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Bills, Ole Miss lineman "Gentle Ben" Williams, 65, dies

May. 18, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Robert Jerry “Ben” Williams Jr., former Buffalo Bills defensive end and the first African- American player to appear in a game at Mississippi, has died. He was 65. Ole Miss announced in a release that Williams died Monday from natural causes at a Jackson, Mississippi,...

FILE - In this April 26, 2014 file photo, Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of the murdered Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers, receives the 2014 Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters Pioneers of Television award from retired Jackson, Miss., bureau Associated Press news editor Ron Harrist in Jackson, Miss.  Harrist has died at the age of 77 of complications from leukemia. The Mississippi journalist had a four-decade career with the AP, covering Elvis Presley, black separatists, white supremacists and college football legends over the years. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

AP reporter and editor Ron Harrist dies in Mississippi

May. 9, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

Ron Harrist, who covered Elvis Presley, black separatists, white supremacists and college football legends during his 41 years as a reporter and editor in Mississippi for The Associated Press, died of complications from leukemia at his home in Brandon early Saturday, his son Andy Harrist said. He was 77....

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2018, file photo, former NFL quarterback Brett Favre speaks with reporters in Jackson, Miss., about his support for Willowood Developmental Center, a facility that provides training and assistance for special needs students, The Mississippi state auditor said Wednesday, May 6, 2020, that Favre is repaying $1.1 million he received for multiple speaking engagements where auditor’s staffers said Favre did not show up. An audit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, released May 4, said a nonprofit group used welfare money to pay Favre for $500,000 in December 2017 and $600,000 in June 2018. Favre is not charged with any wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Favre repaying $1.1 M for no-show speeches, auditor says

May. 6, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre is repaying $1.1 million in welfare money that he received for multiple speeches where he did not show up, the Mississippi state auditor said Wednesday. Auditor Shad White said his office received $500,000 from Favre on Wednesday, plus a commitment...

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2019, file photo, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) celebrates a 61-yard touchdown play as he walks off the field with offensive guard Marshal Yanda (73) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y. In their quest to keep quarterback Lamar Jackson upright and running, the Baltimore Ravens have put a priority on fortifying their offensive line following the retirement of eight-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda. (AP Photo/John Munson, File)

Ravens revamped O-Line must protect and serve Lamar Jackson

May. 5, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — In their quest to keep quarterback Lamar Jackson upright and running, the Baltimore Ravens have put a priority on fortifying their offensive line following the retirement of eight-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda. It's unlikely that anyone will step in at right guard with the...

In a photo provided by Belhaven University, aspiring author Imani Skipwith poses for a photo on the Belhaven campus in Jackson, Miss., April 20, 2020. Skipwith is the first recipient of the Angie Thomas Scholarship, which Belhaven created to honor the author of bestselling young-adult novels. Thomas is a 2011 Belhaven graduate who wrote “The Hate U Give” and “On the Come Up,” and she is working on her third novel. Skipwith is graduating from the Mississippi School of the Arts, and she submitted samples of her writing to apply for the scholarship at Belhaven. (David Sprayberry/Belhaven University via AP)

Teen receives scholarship honoring 'The Hate U Give' author

Apr. 29, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi teenager with a talent for writing is receiving a full-ride college scholarship named for the author of “The Hate U Give.” Belhaven University is awarding its first Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship to Imani Skipwith of Jackson, the university announced...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 1970, file photo, Gene UpShaw poses when he was playing left guard for the Oakland Raiders. Al Davis found one of the key building blocks for the Raiders at overlooked Texas A&I University when he drafted Upshaw 17th overall in 1967. Upshaw became a stalwart at left guard on Oakland's overpowering line, helping the franchise win two Super Bowl titles on the way to the Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/File)

Raiders' draft history ranges from Upshaw to Russell

Apr. 21, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

BEST FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICK: Gene Upshaw. Al Davis found one of the key building blocks for the Raiders at overlooked Texas A&I University when he drafted Upshaw 17th overall in 1967. Upshaw became a stalwart at left guard on Oakland’s overpowering line, helping the franchise win two Super Bowl titles...

Storms rake Deep South, 1 week after deadly tornado outbreak

Apr. 20, 2020 12:53 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms pounded parts of the Deep South with hail, high winds and drenching rains on Sunday as forecasters warned residents to brace for possible overnight tornadoes and flooding across a region reeling from a deadly twister outbreak one week ago. Tornado watches ranged...

This image provided by Alliance Defending Freedom shows the sign for parking lot church services outside of Temple Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss., on April 9, 2020. The Justice Department has weighed in on a local Mississippi case involving a church that says its religious freedoms were violated. Temple Baptist in Greenville has been holding drive-in services for congregants during the coronavirus outbreak.  (Alliance Defending Freedom via AP)

Mayor: Drive-in church, with windows up, OK during pandemic

Apr. 15, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Facing two freedom-of-religion lawsuits and pushback from the U.S. attorney general, a Mississippi mayor said Wednesday that people may attend drive-in church services during the coronavirus pandemic but they must keep their windows up. Greenville Mayor Errick D. Simmons also said...

A home had its roof torn off after a tornado ripped through Monroe, La. just before noon on Sunday, April 12, 2020 causing damage to a neighborhood and the regional airport. (Nicolas Galindo/The News-Star via AP)

Easter storms sweep South, killing at least 6 in Mississippi

Apr. 13, 2020 2:51 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Strong storms pounded the Deep South on Sunday, killing at least six people in south Mississippi and damaging up to 300 homes and other buildings in northern Louisiana. Storms continued to batter the South overnight, with much of the region under flash flood, tornado and thunderstorm...

Stephanie Fatheree, right, salvages items from her house damaged from the tornado the previous night with help from a neighbor on Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Harrisburg, Ark. Fatheree said she took shelter with her mother, Angie, in the bathroom during the tornado. Severe storms with high winds, hail and possible tornadoes have caused damage to dozens of homes and businesses in parts of Indiana and Arkansas. (Quentin Winstine/The Jonesboro Sun via AP)

Easter tornado threat poses safety dilemma during pandemic

Apr. 11, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The threat of strong tornadoes and other damaging weather on Easter posed a double-edged safety dilemma for Deep South communities deciding how to protect residents during the coronavirus pandemic. An outbreak of severe thunderstorms was likely Sunday from Louisiana through the...