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U.S. official says Orlando shooter's widow has been arrested

pulse-orlandoshooting-7f21afbcf5457089 WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was extensively questioned by federal agents in the days after the massacre, was arrested by the FBI on Monday in connection with the attack, a U.S. law enforcement official told The Associated Read More...

MLK daughter encourages focus on father's vision, `no matter who is in the White House'

aptopix-king-day-atlanta-5174a9613049d4a3 ATLANTA (AP) -- As Americans celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leaders and activists are trying to reconcile the transition from the nation's first black president to a president-elect still struggling to connect with most non-white voters. King's daughter on Monday Read More...

Biloxi renames 'Great Americans Day' to honor MLK after national backlash

21879885-mmmain BILOXI, Mississippi (AP) -- The City of Biloxi has decided to ditch "Great Americans Day" and rename it to honor Martin Luther King Jr. The Biloxi City Council voted 6-0 to make the change Monday. The Sun Heraldreports the vote came moments before the beginning of Read More...

Sports

Worth a mention: Williams aiming for record 23rd major title

460x (2) By JOHN PYE MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams definitely doesn't want to talk about the No. 23. She doesn't really want to think about planning a wedding, either, while she's pursuing a Grand Slam record. Newly engaged Williams brushed off concerns about the 88 unforced Read More...

7th Annual MLK Lady Hoopfest this Saturday

KeiMoya Walker outraces defenderBy Tim Ward chopitupsports.com Martin Luther King Day will be observed nationally January 16. Speeches, parades, tributes, scholastic programs and religious programs will be held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. High school basketball enthusiasts are treated to two days of action packed Read More...

Watson and Clemson dethrone top-ranked Tide, 35-31

460x-1 By RALPH D. RUSSO TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Deshaun Watson took the snap, rolled right and with one of the easiest throws he had to make all night, completed Clemson's journey to the top of college football. A frantic fourth quarter and a championship rematch between Read More...

Entertainment

After 146 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will close forever in May

circusELLENTON, Fla. (AP) -- After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The Greatest Show on Earth." The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May. The iconic American spectacle Read More...

Medgar Evers' home designated a national historic landmark

medgar evers houseBy EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi home of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers is being designated a national historic landmark. It is one of 24 sites in the U.S. given the designation Wednesday by the National Park Service. As the first Read More...

In Times Square, 2017 arrives with ball drop, goofy hats, tight security

111222NEW YORK -- An estimated 1 million people ushered in the new year in New York City's Times Square, screaming and kissing as the glittering crystal ball dropped. New Year's Eve revelers, many donning oversized 2017 eyeglasses and green Statue of Liberty hats, began to Read More...

Business

Exxon to pay Rex Tillerson $180M if confirmed as Donald Trump's secretary of state

21814350-mmmain NEW YORK (AP) -- Rex Tillerson will get a $180 million retirement package from Exxon Mobil Corp. if he is confirmed as President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state. Tillerson will give up more than 2 million Exxon shares he would have received over the next Read More...

Trump's picks for TVA board could reshape federal agency

378211-a46a80ccdb1c3cba468881ea8d19acfeCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Within the next five months, President-elect Donald Trump could appoint a majority of the board for the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest government-owned utility. The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/2iLc2fs ) reports three Democratic members of the board, including Chairman Read More...

Bag, debris found along Lake Erie in Ohio where plane vanished with 6 aboard

21799015-mmmain CLEVELAND (AP) -- Debris washed ashore near an airport where a small plane carrying six people took off shortly before it vanished over Lake Erie near Cleveland, the city said Sunday. Authorities received multiple reports of debris washing ashore east of Burke Lakefront Airport, where Read More...

Health

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...

Mississippi Healthcare Alliance makes sure that Mississippi high school students know lifesaving sk...

interim-cis-kit-2The Mississippi Link Newswire Jackson, Miss. – Mississippi High School students are receiving a life-saving gift from the Mississippi Healthcare Alliance. The Mississippi Healthcare Alliance partnered with the American Heart Association to purchase CPR in Schools Kits for all Mississippi high schools who did not Read More...

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

unnamedThe Mississippi Link Newswire Make a resolution to learn more. Every New Year, you make a list of things you will do to stay healthy so you can feel your best. But, did you realize that feeling your best includes seeing your best too? January is Read More...

Religion

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

20161220_114505-1Youth become a live nativity in the skit, “The Birth of Jesus” The Mississippi Link Newswire Dec. 18, youth and adults alike brought scriptures to life as they participated in a skit titled, “The Birth of Jesus,” at Holy Temple Baptist Church, located at 5077 Cabaniss Read More...

160 dead after church roof collapses in Nigeria

21687200-mmmain LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Metal girders and the roof of a crowded church collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria, killing at least 160 people with the toll likely to rise, a hospital director said Sunday. Mortuaries in the city of Uyo are overflowing from Saturday's Read More...

Prosecutor: Killer at black church had cold, hateful heart

Dylann Storm RoofBy Bruce Smith and Jeffrey Collins Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. – Dylann Roof had a “cold and hateful heart” when he pulled a pistol from his fanny pack during a Bible study last year and killed nine black church members as they closed their eyes Read More...

Obituaries

Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan, last man to walk on moon, dies at 82

obit-gene-cernan-16c73fdca4c6dfaf (AP) Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last person to walk on the moon who returned to Earth with a message of "peace and hope for all mankind," died on Monday following ongoing heath issues, his family said. He was 82. Cernan was surrounded by relatives Read More...

A life and legacy of love Juanita Stubbs Bluntson

obit-for-juanita-stubbs-1-2April 7, 1937 - December 12, 2016 A passionate educator – whether at home, church or school – a strong, loving and compassionate wife, mother, grandmother, confidante and friend, Juanita Stubbs Bluntson made her final transition from earth to glory Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Her life, Read More...

A Homegoing Celebration for Willie C. Dow

48333123a73ee20fc97436f9461cd28aJanuary 13, 1922 - November 27, 2016 “I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” - 1I Timothy 4:7 The life journey of Willie C. Dow began January 13, 1922 in Jackson, Miss. He was the seventh of Read More...

Education

Lawmakers receive consultants' school funding proposals

defaultBy EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A consulting group is recommending that Mississippi adopt a new school funding formula and phase it in over five to eight years. EdBuild CEO Rebecca Siblia presented her group's report to lawmakers Monday. If adopted, the proposal could Read More...

Rod Paige: Jackson State’s financial future viable; problems fixable

1 Rod PaigeBy Othor Cain Contributing Writer Things are far different on the campus of Jackson State University (JSU) today, than they were in 1955, when 83 year old Rod Paige graduated. “I’m just amazed everyday that I walk this campus or look out my office window; Read More...

Bill on filling superintendent vacancies heads to governor

phil-bryant-40c41744f8300b41 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A bill heading to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant would let school boards statewide appoint replacements for elected superintendents who resign in the next three years. A 2016 state law makes all 55 elected superintendents appointed beginning in 2020. The elected superintendent in Read More...

Opinion

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...

Letter to the editor: My prayer is for continued success of Jackson Public Schools

1JPSCedrick Gray Let me begin by saying, what an honor it has been to serve the citizens, parents and students of Jackson as superintendent. I thank the Board of Trustees for giving me the opportunity to become lead teacher for Jackson Public Schools. Jackson has some Read More...

Analysis: School funding debate bumpy, but direction unclear

maep-chalkboardBy JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Despite an eventful couple of days in discussions about rewriting the state education funding formula, the public is no closer to knowing what changes lawmakers will consider to the current Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Instead, Mississippians got a Read More...

The Buzz

Man arrested in child's death

police-crime-scene-tapeMCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - A McComb man has been arrested on a homicide charge for a weekend accident that left a toddler dead and her mother injured. Lt. Mike Roberts says 28-year-old Johnathan McCaskill's pickup Saturday struck Erin Jeanson and her 22-month old daughter, Noël. McCaskill, Read More...

Natchez woman shot, killed; Suspect arrested

police-crime-scene-tapeNATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - A 41-year-old woman has been shot and killed at her Natchez home. Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten tells local media that 41-year-old Elijah Hall was arrested for the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, Joyce Haynes. Hall has been charged with murder Read More...

Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting suspect charged, could face death penalty

11b09668a2f0c94ae25b6ddeff6effbf FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The Iraq war veteran accused of killing five travelers and wounding six others at a busy international airport in Florida was charged Saturday and could face the death penalty if convicted. Esteban Santiago, 26, told investigators that he planned the Read More...