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Obama administration declares support for women in military draft

21630617-mmmain WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration declared its support Thursday for requiring women to register for the military draft, a symbolic but significant shift that reflects the U.S. military's evolution from a male-dominated force to one seeking to incorporate women at all levels. President Barack Read More...

Frigid winter cold is the next test for Dakota Access pipeline protesters

21632186-mmmain CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) -- So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands. But if they defy next week's Read More...

Farmer finds body in rural north Mississippi

body-foundHOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - A farmer driving a tractor in northern Mississippi has found a body that appears to have been shot multiple times. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2gRrwwt ) the body was found early Thursday north of U.S. Highway 72 in Read More...

Sports

SWAC championship: Will Alcorn State repeat history?

alcorn-champions-16-photo-dr-jerry-domatobBy Jerry Komia Domatob Alcorn State University On December 3 the Alcorn State University Braves will lock horns with the Grambling State University Tigers as they did in 2015 for the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship. After a topsy-turvy season of seemingly mishaps for Alcorn, with coach Read More...

Mississippi's Engram wins Conerly Trophy

maxresdefault-1 CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi tight end Evan Engram won the Conerly Trophy on Tuesday night. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound senior is currently second in the Southeastern Conference with 926 yards receiving. He caught 65 passes, including eight for touchdowns. The Conerly Trophy, which is sponsored Read More...

Obama awards Medal of Freedom to Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Hanks, Michael Jordan, more

1621048_1280x720 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama awarded the nation's highest civilian honor to 21 groundbreaking actors, musicians, athletes and innovators who inspired him over the years and "helped make me who I am." "Everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful, personal Read More...

Entertainment

Jackson’s Foodies Group feeds homeless

diningwithdignity-15By Othor Cain Contributing Writer Stewpot Community Services turned into a 5-star Restaurant Sunday, Nov. 20, when members of the Jackson’s Foodies Group teamed up with local area businesses and provided a meal fit for a king. Feed Jackson/Dining with Dignity, the brainchild of Jackson’s Read More...

Fairhope, Ala., doctor indicted after drug death of 3 Doors Down guitarist

matt-roberts-d064ee913bf073ad BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — An Alabama doctor is accused of illegally prescribing drugs that contributed to the overdose death of longtime 3 Doors Down guitarist and Moss Point native Matt Roberts earlier this year, court documents show. Newly unsealed records show Dr. Richard Snellgrove of Read More...

Florence Henderson, beloved 'Brady Bunch' mom, dies at 82

florence-hendersonLOS ANGELES — Florence Henderson, the wholesome actress who went from Broadway star to television icon when she became Carol Brady, the ever-cheerful matriarch of "The Brady Bunch," has died, her manager and her publicist said. She was 82. Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Read More...

Business

Carrier to announce deal with Trump, will keep 1,000 jobs in Indiana

21616768-mmmain WASHINGTON (AP) -- Air conditioning company Carrier said Tuesday that it had reached a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in Indiana. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence planned to travel to the state Thursday to unveil the agreement alongside Read More...

Mississippi shipyard gets $44M addition to contract

IngallsPASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula has been given a nearly $44 million addition to a previous contract. The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2fpjsa7 ) the contract is for long lead time material and engineering and pre-production activities for construction of a DDG-125 ship. About Read More...

Yarber announces Phase I of LED Retrofit Project

1ledmayorty5-2The Mississippi Link Newswire On Nov. 14, Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber announced Phase I of a project designed to save tax dollars through energy efficiency. T The LED Jackson project will provide better lighting in city buildings and on some city streets, while saving costs of Read More...

Health

MBK focused on HIV testing reaching “all populations”

1-wadmbk-picGroup hosts free HIV testing at multiple sites Nov 30 – Dec 1 By Reggie S. Davis Communications Manager MBK Public conversations about the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can be a mixture of sound knowledge and divisive rhetoric. However, with the evolution of newer, more efficient Read More...

Partners for the “Make Healthy Happen Miami” initiative attended the EcoFest in Liberty City

ecofest-bernadettemorrisThe Mississippi Link Newswire Members of the “Make Healthy Happen Miami” team attended the EcoFest Festival at Broadway Place in Liberty City recently. EcoFest is a community festival that provided residents with an opportunity to celebrate sustainability and green efforts in Miami-Dade County. During the event, Read More...

BCBS seeks increase of baby friendly hospitals in state

1babyfriendlyBy Shanderia K. Posey Editor Mississippi has one of the lowest breast-feeding rates in the nation with 52 percent of babies ever being breast-fed compared to 81 percent in the nation. The state’s 2015 infant mortality rate was 8.2 out of 1,000 births, while the Read More...

Religion

College Hill ordains new deacons

2collegehillimg_8702By Jackie Hampton Publisher The College Hill Baptist Church family recently celebrated its first ordination of deacons since Pastor Michael T. Williams became the spiritual leader of the century-old church located at 1600 Florence Ave. in Jackson. On Nov. 20, at 4 p.m., the College Hill Read More...

Mississippi church arson: No sign of accelerant found

15732981_1478093346-2439GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A fire chief says the burning of an African-American church in Mississippi is still considered arson, but the state Crime Lab determined that no accelerant was found on items it tested from the church. Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville burned Read More...

College Hill celebrates pastor’s sixth year

1collegehill1By Daphne M. Higgins Religion Editor On Oct. 10, 2010, the congregation of College Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson, officially welcomed its 14th pastor to the church’s pulpit. Rev. Michael Titus Williams, an experienced preacher, teacher and leader delivered his first sermon to the Read More...

Obituaries

Reflections on the life of Evelyn Coleman

ChurchJuly 24, 1931 - November 22, 2016 Morning Star Baptist Church was the venue for the homegoing celebration of Evelyn Coleman, Nov. 28, 2016 at 10 a.m. Morning Star Pastor John Johnson Jr. offered the eulogy. It was obvious by the comments made by family Read More...

Reflections on the life of Derrick Truss Sr.

2-truss-pictSeptember 3, 1958 - November 25, 2016 Derrick Tyrone Truss Sr. was born September 3, 1958 to Norma and John Wesley Truss in Jackson, Miss. He was the eldest of four children. As a boy, youth and young man, Truss excelled at what he did. Read More...

Fidel Castro, longtime Cuban president and ardent opponent of US, dies at age 90

castroMIAMI (AP) — Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule of Cuba, has died at age 90. With a shaking voice, President Raul Castro said on Read More...

Education

Lawyer: Greenville superintendent fired, but seeks reversal

taylorBy JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The lawyer for Greenville Superintendent Leeson Taylor says the school board has fired Taylor, and that a meeting Tuesday with the school board was Taylor's appeal. Brandon Dorsey told The Associated Press Thursday that the board has given Read More...

Secrecy surrounding review of MAEP formula is worrisome

1-edbuild-nancy-loome-finalBy Nancy Loome President, The Parents’ Campaign In mid-October, House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves announced that they were undertaking a review and possible rewrite of the school funding formula, the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Through a no-bid contract, they hired EdBuild, a Read More...

Mississippi leaders seek community effort to improve reading

glrBy JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - State officials and nonprofits are calling on Mississippi communities to band together to improve young students' reading performance. The groups announced Tuesday at the Capitol that Mississippi would join the Campaign for Grade Level Reading on a statewide Read More...

Opinion

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...

Justice Kitchens has too much integrity to run smear campaign

1newhope2.jpgLetter to the editor You may have seen the disgusting attack ads against my father, Justice Jim Kitchens. The ads are paid for by Washington corporate interests trying to buy a seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court. They know Jim Kitchens isn’t for sale, so Read More...

The Buzz

Georgia man guilty of murder in death of toddler son left in hot SUV

leanna-taylor-7c8f40ece79f2efe BRUNSWICK, Georgia (AP) — A Georgia man whose toddler son died in a hot car was found guilty of both malice and felony murder on Monday by a jury tasked with weighing a month of dueling testimony over whether the child's father left him Read More...

Protester in Trump rally scuffle denies being Clinton plant, having gun

21469596-mmmain (AP) A protester involved in a scuffle at a Donald Trump rally in Reno, Nevada denied accusations Sunday that he is an operative for Democrats. "It's absolutely ludicrous," Austyn Crites said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. "I stand by my principles, and Read More...

S.C. man who chained woman in container has confessed to 7 slayings, sheriff says

21467364-mmmain WOODRUFF, S.C. — A South Carolina man killed at least seven people in a hidden crime spree that lasted more than a decade and only was uncovered when police rescued a woman locked in a storage container, authorities said Saturday. Todd Kohlhepp accepted responsibility for Read More...