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Trustees offer deal to Ole Miss chancellor

alan-perry-dd6b6ee267ae9d20 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi's College Board is preparing to offer a two-year contract extension to the University of Mississippi chancellor whom they had previously refused to retain, individuals with knowledge of the negotiations said Thursday. Discussions to fine-tune the agreement with Chancellor Dan Jones Read More...

Autopsies scheduled for Detroit children found in freezer

460x1 DETROIT (AP) — Autopsies are scheduled on the bodies of two children found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home. Authorities say they hope the bodies of Stoni Ann Blair and her brother, Stephen Gage Berry, thaw enough by Friday to allow the medical Read More...

Police: Baby death came from woman's 'evil' kidnapping plot

460x (1) By GILLIAN FLACCUS LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A violent kidnapping that ended with the murder of a 3-week-old baby girl took an even more sordid turn when police announced they had arrested a California woman who they said plotted to steal infants and pass Read More...

Sports

Ole Miss WNIT: Father beats son for second time in coaching dual

matt-insell-rick-insell-21b2ae736b525c92 (AP) Notch another victory for fathers coaching against their sons. Rick Insell's Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders never trailed Thursday night in beating his son Matt's Mississippi Rebels 82-70 in the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. It was the second time this season he's Read More...

A guide to the NCAA Tournament's regional rounds

Jervon Pressley, Karl-Anthony Towns By JOHN MARSHALL Kentucky still has a shot at history. Tom Izzo has Michigan State on another deep March run. Former mid-major monsters Gonzaga and Wichita State are still going strong. OK, so maybe we won't get to see another celebratory fall by Georgia State's Ron Hunter, Read More...

Mississippi State basketball: New coach Ben Howland 'made a couple mistakes there at UCLA '

ben-howland-oliver-black-1ab7ed62dec40a2c STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Ben Howland's coaching career has made the unlikely trek from Westwood to Starkville, with a TV timeout in between. The 57-year-old was introduced as Mississippi State's new men's basketball coach Tuesday afternoon on the floor at Humphrey Coliseum. The former UCLA Read More...

Entertainment

Vin Diesel says Oscars weighted against action films

Vin Diesel By LOUISE WATT BEIJING (AP) — Vin Diesel said Friday that the latest "Fast & Furious" film deserves a best picture Oscar but has two strikes against it when it comes to the Academy — it's an action flick and it's a sequel. "Do I shy away Read More...

Former 3 Doors Down bassist, Todd Farrell, pleads no contest to second DUI

todd-harrell-c1a96795105ac84b D'IBERVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- The former bassist for 3 Doors Down pleaded no contest on Monday to a second-offense drug-related charge of driving while impaired. Todd Harrell did not appear in court in D'Iberville. An attorney entered the plea on his behalf, local media outlets Read More...

Star Wars: Episode VIII 2017 release date announced

star-wars-costumes-413d13c91be2b604 (AP) "Star Wars: Episode VIII" will blast into theaters on May 26, 2017, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at a shareholder meeting Thursday. Rian Johnson, known for the innovative time travel film "Looper," is confirmed to write and direct. "Episode VIII" will take Read More...

Business

Legislation the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office will support in the 2015 Legislative Sessi...

Delbert HosemannThe Mississippi Link Newswire Below is the summary of several pieces of legislation the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office will support in the 2015 Legislative Session.  1.       Autism Advocate Bill– This bill requires health insurance policies to provide coverage for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder.  HB Read More...

Mississippi Power, PSC asking high court to reconsider rate increases ruling

16999852-smallJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The Mississippi Power Co. and the Public Service Commission are asking the state's highest court to reconsider its ruling overturning rate increases to fund the company's Kemper County power plant and ordering $200 million in refunds. In separate court filings Thursday, Read More...

Mississippi gets $30 million from litigation against Standard & Poor's and Capital One Bank; AG Jim ...

17242607-mmmain JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has delivered a check totaling just over $30 million to the state treasury from litigation involving cases against Standard & Poor's and Capital One Bank. "The law requires that I make recommendations to the Legislature for Read More...

Health

Fate of Obama health law subsidies rests with 2 justices

460x (7) By MARK SHERMAN WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court argument over subsidies that help millions of people afford their health insurance suggests that the Obama administration has two chances to attract one critical vote. The justices will gather in private Friday to cast their votes in the Read More...

Second Los Angeles hospital reports 'superbug' infections

460x2 By ALICIA CHANG LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have been infected with an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" linked to a type of medical scope that's used on more than a half-million people in the U.S. every year, the hospital said Wednesday. The revelation comes Read More...

Plaque to honor Zuber Park namesake in West Point

zuberjpg-d690854ea0cdeaf0 WEST POINT, Mississippi (AP) -- Zuber Park, located on U.S. Highway 45 in West Point, was named for the city's first black physician. The family of Dr. Thomas L. Zuber is looking to update the history of the park's namesake with a new plaque commemorating Read More...

Religion

Alabama probate judges ordered to halt gay wedding licenses

460x (3) By JAY REEVES (AP) Probate judges must again decide whether to issue wedding licenses to gay couples after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is legal, despite a federal court's decision to the contrary. The all-Republican court sided with a pair of conservative Read More...

Gay marriage becomes legal in Alabama; Same-sex marriage still banned in 13 states

shante-wolfe-tori-sisson-1662dc833e1d5736 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday despite an 11th-hour attempt from the state's chief justice -- an outspoken opponent -- to block the weddings. The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday morning that it wouldn't stop the marriages, and Read More...

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...

Obituaries

Obituary of Stephanie Parker Weaver

stpActivist….Leader….Lecturer….Author….Trailblazer…Powerhouse  Known as “Sistah Hurricane,” Stephanie Parker Weaver, a cherished wife, mother, sister, and friend, was born September 30, 1962 in Jackson, Mississippi. Stephanie was the third of four children of the late Frank and Carolyn Travis Parker. On March 24, 2015, she joined her Read More...

Attorney General Eric Holder delivers eulogy for slain U.S. Marshal Josie Wells

17285465-large MOSS POINT, Mississippi (AP) -- The deputy U.S. marshal who died in a shootout was a leader who carried on his family's legacy in law enforcement, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday at his funeral. Holder delivered the eulogy for Josie Wells at Wade Baptist Read More...

Funeral for U.S. Marshal Josie Wells set for Monday in Moss Point

josie-wells-89e922a094f5de7e MOSS POINT, Mississippi (AP) -- A funeral will be held next week for Josie Wells, a deputy U.S. marshal who was killed in the line of duty. Arrangements were announced Thursday by Wells' alma mater, Jackson State University. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. Monday at Wade Baptist Read More...

Education

Trustees offer deal to Ole Miss chancellor

alan-perry-dd6b6ee267ae9d20 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi's College Board is preparing to offer a two-year contract extension to the University of Mississippi chancellor whom they had previously refused to retain, individuals with knowledge of the negotiations said Thursday. Discussions to fine-tune the agreement with Chancellor Dan Jones Read More...

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signs $2.5 million K-12 budget bill

bryantjpg-cad61ebc72fb0ef1 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed a $2.5 billion budget for elementary and secondary schools, putting in place one of the biggest pieces of an overall state government spending plan for the coming year. Bryant signed the bill the same Read More...

Thousands rally in support of ousted Ole Miss chancellor

460x By JEFF AMY JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi finds itself in turmoil after trustees ousted well-liked Chancellor Dan Jones, with more than 2,000 students and faculty rallying to his defense Wednesday on the Oxford campus. Jones helped drive record enrollment and fund-raising, increasing the Read More...

Opinion

Educating the Kids Nobody Wants

EDUCATION Educating the Kids Nobody WantsBy Kevin P. Chavous After giving a recent education reform speech in Georgia, a thirty-something man approached me to discuss my views on the increasing school expulsion rate for kids, particularly boys of color.  He told me that his wife was a special education teacher; Read More...

Mississippi Judge's Speech To 3 White Murderers

reeves-f610c40457f259110600b974ae67c43aa313beb8-s400-c85The Mississippi Link Newswire What follows is the speech by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves that he read to the three young white defendants right before he sentenced them for the death of James Craig Anderson, the 48-year-old Black man. Anderson was beaten and killed Read More...

Black History Month – A Time to Know Who You Are

KPC - HeadshotAs a very young boy, I would love to wake up on Saturday mornings and watch Tarzan starring Johnny Weissmuller. The programs were all re-runs from the 1930's and 40's and they featured the main character leading, outsmarting and outfighting the savage native Africans Read More...

The Buzz

Autopsies scheduled for Detroit children found in freezer

460x1 DETROIT (AP) — Autopsies are scheduled on the bodies of two children found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home. Authorities say they hope the bodies of Stoni Ann Blair and her brother, Stephen Gage Berry, thaw enough by Friday to allow the medical Read More...

Police: Baby death came from woman's 'evil' kidnapping plot

460x (1) By GILLIAN FLACCUS LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A violent kidnapping that ended with the murder of a 3-week-old baby girl took an even more sordid turn when police announced they had arrested a California woman who they said plotted to steal infants and pass Read More...

Cops: 13-year-old kills brother, 6; wounds another, 16

crime-scene-police-tapeHUDSON, Fla. (AP) — A young teenager shot his two brothers Wednesday during an argument over food, killing one and wounding the other, before fatally shooting himself. The shooting happened shortly after 6 p.m. in Hudson, Florida, a community in suburban Pasco County about an Read More...