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Kenner police take over case of dismembered Bourbon Street dancer found in Hancock County

14757587-small KENNER, Louisiana (AP) -- As police in a New Orleans suburb prepare to take over the case of a Bourbon Street dancer whose body parts washed ashore in Mississippi in 2012, the police chief says he hopes his department can close the case. But Kenner Read More...

Gov. Phil Bryant signs bill for pay increases, merit raises for Mississippi teachers

phil-bryant-b05b21c65e00694a JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi public schoolteachers can look forward to a $2,500 pay increase over the next two years on top of normal annual raises, with Gov. Phil Bryant signing a bill Tuesday that he says he hopes will aid performance. "What we are Read More...

Election Results: Jackson's next mayor is Tony Yarber

imagesBreaking News: By Lonnie Ross Online Editor Jackson City Councilman Tony Yarber defeated Chokwe Antar Lumumba with 54% of the vote to 46% of the vote in the runoff election for the capitol city mayor. Saying he was ready to begin working right away, Yarber told the press Read More...

Sports

Tennessee hiring Southern Mississippi's Tyndall

southern-mississippi-donnie-tyndall-010914 By STEVE MEGARGEE KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is counting on Southern Mississippi's Donnie Tyndall to make the same successful transition from the mid-major ranks as the Volunteers' last two men's basketball coaches. Tennessee announced Tuesday morning that Tyndall would be introduced as its new coach at Read More...

Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, wrongfully convicted twice of triple murder, dies at 76

boxerjpg-81c55a6277efa83eThe Associated Press Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76. He had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native's adopted home. John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, Read More...

Football: Quarterbacks rule at Mississippi State spring game; Maroon wins on last-second field goal

-a5139ade43881185 STARKVILLE, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi State's top three quarterbacks combined for 653 yards passing in their spring game on Saturday. Starter Dak Prescott was efficient in his limited playing time with the Maroon team, completing 7 of 9 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown Read More...

Entertainment

New Orleans Jazz Fest tickets go on sale Monday

14086189-mmmain NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tickets to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be available starting Monday at the Superdome's box office. The box office is located at the Superdome's Gate A on the ground level and is open for extended hours from 9 a.m. to Read More...

'Captain America' tops box office for third straight week

scarlett-johansson-7d7b35fffea65140 LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and beating formidable contender Johnny Depp. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" added another $26 million to its coffers, according to studio estimates Sunday, while Read More...

'Captain America' takes in $41.4 million to hold off 'Rio 2' in box office race

box-office-dd1bf6b22e516088 NEW YORK (AP) — "Captain America" continued to flex its Marvel muscle at the global box office, as "The Winter Soldier" took in $41.4 million domestically and $60.6 million overseas. The strong second-week performance for the Walt Disney release in North America was enough to Read More...

Business

Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM

Toyota-MS-logoTOKYO (AP) — Toyota kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen. Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it sold 2.583 million vehicles in the January-March period, ahead of Detroit-based Read More...

'Captain America' tops box office for third straight week

scarlett-johansson-7d7b35fffea65140 LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and beating formidable contender Johnny Depp. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" added another $26 million to its coffers, according to studio estimates Sunday, while Read More...

Keesler Federal Credit Union acquires MDOT Federal Credit Union

14704048-smallJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Keesler Federal Credit Union, a $2.1 billion member institution, has acquired Mississippi Department of Transportation Federal Credit Union. The deal closed March 31. The merger is expected to be completed by June 30. Both entities are among Mississippi's earliest credit unions. The Read More...

Health

4 years after BP oil spill, questions rise about long-term health

george-barisich-a312cf4b9074f640 CHALMETTE, La. (AP) -- When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the worst offshore spill Read More...

Tied to be Fit: American Heart Association Raising Awareness of the Importance of Physical Activity...

downloadThe Mississippi Link Newswire   Jackson, Miss. - Americans are spending more time than ever sitting in front of screens – at work and at home –which means less time being active. Physical inactivity has a detrimental effect on your health. Studies have shown that inactive people Read More...

Group works on Mississippi health insurance enrollment

jarvis-dortch-esq-27692f1ce04ed0cb JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- In an office building a couple blocks north of the state Capitol, employees at the nonprofit Mississippi Health Advocacy Program worked Monday to help state residents apply for coverage through a federally run health insurance website. "Yes, we have been pretty Read More...

Religion

Gov. Phil Bryant signs 'religious freedom' bill into law

Phil Bryant JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices. The bill sparked emotional debate in the Legislature about possible anti-gay discrimination. Bryant signed Senate Bill 2681 Thursday. It becomes law on Read More...

Big Bang Theory? Evidence spotted for universe's early growth spurt, researchers say

early-universe-94f14d9771a85970NEW YORK (AP) -- The universe was born almost 14 billion years ago, exploding into existence in an event called the Big Bang. Now researchers say they've spotted evidence that a split-second later, the expansion of the cosmos began with a powerful jump-start. Experts called Read More...

Legacy of civil rights leaders source of legal fights

bernice-king-247ee0d0bbc541e7WASHINGTON (AP) -- Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter recently walked up to the pulpit of the Atlanta church where her father preached and, in a painful public display, dissociated herself from her brothers. She accused them of plotting to sell their father's personal Bible and Read More...

Obituaries

Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart

kenneth-felumlee-helen-felumlee-67a69391bb23457d NASHPORT, Ohio (AP) -- A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart. Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning. The couple's eight Read More...

Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, wrongfully convicted twice of triple murder, dies at 76

boxerjpg-81c55a6277efa83eThe Associated Press Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76. He had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native's adopted home. John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, Read More...

Lions owner William Clay Ford, grandchild of automotive pioneer Henry Ford, dies at 88

william-clay-ford-be70bc7cb9c2c7b2 DETROIT (AP) -- William Clay Ford, the last surviving grandchild of automotive pioneer Henry Ford and owner of the Detroit Lions, has died. He was 88. Ford Motor Co. said in a statement Sunday that Ford died of pneumonia at his home in Grosse Pointe, Read More...

Education

Gov. Phil Bryant signs bill for pay increases, merit raises for Mississippi teachers

phil-bryant-b05b21c65e00694a JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi public schoolteachers can look forward to a $2,500 pay increase over the next two years on top of normal annual raises, with Gov. Phil Bryant signing a bill Tuesday that he says he hopes will aid performance. "What we are Read More...

Mississippi to step up reading instruction for third-graders

gray-tollison-78782d2d4afd8175 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- State officials say they plan to use bolstered state funding to hire more literacy coaches and better train teachers as schools seek to meet legislative requirements that all third graders read at a basic level by next year or be Read More...

State Sen. David Jordan writes memoir that shows changes in Mississippi race relations

david-jordan-0c2bab7b4731beaa JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- David Jordan was born on a Mississippi Delta plantation during the Great Depression, when segregation and poverty created a bleak outlook for a son of black sharecroppers. Eighty years later, Jordan is a retired science teacher, longtime Greenwood City Council member Read More...

Opinion

Should Mississippi adopt online voter registration?

13573930-smallJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- A new report by a nonpartisan public policy group says Americans spent an average of three minutes less standing in line to vote in the 2012 presidential election than they did four years earlier. An exception was Florida, where the Read More...

Some state senators need to show up for work

130339_lgThe Associated Press Sen. Melanie Sojourner, the first-term state senator from Adams County, seems to have forgotten an important commitment she made; showing up for work shouldn't be optional. Senate records show Sen. Sojourner has missed one out of every 10 roll calls so far in Read More...

Southern Miss, UTEP among 12 NCAA tournament 'bubble' teams to watch

13814607-mmmainBy Jim O'Connell AP national basketball writer  It's easy to skim through a list of conference tournaments and skip over the opening days of the major conferences as games between teams that would be considered long shots to make the NCAA's field of 68 unless they Read More...

The Buzz

Kenner police take over case of dismembered Bourbon Street dancer found in Hancock County

14757587-small KENNER, Louisiana (AP) -- As police in a New Orleans suburb prepare to take over the case of a Bourbon Street dancer whose body parts washed ashore in Mississippi in 2012, the police chief says he hopes his department can close the case. But Kenner Read More...

After prison fight at Walnut Grove Correctional Facility, monitors call for change

MS_WalnutGrove_13-630JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Violence is out of control, drugs are being smuggled in and guards are not adequately trained at the privately run Walnut Grove Correctional Facility, a prison with a history of troubles, according to court documents. The documents, filed by monitors who Read More...

2 men killed in Nettleton; police shoot, kill alleged shooter

shootingNETTLETON, Mississippi (AP) -- Three people are dead after a shooting in Nettleton. Authorities say the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute that apparently started at United Furniture's manufacturing plant. Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson says four people were in a sports utility vehicle leaving the Read More...