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Sheriff: 3-year-old, siblings abandoned on highway

peels-2jpg-667a8b2724b58c0f PEARL, Mississippi (AP) — The Rankin County Sheriff's Department says a father alleged to have abandoned his three children on Tuesday has surrendered to authorities, while the siblings' mother is expected to be arrested. The Clarion-Ledger reports 31-year-old Quincy Montanna Peels, of Jackson, turned himself in Read More...

Former Ocean Springs investment broker gets prison for mail fraud scheme

diazjpg-3041fea84789b747 PASCAGOULA, Mississippi (AP) — A former Ocean Springs investment broker will spend nearly six years in federal prison for mail fraud. WLOX-TV reports Eduardo Diaz was indicted in October, accused of stealing more than $1 million from clients over a 3 1/2 year period. He pleaded Read More...

$5,000 reward issued for escaped inmate

EscapesGerome Moore (left) and Malcolm Landfair  Mississippi Link Newswire The United States Marshals Office in Jackson is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and arrest of Malcolm Jamal Landfair - one of two capital murder suspects who escaped from the Hinds County Read More...

Sports

LeBron James wins NBA Finals MVP for 3rd time

460x (4) OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James is a champion again, and the NBA Finals MVP again. By unanimous vote, James was selected as MVP of the title series, accepting his trophy from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after Cleveland beat Golden State 93-89 in Game 7 Read More...

The End: Cleveland rocks as title drought ends in NBA Finals

460x (1) By TOM WITHERS CLEVELAND (AP) — More tears. Only this time, tears of joy. Cleveland's championship drought, crossing 52 years, generations and noted by a long list of near misses, is over at last. On Father's Day, LeBron James, the kid from nearby Akron raised by a single Read More...

Deuce McAllister taking over for late Hokie Gajan in Saints radio booth

deucejpg-308d0fcf4b095d0a NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Saints star running back Deuce McAllister is joining the radio broadcast for Saints games. McAllister, whose appointment was announced by WWL radio on Wednesday, will serve as a color announcer alongside play-by-play announcer Jim Henderson. The former Ole Miss Read More...

Entertainment

A new wall to climb for Humpty Dumpty, FunTime USA

FuntimeGULFPORT, Mississippi (AP) — Gulf Amusements LLC, owners of FunTime USA, said in a press release received by The Sun Herald residents of Georgia Place, a nearby neighborhood, who are opposed to the amusement park, filed an appeal against the Gulfport Planning Commission's decision to allow Read More...

Gospel artists inspire during tour

IMG_0790Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald Houses in Jackson, other cities Mississippi Link Newswire McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour made its triumphant 10th year return to Jackson last week when gospel artists performed June 16 at the Jackson Convention Complex. The tour is the longest-running brand owned gospel tour. The Read More...

Test results show Prince died of opioid overdose

prince-141628586d7b9f65 CHICAGO (AP) — Tests show that Prince died of an opioid overdose, a law-enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday. The 57-year-old singer was found dead April 21 at his Minneapolis-area estate. The official, who is close to the investigation, spoke on condition of anonymity Read More...

Business

A new wall to climb for Humpty Dumpty, FunTime USA

FuntimeGULFPORT, Mississippi (AP) — Gulf Amusements LLC, owners of FunTime USA, said in a press release received by The Sun Herald residents of Georgia Place, a nearby neighborhood, who are opposed to the amusement park, filed an appeal against the Gulfport Planning Commission's decision to allow Read More...

Hard work pays off for DuBard, successful lawn business owner

5DubardBy Kristen Barnes Special to The Mississippi Link Jon DuBard, owner of Olympian, cites research, guidance and motivation as having led him to own a successful comprehensive lawn management business in Jackson at the young age of 27. DuBard, who is from Jackson, attended Murrah High School Read More...

Mississippi's budget gap could widen because $72 million protected in trust funds

a5696c54004d4b438c061a83276ed7aajpg-5c0cb92e2a84f66e JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says legislative efforts to use one-time cash to plug a budget hole will be at least $128 million short of the amount lawmakers originally thought they would get. Hood said calculations by his office and the Read More...

Health

AP analysis: Mississippi health care trust fund whittled away

Mississippi health care trustJACKSON, Mississippi — It seems almost quaint now, the optimism that Mississippi legislators expressed in 1999 when they created a health care trust fund. The idea was to sock away the state's multimillion-dollar annual payments from a tobacco lawsuit. The trust fund balance would grow, Read More...

Bipartisan bill sent to Obama would regulate toxic chemicals in household cleaners, more

20524889-mmmain WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Tuesday sent President Barack Obama a sweeping bill that would for the first time regulate tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday products, from household cleaners to clothing and furniture. In a rare display of bipartisanship in an election Read More...

Still standing despite domestic violence

1johnson1Standing wheelchair allows Jackson woman to work again By Susan Christensen Health and Research News Service Jamecca Jones has enjoyed “making people look beautiful” since the days she fashioned ponytails and freeze curls for her Bailey High School classmates. So when a gunshot wound put her in a Read More...

Religion

Chief Vance: Prayer makes difference in combating crime

1CollegeHillVanceBy Daphne M. Higgins Religion Editor Scripture shares that service is the task with which God charged all Christians. The police chief for the city of Jackson, Lee Vance, expressed that service has been ingrained in him and this act is what he expects his department to Read More...

Gospel artists inspire during tour

IMG_0790Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald Houses in Jackson, other cities Mississippi Link Newswire McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour made its triumphant 10th year return to Jackson last week when gospel artists performed June 16 at the Jackson Convention Complex. The tour is the longest-running brand owned gospel tour. The Read More...

‘Ladies of Grace’ holds fashion show

5Fashion_MG_0281By Ayesha K. Mustafaa Contributing Writer Ladies of Grace, a women’s auxiliary at Central Community Church of God, 2305 Saint Charles in Jackson, presented its brunch and fashion show May 14. Their mantra: “We are ladies of grace walking with Jesus. We’re not only amazing…, we’re enough, Read More...

Obituaries

The Greatest of All Time: 1942 - 2016

Muhammad Ali photographed in 1967. (Library of Congress/Creative Commons)Ali was confident symbol of Black pride “A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30  years of his life.” – Muhammad Ali   By Jesse J. Holland Associated Press WASHINGTON – For Muhammad Ali, the idea of being a humble Read More...

Ali scripted funeral plans in exacting detail in ‘The Book’

APTOPIX Muhammad Ali Memorial By Bruce Schreiner and Claire Galofaro Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Muhammad Ali and his innermost circle started a document years ago that grew so thick they began calling it "The Book." Its contents will soon be revealed. In the pages, the boxing great planned in exacting Read More...

Muhammad Ali, who riveted the world as 'The Greatest,' dies

460x (1) By TIM DAHLBERG (AP) He was fast of fist and foot — lip, too — a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above Read More...

Education

Prayer vigil at Tougaloo supports LGBT

1TougalooPressConfBy Ayesha K. Mustafaa Contributing Writer The entire country is still reeling behind the massacre of 49 persons who were attending the Pulse Club in Orlando, Fla. in the early hours of June 12. The club was filled to capacity with about 300 persons from the LBGT Read More...

JPS recognizes The Link, other media organizations

2JPSmediaIMG_4039The Mississippi Link Newswire Jackson Public School District held a Media Appreciation Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. June 2, to recognize area media organizations for supporting scholars, teachers and administrative staff in the district. Jackson Public School administrative leaders from various departments were present along with media Read More...

BYU professor agrees to stop inviting students to drink what he said was urine

jasonhansenjpg-9000a04f6693d980 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Brigham Young University physiology professor will no longer be offering students the chance to drink what they think is real urine as part of a class demonstration. Assistant professor Jason Hansen has been told to just explain the lesson next Read More...

Opinion

Sen. Frazier grateful for another Father’s Day

1 FrazierLegislator promotes prostate cancer research By Hillman Frazier  Special to The Mississippi Link The most challenging year of my life was 2015 when in September I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which for some can be a quick death sentence. But because of a team of health care Read More...

“I come from Mississippi”

7MalonemugThe Mississippi Link Newswire When I heard the news of the massacre at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston last June it horrified me, but I can’t say it surprised me. I come from Mississippi, where the struggle for racial harmony has always been particularly tough Read More...

Sanders, Trump are two sides of same angry, White coin

OP-julianne-malveauxBy Julianne Malveaux NNPA News Wire Columnist For all their dueling ideologies, Senator Bernie Sanders and “presumptive Republican nominee” Donald Trump are two sides of the same coin. Both of them are angry, so intensely so, that they are inciting a destructive anger among their followers. When Republicans Read More...

The Buzz

Woman pleads guilty to stripper's death, dismemberment

margaret-sanchez-mugjpg-f9581e07c77aa8b7 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A woman was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday in the stabbing death of a Bourbon Street dancer whose dismembered body washed up along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Margaret Sanchez, 32, of Metairie, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, obstruction of justice Read More...

Police: Marion County man dies after being run over multiple times in grocery parking lot

636015922801822321-chaneeta-bryantjpg-da6918385ec8d129 FOXWOOD, Mississippi (AP) — Authorities say a man has died from injuries he received when he was run over multiple times after an argument in a grocery store parking lot. The Marion County Sheriff's Department said charges against Chaneeta Bryant have been upgraded to murder Read More...

Meridian Police: Domestic fight leads to toddler being shot

20586534-smallMERIDIAN, Mississippi (AP) — Meridian police are looking for a man involved in a domestic altercation that led to the shooting of a child in a car seat. Capt. John Griffith tells The Clarion-Ledger the toddler was in the car when she was hit in the head Read More...