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Police arrest teen in Mississippi on Nebraska murder charge

police shooting tapeLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Police have arrested a teenager in the shooting death of a man last month in Lincoln, Nebraska. Lincoln police say authorities arrested the 16-year-old boy Monday in Gulfport, Mississippi, on charges related to the March 26 killing of 22-year-old Edgar Union Read More...

5 candidates now in special US Senate race in Mississippi

mike-espyBy EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Two more people have filed for a special U.S. Senate election in Mississippi, bringing the field of candidates to five. The qualifying deadline is Tuesday. One filing Monday is state lawmaker Chris McDaniel, who lost a 2014 Republican Read More...

Mississippi OKs $25 million in bonds for bridge improvements

Mississippi_Railroad_Bridge_VicksburgJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Top Mississippi officials have approved the state's borrowing $25 million to help repair or replace dangerous bridges. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Treasurer Lynn Fitch make up the state Bond Commission. Legislators voted several weeks ago Read More...

Sports

Dream comes true for Jackson State’s new head women’s basketball coach

JSU1chopsports From 1400 Murrah Drive to 1400 J.R. Lynch Street. Former Murrah Lady Mustang and former Jackson State Lady Tigers graduate assistant coach, Tomekia Reed returns home to lead the Lady Tigers, this time as the head coach. Reed has been coaching for 14 years. Beginning Read More...

Mhotsha, Nawa earn all-conference honors at SWAC championships

golfchopsports A shorthanded Alcorn State University women’s golf program finished fourth after two rounds at the 2018 SWAC Championships Monday and Tuesday at Oak Wing Golf Club. The Lady Braves registered a pair of top-10 finishes. Junior Ouname Mhotsha placed sixth with a 161 (+17) score, while Read More...

Alcorn honors 160 student-athletes as Arceneaux returns to speak at Braves Breakfast of Champions

Arceneauxchopsports Former standout wide receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux will be the Keynote Speaker for the Braves Breakfast of Champions event Thursday, April 19, on the campus of Alcorn State University. The event is designed to honor student-athlete scholars who earned at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point Read More...

Entertainment

Deon Taylor

Deon Taylor vert The “Traffik” Interview with Kam Williams   The Hardest Working Brother in Hollywood! Deon Taylor is a boundary-crashing, envelope-pushing, unabashed, creative force in the world of film and television. In Hollywood, roles vary and job functions are often blurred and blended – for talent, creatives, filmmakers, Read More...

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

Stubby vert Poster 2 Film Review by Kam Williams   Kiddie Cartoon Recounts "True" Story of Canine War Hero Ads for Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero bill the film as "The Incredible True Story of America's Top Underdog." Yet, the movie itself features this contrary disclaimer, albeit at the end and Read More...

100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice

100 Years vert poster Film Review by Kam Williams NOW ON NETFLIX    Bittersweet Biopic Chronicles Native-American Crusader's Class Action Suit vs. U.S. "They made us many promises... more than I can remember, but they never kept but one. They promised to take our land... and they took it." That observation Read More...

Business

Mississippi bank to pay $146 million to acquire Texas bank

02171103 BancorpSouth TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi bank will pay $146 million in stock and cash to buy a Texas bank. Tupelo-based BancorpSouth announced Thursday that it would buy Icon Capital Corp, whose Icon Bank has seven offices and $794 million in assets in the Houston Read More...

Founder of one of Mississippi's top private companies dies

Leslie B LamptonJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The founder of one of Mississippi's largest privately-held companies has died. Flowood-based Ergon says Leslie B. Lampton died Tuesday of natural causes at his Jackson home. He was 92. Privately-held Ergon owns refineries in Mississippi and West Virginia. It also has other Read More...

Mississippi Supreme Court rejects zoning for Costco store

about-warehouseJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A unanimous Mississippi Supreme Court says a suburb acted improperly in rezoning property for what would be Mississippi's first Costco store. The court on Thursday reversed a lower court ruling. It ruled that the city of Ridgeland hadn't proved that the Read More...

Health

Faith and Medicine

SmashLocal doctor leading through inspiration By Othor Cain Editor For many people going to see a doctor can be a terrifying experience, even if its just a routine checkup. Medical experts say some people find that their blood pressure is normal at home, but rises slightly when they’re Read More...

Mississippi scammers pretend to be deputies, target doctors

doctorDIAMONDHEAD, Miss. (AP) - Police say a phone scam is targeting doctors and dentists in Mississippi. Chief Deputy Don Bass with the Hancock County Sheriff's Office tells The Sun Herald a CVS clerk recently foiled one of the scammers' efforts, by telling a doctor who Read More...

Salmonella in chicken salad kills 1, sickens 265 in 8 states

salmonella_750pxBy DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Chicken salad contaminated with salmonella bacteria made by an Iowa food processing company and distributed by Fareway Stores has sickened 265 people in eight states and caused one death in Iowa. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control Read More...

Religion

P R E S E R V E D: Scandalized: The Gospel according to Olivia Pope revisited

RileyBy Shewanda Riley Columnist A few years ago, I wrote about the success of Scandal which was then one of the most popular and intriguing shows on network television. It was one of the hit television show from Shonda Rimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and one Read More...

Marker honors Mississippi synagogue's civil rights role

BIC-900x450JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's largest synagogue is being honored with a historical marker honoring the role the congregation played during the civil rights movement. The marker was unveiled Friday at Beth Israel Congregation in Jackson. Beth Israel, which was Mississippi's first Jewish congregation at its Read More...

College Hill celebrating 111 years

chmbc1By Jackie Hampton Publisher College Hill Baptist Church had its humble beginning under an oak tree in 1907 and on April 8 the church family celebrated its 111th year church anniversary, the last church anniversary service to be held in the current edifice. Father and son church members Read More...

Obituaries

I N M E M O R I A M: Linda Richard Jones

LindaJanuary 22, 1948 – April 2, 2018 On a nice winter day, an angel was born on January 22, 1948 to the late Jim and Gracie Ann Richard. Her name was Linda Richard. Linda was preceded in death by both parents; both brothers, Ellis Catchings, Read More...

Linda Brown, symbol of landmark desegregation case, dies at 75

lindabrown2By Neil Gunslinger Associated Press Linda Brown, whose father objected when she was not allowed to attend an all-white school in her neighborhood and who thus came to symbolize one of the most transformative court proceedings in American history, the school desegregation case Brown v. Board Read More...

Melvin Rankin Anderson

AndersonMarch 24, 1955 - February 22, 2018 Melvin Rankin Anderson was born March 24, 1955, to Genola Anderson. He was raised by his beloved grandmother, Leola Anderson, in D’Lo, Mississippi. Melvin peacefully stepped into God’s light February 22, 2018. He accepted Jesus Christ at an early Read More...

Education

Mississippi school eyes new football stadium construction

UlfbRjBz_400x400OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi Gulf Coast high school is considering building a new multimillion dollar football stadium. The Sun Herald reports that Ocean Springs High School officials are considering spending over $5 million to construct brand new facilities. Their Greyhound Stadium was built Read More...

Technical problem briefly interrupts Mississippi state tests

1JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Some Mississippi schools are recovering from technical problems with online state tests. The Mississippi Department of Education says some schools had problems connecting with the test for about an hour Tuesday morning. The state says the problems eased and online testing Read More...

Mississippi names top teacher and school administrator

Principal Howard Savage Jr JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi is honoring its teacher and school administrator of the year. The Mississippi Department of Education says Whitney Drewrey, who teaches students with disabilities at Lafayette Upper Elementary School in the Lafayette County school district near Oxford, is the teacher of Read More...

Opinion

On 50th Anniversary of King Assassination, We Have Work to Do

KingBy Jesse Jackson TriceEdneyWire.com The 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination comes amid a fierce struggle for the soul of America. We will celebrate the progress that has been made since Dr. King was taken from us in 1968, and decry the agenda that Read More...

COMMENTARY: 50th Anniversary of Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

simmons1By Senator Derrick T. Simmons D-Greenville As we celebrate with sorrow, the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I reflect on his legacy and the purpose of his God driven life’s work. While Dr. King’s work was difficult given the Read More...

Gun safety is about freedom

Derrick JohnsonCOMMENTARY By Derrick Johnson President and CEO, NAACP Fear at school was something the Little Rock Nine knew all too well. Facing vitriol, racism and merciless violence, the Little Rock Nine were escorted, for their own safety, by federal troops to their high school classes. For those Read More...

The Buzz

Police arrest teen in Mississippi on Nebraska murder charge

police shooting tapeLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Police have arrested a teenager in the shooting death of a man last month in Lincoln, Nebraska. Lincoln police say authorities arrested the 16-year-old boy Monday in Gulfport, Mississippi, on charges related to the March 26 killing of 22-year-old Edgar Union Read More...

Man accused of stabbing Mississippi woman to death

handcuffsHATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - A man has been charged with capital murder for the stabbing death of a 63-year-old woman in Mississippi. Fifty-three-year-old Andrew Presley could face life in prison or the death penalty if convicted. The Hattiesburg American reports that Deborah McGee was found Read More...

Mississippi inmates harvesting 300 pounds of tomatoes a week

10718435-mmmainPARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) - Inmates at a prison in the Mississippi Delta are growing tomatoes in a greenhouse, and officials expect the harvest to be about 8,000 pounds by the end of May. The state Department of Corrections resurrected two greenhouses last year at Mississippi Read More...