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Jackson airport gets support from coalition

1airport1By Shanderia K. Posey Editor The Coalition for Economic Justice has joined a list of supporters against legislation that would lead to the state taking over the Jackson-Medger Wiley Evers International Airport. The coalition, which includes members of the Legislative Black Caucus and other organizations such as Read More...

Legislators endorse Clinton

Rep. Earle Banks (at podium) and other state Legislators endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential primary at the State Capitol Wednesday. Mississippi Link Newswire More than 20 Mississippi legislative leaders announced their support Wednesday at the state Capitol for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary. The senators and representatives endorsed Clinton citing her commitment to taking on the issues that Mississippi families face every day. “Hillary Read More...

Senator Jordan discusses book

1DavidJordan1By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer The Mississippi Department of Archives and History kicked off events this month featuring Sen. David Jordan discussing his book From the Mississippi Cotton Fields to the State Senate: A Memoir. The program was a part of MDAH’s History is Lunch series. At Read More...

Sports

JSU, NFL legend — Richardson remembered

1Willie1By Stephanie R. Jones Contributing Writer Before Willie L. Richardson Jr. left his imprint on Jackson State University, before he made his mark in the National Football League, the young wide receiver from Coleman High School in Greenville made an impression on other high schools boys Read More...

Tougaloo College Bulldogs signs a Tiger

16IMG_2618By Diamond Williams The Mississippi Link Intern Jim Hill High School baseball senior, Isaiah Rush, signed with Tougaloo College Feb 5., to continue his baseball career. “I didn’t consider any other schools. Tougaloo was my first choice,” said Rush before confidently signing on as a Bulldog. Rush has Read More...

Super Bowl television ratings down from past two years

denver-police-department-broncos-fans-359ae3ee17201f6f NEW YORK (AP) — Setting television viewership records with the Super Bowl has become almost routine, but this year's average of 111.9 million viewers for Denver's victory over Carolina is down from the past two years. That makes Sunday's game the third most-watched event in Read More...

Entertainment

Senator Jordan discusses book

1DavidJordan1By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer The Mississippi Department of Archives and History kicked off events this month featuring Sen. David Jordan discussing his book From the Mississippi Cotton Fields to the State Senate: A Memoir. The program was a part of MDAH’s History is Lunch series. At Read More...

Actress protests state flag

2protest3545-2In protest of the Mississippi state flag, which contains the Confederate symbol, actress Aunjanue Ellis wore a custom made gown to the NAACP Image Awards Feb. 5 in Los Angeles. The actress who attended Tougaloo College and was raised in McComb has vowed not Read More...

Connecting the Dots Foundation presents Modeling for Malawi

3Fashion070By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer Connecting the Dots Foundation spent last Saturday evening recognizing elegance in its finest at New Horizon Church International. The Fashion Talent Explosion 2016/Modeling for Malawi was arranged as a visit to Africa in its display of colorful flags that represented 24 Read More...

Business

Bryant says industrial deals biggest in Mississippi history

phil-bryant-4df29c45c664d3a9 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers will consider more than $275 million in incentives starting Thursday for a Hinds County tire plant and a Gulfport shipyard that could cumulatively invest more than $1.5 billion and create 3,500 jobs. Gov. Phil Bryant called a special legislative Read More...

Mississippi Legislature cutting two weeks off 2016 session to save money

philip-gunn-99f38000aa33e57c JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The Mississippi Legislature is cutting two weeks off of its session this year to save money because of budget cuts. Instead of meeting four months as they usually do to start a term, lawmakers will meet three and a half months. The Read More...

SNAP benefits to expire

phil-bryant-7770d28ec6eb7d70By Shanderia K. Posey Editor In a matter of months, thousands of Mississippians may lose the food assistance they receive through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. More than 82,000 Mississippians who are adults without dependents and not Read More...

Health

Partnership with Project CHANGE helps Natchez reduce health disparities

7MBKNatchezIMG_0733-2By Reggie S. Davis  Special to The Mississippi Link The city of Natchez has found an ally in its mission to improve the health and wellness of the community. In collaboration with My Brother’s Keeper: Project CHANGE Initiative, a total of four neighborhoods parks and recreation Read More...

Report: Mississippi among states with an increase in the number of uninsured

thomas-frieden-96d194708becd09e WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has implications for the presidential campaign. All but Florida had accepted a Medicaid expansion that is Read More...

National Wear Red Day is Feb. 5

go-red-for-women-logo Mississippi Link Newswire The American Heart Association is urging Metro Jackson citizens and businesses to support Go Red for Women by participating in National Wear Red Day on Feb. 5. Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year, Read More...

Religion

Priester shares black history

1newhope2.jpgBy Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer During New Hope Baptist Church’s first program for its month-long Back in the Day Black History series, guest speaker Attorney Charlene Stimley Priester reflected on voting rights, civil rights icons, and survival tools for today’s youth. At the outset of the Read More...

Black History series set at New Hope

famlifecenThe Mississippi Link Newswire The fifth annual “Back in the Day” Black History series will be held at 6 p.m. each Thursday at 6 p.m. during February in the New Hope Baptist Church Family Life Center, Robert B. Cooper Gymnasium, 5202 Watkins Drive, in Jackson. The Read More...

40-day anti-abortion prayer vigil comes back to city

11abortionlogo2xMississippi Link Newswire The anti-abortion campaign called 40 Days for Life will return to Jackson Feb. 10, with a 40-day prayer vigil in the public right-of-way outside Jackson Women’s Health Organization at 2903 N. State St. The campaign is described as a peaceful, highly-focused, non-denominational initiative Read More...

Obituaries

In Memoriam: Winifred A. Green

7Winifred A. Green obit photo1937 - 2016 Winifred A. Green, a fifth generation Mississippian from a prominent Jackson family who defied tradition, threats and family disapproval to join the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, died February 6 in New Orleans after a series of health setbacks. She was Read More...

Melvin Williams mourns loss of daughter

5FWilliamsobitThe Mississippi Link Newswire LaTonya Williams Pittman, daughter of Melvin Williams of the gospel group The Williams Brothers, passed unexpectedly Jan. 29 at her home. She was 35 years-old. Pittman of Smithdale, was a licensed cosmetologist, an advocate for the sickle cell disease and loved to Read More...

Mississippi journalist Bert Case dies after extended illness

bert_400x400JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Longtime Mississippi TV journalist Bert Case has died after an extended illness. WAPT-TV Assistant News Director Aaron Vogel confirmed Case's death Thursday. He says Case passed away about 2:45 p.m. at the VA Medical Center in Jackson, surrounded by family and Read More...

Education

Tougaloo College Bulldogs signs a Tiger

16IMG_2618By Diamond Williams The Mississippi Link Intern Jim Hill High School baseball senior, Isaiah Rush, signed with Tougaloo College Feb 5., to continue his baseball career. “I didn’t consider any other schools. Tougaloo was my first choice,” said Rush before confidently signing on as a Bulldog. Rush has Read More...

Prentiss Institute alumni going strong

1PrentissDedication Rosenwald, 12-12-12 004 (1)School founded in 1907 for Blacks By Natalie Bell Special to The Mississippi Link The incredible resilience of black Mississippians in the era of racial segregation still resonates at Prentiss Normal and Industrial Institute, a century-old institution still standing strong in the south-central area of the state, Read More...

Sanders’ ‘Feel the Bern’ comes to Tougaloo

1Bern5IMG_2500-2By Diamond Williams  Special to The Mississippi Link Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sander’s HBCU tour, Feel the Bern, made a stop at Tougaloo College Jan. 28, for a campaign rally. The rally was held to discuss important issues like income equality, tuition-free public colleges and universities, and Read More...

Opinion

Mayor Dupree on diversity

1dupreeBy Natalie Bell Special to The Mississippi Link Currently serving his fourth term as mayor of Mississippi’s fourth largest city, Johnny L. DuPree, Ph.D. walks into a room with a sense of urgency, visibly and audibly excited about the possibilities for success for Hattiesburg and all Read More...

Letter to the editor: The real truth about Jackson’s airports

Dr.-Rosie-Pridgen-7Let’s talk facts about the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority. First, Jackson’s airport system originated in 1928. JMAA was created in 1960 to hire a professional aviation staff and provide guidance and oversight for the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field Airport.  Both Read More...

School funding issues rarely stop at 1 judge: analysis

18859304-smallJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The claim that one Hinds County judge could ultimately decide the fate of Mississippi's school finance system if voters amend the state constitution appears unlikely. If experience in other states is a guide, any ruling would be appealed. "It's the supreme court Read More...

The Buzz

Former Mississippi police chief sentenced in molestation case

635905417511382601-alderman2jpg-c3043f901943befc CANTON, Mississippi (AP) — A former police chief in Flora has been sentenced for sex crimes against children. WLOX-TV reports Madison County Circuit Court Judge Steve Ratcliff sentenced 59-year-old James Alderman to 15 years on each of the three counts against him, to be served concurrently. Read More...

Two men killed, four wounded in shooting at Pass Christian parade

fatal-shooting-generic-night-graphic-6000857-27474-ver10-640-480jpg-f7ab97e8322738d9PASS CHRISTIAN, Mississippi (AP) — A shooting after a Mardi Gras parade in Pass Christian killed two men and wounded four other people Sunday, south Mississippi authorities said. Carlos Bates, 29, of Gulfport, and Isiah Major III, 43, of Bay St. Louis both died at Read More...

Police officer who burned body of man shot by fellow officer post-Katrina has sentence reduced

mcraejpg-476fa5041e163965 NEW ORLEANS — An ex-New Orleans police officer who burned the body of a man shot to death by a fellow officer in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina had his 17-year-sentenced reduced by more than five years Thursday by a federal judge.But Gregory McRae Read More...