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CL NOW: A Walmart cashier's kindness, McDaniel 'at piece', Ole Miss to win, MSU bowling

Last updated: 06-06-2019

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CL NOW: A Walmart cashier's kindness, McDaniel 'at piece', Ole Miss to win, MSU bowling

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 14, and this is your CL NOW! newsletter — and, yeah, I screwed up. This is the second newsletter you're getting today. I accidentally sent out yesterday's again today. My apologies for that!

It’s been football season for a while, but the cooler weather has just now made it feel like. So it’s appropriate that two of our bigger stories today look at where Mississippi State may go bowling and how Ole Miss looks to stack up against Texas A&M.

Before we get to those two stories, here are some other things worth your time online today:

The kindness of a Walmart cashier in Clarksdale has become a national inspiration. Her patience and kindness were shared on Facebook by another customer who witnessed the cashier helping an older gentleman who became flustered and embarrassed while paying for his groceries. Therese Apel has the heartwarming story.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel says he is “at peace” with the decision over his political future. He says he has decided whether he will challenge U.S. Roger Wicker in next year’s Republican primary or run for lieutenant governor in 2019. Political editor Geoff Pender has all the details.

Undoubtedly a confession on video isn’t enough for the Lincoln County district attorney to seek an indictment of a suspected killer. Despite shooting spree suspect Cory Godbolt telling Clarion Ledger reporter Therese Apel on video that he shot and killed Lincoln County Deputy William Durr six months ago, District Attorney Dee Bates says he wants all evidence in hand before seeking an indictment. Godbolt is accused of killing seven other people besides Durr, including an 11-year-old boy.

Solar energy is booming in Trump country across the South. If you missed our Perspectives piece from Sunday, it’s well worth the read. Lyndsey Gilpin with InsideClimate News looks at the growth in the solar industry in Mississippi and other southern states. It’s a years-long effort that is starting to see more payoffs.

Mississippi State had a heartbreaking loss to Alabama this weekend, but they are still enjoying a better season than expected. They have a shot at finishing 9–3, with a road stop in Arkansas and the Egg Bowl at home — both games the Bulldogs are picked to win. MSU beat writer Will Sammon looks at bowl predictions and says State’s future is sunny if they keep on the course set before them.

Ole Miss, on the other hand, has struggled this season. They are 5–5 overall with a 2–4 record in SEC play. They are about to play host to a Texas A&M team that has struggled some, too, and boast only a slightly better record (6–4, 3–3 SEC). Nevertheless, the Rebels are currently a three-point favorite to win. Beat writer Antonio Morales breaks down the reasons Ole Miss may be able to steal a late-season game that earlier this season looked to be a tough task.

I’m colorblind. As afflictions go, about the worst part is having to answer, “What color is this?” repeatedly when someone new learns I can’t see certain colors. However, I was a little intrigued when Features Editor Katie Eubanks said she received colorblind correction glasses in the mail for review. I tried them out yesterday. Dustin Barnes and Therese Apel shot some video. We’ll have a fun piece out later this week to show you how effective they are.

What I can tell you right now, however, is that the glasses are not at all stylish.

Also coming up later today:

I hope to see some of you tonight at Mississippi Storytellers! It’s going to be great fun. Either way, have a great rest of the day!

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