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Pastor now not required to register as sex offender in Mississippi

stallworthjpg-8132f4e693fa7cf0(AP) The Rev. Jeffery A. Stallworth will not have to register as a sex offender in Mississippi after his criminal record was expunged in Maryland. The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday reversed an order from a Hinds County judge who required Stallworth to register. Sex offenders Read More...

Mississippi woman's third DUI conviction will serve 4 years in prison

DUI(AP) A 48-year-old Diamondhead woman has been sentenced to four years in prison after a third DUI conviction. District Attorney Joel Smith said Heather Lee Bullock was sentenced Monday by Judge Chris Schmidt. She must also complete a drug and alcohol treatment program while serving her Read More...

Amtrak train hits SUV, kills Mississippi woman after she drives around operating gates

amtrak-train(AP) A 57-year-old woman has died after the SUV she was driving was struck by an Amtrak passenger train in Meridian, Mississippi. Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler says the incident happened about 3 p.m. Wednesday where Hawkins Crossing Road intersects the double-tracked Norfolk Southern Railway Read More...

Sports

Jason Smith, by way of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, gives Tigers versatility

auburns-smith-football-28bda0144ccecca0 (AP) Auburn fans will get their first look Saturday. That's when the Tigers take to Jordan-Hare Stadium for the annual A-Day spring game. They will see swagger. And they will see it from Jason Smith, the former quarterback turned wide receiver. The former junior college quarterback quickly moved Read More...

NBA Playoffs 2015 projections: Can Pelicans edge out Oklahoma City?

new-orleans-pelicans-5233c7343cedf236 (AP) With just 72 hours left in the NBA's regular season, the playoffs virtually have already begun for a handful of teams. Meanwhile, some of the league's elite are jockeying not only for top seeds, which decide matchups, but also for the right to host Read More...

Mississippi's Biloxi Shuckers of Southern League prep for grueling 55-game road swing

55-game-road-trip-baseball-8cd5249ab8223a1a (AP) Life on a bus is a way of life in minor league baseball. Long road swings are as common as rain delays when it comes to America's past time in the South. The Biloxi Shuckers are taking it to a whole different level. Over the next two Read More...

Entertainment

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

ZZ7A935863Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun  by Kam Williams For movies opening April 24, 2015   BIG BUDGET FILMS    The Age of Adaline (PG-13 for a suggestive comment) Romantic fantasy about a well-preserved, reclusive spinster (Blake Lively), born at the dawn of the 20th Century, who starts dating Read More...

Corruption Officer (BOOK REVIEW)

51UEDwoIX9LCorruption Officer From Jail Guard to Perpetrator inside Rikers Island by Gary L. Heyward Atria Books Paperback, $16.00 284 pages ISBN: 978-1-4767-9432-7   Book Review by Kam Williams   “This shocking memoir from a former corrections officer… shares an eye-opening, gritty, and devastating account of his descent into criminal life, smuggling contraband inside the Read More...

Percy Sledge dead 2015: 'When a man loves a woman' No. 1 hit

percy-sledge-dead-2015-ca0a5068b0b989a6 NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74. Dr. William "Beau" Clark, coroner for East Read More...

Business

Dan Price, Gravity Payments CEO, cuts pay so every worker can earn $70K

ceo-cuts-pay-for-workers-c24815540d8e4838 SEATTLE (AP) -- A Seattle CEO who announced that he's giving himself a drastic pay cut to help cover the cost of big raises for his employees didn't just make those workers happy. He's already gained new customers, too. "We've definitely gained a handful of customers Read More...

Where can I buy the Apple Watch? Best Buy, Wal-Mart? Apple store, online order only..

apple-watch-release-date-e968d88b2ca48d38 NEW YORK (AP) -- The Apple Watch 2015 release date has arrived, and now the questions begin: How, where to order online, where to get, cost and more? Buying an Apple Watch won't be as simple as walking into an Apple store and handing over Read More...

Blue Bell ice cream recall 2015: Kroger, Sam's Club pull products

ucm439912DALLAS (AP) -- Two other large retailers have decided to pull Blue Bell Ice Cream from their shelves as a precautionary measure after the company announced it was temporarily closing an Oklahoma. Sam's Club and Kroger have joined H-E-B in halting sales of Blue Bell products. The dairy company based in Read More...

Health

JSU scientist studying links between common chemicals and cancer

EDUCATION JSU scientist studying links between common chemicals and cancerThe Mississippi Link Newswire Dr. Clement G. Yedjou, a cancer scientist in JSU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, and doctoral candidate William Johnson and master candidate Justin McDowell, are part of a task force studying possible links between chemicals and cancer of 174 scientists Read More...

Weight Watchers vs. Jenny Craig: diet plans rate well against competition

diet-plans-db3d6892489268a1 CHICAGO -- Trying to slim down? Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig scored the best marks for effectiveness in a review of research on commercial diet programs, but many other plans just haven't been studied enough to evaluate long-term results. The two plans are among the Read More...

Blue Bell ice cream recall 2015: Kroger, Sam's Club pull products

ucm439912DALLAS (AP) -- Two other large retailers have decided to pull Blue Bell Ice Cream from their shelves as a precautionary measure after the company announced it was temporarily closing an Oklahoma. Sam's Club and Kroger have joined H-E-B in halting sales of Blue Bell products. The dairy company based in Read More...

Religion

Pastor now not required to register as sex offender in Mississippi

stallworthjpg-8132f4e693fa7cf0(AP) The Rev. Jeffery A. Stallworth will not have to register as a sex offender in Mississippi after his criminal record was expunged in Maryland. The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday reversed an order from a Hinds County judge who required Stallworth to register. Sex offenders Read More...

Civil rights activist, Gardner Taylor dies at age 96

0The Mississippi Link Newswire A noted preacher and civil rights activist died yesterday at the age of 96. Gardner Calvin Taylor (June 18, 1918 – April 5, 2015) was an American preacher, noted for his eloquence and understanding of Christian faith and theology, and known as “the Read More...

Church van in Florida crashes into canal, killing 8 and injuring 10

florida-fatal-van-crash-42a7e52b14fa7ad7 MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- An overloaded church van ran through a stop sign, crossed all four lanes of a dark rural highway and nosedived into a canal, killing eight people and injuring 10 early Monday in southwest Florida, authorities said. "They didn't see that Read More...

Obituaries

Percy Sledge dead 2015: 'When a man loves a woman' No. 1 hit

percy-sledge-dead-2015-ca0a5068b0b989a6 NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74. Dr. William "Beau" Clark, coroner for East Read More...

Gertrude Weaver, world's oldest person, dies in Arkansas

worlds-oldest-person-d6d313eed7c8ef6cLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Just days after becoming the world's oldest documented person, 116-year-old Gertrude Weaver has died in Arkansas. The Williams Funeral Home confirms that Weaver died Monday at the Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden, about 100 miles southwest of Read More...

Civil rights activist, Gardner Taylor dies at age 96

0The Mississippi Link Newswire A noted preacher and civil rights activist died yesterday at the age of 96. Gardner Calvin Taylor (June 18, 1918 – April 5, 2015) was an American preacher, noted for his eloquence and understanding of Christian faith and theology, and known as “the Read More...

Education

JSU scientist studying links between common chemicals and cancer

EDUCATION JSU scientist studying links between common chemicals and cancerThe Mississippi Link Newswire Dr. Clement G. Yedjou, a cancer scientist in JSU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, and doctoral candidate William Johnson and master candidate Justin McDowell, are part of a task force studying possible links between chemicals and cancer of 174 scientists Read More...

The “Dumbing Down” of American Education

EDUCATION Educating the Kids Nobody WantsBy Kevin Chavous Early in 2001, when I was the chair of the education committee on the Council of the District of Columbia, I was talking with the D.C. Public Schools Superintendent Paul Vance about the intense debate over standards at the time. Federal lawmakers were Read More...

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...

Opinion

The “Dumbing Down” of American Education

EDUCATION Educating the Kids Nobody WantsBy Kevin Chavous Early in 2001, when I was the chair of the education committee on the Council of the District of Columbia, I was talking with the D.C. Public Schools Superintendent Paul Vance about the intense debate over standards at the time. Federal lawmakers were Read More...

Keisha Knight Pulliam: Helping our youth through Kamp Kizzy

KKP Head ShotBy Keisha Knight Pulliam I think every person that walks the face of the earth has a Calling and Passion that they are meant to maximize to make our world a better place.  For me, my Passion and Calling comes through acting, but it also Read More...

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...

The Buzz

Mississippi woman's third DUI conviction will serve 4 years in prison

DUI(AP) A 48-year-old Diamondhead woman has been sentenced to four years in prison after a third DUI conviction. District Attorney Joel Smith said Heather Lee Bullock was sentenced Monday by Judge Chris Schmidt. She must also complete a drug and alcohol treatment program while serving her Read More...

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, suspect in North Carolina college shooting, found in Daytona Beach, Flor...

kenneth-morgan-stancil-iii-bab227c3bfabeb5b (AP) A beach patrol officer in Daytona Beach, Florida, did what no law enforcement officer in North Carolina could do. He apprehended a man suspected of a shooting on a college campus. Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, who police say fatally shot his former boss at a North Read More...

New York Turnmill sports bar rape: Man hides in bathroom stall, rapes woman

downloadNEW YORK (AP) -- A man hiding inside a bathroom stall in the ladies room of a Manhattan sports bar grabbed a woman by the throat and raped her, police said. The suspect walked into the basement bathroom of the Turnmill Bar on East 27th Read More...