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Storm unleashes blizzard conditions on parts of Northeast

460x (1) By MEGHAN BARR NEW YORK (AP) — A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow. While the storm failed to live up to predictions in some areas, eastern Read More...

Mississippi Supreme Court rules again that governor's pardon does not expunge criminal record

16859546-large JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The Mississippi Supreme Court has again ruled a pardon by the governor does not wipe out a criminal record. Katherine Robertson pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in 2006. In 2012, Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned Robertson, and she filed a motion in Read More...

BP to call witnesses, make its case for lower oil spill penalty

gulf-oil-spill-bf4f550d2f644db6 NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- It will be oil giant BP's turn today to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the federal government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The second week Read More...

Sports

Australian Open at a glance

Australian Open Tennis MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A look at the Australian Open on Tuesday: Weather: Party sunny, cool. High of 19 Celsius (66 Fahrenheit). Attendance: Day: 19,509; Night: 16,091; Total: 35,600. Men's Singles Quarterfinal Winners: No. 6 Andy Murray, No. 7 Tomas Berdych. Men's Singles Quarterfinal Losers: No. 3 Rafael Read More...

Opening arguments set to begin in murder trial of former New England Patriot TE Aaron Hernandez

aaron-hernandez-7a26c326952b4987 FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- Aaron Hernandez once seemed to be a man with a bright future. At age 23 he had a Super Bowl appearance under his belt and a $40 million contract as a star tight end with the New England Patriots. Read More...

Moss Point's Devin Booker scores 18 points to lead No. 1 Kentucky to win, watch his highlights

devin-booker-9cdbdf27763bde67 COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Devin Booker found a way to make an impact for No. 1 Kentucky. He did it again Saturday, leading the Wildcats (19-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) with 18 points in a 58-43 victory at South Carolina. The win matched the team's best start under Read More...

Entertainment

Elvis items in Mississippi's 'Graceland Too' shrine to be auctioned off on Jan. 31

16859536-mmmain HOLLY SPRINGS, Mississippi (AP) -- Hundreds of Elvis Presley vinyl singles and albums, a pink Cadillac and the antebellum mansion that became a quirky Elvis shrine will be auctioned this month. Everything that was "Graceland Too" and all of owner Paul MacLeod's vehicles will be Read More...

Oscars 2015: Film academy president responds to firestorm over lack of diversity

16793604-mmmain LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Responding for the first time to the firestorm that erupted over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy's push for more Read More...

New Civil Rights Museum in Mississippi gets $2.5 million donation, nears fundraising goal

16736236-largeJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Two Mississippi history museums being built in Jackson are moving closer to their private fundraising goal. Including a new donation announced Friday, the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum have raised $11.3 million. The goal is $16 Read More...

Business

BP to call witnesses, make its case for lower oil spill penalty

gulf-oil-spill-bf4f550d2f644db6 NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- It will be oil giant BP's turn today to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the federal government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The second week Read More...

Windows 10: Microsoft to give glimpse into newest version of operating system today

16821416-mmmain(AP) Microsoft will use an event Wednesday to offer a wider glimpse of the next version of Windows. The company is planning to show off new features of its flagship operating system -- and possibly an improved Internet browser and more uses for Microsoft's voice-controlled digital assistant, Cortana. Executives Read More...

SBA offers disaster assistance to Marion, other counties damaged by tornadoes

-ae90776e15574b59 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved Gov. Phil Bryant's request for disaster assistance in Marion County. Officials say residents, businesses and non-profit groups affected by severe storms and tornadoes that occurred on Dec. 23 are eligible to apply for low-interest Read More...

Health

Mississippi's first stand-alone medical needs emergency shelter going up in Wiggins

16660301-large WIGGINS, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi health officials expect to open in 2016 the state's first stand-alone medical needs shelter. Ground was broken on the shelter earlier this month. The $7.7 million facility will be located in Wiggins. "We chose Wiggins because it's just down (U.S.) 49, Read More...

Services for Dr. Aaron Shirley Saturday at Medical Mall

downloadBy Stephanie R. Jones Dr. Aaron Shirley will make a final visit to the Jackson Medical Mall, the landmark facility he founded to provide healthcare to underserved populations. Funeral services for the healthcare pioneer, civil rights veteran and McArthur “Genius Grant” winner will be at 11 Read More...

Two Mississippi men charged in Ebola hoax that triggered emergency response

16427524-small HORN LAKE, Mississippi -- Two Horn Lake men have been indicted under a Mississippi law that makes it a felony to cause someone to falsely believe that a person has been "exposed to a harmful biological substance." Authorities said the two men are an Ebola Read More...

Religion

Mississippi Supreme Court hears arguments in same-sex divorce case

randy-pierce-7bbeb3282a79ca90 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi, which does not allow same-sex marriages, should find a way to grant a divorce to a DeSoto County woman who married another woman in California in 2008, lawyer Casey Varnado told the state Supreme Court on Wednesday. The attorney general's Read More...

Lawmakers propose making the Bible Mississippi's state book

biblepromojpg-8eaee41ebe920308 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- During this state election year, some lawmakers are proposing to designate the Bible the official state book of Mississippi. Rep. Tom Miles of Forest says he and fellow Democratic Rep. Michael Evans of Preston are filing a bill, and they've already Read More...

Mid Winter Board Message from President Jerry Young

1420827026_740578_Young2014_smfile_headThe new president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, local pastor Dr. Jerry Young sent this message to attendees of a mid-winter national convention being held in Jackson Mississippi for the first time: January 12, 2015 To the Officers, Board Members, Pastors, Preachers, Messengers, and Friends Read More...

Obituaries

Longtime ESPN sportscaster Scott dies at 49

460x (1) By RICK FREEMAN  The Associated Press Stuart Scott was in his element, working a "Monday Night Football" game, when he was forced to leave for an appendix operation. Doctors discovered a tumor during surgery and Scott was diagnosed with cancer. But he made a point of continuing to Read More...

Remembering ‘Mr. Hayes’ The closing of a walking library

JCL051620-1_20141230Students and teachers reflect on an ‘education giant’ By Gail M. Brown Special to The Mississippi Link When Emmitt W. Hayes, Sr. departed his earthly life on the night of December 26, 2014 at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, not only did the world lose a great gentleman, Read More...

In Memoriam: Emmitt W. Hayes Sr.

JCL051620-1_20141230July 4, 1922 - December 26, 2014 “To everything, there is a season…” “A time to be born” Emmitt W. Hayes Sr. was born to the late Dan Henry and Pauline Beatrice Hayes on July 4, 1922 in Jackson, Miss. He was the older of their two Read More...

Education

State Superintendent Carey Wright says cheating districts should have to pay for investigations

carey-wright-67c64b4591310b98 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright says that school districts guilty of cheating on state tests should have to pay the cost of investigations into that cheating. Wright made the proposal Tuesday before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. "I think Read More...

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves agenda: Dump inspection stickers, revamp school funding

philip-gunn-tate-reeves-cc0345b53f25a3a4 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he wants to eliminate Mississippi's $5 annual vehicle inspection sticker, decrease the cost for a concealed-carry gun permit and revamp the school funding formula. Reeves, a Republican who's seeking a second term, announced his Read More...

Pascagoula, Moss Point schools among those in line for grants to improve reading skills

john-kelly-carey-wright-db56824f0ea03e9e JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- With thousands of Mississippi third-graders at risk of flunking this year because they can't read at a basic level, State Board of Education members are likely to vote Friday to award $1.47 million in grants to help 34 public schools Read More...

Opinion

The Way Forward for Black Students

Peter Groff - HeadshotBy Honorable Peter C. Groff  For good reasons many African Americans have wonderful memories of their time in public schools. Among those recollections are the family and community legacies, the favorite teacher and the lifelong friends that were made. Even for those, particularly in the Read More...

Q&A with Phil Bryant: Mississippi governor discusses 2015 agenda in AP interview

-09e72da43cef6107 JACKSON, Mississippi -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he's proposing a "Taxpayer Works Agenda" for the 2015 legislative session, including an income-tax cut for people with low to moderate earnings, a boost in tourism advertising, scholarships for community college students and a pay raise Read More...

Rickey L. Cole: What Democrats stand for

Rickey To the Editor, It goes without saying that there is a great deal of division in America today.  Many of us lament those divisions, and we worry about the damages wrought by the often-bitter conflicts inherent in this divisiveness that seems to permeate our society. Why Read More...

The Buzz

Former Hattiesburg cop, sentenced in attempted murder-for-hire plot, cuts his throat at prison

15471158-small COLUMBIA, Mississippi (AP) -- A former Hattiesburg policeman cut his throat outside the prison where he was taken to serve a 60-year sentence for paying a former cellmate to kill his wife and stepdaughter, Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison says . Averal Dan Burnett Read More...

Opening arguments set to begin in murder trial of former New England Patriot TE Aaron Hernandez

aaron-hernandez-7a26c326952b4987 FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- Aaron Hernandez once seemed to be a man with a bright future. At age 23 he had a Super Bowl appearance under his belt and a $40 million contract as a star tight end with the New England Patriots. Read More...

Man accused of trying to shoot at Georgia officer arrested in Mississippi

funchesjpg-8b667f3da1ff6978 MARIETTA, Georgia (AP) -- A man accused of trying to shoot at a police officer in Marietta, Georgia, has been arrested in Mississippi. Cobb County police said Keyandre Funches was taken into custody Friday. Further details about the arrest were not immediately available. Cobb officials said Read More...