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Contractor gets 5 years in Mississippi prison bribery scheme

prison-barsJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A businessman who had contracts with the Mississippi prison system has been sentenced to five years in prison in a bribery scheme involving the state's former corrections commissioner. The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/2k5Yf2X ) U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate sentenced 62-year-old Read More...

In bipartisan nod, GOP-led Mississippi Senate commends Obama

cover-obama-3-picBy EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Republican-led Mississippi Legislature has resisted much of President Barack Obama's agenda. But in a bipartisan gesture of goodwill, the state Senate is calling the Democrat "one of the most consequential presidents in recent history." Lawmakers have Read More...

Orlando nightclub gunman's widow pleads not guilty to helping husband

21894747-mmmain OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of aiding and abetting her husband's support of the Islamic State group and hindering the investigation of the attack that killed 49 people and injured 53 others. Noor Read More...

Sports

Worth a mention: Williams aiming for record 23rd major title

460x (2) By JOHN PYE MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams definitely doesn't want to talk about the No. 23. She doesn't really want to think about planning a wedding, either, while she's pursuing a Grand Slam record. Newly engaged Williams brushed off concerns about the 88 unforced Read More...

7th Annual MLK Lady Hoopfest this Saturday

KeiMoya Walker outraces defenderBy Tim Ward chopitupsports.com Martin Luther King Day will be observed nationally January 16. Speeches, parades, tributes, scholastic programs and religious programs will be held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. High school basketball enthusiasts are treated to two days of action packed Read More...

Watson and Clemson dethrone top-ranked Tide, 35-31

460x-1 By RALPH D. RUSSO TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Deshaun Watson took the snap, rolled right and with one of the easiest throws he had to make all night, completed Clemson's journey to the top of college football. A frantic fourth quarter and a championship rematch between Read More...

Entertainment

After 146 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will close forever in May

circusELLENTON, Fla. (AP) -- After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The Greatest Show on Earth." The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May. The iconic American spectacle Read More...

Medgar Evers' home designated a national historic landmark

medgar evers houseBy EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi home of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers is being designated a national historic landmark. It is one of 24 sites in the U.S. given the designation Wednesday by the National Park Service. As the first Read More...

In Times Square, 2017 arrives with ball drop, goofy hats, tight security

111222NEW YORK -- An estimated 1 million people ushered in the new year in New York City's Times Square, screaming and kissing as the glittering crystal ball dropped. New Year's Eve revelers, many donning oversized 2017 eyeglasses and green Statue of Liberty hats, began to Read More...

Business

In bipartisan nod, GOP-led Mississippi Senate commends Obama

cover-obama-3-picBy EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Republican-led Mississippi Legislature has resisted much of President Barack Obama's agenda. But in a bipartisan gesture of goodwill, the state Senate is calling the Democrat "one of the most consequential presidents in recent history." Lawmakers have Read More...

Exxon to pay Rex Tillerson $180M if confirmed as Donald Trump's secretary of state

21814350-mmmain NEW YORK (AP) -- Rex Tillerson will get a $180 million retirement package from Exxon Mobil Corp. if he is confirmed as President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state. Tillerson will give up more than 2 million Exxon shares he would have received over the next Read More...

Trump's picks for TVA board could reshape federal agency

378211-a46a80ccdb1c3cba468881ea8d19acfeCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Within the next five months, President-elect Donald Trump could appoint a majority of the board for the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest government-owned utility. The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/2iLc2fs ) reports three Democratic members of the board, including Chairman Read More...

Health

GOP growing hesitant on Obamacare repeal without replacement plan, could extend deadline

21841452-mmmain WASHINGTON (AP) -- Growing numbers of Republicans showed discomfort Monday over obliterating President Barack Obama's health care overhaul without having a replacement to show voters. Hoping to capitalize on the jitters, Democrats staged an evening Senate talk-a-thon to condemn the GOP push. With Donald Trump Read More...

Mississippi Healthcare Alliance makes sure that Mississippi high school students know lifesaving sk...

interim-cis-kit-2The Mississippi Link Newswire Jackson, Miss. – Mississippi High School students are receiving a life-saving gift from the Mississippi Healthcare Alliance. The Mississippi Healthcare Alliance partnered with the American Heart Association to purchase CPR in Schools Kits for all Mississippi high schools who did not Read More...

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

unnamedThe Mississippi Link Newswire Make a resolution to learn more. Every New Year, you make a list of things you will do to stay healthy so you can feel your best. But, did you realize that feeling your best includes seeing your best too? January is Read More...

Religion

Principal who said prayer boosted scores: license suspended

download JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former principal who said prayer had dramatically boosted test scores has lost her license for 20 years for telling teachers and other workers to correct students' answers. A state education department commission voted unanimously Thursday to suspend the license of Read More...

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

20161220_114505-1Youth become a live nativity in the skit, “The Birth of Jesus” The Mississippi Link Newswire Dec. 18, youth and adults alike brought scriptures to life as they participated in a skit titled, “The Birth of Jesus,” at Holy Temple Baptist Church, located at 5077 Cabaniss Read More...

160 dead after church roof collapses in Nigeria

21687200-mmmain LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Metal girders and the roof of a crowded church collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria, killing at least 160 people with the toll likely to rise, a hospital director said Sunday. Mortuaries in the city of Uyo are overflowing from Saturday's Read More...

Obituaries

Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan, last man to walk on moon, dies at 82

obit-gene-cernan-16c73fdca4c6dfaf (AP) Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last person to walk on the moon who returned to Earth with a message of "peace and hope for all mankind," died on Monday following ongoing heath issues, his family said. He was 82. Cernan was surrounded by relatives Read More...

A life and legacy of love Juanita Stubbs Bluntson

obit-for-juanita-stubbs-1-2April 7, 1937 - December 12, 2016 A passionate educator – whether at home, church or school – a strong, loving and compassionate wife, mother, grandmother, confidante and friend, Juanita Stubbs Bluntson made her final transition from earth to glory Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Her life, Read More...

A Homegoing Celebration for Willie C. Dow

48333123a73ee20fc97436f9461cd28aJanuary 13, 1922 - November 27, 2016 “I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” - 1I Timothy 4:7 The life journey of Willie C. Dow began January 13, 1922 in Jackson, Miss. He was the seventh of Read More...

Education

Principal who said prayer boosted scores: license suspended

download JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former principal who said prayer had dramatically boosted test scores has lost her license for 20 years for telling teachers and other workers to correct students' answers. A state education department commission voted unanimously Thursday to suspend the license of Read More...

Mississippi sues Google, saying it violates student privacy

ap_92707314010By JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's attorney general is once again tangling with Google, alleging it is illegally violating student privacy. Attorney General Jim Hood sued the California-based computer giant Friday in Lowndes County Chancery Court. Hood, a Democrat, says Google is breaking Read More...

Lawmakers receive consultants' school funding proposals

defaultBy EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A consulting group is recommending that Mississippi adopt a new school funding formula and phase it in over five to eight years. EdBuild CEO Rebecca Siblia presented her group's report to lawmakers Monday. If adopted, the proposal could Read More...

Opinion

From the desk of LeRoy G. Walker Jr.

2 Leroy.Walker_05The Mississippi Link Newswire Dear Fellow Jacksonians, This year, we will elect the next mayor of the City of Jackson. However, this election is no ordinary election. Mississippi’s Capitol City is at a critical point in its history. Our city is rapidly declining. Our infrastructure is Read More...

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...

The Buzz

Contractor gets 5 years in Mississippi prison bribery scheme

prison-barsJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A businessman who had contracts with the Mississippi prison system has been sentenced to five years in prison in a bribery scheme involving the state's former corrections commissioner. The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/2k5Yf2X ) U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate sentenced 62-year-old Read More...

Orlando nightclub gunman's widow pleads not guilty to helping husband

21894747-mmmain OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of aiding and abetting her husband's support of the Islamic State group and hindering the investigation of the attack that killed 49 people and injured 53 others. Noor Read More...

Man arrested in child's death

police-crime-scene-tapeMCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - A McComb man has been arrested on a homicide charge for a weekend accident that left a toddler dead and her mother injured. Lt. Mike Roberts says 28-year-old Johnathan McCaskill's pickup Saturday struck Erin Jeanson and her 22-month old daughter, Noël. McCaskill, Read More...