Poke Salad Revue — Issue #19

It’s wild. It’s Southern…and it grows anywhere there’s sun! Stay tuned each week for new episodes with Shawn and Kelly and the Poke Salad Podcast at www.pokesaladpodcast.com.


Night Lights… Happy Monday!

Mississippi

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Crawfish season kicks off in full swing — www.wlox.com

It’s the time of the year for mudbugs. And people aren’t wasting time getting their hands on the swamp treat.

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Bill would allow for breweries to sell onsite to buyers — newsms.fm 
 The craft beer industry in Mississippi has grown over the past ten years. There are now nine breweries in the state, where in 2004, there were none.

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MSU grads have that Oscar ‘Glo’ — www.cdispatch.com

Hagan Walker and Kaylie Mitchell are about three-quarters of the way to Hollywood. The pair of entrepreneurs, both recent Mississippi State graduates, have been invited to show off their product, “Glo,” — a lighted cube added to drinks — at a celebrity gift event before the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 25.

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Mississippi Choctaws approve plan for casino near Carthage — www.breezynews.com 
 The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians says it will open a casino on the reservation’s Red Water community, on the northern edge of Carthage in Leake County.

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Extra hotel floor subject of upcoming public hearing — onlinemadison.com

Developers for a group of three new hotels will present their case to go one floor above the city’s height limit at a public hearing set for a second meeting of the city board in February.

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Canton annexation proposal takes in car dealerships in Gluckstadt — onlinemadison.com

Inching closer toward the explosive growth around Gluckstadt, the Canton Board of Aldermen is once again moving forward with an annexation proposal.

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Mississippi Mass Choir To Be Bestowed The Stellar Honors Hall Of Fame — blackgospel.com 
 The Stellar Awards Executive Committee has unanimously agreed to bestow upon the Mississippi Mass Choir the “Stellar Honor Hall of Fame.

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Miss. sees lowest unemployment in more than a decade — starkvilledailynews.com 
 Mississippi continues to see sustained job growth, with recent data showing that unemployment has hit its lowest mark in 12 years for the Magnolia State.

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BILL CRAWFORD: Legislators should take hard look at admissions — djournal.com

USM cut out-of-state tuition by 40 percent “to reverse a 2,000-student enrollment dip by pricing a USM education below some public universities in nearby states,” reported the Clarion-Ledger.

The South

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Louisiana teen desperately looking for bone marrow donor — www.wwltv.com 
 A teacher’s work is never done — and this local lady is living proof.

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New Orleans doesn’t need a new stadium, but it needs to start planning another Superdome renovation — www.nola.com 
 State, Saints officials need to start planning next phase of Superdome renovations

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The 10 Best Restaurants in Texas — www.texasmonthly.com 
 Check out our roundup of last year’s best new restaurants, where you can sink your teeth into everything from jellyfish salad to the world’s finest beefsteak.

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13 of Julia Sugarbaker’s Best Takedowns on Designing Women — www.southernliving.com 
 Julia Sugarbaker was a refined Southern woman — intellectual, whip smart, feminine, and downright fearsome. On Designing Women, she was known for her blistering tirades on topics ranging from the first amendment to chauvinistic behavior to the real reason the lights went out in Georgia one night. She paired her pearls with a razor-sharp tongue and fiery wit that sent many of her targets scampering for safety.

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‘You Look Like Them And Sound Like Us’: Charley Pride’s Long Journey In Country Music — www.npr.org 
 Pride will receive a lifetime achievement award at the 2017 Grammys. His rise from a Mississippi sharecropping family to Nashville superstardom has included a lot of firsts.

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Renald Moore’s journey from a prison cell to becoming Texas Southern’s valedictorian — theundefeated.com 
 Academics and acting got Renald Moore through 20 years of incarceration and onto a better path

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New Orleans Saints players share their winning Super Bowl recipes — www.nola.com 
 Thomas Morstead’s mom’s winning brownies, Zach Strief’s arancini and Tim Hightower’s bison meatballs for your Super Bowl party.

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Saints hire former 49ers head coach Mike Nolan to coach linebackers — www.nola.com

Mike Nolan, who was most recently the linebackers coach for the San Diego Chargers in 2015, is joining the Saints to work with linebackers.

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Saints’ job hunt grows after losing WR coach John Morton — www.espn.com 
 Receivers coach is another job that Saints will look to fill now that John Morton was hired as the Jets’ new offensive coordinator.

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Apps Make Pestering Congress So Easy That It Can’t Keep Up — www.wired.com 
 How are Americans expressing their anger and anxiety over the Trump administration? Email. Lots of email.

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A Sip Of History: The Hidden Wine Cellars Under The Brooklyn Bridge — www.npr.org 
 The cool, dark caverns were a perfect place to store even the most delicate wines — and the income they generated helped offset construction costs of the massive 19th-century engineering project.

NASA’s twin study throws up an early genetic curveball

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 ​​Scientists have begun poring over the data from NASA’s twin-study, which looks at the genetic differences between Scott Kelly who lived aboard the ISS for a year, and his identical twin Mark, who didn’t. It is still very early days, but the results are already throwing up some surprises.

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D.C.’s Franklin School Will Be a “Museum of Linguistics” — www.citylab.com 
 Can “Planet Word” — an interactive museum of language — bring new life to a long-vacant historic D.C. building?

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Japanese arcade pioneer and ‘Father of Pac-Man’ has died — www.wbrc.com 
 Masaya Nakamura, the “Father of Pac-Man” who founded the Japanese video game company behind the hit creature-gobbling game, has died. He was 91.

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