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Justice Department investigating police officers' interactions with mentally ill

21010767-mmmain WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department lawyers investigating police agencies for claims of racial discrimination and excessive force are increasingly turning up a different problem: officers' interactions with the mentally ill. The latest example came in Baltimore, where a critical report on that department's policies found that Read More...

School board asks Supreme Court to review transgender bathroom case

21010637-mmmain RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school board urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to weigh in on whether a transgender male must be allowed to use the boys bathroom at his high school, framing it as an issue of national importance. The Gloucester Read More...

Moss Point man killed in Louisiana bus crash on I-10

bus-fire-truck-wreck-0bb25c100d472e6c LAPLACE, Louisiana (AP) -- Louisiana State Police say a 21-year-old Mississippi man was killed and three other Mississippi residents were seriously injured when a bus hit a fire truck and three other vehicles. Trooper Melissa Matey says Jermaine Starr of Moss Point was killed when Read More...

Sports

Brothers charged with first-degree murder in death of cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade

21003315-mmmain CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers have been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade as she was walking to register her children for school, Chicago police announced Sunday. Darwin Sorrells Jr. and Derren Sorrells, 22, also Read More...

Two charged in death of 15-year-old Tennessee boy who shielded others

1219-kclo-zaevion-dobson-2jpg-e1a618fd41f0d513 KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Two men have been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy who shielded two girls from the gunfire, a Tennessee prosecutor announced Thursday. Zaevion Dobson was praised by President Barack Obama as a hero shortly after Read More...

6 Notre Dame football players arrested in 2 separate incidents

NDimage INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler was jailed Saturday after a police officer said the player punched and slammed him to the ground outside a bar, and five teammates were arrested in a separate incident when a trooper found marijuana and a loaded handgun Read More...

Entertainment

Legendary actor Gene Wilder dead at 83

21009627-mmmainWire Service Reports STAMFORD, Connecticut -- Gene Wilder, an actor whose work with Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor made him one of the most popular stars of the 1970s and whose memorable portrayals of neurotics and eccentrics included the hilariously mad scientist in "Young Frankenstein," Read More...

Bobby Rush signs to Rounder Records

1RushNew album slated for Sept. 16 release The Mississippi Link Newswire Naming one’s album after a song titled “Porcupine Meat” may seem a little unusual – unless, of course, you’re Bobby Rush, who earned his first gold record in 1971 with a hit titled “Chicken Heads.” He Read More...

STRUT kids fashion show set

1STRUTEvent to benefit sickle cell disease research By Shanderia K. Posey Editor There’s going to be some serious strutting down the runway Aug. 14, as the Cure Sickle Cell Foundation debuts its children’s fashion show called STRUT. STRUT stands for Standing Together in Royalty, Unity and Truth. The event Read More...

Business

ANCHOR Award recipients announced during annual banquet

20916303-mmmain MOSS POINT, Mississippi (AP) -- Several local businesses and non-profits were honored during the 8th annual ANCHOR Awards, presented Aug. 10 at Pelican Landing Conference Center in Moss Point. The ANCHOR Awards were launched by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce to honor and celebrate Read More...

Miss. Power announces delay, additional cost for Kemper County plant

kemper-county-coal-gasification-plantpng-6184812e5f4943a3JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi Power Co. says it will take at least another month to put into operation the power plant it's building in Kemper County. Atlanta-based Southern Co., the parent of the electrical utility, announced Monday that it's pushing back the completion date from Read More...

Auditor: All but $3.6 million of $377 million in Kemper refunds complete

moneyJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — All but $3.6 million of $377 million in rate refunds related to Mississippi Power Co.'s Kemper County plant are back in the hands of customers, auditors say. The utility has complied with the refund order "in all material respects," the Hattiesburg Read More...

Health

The Latest: Lt. governor questions Department of Mental Health pay raises

tate-reeves-5fb052991047438c JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The Latest on Mississippi budget hearings (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is criticizing Mississippi Department of Mental Health leaders for giving pay raises to some employees the past four years even as the department's director has publicly discussed Read More...

Event addresses impact of heart failure in local African-American community

8LTTB Jksn 1038 Mississippi Link Newswire On Aug. 6, members of the community, local organizations and Jackson-area health care providers joined together to raise awareness for heart failure and its disproportionate effect on African Americans. According to data available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mississippi Read More...

Newk’s Cares, St. Dominic to raise funds, awareness regarding ovarian cancer

image-2 Mississippi Link Newswire While no early detection test currently exists for the one in 78 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, Newk’s Cares and St. Dominic’s are working to change that. The duo is joining forces again to raise critical awareness and support of Read More...

Religion

Nelums Foundation pays homage to 3 top citizens

1Luncheon1MG_4070By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer Several hundred Jackson State University and community supporters poured into the school’s Student Center Ballrooms A & B at 11 a.m.  Aug. 6, for the Mary S. Nelums Foundation biennial luncheon to recognize three outstanding citizens who made noteworthy contributions Read More...

Spoken Word choir should be seen, heard (Video)

1SpokenwordmainIWriter shares years of poetry in new book  By Shanderia K. Posey Editor In her early 20s, Janice K. Neal-Vincent, Ph.D., was dissatisfied with available material to use for spoken word choirs. At the time, she was founding and directing the unique choirs mainly in churches. When she couldn’t Read More...

Baptists plan to renovate seminary

IMG_3446By Natalie Bell Special to The Mississippi Link During their annual meeting at the Jackson Marriott last week, executive members of the General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi, approved a resolution to renovate and rebuild its historic Natchez Baptist Seminary, using state funds designated for Read More...

Obituaries

Legendary actor Gene Wilder dead at 83

21009627-mmmainWire Service Reports STAMFORD, Connecticut -- Gene Wilder, an actor whose work with Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor made him one of the most popular stars of the 1970s and whose memorable portrayals of neurotics and eccentrics included the hilariously mad scientist in "Young Frankenstein," Read More...

Remembering George Curry 1947 - 2016

1Currymain_BPW14_fallen2_hiresBlack Press journalist was champion of civil rights By Hazel Trice Edney Trice Edney Newswire Renowned civil rights and black political journalist George E. Curry, the dean of Black Press columnists because of his riveting weekly commentary in black newspapers across the country, is being remembered this Read More...

Civil Rights Journalist and Black Press Columnist George Curry Dies of Heart Failure

unnamed (1)Award-winning Civil Rights Journalist and Black Press Columnist George Curry Dead at 69 By Hazel Trice Edney (TriceEdneyWire) - Pioneering Civil rights and Black political journalist George E. Curry, the reputed dean of Black press columnists because of his riveting weekly commentary in Black newspapers across Read More...

Education

Analysis: Once called soft, some ask if state tests too hard

school-grades-05ccdb1f59e9af15 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Beneath the back-and-forth last week over how many Mississippi public schools should get As was the undertow of another question — has the state gone from grading its kids too soft to grading them too hard? In many ways, it's a Read More...

Senators urge students to apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program

scholarshipApplication deadline is Sept. 30; scholarship, trip offered     Mississippi Link Newswire U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) recently encouraged eligible Mississippi high school students to apply for the 2017 U.S. Senate Youth Program. Two Mississippi high school students will be selected to represent the Read More...

Jackson Public School District placed on probation

1JPSCedrick GrayBy Othor Cain Contributing writer It took just under 45 minutes for the state’s second-largest school district to learn its fate Aug. 16, when the Commission on School Accreditation voted to downgrade the Jackson Public School District’s accreditation status to “probation.” The downgrade was in response to Read More...

Opinion

Baltimore cops routinely violate rights of blacks

1curry_pwilson_fallen_hiresAs depicted in his writings: George E. Curry the heartwarming ‘commentator’  on his own family life and George E. Curry the ‘crusader for justice’ journalist By George E. Curry George Curry Media Columnist This column was originally available for publication Aug. 15. After reading the 164-page Justice Department report Read More...

If Donald and Melania Trump were black

9Duvaliercolumn-1  By Duvalier Malone Special to The Mississippi Link In the past year and a half, Donald and Melania Trump have taken our public consciousness by storm. Sure, Trump was already a famous billionaire with a show, but his stature has grown immeasurably in his run for Read More...

Sen. Frazier grateful for another Father’s Day

1 FrazierLegislator promotes prostate cancer research By Hillman Frazier  Special to The Mississippi Link The most challenging year of my life was 2015 when in September I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which for some can be a quick death sentence. But because of a team of health care Read More...

The Buzz

Suspect confessed to slayings of 2 Mississippi nuns, sheriff says

sanderspromojpg-0d96ea00cb421e53 DURANT, Miss. (AP) — The man arrested in the killing of two nuns in Mississippi has confessed to authorities, a sheriff said Saturday. Holmes County Sheriff Willie March said that he had been briefed by police from the town where the killing occurred and Mississippi Read More...

One man dead, one in custody following shooting in Gulfport

thumbnail-peter-j-hendersonjpg-ad91c1a1faa8d921 GULFPORT, Mississippi (AP) — One person is dead and one arrested after a shooting at a Gulfport gas station. Sgt. Damon McDaniel tells local media outlet officers responded to a Citgo gas station Wednesday night and found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. Harrison County Coroner Read More...

Bay St. Louis man charged in deaths of ex-dance team captain, boyfriend

myrick-laneauxjpg-b257b297e8ac0041 BAY ST. LOUIS, Mississippi (AP) — A Bay St. Louis man has been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of a former University of Southern Mississippi dance team captain and her boyfriend. The Sun Herald reports that 27-year-old Myrick Laneaux made his initial court appearance Read More...