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AT&T INVESTS MORE THAN $950 MILLION OVER THREE-YEAR PERIOD TO ENHANCE LOCAL NETWORKS IN MISSISSIPPI

att_logoInvestment Expands Access to Nation’s Strongest 4G LTE Signal The Mississippi Link Newswire JACKSON, MISS.,  MARCH, 31,  2015 — AT&T* has invested more than $950 million in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in Mississippi between 2012 through 2014, driving a wide range of upgrades to Read More...

Mississippi Sheriff: Escatawpa girl shot in throat in critical condition

16867317-mmmainESCATAWPA, Miss. (AP) -- Authorities said an 8-year-old Escatawpa girl remained in critical condition after being shot in the throat in an apparent accidental discharge of a firearm. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said the girl was wounded Saturday at her home. She is being treated at Read More...

Church van in Florida crashes into canal, killing 8 and injuring 10

florida-fatal-van-crash-42a7e52b14fa7ad7 MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- An overloaded church van ran through a stop sign, crossed all four lanes of a dark rural highway and nosedived into a canal, killing eight people and injuring 10 early Monday in southwest Florida, authorities said. "They didn't see that Read More...

Sports

Dirty Birds: Atlanta Falcons lose draft pick, Rich McKay fined $350,000 for artificial crowd noise

arthur-blank-792e55cea7d6022f NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL has fined the Atlanta Falcons, stripped the organization of a draft pick and suspended team president Rich McKay from the league's Competition Committee beginning April 1 following the team's use of fake noise at home games. In statement released Read More...

New Orleans Saints cornerback Brian Dixon arrested

Brian DixonNEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints said they are aware cornerback Brian Dixon was arrested in Miami on Sunday morning and booked with resisting an officer. Nola.com reports (http://bit.ly/1CzO8ce ) that he posted bond and was released from jail Sunday morning after being booked Read More...

Who is Devin Booker? Just another Kentucky Wildcats basketball star...

devin-booker-497b9a6cc964a15b LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- John Calipari's platoon system gives most players on Kentucky's roster the opportunity to be the X-factor in any given game. In the NCAA Tournament, the player who will most likely have to fill that role will be Devin Booker, a Moss Point native. Read More...

Entertainment

Where to get Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living calendar 2015? Grandma is a centerfold for sale in Ohio

grandma-is-a-centerfold-e449cd4355ba6f3aAKRON, Ohio (AP) -- The stars of a charity calendar are in their 80s and 90s, but that didn't stop the women from an assisted living facility in Ohio from showing a little skin. Miss March, who's 88, wears a green top hat and not Read More...

Taste of Mississippi is this Monday

unnamed 1 Blue Cross & Blue Shield presents The 28th Annual Taste of Mississippi, a Benefit for Stewpot Monday, March 30, 2015 7:00-10:00 PM Highland Village, Jackson, MS The 28th Annual Taste of Mississippi will be held event will be held Monday, March 30, at Highland Village. The event will feature culinary delights from 45 fine Read More...

Vin Diesel says Oscars weighted against action films

Vin Diesel By LOUISE WATT BEIJING (AP) — Vin Diesel said Friday that the latest "Fast & Furious" film deserves a best picture Oscar but has two strikes against it when it comes to the Academy — it's an action flick and it's a sequel. "Do I shy away Read More...

Business

AT&T INVESTS MORE THAN $950 MILLION OVER THREE-YEAR PERIOD TO ENHANCE LOCAL NETWORKS IN MISSISSIPPI

att_logoInvestment Expands Access to Nation’s Strongest 4G LTE Signal The Mississippi Link Newswire JACKSON, MISS.,  MARCH, 31,  2015 — AT&T* has invested more than $950 million in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in Mississippi between 2012 through 2014, driving a wide range of upgrades to Read More...

Legislation the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office will support in the 2015 Legislative Sessi...

Delbert HosemannThe Mississippi Link Newswire Below is the summary of several pieces of legislation the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office will support in the 2015 Legislative Session.  1.       Autism Advocate Bill– This bill requires health insurance policies to provide coverage for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder.  HB Read More...

Mississippi Power, PSC asking high court to reconsider rate increases ruling

16999852-smallJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The Mississippi Power Co. and the Public Service Commission are asking the state's highest court to reconsider its ruling overturning rate increases to fund the company's Kemper County power plant and ordering $200 million in refunds. In separate court filings Thursday, Read More...

Health

Fate of Obama health law subsidies rests with 2 justices

460x (7) By MARK SHERMAN WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court argument over subsidies that help millions of people afford their health insurance suggests that the Obama administration has two chances to attract one critical vote. The justices will gather in private Friday to cast their votes in the Read More...

Second Los Angeles hospital reports 'superbug' infections

460x2 By ALICIA CHANG LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have been infected with an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" linked to a type of medical scope that's used on more than a half-million people in the U.S. every year, the hospital said Wednesday. The revelation comes Read More...

Plaque to honor Zuber Park namesake in West Point

zuberjpg-d690854ea0cdeaf0 WEST POINT, Mississippi (AP) -- Zuber Park, located on U.S. Highway 45 in West Point, was named for the city's first black physician. The family of Dr. Thomas L. Zuber is looking to update the history of the park's namesake with a new plaque commemorating Read More...

Religion

Church van in Florida crashes into canal, killing 8 and injuring 10

florida-fatal-van-crash-42a7e52b14fa7ad7 MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- An overloaded church van ran through a stop sign, crossed all four lanes of a dark rural highway and nosedived into a canal, killing eight people and injuring 10 early Monday in southwest Florida, authorities said. "They didn't see that Read More...

Alabama probate judges ordered to halt gay wedding licenses

460x (3) By JAY REEVES (AP) Probate judges must again decide whether to issue wedding licenses to gay couples after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is legal, despite a federal court's decision to the contrary. The all-Republican court sided with a pair of conservative Read More...

Gay marriage becomes legal in Alabama; Same-sex marriage still banned in 13 states

shante-wolfe-tori-sisson-1662dc833e1d5736 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday despite an 11th-hour attempt from the state's chief justice -- an outspoken opponent -- to block the weddings. The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday morning that it wouldn't stop the marriages, and Read More...

Obituaries

Obituary of Stephanie Parker Weaver

stpActivist….Leader….Lecturer….Author….Trailblazer…Powerhouse  Known as “Sistah Hurricane,” Stephanie Parker Weaver, a cherished wife, mother, sister, and friend, was born September 30, 1962 in Jackson, Mississippi. Stephanie was the third of four children of the late Frank and Carolyn Travis Parker. On March 24, 2015, she joined her Read More...

Attorney General Eric Holder delivers eulogy for slain U.S. Marshal Josie Wells

17285465-large MOSS POINT, Mississippi (AP) -- The deputy U.S. marshal who died in a shootout was a leader who carried on his family's legacy in law enforcement, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday at his funeral. Holder delivered the eulogy for Josie Wells at Wade Baptist Read More...

Funeral for U.S. Marshal Josie Wells set for Monday in Moss Point

josie-wells-89e922a094f5de7e MOSS POINT, Mississippi (AP) -- A funeral will be held next week for Josie Wells, a deputy U.S. marshal who was killed in the line of duty. Arrangements were announced Thursday by Wells' alma mater, Jackson State University. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. Monday at Wade Baptist Read More...

Education

Trustees offer deal to Ole Miss chancellor

alan-perry-dd6b6ee267ae9d20 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi's College Board is preparing to offer a two-year contract extension to the University of Mississippi chancellor whom they had previously refused to retain, individuals with knowledge of the negotiations said Thursday. Discussions to fine-tune the agreement with Chancellor Dan Jones Read More...

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signs $2.5 million K-12 budget bill

bryantjpg-cad61ebc72fb0ef1 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed a $2.5 billion budget for elementary and secondary schools, putting in place one of the biggest pieces of an overall state government spending plan for the coming year. Bryant signed the bill the same Read More...

Thousands rally in support of ousted Ole Miss chancellor

460x By JEFF AMY JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi finds itself in turmoil after trustees ousted well-liked Chancellor Dan Jones, with more than 2,000 students and faculty rallying to his defense Wednesday on the Oxford campus. Jones helped drive record enrollment and fund-raising, increasing the Read More...

Opinion

Educating the Kids Nobody Wants

EDUCATION Educating the Kids Nobody WantsBy Kevin P. Chavous After giving a recent education reform speech in Georgia, a thirty-something man approached me to discuss my views on the increasing school expulsion rate for kids, particularly boys of color.  He told me that his wife was a special education teacher; Read More...

Mississippi Judge's Speech To 3 White Murderers

reeves-f610c40457f259110600b974ae67c43aa313beb8-s400-c85The Mississippi Link Newswire What follows is the speech by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves that he read to the three young white defendants right before he sentenced them for the death of James Craig Anderson, the 48-year-old Black man. Anderson was beaten and killed Read More...

Black History Month – A Time to Know Who You Are

KPC - HeadshotAs a very young boy, I would love to wake up on Saturday mornings and watch Tarzan starring Johnny Weissmuller. The programs were all re-runs from the 1930's and 40's and they featured the main character leading, outsmarting and outfighting the savage native Africans Read More...

The Buzz

Mississippi Sheriff: Escatawpa girl shot in throat in critical condition

16867317-mmmainESCATAWPA, Miss. (AP) -- Authorities said an 8-year-old Escatawpa girl remained in critical condition after being shot in the throat in an apparent accidental discharge of a firearm. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said the girl was wounded Saturday at her home. She is being treated at Read More...

Mississippi mayor arrested on embezzlement charges, accused of using city credit card to pay for rep...

Terry Officials TERRY, Miss. (AP) -- Terry Mayor Roderick Nicholson was arrested Monday on embezzlement charges tied to accusations that he used a city credit card to pay for $2,700 in repairs to two personal vehicles, authorities said. State Auditor Stacey Pickering and Attorney General Jim Hood Read More...

Panama City Beach official: 'We have blood on our hands'

panama-city-beach-shooting-2015-a4e91871460748f9 PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A house party that dissolved into a hail of gunfire and left seven young people hurt has officials on the Florida Panhandle pondering what to do with a spring break season they say has gotten out of control. The Read More...