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Arkansas executes killer for 4th lethal injection in 8 days

22563838-mmmain VARNER, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas wrapped up an aggressive execution schedule Thursday, putting to death its fourth inmate in eight days. Kenneth Williams, 38, received a lethal injection Thursday night at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner for the death of a former deputy warden Read More...

Officer recorded in fight at Mississippi youth baseball game

13695625_GRIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi police officer faces criminal charges after a fight at a youth baseball game where he was coaching. Meridian Officer Eric Johnson was recorded on video Friday, fighting at a Ridgeland park with a coach from another team. Local media report Read More...

US will not pull out of NAFTA, President Donald Trump tells Mexico and Canada

22555641-mmmain WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that. The Read More...

Sports

School officials charged for failure to report coach

YI_fM11iBRUCE, Miss. (AP) - Three school district employees in Mississippi have been charged for failing to report inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student. The Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2oPlktc ) that Calhoun County superintendent Mike Moore, Bruce High School principal Michael Gillespie and Bruce Read More...

Authorities: 11 Alcorn players arrested after campus brawl

brawl LORMAN, Miss. (AP) - Eleven Alcorn State University football players have been arrested after authorities say a fight broke out on the school's Mississippi campus. News outlets reports Claiborne County Sheriff Frank Davis says charges have been filed against each of the players by other Read More...

Jackson State Women’s Tennis falls 4-2 to Alabama State in SWAC title match

16 imageThe Mississippi Link Newswire NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Jackson State women’s tennis team fell 4-2 to the Alabama State Lady Hornets Sunday morning in the SWAC Tennis Championship match. JSU finished the season with a 7-1 SWAC record and a 12-14 overall record. Sunday’s match-up Read More...

Entertainment

Mississippi man sues R. Kelly, says singer ruined marriage

R KellyBy JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi sheriff's deputy is suing singer R. Kelly, alleging that Kelly had a yearslong affair with his wife that broke up his marriage. Deputy Kenneth Bryant, who married Asia Childress in Mississippi in 2012, filed suit last Read More...

Sexual assault hidden secrets revealed in book ‘Married to Sin’

1 20170417_114806By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, unwanted sexual contact is known as sexual violence. This type of abusive behavior can claim anyone, despite his/her age. It can occur as force, threats, manipulation or coercion. Not only is the Read More...

Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

r_borninchina_header_b074815a by Kam Williams For movies opening April 21, 2017 BIG BUDGET FILMS Born in China (G) Nature documentary, narrated by Jon Krasinski, mounting an epic expedition deep into the wilds of China to monitor the daily lives of three elusive species: pandas, golden monkeys and snow leopards. Read More...

Business

Regions Bank expanding operation in south Mississippi

Regions-BankHATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Regions Bank says it is building a 75,000-square-foot operations center that could open by early 2019 Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The bank announced the project Monday, saying it will create 91 new jobs. That will bring Regions' total employment to 420 in the Read More...

United Airlines' profits dropped 69 percent in 1Q, even before man was dragged off plane

22494399-mmmain DALLAS (AP) -- United Airlines' profit plunged 69 percent in the first three months of the year, and that was before the terrible publicity surrounding the dragging of a bloodied passenger off a plane. The cost of fuel, labor and maintenance all rose sharply in Read More...

Viking Range to pay $4.7M fine over self-starting ovens

viking rangeBy JEFF AMY JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi appliance maker has agreed to pay a $4.7 million federal fine for not reporting that certain ovens in freestanding gas ranges could turn on by themselves, with customers then sometimes unable to turn them off. The U.S. Read More...

Health

Work may begin soon on Mississippi children's hospital wing

IMG_20By JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Work could begin by the end of the year on a $180 million expansion of the University of Mississippi Medical Center's hospital for children. Vice Chancellor LouAnn Woodward told trustees Wednesday that fund-raising is nearing a point where Read More...

Health Department: 2nd Mississippi child dies of flu in 2017

pediatric influenza deathsJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - State health officials say a south Mississippi child has died of influenza - the second pediatric flu death of the year. The Health Department released information about the death Tuesday. The first death was in the central part of the state Read More...

Insurers say Trump must do more to stabilize 'Obamacare'

800By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and TOM MURPHY WASHINGTON (AP) — "Obamacare" is proving more of a challenge than the Trump administration bargained for. With the "repeal and replace" effort at an impasse on Capitol Hill, the administration released on Thursday a set of fixes to stabilize the Read More...

Religion

Business Ministerial Alliance rallies for peace, justice and prevention

1 20170424_184449By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer The Save-A-Lot Corner at McDowell and Suncrest became a hotspot for Business Ministerial Alliance of Mississippi (BMA) as they rallied against senseless killings of youths April 24. Along with the 100 Concerned Clergy of Jackson and Heal the City Coalition, Read More...

Easter offering stolen from church in Mississippi

Church OfferingGREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - A church in the Mississippi Delta was robbed of its Easter offering. Greenwood police are investigating the burglary at West President Church of Christ. A cabinet was broken into, and about $600 in cash was taken the afternoon of Easter, April Read More...

College Hill - 110 years of laboring in the Spirit

CHCAnn2017 (24)By Daphne M. Higgins Religion Editor “Come along, my friends come along” were the first lyrics sung by the male chorus of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Gulfport during the 110th year church anniversary celebration of College Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss. For Read More...

Obituaries

Allen Harper lived his mission: ‘To Protect and Serve’

1 COVER-Allen-picDowntown cop died Friday due to injuries in motorcycle accident By Othor Cain Editor Saturday, April 1, started out as a pretty normal day for Jackson police officer Cpl. Allen Harper Jr. He did chores around the house, ran errands and checked off his to-do-list as Read More...

In Memoriam: Pamela Parice Curry

1 CurryThe Mississippi Link Newswire Pamelia Parice Curry is the oldest daughter of Laura Curry Hough and Chester Curry. She was born in Jackson Mississippi September 18, 1956. She transitioned from pain and suffering on earth to her heavenly home Tuesday, April 4, 2017, where she Read More...

In Memoriam: Legendary journalist Claude Lewis dies at age 82

2-Lewis picBy Enid Doggett NABJ The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the passing of NABJ founder Claude Lewis, also a founder of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ). Lewis died March 16, 2017 at Virtua Voorhees Hospital in Voorhees, N.J. He was 82. Lewis was Read More...

Education

“Saluting Greatness”: 5TH ANNUAL TWO RIVERS GALA | TOUGALOO HONORS

Gala Handbills_2017 The Mississippi Link Newswire Tougaloo, Miss. — Tougaloo College presents the 5TH Annual Two Rivers Gala | Tougaloo Honors:  The Gala will pay honor to native Mississippians whose public service, professional achievements, and relentless call to action have changed the course of history in the Read More...

Alcorn State begins design of $10M employee housing complex

large_Bell_Lettres_Hall JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Alcorn State University projects it will spend $10 million to build 50 faculty and staff housing units on its main Lorman campus. College Board trustees Thursday approved plans for Alcorn to hire an architect, paying $527,000 of the overall $10 million Read More...

Mississippi schools raise tuition again after budget cuts

jsusignBy JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's eight public universities say budget cuts mean tuition increases. The College Board Thursday approved additional tuition increases at all of the universities next fall. The vote came without the normal 30-day waiting period, and increases come atop Read More...

Opinion

Republican Party & Frankenstein reincarnate

DSC_1769By Leon Williams Guest Columnist Republicans often refer to Ronald Reagan as the standard-bearer in modern-day American politics. This characterization is troubling considering Reagan was never accepted as a guardian of African American causes. He demonstrated a proclivity to use race as a wedge issue Read More...

America rarely lets you forget that you’re black

1 LeonardPittsBy Leonard Pitts, Jr. lpitts@miamiherald.com So I had myself an epiphany. Actually, that’s not quite the right word. An epiphany is a moment of sudden clarity, but mine rolled in slowly, like dawn on a crystal morning. I’m not sure when it began. Maybe it was Read More...

Billionaire Bob Johnson calls for Independent Black Political Party in exclusive interview with Blac...

17 OPINION Johnson picBy Jim Clingman TriceEdneyWire.com One of the post-election highlights for me was the meeting between Donald Trump and Bob Johnson. Billionaire to billionaire, Democrat to Republican, black to white, businessman to businessman, capitalist to capitalist, meeting on a relatively even playing field to discuss some Read More...

The Buzz

Officer recorded in fight at Mississippi youth baseball game

13695625_GRIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi police officer faces criminal charges after a fight at a youth baseball game where he was coaching. Meridian Officer Eric Johnson was recorded on video Friday, fighting at a Ridgeland park with a coach from another team. Local media report Read More...

Easter offering stolen from church in Mississippi

Church OfferingGREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - A church in the Mississippi Delta was robbed of its Easter offering. Greenwood police are investigating the burglary at West President Church of Christ. A cabinet was broken into, and about $600 in cash was taken the afternoon of Easter, April Read More...

Police: Man accused of putting a body in freezer extradited

Thomas Elliot Stafford LATIMER, Miss. (AP) - A man arrested in the death of a 65-year-old man found in the freezer at a home in Latimer has been returned to Jackson County. The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2p7Vim7) Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said in a news release that Read More...