rough weather going into Christmas, but it should clear up by Christmas Eve, officials said. Mississippians may be looking at some rough weather going into Christmas, but it should clear up by Christmas Eve, officials said.
Dec 22, 2014

Mississippi: Look for severe weather leading up to Christmas on.thec-l.com/16JbD62 via @clarionledger

State contracts: Where should Miss. look for reform?

clarionledger.com — The governor, lawmakers and a task force are vowing to reform Mississippi's purchasing and contracting after a bribery-kickback scandal in the state's prisons system. So what's next? Past legislation aimed at reform - which was killed - is being revived and has a much better chance at passage.

State awards billions in no-bid contracts

clarionledger.com — State government spends billions of taxpayers' dollars - nearly $6.5 billion in the last four years - through "no-bid" contracts, with little oversight or transparency. It's a system ripe for overspending, malfeasance and cronyism.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @JMitchellNews: Since 2010, $6.5B of your Mississippi tax $ has gone to no-bid contracts w/ little oversight. clarionledger.com/story/news/201… pic.twitter.com/xTqET4cIaL

Dec 21, 2014

Since 2010, $6.5B of your Mississippi tax $ has gone to no-bid contracts w/ little oversight. clarionledger.com/story/news/201… pic.twitter.com/xTqET4cIaL

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Lobbyists gain no-bid contracts

clarionledger.com — State agencies have recently signed nearly $213,000 in no-bid contracts for lobbying services: Medicaid awarded two contracts totaling $144,000 to its registered lobbyist, Suzanne Smith Sharpe, for a variety of tasks including legislative support; The Board of Nursing inked a $48,900, contract with lobbyist Trey Bobinger to represent its legislative interests and provide consulting services; And the Banking and Consumer Finance Department signed a $20,000 contract with attorney Stephen Schelver to be its legislative adviser and liaison, as well as draft legislation and participate in Senate and House hearings.

Wreck in Holmes County claims four lives

Dec 21, 2014

Photo gallery: Wreck in Holmes County claims four lives on.thec-l.com/16HgOn6 via @clarionledger