Bomb threats cause MVSU games to be relocated

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Posted: Jan 18, 2014 2:42 PM
Source: Associated Press

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ITTA BENA, Ms. - Two bomb threats at Mississippi Valley State University last week have prompted school officials to close the campus until Tuesday, evacuating students and moving Saturday's men's and women's basketball games against Alcorn State to Lorman, Miss.

Monday's men's and women's games between MVSU and Southern have been postponed.

A news release at the MVSU website indicated no explosive devices or materials were found after law enforcement searches of campus buildings and the Leflore Civic Center on Friday, and that campus would reopen Tuesday after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday.

Officials at the Leflore County sheriff's office did not have any more information early Saturday afternoon. Local media reported bomb-sniffing dogs were searching all 20 buildings on campus. Local, state and FBI investigators have responded.

A letter outlining the bomb threats was received by university officials last week and the campus was evacuated by mid-day Thursday.

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