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Tea party leader calls for Mississippi GOP chairman Joe Nosef to resign

joe-nosef-ded415819333f693 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The president of the Mississippi Tea Party said Monday that state Republican chairman Joe Nosef needs to either remain neutral in the Republican U.S. Senate primary or step down. Laura Van Overschelde said she thinks Nosef is favoring incumbent Thad Cochran over Read More...

US anti-Semitic attacks down before Kansas deaths

460x (2) By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER and BILL DRAPER OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A group monitoring anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. cautiously noted a sharp decline in such incidents less than two weeks before the fatal shootings over the weekend outside two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City. The contrast Read More...

Blast at bus station in Nigerian capital kills 72

460x (1)By BASHIR ADIGUN and MICHELLE FAUL ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic militants struck in the heart of Nigeria on Monday with a massive rush-hour bomb blast at a bus station that killed at least 72 people and wounded 164 in the deadliest attack ever on the nation's Read More...

Sports

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...

NFL: Saints will open preseason at St. Louis

drew-brees-jan-2014-playoffsjpg-f8d88803833dff7e NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints' four-game preseason schedule is slated to begin in St. Louis and end at home in the last week of August. The NFL released approximate preseason schedules for all teams on Wednesday, with the precise dates and Read More...

NFL: Saints match Falcons' offer to restricted free agent safety Rafael Bush

14654072-mmmain NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints have retained restricted free agent safety Rafael Bush by matching an offer from the Atlanta Falcons. Bush had signed the offer last week, giving the Saints until Tuesday to either match that deal or let Bush Read More...

Entertainment

'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...

MTV Movie Awards 2014: Fashions in full bloom on the red carpet

-907f15fd45d4c3e7 LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Celebrities made fashion statements at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards airing live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. "American Hustle" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" among the nominees on the two-hour show, where fans vote online for such zany Read More...

'Captain America' sets April record with $96.2 million debut

robert-redford-chris-evans-8c6b6bf6e95e6830 LOS ANGELES  (AP) — Disney and Marvel could be one of the finest teams around. Continuing the success of their superhero franchise, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has set a record as the biggest domestic April release ever. The Disney sequel debuted with $96.2 million topping the Read More...

Business

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...

'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...

Mississippi farmers to plant more cotton and soybeans

farmjpg-8256be075ad33cef JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — With corn prices down, Mississippi farmers are likely to plant more cotton than 2013's record low acreage. But soybeans are still king, with almost as many acres expected to be planted than all other crops combined. Those are the findings of 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

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...

Memorial Services for Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba announced

chokwe-lumumba-78c2cffb5e86c39dCELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR THE HONORABLE MAYOR CHOKWE LUMUMBA The Mississippi Link Newswire: a City of Jackson press release The Honorable Chokwe Lumumba, Mayor of the City of Jackson, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Mayor Lumumba was a beloved father, human rights activist, visionary, and leader of Read More...

Famous African Americans obituaries for 2013

nelson-mandela BlackRefer.com OBITUARIES  in 2013 Ricky Dunigan, AKA Lord Infamous - Lord Infamous, died during a visit at his mother's home in Memphis on 12/20/13. He was 40 years old. His half-brother, told The Hollywood Reporter that Dunigan "passed away in his sleep from a heart attack. He Read More...

Education

Mississippi schools will not start later this year as Bryant signs bill to undo law

Phil Bryant JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi schools won't be forced to start the academic year in late August, as they had been expecting to do. Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed Senate Bill 2571). It negates a previous law that would've delayed the start of the school Read More...

Federal school report highlights Mississippi racial disparities in education

14540361-small JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Black students in Mississippi are much more likely to be taught by rookie teachers, and black males are suspended at the second-highest rates in the country. Those are among the findings of a U.S. Department of Education report on racial disparities in education Read More...

Mississippi Senate confirms Carey Wright as state superintendent of education

-c471e4545d8ff978 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- State senators have confirmed Carey Wright as Mississippi's state superintendent of education. Senators voted 46-6 for Wright Tuesday after a brief debate. Opponents say they're concerned about Wright's advocacy of Common Core state standards, publicly-funded prekindergarten education and whether her values line 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

US anti-Semitic attacks down before Kansas deaths

460x (2) By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER and BILL DRAPER OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A group monitoring anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. cautiously noted a sharp decline in such incidents less than two weeks before the fatal shootings over the weekend outside two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City. The contrast Read More...

Blast at bus station in Nigerian capital kills 72

460x (1)By BASHIR ADIGUN and MICHELLE FAUL ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic militants struck in the heart of Nigeria on Monday with a massive rush-hour bomb blast at a bus station that killed at least 72 people and wounded 164 in the deadliest attack ever on the nation's Read More...

Prosecutor peppers Oscar Pistorius with unrelenting questions

oscar-pistorius-4f53ae446e46bf14 PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- The chief prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial continued Monday to question nearly every aspect of the Olympian's story surrounding his fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked Pistorius exactly what words he used when he Read More...