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Board investigates plane crash that killed 18-year-old pilot

The National Transportation Safety Board is checking maintenance records and gathering other information about a single-engine airplane that crashed in northern Mississippi and killed the 18-year-old pilot. Investigator Ed Malinowski says Monday the board’s final report could take months. The Cessna 172 belonged to the Mississippi Civil Air Patrol, and student pilot Lake Little of Starkville was a cadet master ...

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18-year-old pilot dies after plane crashes in Mississippi

An 18-year-old pilot of a single-engine plane died after crashing on a golf course while practicing takeoffs and landings at a small airport owned by the University of Mississippi. University spokesman Rod Guajardo said Sunday that Lake Little of Starkville died late Saturday of injuries from the crash that happened hours earlier on the Ole Miss Golf Course near the ...

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Mississippi school district could shorten summer break

A second Mississippi school district is considering a shorter summer break with longer breaks during the school year. The Oxford school district is considering the change as part of its designation by the state as a district of innovation. The Oxford Eagle reports that the district proposes a shift to a different calendar in the 2022-23 school year. Superintendent Brian ...

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Constance Slaughter-Harvey reflects on storied law career

By ANNA GIBBS / Oxford Eagle Constance Slaughter-Harvey lives by one rule: To whom much is given, much is required. As the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Mississippi School of Law, Slaughter-Harvey has done just that. She began practicing law upon completion of classes in January 1970, throwing herself full-force into the courtroom. She was so ...

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Listening session this week in search for Ole Miss leader

Two listening sessions are set for the search for a new University of Mississippi leader, with the first coming Thursday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and the second on Sept. 5 on the Oxford campus. A 39-member search advisory committee of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members met Friday in Oxford, The Oxford Eagle reported . The ...

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Mississippi city to install additional parking meters

A north Mississippi city will buy 118 new parking meters as it continues to try to manage parking demand in its downtown. The Oxford Eagle reports aldermen have approved the purchase, with meters to be installed after Oxford’s new parking garage opens this fall. The new meters will be slightly farther from courthouse square than current ones. They will cost ...

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Trustees start search for new University of Mississippi head

The search is on for a new leader of the University of Mississippi. College Board President Hal Parker on Thursday appointed fellow trustee Ford Dye of Oxford to lead the effort. Dye said he wanted all trustees to serve as members of the search committee Dye in turn, is choosing a group of faculty, staff, students and alumni to act ...

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Ole Miss professor slammed on tweet gets tenure after debate

Trustees of Mississippi’s eight public universities are granting tenure to a University of Mississippi sociology professor who was criticized for encouraging “acts of aggression” against Republican politicians. Trustees voted Thursday after earlier removing Professor James Michael Thomas’ name from a list of 76 routine approvals of tenure and discussing his case individually in a two-hour closed session. Thomas was critical ...

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Oxford chef wins James Beard award

By MBJ STAFF Vishwesh Bhatt, chef at Oxford’s Snackbar restaurant, has been named best chef in the South in the James Beard Awards competition. Bhatt, a five-time semifinalist in the competition, was chosen best in the region that includes Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Florida and Louisiana. Awards were also given for best chef in the Southeast and the Southwest. According to ...

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Ex-lawyer rode on plane before it crashed in Mississippi

A high-profile former lawyer says he was a passenger on a twin-engine jet hours before it crashed in northern Mississippi, killing three people. Richard “Dickie” Scruggs told the Clarion Ledger in a story published Monday that he and his family flew aboard the plane Saturday from Colorado back to their home in Oxford, Mississippi. Pilot Tommy Nix, his wife Merline ...

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