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Hinds County Sheriff's Office will present its first Trunk or Treat event at the Metrocenter Mall

trunk-or-treatTrunks will pop open on Halloween... The Hinds County Sheriff's Office will present its first Trunk or Treat event at the Metrocenter Mall. This free --family friendly--event will take place Friday, Oct. 31 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Center Court (lower level). Children will have the opportunity Read More...

Thad Cochran stumps for support from black voters in U.S. Senate race

thad-cochran-18eeea46a34d2eed JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Republican Sen. Thad Cochran told black voters Thursday that when he first ran for Congress in 1972, Mississippi was in a period of fear and uncertainty because race relations were changing. He said the gubernatorial election of 1971 was the first Read More...

Missouri police preparing for grand jury decision

460x (2) By DAVID A. LIEB and JIM SALTER FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri police have been brushing up on constitutional rights and stocking up on riot gear to prepare for a grand jury's decision about whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old in Read More...

Sports

Gulfport players suspended, no penalties for Hattiesburg players after Friday night fight

mhsaa-logo-blacktextHATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) -- Hattiesburg High School will not face any penalties for its part in a fight that occurred moments after the Tigers' 38-31 victory over Gulfport last Friday at Hattiesburg. The Mississippi High School Activities Association determined that no Hattiesburg players were identified Read More...

No. 1 Mississippi State is Kentucky's homecoming opponent on Saturday

patrick-towles-e093546c3965fda4 LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's recent stage fright at LSU hasn't changed players' belief that they can handle the national spotlight. The Wildcats want to make sure they perform better against top-ranked Mississippi State in Saturday's nationally televised homecoming showdown. After six games of doing many Read More...

9 University of North Carolina employees fired or disciplined for widespread academic fraud

kenneth-wainstein-tom-ross-carol-folt-bubba-cunningham-eb46892b1f1c8978 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- More than 3,100 students -- nearly half of them athletes -- enrolled in classes they didn't have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades in what an investigator called a "shadow curriculum" that lasted nearly two decades Read More...

Entertainment

Hinds County Sheriff's Office will present its first Trunk or Treat event at the Metrocenter Mall

trunk-or-treatTrunks will pop open on Halloween... The Hinds County Sheriff's Office will present its first Trunk or Treat event at the Metrocenter Mall. This free --family friendly--event will take place Friday, Oct. 31 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Center Court (lower level). Children will have the opportunity Read More...

Brad Pitt's 'Fury' takes over top spot in weekend box office

shia-labeouf-brad-pitt-logan-lerman-michael-pena-jon-bernthal-185e4f0538a00c29 LOS ANGELES (AP) — The bloody World War II drama "Fury" blew past "Gone Girl" at theaters this weekend. "Gone Girl" was tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and his rag-tag group of tank mates in "Fury" blasted the film Read More...

New Stage Theatre to open political thriller "ALL THE WAY"

unnamed (1)  Mississippi Premiere - Hot Off Its Broadway Run! ALL THE WAY By Robert Schenkkan October 21-25 and October 28-November 1 at 7:30 pm October 26 and November 2 at 2:00 pm Tickets $28; $22 seniors/students Directed by Francine Thomas Reynolds Sponsored By Sanderson Farms, MDAH, and Butler Snow This gripping and suspenseful new play from Pulitzer Read More...

Business

Mississippi Department of Transportation eliminating 44 jobs

dick-hall-melinda-mcgrath-a028a70f3cef322a JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The Mississippi Department of Transportation is eliminating 44 jobs in its Right-of-Way Division. Jason Scott, spokesman for MDOT, says the workers in the Appraisals and Titles section of the Right-of-Way Division were notified this past week. He says workers will be Read More...

Mississippi among states affected by U.S. government's raised air bag warning on 7.8M vehicles

air-bag-recall-0038e2b6796f13df DETROIT -(AP) - The U.S. government is telling 3 million more car owners to get their air bags repaired immediately, but its message has generated some confusion about which cars are actually affected. The government's auto safety agency is now warning 7.8 million car owners Read More...

Ella Mae Barq of root beer family dies at 90 in Biloxi

0004900002415BILOXI, Mississippi (AP) -- Ella Mae Barq, the granddaughter of the founder of Barq's Root Beer and the company's vice president, has died at the age of 90 in Biloxi. Gary Dubaz with Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Homes say she died Sunday of natural causes. Her grandfather, Read More...

Health

After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined

460x1 By JONATHAN LEMIRE and COLLEEN LONG NEW YORK (AP) — A doctor who became New York City's first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation's most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days Read More...

Mississippi hospitals, clinics prepared to deal with any Ebola cases

14112663-mmmain JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- State health officials say Mississippi hospitals will be capable of handling any Ebola cases that may arise. State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs said some hospitals are updating procedures based on information provided by the state Department of Health and the federal Read More...

Existing U.S. protocols might not be enough for Ebola, changes likely needed

usa-ebola-preparation-mobile-oct-14-2014jpg-db336f2c9c5c7939 DALLAS (AP) -- As Thomas Eric Duncan's health deteriorated, nurses Amber Joy Vinson and Nina Pham were at the Ebola patient's side. They wore protective gear including face shields, hazardous materials suits and protective footwear as they inserted catheters, drew blood and dealt with his Read More...

Religion

Atheist group says Mississippi school aided in Bible giveaway

16084037-smallJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- An atheist group says it objects to a Mississippi principal telling fifth-grade teachers to take students through a public school lobby where Gideons were handing out Bibles. The American Humanist Association sent a letter of complaint Tuesday to Kara Killough, principal Read More...

Around Mississippi: Pastor Jerry Young honored; 165 marijuana plants seized; Chico Creek running red...

jerry-young-3bea9b36e3739931The Associated Press Here are some news and notes around Mississippi: In Jackson, Rev. Jerry Young, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss., addresses a filled City Council chambers as he responds to being honored by the Jackson City Council on his recent election Read More...

Local pastor Jerry Young elected to head National Baptist Convention

pastor_web_siteBy Lonnie Ross Online Editor Young makes history as the first Mississippi pastor to head the largest African American religious organization in the U.S. The pastor of New Hope Baptist Church located in Jackson Mississippi has been elected the new president of the National Baptist Convention on Read More...

Obituaries

Ella Mae Barq of root beer family dies at 90 in Biloxi

0004900002415BILOXI, Mississippi (AP) -- Ella Mae Barq, the granddaughter of the founder of Barq's Root Beer and the company's vice president, has died at the age of 90 in Biloxi. Gary Dubaz with Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Homes say she died Sunday of natural causes. Her grandfather, Read More...

Funeral sevices held for former Alcorn vice president and educator, Dr. Rudolph Waters

WatersRudolphBy Dr. Jerry Komia Domatob Special to The Mississippi Link     Families, friends and observers, converged at Alcorn State University’s Davey Whitney HPER complex, for a final farewell to former Vice President, Dr. Rudolph E. Waters, Sr. The funeral service was filled with songs, Read More...

Howard Stern remembers Joan Rivers with eulogy

joan-rivers-funeral--0df7c28507851b91 NEW YORK (AP) -- Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile" and bagpipers played "New York, New York" at Joan Rivers' funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that -- like late comedian herself -- brought together the worlds of Hollywood, theater, Read More...

Education

Mississippi's F-rated districts raise grades despite test scores: See how your district fared

carey-wright-67c64b4591310b98 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Many of Mississippi's public schools will be able to boast of high marks for one more year under Mississippi's A-to-F school rating system, but state officials continue to warn that grades could fall sharply next year. Under grades announced Friday by Read More...

USM student Devin Nottis of Pascagoula charged in theft of zoo flamingo, fraternity suspended

devin-nottisjpg-f70ba692816c71f8 HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) -- A 19-year-old college student on a scavenger hunt has been charged with snatching a Chilean Flamingo from a Mississippi zoo in what police say was a prank gone wrong. Hattiesburg police spokesman Lt. Jon Traxler said Devin Nottis of Pascagoula is Read More...

School Choice Equals Parental Choice

Ann Duplessis - HeadshotBy Ann Duplessis President, Louisiana Federation for Children While every parent wants to provide the best education for their children, not every parent has access to a quality school. In a perfect world every family would live a neighborhood with an excellent public school or Read More...

Opinion

Black History Month is not dead

doc20140929155802-page-001An open letter to the more than 42 million African Americans in these United States. By Pastor Jimmy Terry, Sr. Read More...

Analysis: David Green was a storyteller, workers' champion

3665jpg-d5785397b609cbe0 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The late David Green filled two roles in the Mississippi House of Representatives. One was to cool off the combatants when the legislative wars became too heated. The other was to fight for pay raises for 20,000-plus state employees, especially those Read More...

What is a slur? Redskins case forces us to evaluate what tips the scales

redskins-whats-a-slur-2ab252be0fc5350cThe Associated Press Something is happening just beneath the fight over the name of a certain Washington, D.C., pro football team: America is working through the process of determining what is -- or is not -- racially offensive. What is a slur, and who gets to Read More...

The Buzz

Gulfport players suspended, no penalties for Hattiesburg players after Friday night fight

mhsaa-logo-blacktextHATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) -- Hattiesburg High School will not face any penalties for its part in a fight that occurred moments after the Tigers' 38-31 victory over Gulfport last Friday at Hattiesburg. The Mississippi High School Activities Association determined that no Hattiesburg players were identified Read More...

Missouri police preparing for grand jury decision

460x (2) By DAVID A. LIEB and JIM SALTER FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri police have been brushing up on constitutional rights and stocking up on riot gear to prepare for a grand jury's decision about whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old in Read More...

Indiana serial killing suspect refuses to answer judge at hearing

16146002-small CROWN POINT, Indiana (AP) -- A man who allegedly confessed to killing seven women in Indiana refused to even acknowledge his name to a judge Wednesday, and a sheriff explained later that the suspect was upset his hearing was in open court before dozens Read More...