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Obama lifts decades-old arms ban in his 1st visit to Vietnam

460x By FOSTER KLUG   HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a half-century-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner in a region that he has tried to place at the center Read More...

The latest Mississippi news

MS013000016344 WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) - A newspaper reports that a man diagnosed with schizophrenia and accused of killng his father has been jailed for 11 years without trial. Clay County District Attorney Scott Colon tells The Clarion-Ledger that Steven Jessie Harris' case fell through Read More...

Afghan Taliban official confirms US drone strike killed group's leader

20409481-mmmain KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior commander of the Afghan Taliban confirmed on Sunday that the extremist group's leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, has been killed in a U.S. drone strike. Mullah Abdul Rauf, who recently reconciled with Mansour after initially rebelling against his ascension to Read More...

Sports

Lowry leads Raptors into conference final against Cavs

460x (1) By IAN HARRISON TORONTO (AP) — Less than two weeks ago, Kyle Lowry was a struggling so badly that he stayed past midnight to work on his game after a tough playoff loss. Now a red-hot Lowry is carrying the Toronto Raptors into their first ever Eastern Read More...

Mississippi College plans to renovate arena

Mississippi College ArenaCLINTON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi College plans to renovate its main on-campus arena this summer. The Southern Baptist college says it will spend $2.7 million to repair the domed A.E. Wood Coliseum. The school plans to fix damage from a 2013 hail storm that knocked Read More...

After death, Mississippi State warns off stadium trespassers

DavisWadeStadiumExpansionBy JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State University officials are warning people not to trespass in the school's football stadium after a 21-year-old student fell through the roof of a video scoreboard and died. University spokesman Sid Salter says university administrators intend to Read More...

Entertainment

Memorial for Prince held at his Jehovah's Witnesses church

460x (2) MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Security was tight as mourners packed a Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall on Sunday evening for a memorial for megastar Prince, who worshipped there before he died last month. Traffic cones lined the streets in front of the church in the Minneapolis Read More...

The latest Mississippi news

_American Idol_ Farewell Season Finale - Show JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - For La'Porsha Renae, being "American Idol" runner-up means there aren't any more quick trips to the store. She tells The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/22bFcEt) that she and her sister figured it would take 30 minutes to pick up three items for their Read More...

Will Ferrell, Miranda Kerr, more celebrities join Nordic leaders at White House state dinner

White House state dinner WASHINGTON (AP) — Famous people and people just famous-for-Washington scored coveted invitations to Friday night's White House state dinner honoring the leaders of Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Norway. Will Ferrell, who famously parodied past President George W. Bush on "Saturday Night Live," and Bellamy Read More...

Business

Pfizer says it's blocking use of drugs for lethal injections

20345085-mmmain(AP) Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Friday it was blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally-approved drugmakers whose medications could be used for executions have now put them off limits. "Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of Read More...

FITCH RATINGS, INC. AFFIRMS JACKSON MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY'S AIRPORT REVENUES AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOO...

JEIARamp-bThe Mississippi Link Newswire Fitch Ratings has affirmed Jackson Municipal Airport Authority's (JMAA) approximately $12 million airport revenue bonds at 'BBB+'. The Rating Outlook remains Stable. Some of the key elements used to determine JMAA’s rating and outlook include: The Jackson - Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport Read More...

Contour Airlines starts strong in Tupelo, aided by low fares

ContourTUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Bolstered by cut-rate tickets, Tupelo's new airline has been flying lots of passengers. Contour Airlines tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1pWqcw7) it has flown more than 600 passengers between Tupelo Regional Airport and Nashville since starting service April 5. Aided by Read More...

Health

Surviving sickle cell

1sickleDSCN0873Parents explain pain, hope of children living with disease By Stephanie R. Jones Contributing Writer Many parents of children who have sickle cell anemia have watched as their children suffered unrelenting episodes of pain in their bodies, constant hospitalizations and routine blood transfusions. The Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation Read More...

Up to 4 in 10 gay men in Jackson have HIV

1 HIVBy Mike Stobbe AP Medical Writer NEW YORK – Three out of every 10 gay or bisexual men in several cities in the U.S. South have been diagnosed with the AIDS virus, three times the national rate, according to a study about how common HIV infections Read More...

Pfizer says it's blocking use of drugs for lethal injections

20345085-mmmain(AP) Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Friday it was blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally-approved drugmakers whose medications could be used for executions have now put them off limits. "Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of Read More...

Religion

Baptist association session to be held Saturday

safe_imageMississippi Link Newswire The semi-annual session of the Jackson District Missionary Baptist Association, Inc. is set for 9 a.m. to noon May 21at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 450 Culbertson Ave. in Jackson. Dr. F. R. Lenoir will be the moderator. Read More...

Morton among bishops to preach at New Jerusalem's revival

Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr.Mississippi Link Newswire New Jerusalem Church pastored by Dwayne K. Pickett, Sr. will host "The Outpouring!" revival at its Alta Woods location, 168 Colonial Dr. in Jackson at 7 p.m. May 15-18. Special guest speakers are Bishop Lester Love on May 15,  Bishop William Murphy III Read More...

Praying for state leaders

IMG_4679Mission Mississippi event tackles race relations By Shanderia K. Posey Editor Lots of prayers went up for state leaders Tuesday during Mission Mississippi’s second annual Governor’s Leadership Prayer Luncheon and Summit at the Jackson Convention Complex. Gov. Phil Bryant and university presidents were among the more than 2,000 Read More...

Obituaries

Memorial for Prince held at his Jehovah's Witnesses church

460x (2) MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Security was tight as mourners packed a Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall on Sunday evening for a memorial for megastar Prince, who worshipped there before he died last month. Traffic cones lined the streets in front of the church in the Minneapolis Read More...

Tougaloo College honors a fallen Eaglet

6ClantonphotoiBy Diamond Williams Mississippi Link Intern A memorial was held April 7, at Tougaloo College in honor of student Jana Clanton who died in a car accident April 6. Tougaloo College’s historic Woolworth Chapel was filled with students, family and staff to show their respect, love and Read More...

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan dies at 94 in California

imagejpg-4ffdc74bd160d22eLOS ANGELES — Former first lady Nancy Reagan has died at 94 in Bel-Air, California. Assistant Allison Borio says Mrs. Reagan died Sunday at her home of congestive heart failure. Her marriage to Ronald Reagan lasted 52 years until his death in 2004. A former actress, she Read More...

Education

JPS graduations set for Monday, Tuesday

jackson-public-schools-squarelogoMississippi Link Newswire   Nearly 1,500 seniors from seven different high schools will graduate from Jackson Public Schools May 23 and May 24. Commencement ceremonies will take place at the Mississippi Coliseum located at 1207 Mississippi St. in Jackson. The schedule is as follows: On May 23 Wingfield High  Read More...

Tougaloo plans symposium, gala

1Tougalooaunjanue-ellismugThe Mississippi Link Newswire Recently, Tougaloo College reaffirmed its historic commitment to the quest for justice and equality. In two upcoming events, the college intends to bring attention to the positives that have come out of historic ruins and to reaffirm the need to break down Read More...

JPS’ financial status is far from being a crisis

8BurtJPScolumnBy Beneta Burt Special to The Mississippi Lin k A recent media report seemed to distort Jackson Public Schools’ finances, particularly the headline claiming the district was facing “financial crisis.” This headline is misleading, meaning the entire article could be misinterpreted and wrongly imply incompetence at Read More...

Opinion

Voter engagement: How to assure voting matters in your community

By Pallascene Bright Cole  Special to The Mississippi Link Your vote matters! For the past year, day in and day out, 24/7, America media shows all the negative reasons that your vote does not count. Hogwash! Just the fact that so many people live in scarcity Read More...

JPS’ financial status is far from being a crisis

8BurtJPScolumnBy Beneta Burt Special to The Mississippi Lin k A recent media report seemed to distort Jackson Public Schools’ finances, particularly the headline claiming the district was facing “financial crisis.” This headline is misleading, meaning the entire article could be misinterpreted and wrongly imply incompetence at Read More...

Receiving master’s degree just in time for Mother’s Day

1MothersDayBy Shanderia K. Posey Editor When you say you’re a single mother, you’ve said a mouthful. Raising kids alone was never God’s plan, yet many – about 10 million women in the United States — are doing just that. I am one of them. As Mother’s Day approaches, I Read More...

The Buzz

Tunica man gets 10 years, 5 years suspended, for theft

chesterilandJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A 25-year-old Tunica man is going to prison for stealing more than $27,000 from his father's retirement account. Attorney General Jim Hood, in a news release Thursday, said Chester Island pleaded guilty to one count of false pretense before Panola County Read More...

Wife, friend face capital murder charges in death of husband

Garrison WIGGINS, Miss. (AP) - The wife of a Ramsey Springs businessman and her childhood friend have been indicted on upgraded capital murder charges after authorities accused them of planning to kill the businessman. A Stone County grand jury indicted 53-year-old Evelyn Garrison and her friend, Read More...

Jackson detectives seize guns, cash, drugs in bust

5cbb22b1-f83d-4047-8c01-3898af8ed81c-drug20bust2JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Jackson Police Department has seized drugs, money, guns and ammunition as a result of a tip from the community. Jackson police spokeswoman Colendula Green says in a release that detectives arrested 26-year-old Lorenzo Loggins on Wednesday and charged him with Read More...