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Public Service Commission won't rehear domestic violence deposit waiver

16131443-large JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The Mississippi Public Service Commission won't reconsider its order to let victims of domestic violence delay paying utility deposits for 60 days, setting up a possible legal showdown over the regulator's authority over rural water association and electrical cooperatives. The commission Read More...

Indiana man was violent long before 7 killings

460x By MICHAEL TARM and TOM COYNE GARY, Ind. (AP) — With hindsight, there were signs years ago of increasing violence against women by Darren Vann, who police said Tuesday has confessed to killing seven women in northwestern Indiana. Indiana court records from 2004 describe him grabbing a woman in Read More...

Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent

socialsecuritycard By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER   WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday. It's the third year in a row the increase will be less than 2 percent. The annual Read More...

Sports

No. 1 Mississippi State back to work with 'a target on our back'

dan-mullen-b4ba256ac1f8eb46 STARKVILLE, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi State has spent the past month obliterating stereotypes about the program, ignoring a mediocre history and rising to the top spot in the national rankings for the first time in school history. Now the Bulldogs are learning to embrace life Read More...

SEC West puts 4 in top 5 of AP poll, led by MSU at No. 1 and Ole Miss at No. 3

-353e28ace5e8cbeeThe Associated Press The Southeastern Conference has reached a new milestone in The Associated Press college football poll, becoming the first league to place four teams in the top five -- all from the western division. Mississippi State stayed No. 1 after a weekend off. The Read More...

John Gibbs, Alcorn State roll past Texas Southern, 40-25

alcorn-stateNORMAN, Mississippi (AP) -- John Gibbs Jr. threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another and Alcorn State coasted to a 40-25 win over Texas Southern on Saturday. With Gibbs running the offense to perfection, the Braves (6-2, 4-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) opened a 40-7 Read More...

Entertainment

Brad Pitt's 'Fury' takes over top spot in weekend box office

shia-labeouf-brad-pitt-logan-lerman-michael-pena-jon-bernthal-185e4f0538a00c29 LOS ANGELES (AP) — The bloody World War II drama "Fury" blew past "Gone Girl" at theaters this weekend. "Gone Girl" was tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and his rag-tag group of tank mates in "Fury" blasted the film Read More...

New Stage Theatre to open political thriller "ALL THE WAY"

unnamed (1)  Mississippi Premiere - Hot Off Its Broadway Run! ALL THE WAY By Robert Schenkkan October 21-25 and October 28-November 1 at 7:30 pm October 26 and November 2 at 2:00 pm Tickets $28; $22 seniors/students Directed by Francine Thomas Reynolds Sponsored By Sanderson Farms, MDAH, and Butler Snow This gripping and suspenseful new play from Pulitzer Read More...

'Gone Girl' tops box office for second weekend

ben-affleck-10f86fceb939d27d LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four new films couldn't catch "Gone Girl" at theaters this weekend. The Fox thriller starring Ben Affleck as a man whose wife goes missing is poised to top the box office for a second week with $26.8 million in ticket sales, Read More...

Business

Public Service Commission won't rehear domestic violence deposit waiver

16131443-large JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The Mississippi Public Service Commission won't reconsider its order to let victims of domestic violence delay paying utility deposits for 60 days, setting up a possible legal showdown over the regulator's authority over rural water association and electrical cooperatives. The commission Read More...

Mississippi adds 6,000 jobs in September, jobless rate drops to 7.7 percent

16135832-large JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi's employers added 6,000 jobs to their payrolls in September and the state's unemployment rate fell again, although it remains the second-highest in the nation. The numbers, compiled by two separate surveys, continue to send mixed signals about the state of Read More...

Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent

socialsecuritycard By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER   WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday. It's the third year in a row the increase will be less than 2 percent. The annual Read More...

Health

Mississippi hospitals, clinics prepared to deal with any Ebola cases

14112663-mmmain JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- State health officials say Mississippi hospitals will be capable of handling any Ebola cases that may arise. State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs said some hospitals are updating procedures based on information provided by the state Department of Health and the federal Read More...

Existing U.S. protocols might not be enough for Ebola, changes likely needed

usa-ebola-preparation-mobile-oct-14-2014jpg-db336f2c9c5c7939 DALLAS (AP) -- As Thomas Eric Duncan's health deteriorated, nurses Amber Joy Vinson and Nina Pham were at the Ebola patient's side. They wore protective gear including face shields, hazardous materials suits and protective footwear as they inserted catheters, drew blood and dealt with his Read More...

Second Texas health care worker tests positive for Ebola

ebola-dallas-hospital-3b9b9833d59897b7 DALLAS (AP) -- A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday. The department said in the statement Read More...

Religion

Atheist group says Mississippi school aided in Bible giveaway

16084037-smallJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- An atheist group says it objects to a Mississippi principal telling fifth-grade teachers to take students through a public school lobby where Gideons were handing out Bibles. The American Humanist Association sent a letter of complaint Tuesday to Kara Killough, principal Read More...

Around Mississippi: Pastor Jerry Young honored; 165 marijuana plants seized; Chico Creek running red...

jerry-young-3bea9b36e3739931The Associated Press Here are some news and notes around Mississippi: In Jackson, Rev. Jerry Young, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss., addresses a filled City Council chambers as he responds to being honored by the Jackson City Council on his recent election Read More...

Local pastor Jerry Young elected to head National Baptist Convention

pastor_web_siteBy Lonnie Ross Online Editor Young makes history as the first Mississippi pastor to head the largest African American religious organization in the U.S. The pastor of New Hope Baptist Church located in Jackson Mississippi has been elected the new president of the National Baptist Convention on Read More...

Obituaries

Funeral sevices held for former Alcorn vice president and educator, Dr. Rudolph Waters

WatersRudolphBy Dr. Jerry Komia Domatob Special to The Mississippi Link     Families, friends and observers, converged at Alcorn State University’s Davey Whitney HPER complex, for a final farewell to former Vice President, Dr. Rudolph E. Waters, Sr. The funeral service was filled with songs, Read More...

Howard Stern remembers Joan Rivers with eulogy

joan-rivers-funeral--0df7c28507851b91 NEW YORK (AP) -- Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile" and bagpipers played "New York, New York" at Joan Rivers' funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that -- like late comedian herself -- brought together the worlds of Hollywood, theater, Read More...

Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

joan-rivers-333de385f0a3fb18 NEW YORK (AP) -- Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81. Rivers died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, Read More...

Education

Mississippi's F-rated districts raise grades despite test scores: See how your district fared

carey-wright-67c64b4591310b98 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Many of Mississippi's public schools will be able to boast of high marks for one more year under Mississippi's A-to-F school rating system, but state officials continue to warn that grades could fall sharply next year. Under grades announced Friday by Read More...

USM student Devin Nottis of Pascagoula charged in theft of zoo flamingo, fraternity suspended

devin-nottisjpg-f70ba692816c71f8 HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) -- A 19-year-old college student on a scavenger hunt has been charged with snatching a Chilean Flamingo from a Mississippi zoo in what police say was a prank gone wrong. Hattiesburg police spokesman Lt. Jon Traxler said Devin Nottis of Pascagoula is Read More...

School Choice Equals Parental Choice

Ann Duplessis - HeadshotBy Ann Duplessis President, Louisiana Federation for Children While every parent wants to provide the best education for their children, not every parent has access to a quality school. In a perfect world every family would live a neighborhood with an excellent public school or Read More...

Opinion

Black History Month is not dead

doc20140929155802-page-001An open letter to the more than 42 million African Americans in these United States. By Pastor Jimmy Terry, Sr. Read More...

Analysis: David Green was a storyteller, workers' champion

3665jpg-d5785397b609cbe0 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The late David Green filled two roles in the Mississippi House of Representatives. One was to cool off the combatants when the legislative wars became too heated. The other was to fight for pay raises for 20,000-plus state employees, especially those Read More...

What is a slur? Redskins case forces us to evaluate what tips the scales

redskins-whats-a-slur-2ab252be0fc5350cThe Associated Press Something is happening just beneath the fight over the name of a certain Washington, D.C., pro football team: America is working through the process of determining what is -- or is not -- racially offensive. What is a slur, and who gets to Read More...

The Buzz

Indiana man was violent long before 7 killings

460x By MICHAEL TARM and TOM COYNE GARY, Ind. (AP) — With hindsight, there were signs years ago of increasing violence against women by Darren Vann, who police said Tuesday has confessed to killing seven women in northwestern Indiana. Indiana court records from 2004 describe him grabbing a woman in Read More...

Pascagoula man found dead in parked car in Louisiana, no foul play suspected

police-tapeGONZALES, Louisiana (AP) -- Gonzales police have identified a 26-year-old man who was found dead Saturday as he was sitting in the driver's side of a parked car in the Gonzales Wal-Mart parking lot. Police tell The Advocate that Lucas Sanchez, of Pascagoula, was discovered Read More...

Suspect in slaying of 7 women in Indiana hints at more killings going back 20 years

john-doughty-a75b9d98f2dc7fea GARY, Indiana (AP) -- Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found in northwest Indiana over the weekend said Monday they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect has indicated there could be more victims Read More...