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Mississippi teacher admits dragging student by hair, barred from classroom for 12 years

21669402-mmmain JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Fired, criminally charged and with her state teaching license on the line, Linda Winters-Johnson admitted Wednesday that she'd been wrong to drag a special education student by the hair across the gym floor at Greenville High School. "I am an imperfect Read More...

A true American hero, John Glenn dies at 95

174537main_glenn_john_hr WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 Read More...

McCrory seeks to withdraw guilty plea in prison corruption

mccroryjpg-7ca12a5cbaf3adc3By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former Mississippi lawmaker says he wants to withdraw his guilty plea in a prison corruption case. In papers filed Thursday in federal court in Jackson, Cecil McCrory says he is innocent and is asking for a Read More...

Sports

Grambling’s second half comeback tops Alcorn 27-20 in SWAC Championship

16-sprts-alcorn-picAlcornsports.com/news HOUSTON – In a tale of two halves, the Alcorn State University football program jumped out to a 17-0 lead at the intermission, but Grambling State came back to take a 27-20 decision in the SWAC Championship game Dec. 3 at NRG Stadium. At halftime, Read More...

Jury selection begins in trial of man accused of murdering former Saints star Will Smith

saints-will-smith-shot-football-6349f313abb1ea8c NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- One car rear-ends another on a Saturday night. People argue. It escalates. Ten or so gunshots later, one driver is dead and the other waits nervously to give his side of the story to police. Conflicts settled by gunfire are tragically common Read More...

SWAC championship: Will Alcorn State repeat history?

alcorn-champions-16-photo-dr-jerry-domatobBy Jerry Komia Domatob Alcorn State University On December 3 the Alcorn State University Braves will lock horns with the Grambling State University Tigers as they did in 2015 for the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship. After a topsy-turvy season of seemingly mishaps for Alcorn, with coach Read More...

Entertainment

Extras, interns needed for work on film

ethan-hawke BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Movie extras and interns are needed to work on a low-budget film directed by Ethan Hawke and being filmed in the Baton Rouge area. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/2g7cwtI ) the positions are unpaid, but producer Ryan Hawke promises free food, Read More...

Jackson’s Foodies Group feeds homeless

diningwithdignity-15By Othor Cain Contributing Writer Stewpot Community Services turned into a 5-star Restaurant Sunday, Nov. 20, when members of the Jackson’s Foodies Group teamed up with local area businesses and provided a meal fit for a king. Feed Jackson/Dining with Dignity, the brainchild of Jackson’s Read More...

Fairhope, Ala., doctor indicted after drug death of 3 Doors Down guitarist

matt-roberts-d064ee913bf073ad BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — An Alabama doctor is accused of illegally prescribing drugs that contributed to the overdose death of longtime 3 Doors Down guitarist and Moss Point native Matt Roberts earlier this year, court documents show. Newly unsealed records show Dr. Richard Snellgrove of Read More...

Business

Carrier to announce deal with Trump, will keep 1,000 jobs in Indiana

21616768-mmmain WASHINGTON (AP) -- Air conditioning company Carrier said Tuesday that it had reached a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in Indiana. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence planned to travel to the state Thursday to unveil the agreement alongside Read More...

Mississippi shipyard gets $44M addition to contract

IngallsPASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula has been given a nearly $44 million addition to a previous contract. The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2fpjsa7 ) the contract is for long lead time material and engineering and pre-production activities for construction of a DDG-125 ship. About Read More...

Yarber announces Phase I of LED Retrofit Project

1ledmayorty5-2The Mississippi Link Newswire On Nov. 14, Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber announced Phase I of a project designed to save tax dollars through energy efficiency. T The LED Jackson project will provide better lighting in city buildings and on some city streets, while saving costs of Read More...

Health

Norovirus blamed for sickening 62 at Gulfport military retirement home

16739805-abstract-word-cloud-for-norovirus-with-related-tags-and-termsGULFPORT, Mississippi (AP) -- The illness sickening residents at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport has been identified as norovirus. Media outlets report that since Monday, 62 residents have become ill and nine have been hospitalized. Affected residents reported symptoms including nausea, vomiting and Read More...

MBK focused on HIV testing reaching “all populations”

1-wadmbk-picGroup hosts free HIV testing at multiple sites Nov 30 – Dec 1 By Reggie S. Davis Communications Manager MBK Public conversations about the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can be a mixture of sound knowledge and divisive rhetoric. However, with the evolution of newer, more efficient Read More...

Partners for the “Make Healthy Happen Miami” initiative attended the EcoFest in Liberty City

ecofest-bernadettemorrisThe Mississippi Link Newswire Members of the “Make Healthy Happen Miami” team attended the EcoFest Festival at Broadway Place in Liberty City recently. EcoFest is a community festival that provided residents with an opportunity to celebrate sustainability and green efforts in Miami-Dade County. During the event, Read More...

Religion

Prosecutor: Killer at black church had cold, hateful heart

Dylann Storm RoofBy Bruce Smith and Jeffrey Collins Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. – Dylann Roof had a “cold and hateful heart” when he pulled a pistol from his fanny pack during a Bible study last year and killed nine black church members as they closed their eyes Read More...

College Hill ordains new deacons

2collegehillimg_8702By Jackie Hampton Publisher The College Hill Baptist Church family recently celebrated its first ordination of deacons since Pastor Michael T. Williams became the spiritual leader of the century-old church located at 1600 Florence Ave. in Jackson. On Nov. 20, at 4 p.m., the College Hill Read More...

Mississippi church arson: No sign of accelerant found

15732981_1478093346-2439GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A fire chief says the burning of an African-American church in Mississippi is still considered arson, but the state Crime Lab determined that no accelerant was found on items it tested from the church. Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville burned Read More...

Obituaries

A true American hero, John Glenn dies at 95

174537main_glenn_john_hr WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 Read More...

In Memorium: William Trammell III

8-2016_1201_callaway_trammell_po_0004Mississippi Link Newswire The Jackson Public School District honors the life of Callaway High School Principal William Trammell III. We are thankful to Mayor Tony Yarber and the City of Jackson, the media, Callaway adopters, and so many others who have expressed condolences and words of Read More...

Oakland warehouse fire: Who were the victims?

21660920-mmmain OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland warehouse fire took the lives of musicians, artists and others trying to break down barriers. Among them was a female DJ who encouraged women to get involved in the male-dominated scene of electronic music. A promoter who sought to Read More...

Education

JSU’s Interim President Rod Paige delivers solid message at forum

dsc_0077‘JSU must improve its image’ By Othor Cain Contributing Writer With a standing room only crowd at Koinonia Coffeehouse in Jackson last Friday, Jackson State University’s interim president and former U.S. Secretary of Education under President George W. Bush, Rod Paige, took to the mic to Read More...

Gray’s exit from JPS cost taxpayers $195K

1JPSCedrick GrayBy Othor Cain Contributing Writer Based on district records, Jackson Public Schools paid former Superintendent Cedrick Gray $195,000 at the time he resigned. An itemized list of accounts payable claims provided by the district showed Gray was paid $195,000 between Oct. 22 and Nov. 4. The Read More...

In Memorium: William Trammell III

8-2016_1201_callaway_trammell_po_0004Mississippi Link Newswire The Jackson Public School District honors the life of Callaway High School Principal William Trammell III. We are thankful to Mayor Tony Yarber and the City of Jackson, the media, Callaway adopters, and so many others who have expressed condolences and words of Read More...

Opinion

Letter to the editor: My prayer is for continued success of Jackson Public Schools

1JPSCedrick Gray Let me begin by saying, what an honor it has been to serve the citizens, parents and students of Jackson as superintendent. I thank the Board of Trustees for giving me the opportunity to become lead teacher for Jackson Public Schools. Jackson has some Read More...

Analysis: School funding debate bumpy, but direction unclear

maep-chalkboardBy JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Despite an eventful couple of days in discussions about rewriting the state education funding formula, the public is no closer to knowing what changes lawmakers will consider to the current Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Instead, Mississippians got a Read More...

Justice Kitchens has too much integrity to run smear campaign

1newhope2.jpgLetter to the editor You may have seen the disgusting attack ads against my father, Justice Jim Kitchens. The ads are paid for by Washington corporate interests trying to buy a seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court. They know Jim Kitchens isn’t for sale, so Read More...

The Buzz

Woman charged with killing elderly father with boiling water

coleman JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Police say a Mississippi woman has been charged with murder after pouring boiling water over her paralyzed elderly father, who died several days later. Jackson Police Department Commander Tyree Jones said in a news release that 55-year-old Diane Coleman dumped the Read More...

Georgia man guilty of murder in death of toddler son left in hot SUV

leanna-taylor-7c8f40ece79f2efe BRUNSWICK, Georgia (AP) — A Georgia man whose toddler son died in a hot car was found guilty of both malice and felony murder on Monday by a jury tasked with weighing a month of dueling testimony over whether the child's father left him Read More...

Protester in Trump rally scuffle denies being Clinton plant, having gun

21469596-mmmain (AP) A protester involved in a scuffle at a Donald Trump rally in Reno, Nevada denied accusations Sunday that he is an operative for Democrats. "It's absolutely ludicrous," Austyn Crites said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. "I stand by my principles, and Read More...