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Phil Bryant orders $43 million in budget cuts, including school funding

phil-bryant-40c41744f8300b41 JACKSON, Mississippi -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is making the third round of spending cuts since the budget year started in July, and the fifth round in the past 14 months. Bryant, a Republican, announced $43 million in cuts Tuesday, saying tax collections remain short Read More...

Top Trump adviser reportedly asked FBI official to dispute media story about Russia

22135594-mmmain WASHINGTON (AP) -- White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official said late Thursday. The official Read More...

Sheriff: Man found naked in tree says he was looking for dog

treeBLUE SPRINGS, Mississippi (AP) -- A Mississippi sheriff says a naked man has been rescued from a tree, where he was hanging head-down. Shawn Treadaway told a deputy Tuesday he'd climbed the tree while looking for a dog, Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said Wednesday. "He Read More...

Sports

Iconic coach legend succumbs

B10 Coach Jordan and MalikBy Tim Ward chopitupsports.com Before there was coach TJ Billups, before coach Wayne Brent, before coach Luther Riley, there was coach Orsmond Jordan Jr. Short in stature, tall in resume’. Coach Jordan coached for 38 years. Jordan is the only coach with a national championship Read More...

N.Y. Mets star Granderson stressed education at JSU COFO Fences panel discussion

1575F06B60E44DFFBA5F29AA7A1234DDBy Stephanie R. Jones Contributing Writer Curtis Granderson made it to “the show,” playing Major League Baseball. Yet the New York Mets outfielder told Jackson State University baseball players and others that his biggest accomplishment was getting a college education. “The number one thing I’m proud Read More...

District basketball games have begun

16 Briashia King takes a jumpshotBy Eddie Pells AP National Writer Tis the season to play for your basketball lives. Win or Go Home is in the air. This is what all the practices, extra workouts, film sessions and nervousness is about. Fortunately, the format has changed to the point where Read More...

Entertainment

R & B 2017 festival unveils partial roster of artists

1 logo-sponsor-2015By Jackie Hampton Publisher The 2017 Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival is set to celebrate Jackson’s culture and rich musical heritage August 18 and 19. Festival organizers released the first round of artists Wednesday at a press conference at the Jackson Convention Complex, but advised the Read More...

Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau dies at 76

460x By LINDSEY BAHR LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau, who transcended genres over a 50-year career, died at a Los Angeles hospital Sunday, just days after announcing his retirement from touring because of exhaustion, his manager Joe Gordon confirmed. His official Twitter account Read More...

At $250M, Los Angeles home most expensive listed in US

460x1 By AMANDA LEE MYERS LOS ANGELES (AP) — At $250 million, a new mega mansion in the exclusive Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles is the most expensive home listed in the United States. The passion project of developer and handbag tycoon Bruce Makowsky, the four-level, Read More...

Business

Toyota donates $750K to 2 Mississippi history museums

toyota-logoJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A car manufacturer that assembles vehicles in Mississippi is the latest corporate donor to the state's two history museums. Toyota Motor North America is giving $750,000 to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The two museums are Read More...

Mississippi economy remains behind national average

Mississippi_State_Capitol_buildingBy EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - An expert says Mississippi's economy is growing at a modest pace but continues to lag behind the national average. State economist Darrin Webb tells lawmakers Thursday that Mississippi has "struggled to gain momentum" since 2000. The state had Read More...

Little Caesars founder Mike Ilitch, owner of Detroit Tigers and Red Wings, dead at 87

Ilitch DETROIT (AP) -- Billionaire businessman Mike Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before buying the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, and won praise for keeping the professional sports teams in the city as others relocated to new suburban stadiums, has Read More...

Health

130-pound tumor removed from Mississippi man who was told he was just fat

22018282-mmmain BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- A California doctor removed a 130-pound tumor from a Mississippi man who had been told by other physicians that he was just fat. Roger Logan, 57, had the non-cancerous growth removed on Jan. 31 at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, where he will Read More...

Electrical tape-bikinis and sun for perfect tan lines in Rio

460x (3) By RENATA BRITO RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Electrical tape on private parts. Really? Welcome to the latest fashion fad in beauty-obsessed Rio de Janeiro, where some women are sun-baking in bikinis made of black tape in search of tan lines so perfect that they practically Read More...

GOP growing hesitant on Obamacare repeal without replacement plan, could extend deadline

21841452-mmmain WASHINGTON (AP) -- Growing numbers of Republicans showed discomfort Monday over obliterating President Barack Obama's health care overhaul without having a replacement to show voters. Hoping to capitalize on the jitters, Democrats staged an evening Senate talk-a-thon to condemn the GOP push. With Donald Trump Read More...

Religion

Youth Heritage Night at New Hope Baptist Church

B2 IMG_4219By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer Youth at New Hope Baptist Church contributed to the church’s Sixth Annual Back in the Day Celebration of Black History, February 16. The theme, “Youth Heritage Night: Committed to Moving Forward,” proved timely for the occasion. Historical accounts of Read More...

Mississippi Living Legends honored in Black History tributes at New Hope Church

5 IMG_4213By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer During its Sixth Annual Back in the Day Black History Month celebration, New Hope Baptist Church (5202 Watkins Drive, Jackson, MS), February 9, recognized four prominent citizens who are impacting the lives of many. Alice M. Scott became the first Read More...

New Hope Baptist Church presents Legacy Night

IMG_4141Honoring Notable African Americans By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer New Hope Baptist Church began its Sixth Annual Back in the Day Black History Month Celebration Thursday, February 2. The theme was New Hope Legacy Night. A space for racial pride was created with marches, speeches, songs Read More...

Obituaries

Iconic coach legend succumbs

B10 Coach Jordan and MalikBy Tim Ward chopitupsports.com Before there was coach TJ Billups, before coach Wayne Brent, before coach Luther Riley, there was coach Orsmond Jordan Jr. Short in stature, tall in resume’. Coach Jordan coached for 38 years. Jordan is the only coach with a national championship Read More...

Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau dies at 76

460x By LINDSEY BAHR LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau, who transcended genres over a 50-year career, died at a Los Angeles hospital Sunday, just days after announcing his retirement from touring because of exhaustion, his manager Joe Gordon confirmed. His official Twitter account Read More...

Betty Joyce Collins

2 Photo - Joyce CollinsJuly 30, 1945 - Feb. 1, 2017 “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10 On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, a loving and compassionate member of the Jackson community transitioned to be with her heavenly father. Betty Joyce Collins Read More...

Education

Jackson Public Schools suspend superintendent search

Jackson-Public-SchoolsJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson Public Schools officials have suspended its search for the next leader of the state's second largest school district. The Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to start the process again during the new school year. In the meantime, interim superintendent Freddrick Read More...

Green Elementary teacher is jps Teacher of the Year

toy_rogers_murray_mmr_4076Mississippi Link Newswire Green Elementary School was abuzz with excitement as JPS interim Superintendent Freddrick Murray led an entourage of administrators and supporters to the school to announce the District’s 2017 Teacher of the Year. Murray announced that Ashley Hewitt Rogers, a fifth-grade English language arts Read More...

D.C. sniper’s ex-wife thanks JSU social workers, recounts deadly terror of 2002

Child Welfare Conference (Charles A. Smith/University Communications)The Mississippi Link Newswire The ex-wife of 2002 D.C. sniper John Muhammad, who was executed for killing at least 10 people, thanked a spellbound packed audience of social workers during Jackson State University’s 15th Annual Mississippi Child Welfare Institute Conference “for taking the time to Read More...

Opinion

America rarely lets you forget that you’re black

1 LeonardPittsBy Leonard Pitts, Jr. lpitts@miamiherald.com So I had myself an epiphany. Actually, that’s not quite the right word. An epiphany is a moment of sudden clarity, but mine rolled in slowly, like dawn on a crystal morning. I’m not sure when it began. Maybe it was Read More...

Billionaire Bob Johnson calls for Independent Black Political Party in exclusive interview with Blac...

17 OPINION Johnson picBy Jim Clingman TriceEdneyWire.com One of the post-election highlights for me was the meeting between Donald Trump and Bob Johnson. Billionaire to billionaire, Democrat to Republican, black to white, businessman to businessman, capitalist to capitalist, meeting on a relatively even playing field to discuss some Read More...

From the desk of LeRoy G. Walker Jr.

2 Leroy.Walker_05The Mississippi Link Newswire Dear Fellow Jacksonians, This year, we will elect the next mayor of the City of Jackson. However, this election is no ordinary election. Mississippi’s Capitol City is at a critical point in its history. Our city is rapidly declining. Our infrastructure is Read More...

The Buzz

The Latest: Mom, 2 daughters, grandson slain in Mississippi

Toomsuba killings JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Latest on four people killed in the rural eastern Mississippi community of Toomsuba (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Authorities say a mother, her two adult daughters and a grandson were killed at a home in eastern Mississippi. Lauderdale County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Read More...

Sheriff: Man killed Mississippi co-worker, fled to Memphis

police tape shootingHOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a man who they say fatally shot a co-worker in northern Mississippi. Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson tells news outlets that 27-year-old Lamont Burchett and 26-year-old Deandre Jones - both of whom worked for an armored car Read More...

Inmate dies after fight with cellmate at Mississippi prison

6680WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say a prison inmate has been killed after a fight with his cellmate. The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/2kBErsN ) that 33-year-old Eric Heinz was pronounced dead shortly before noon Saturday after the fight at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility. He had Read More...