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Mississippi Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal in murder of George County Sheriff Garry Welford

17072724-large JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The Mississippi Supreme Court has scheduled arguments for April 14 in an appeal from a man convicted in the 2010 death of George County Sheriff Garry Welford. The state Court of Appeals upheld Christopher Lee Baxter's conviction last year. Baxter and his Read More...

Obama: Selma teaches his daughters there are 'struggles for them to fight'

-9ee915af3ce78e85 (AP) For President Barack Obama, it's a week to invoke America's civil rights struggles from past to present. The nation's first black president plans a speech Saturday from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the site of one of the movement's stirring moments, and Read More...

2 shot at T.I., Young Jeezy party in North Carolina club, police say

17147327-mmmain CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Two people were injured after being shot Saturday at a Charlotte nightclub where rappers T.I., Young Jeezy and Yo Gotti were advertised to appear, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman said. The Charlotte Observer reported that a popular club at the N.C. Music Factory Read More...

Sports

Sports Minute: The latest Mississippi sports news

Mississippi_St_Missouri HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Chip Armelin scored 21 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, to lift Southern Miss to a 70-66 win over Texas-San Antonio last night. Matt Bingaya contributed 17 points while dishing out a career-high 10 assists and Shadell Millinghaus sank four 3-pointers Read More...

NBA Capsules

warriors-cavaliers-basketball CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored a season-high 42 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 110-99 on Thursday night for their 18th victory in 20 games. James added 11 rebounds, outplaying fellow MVP candidate Stephen Curry and leading Cleveland past the Read More...

Mississippi State showing signs of improvement as Bulldogs prepare to face No. 1 Kentucky

craig-sword-alandise-harris-8e5fb30a5b1ba82a STARKVILLE, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi State was the worst team in the Southeastern Conference last season. Now the program is simply mediocre. It's far from a miraculous turnaround, but the Bulldogs (12-15, 5-9 SEC) have slowly shown signs of improvement during their third season under Read More...

Entertainment

Will Smith's con-man caper 'Focus' tops box office with $19.1 million

-4679f18e37f2862c NEW YORK (AP) -- Will Smith's con-man caper "Focus" dethroned "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the box office, but the film's modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star. According to studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros.' "Focus" Read More...

2 shot at T.I., Young Jeezy party in North Carolina club, police say

17147327-mmmain CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Two people were injured after being shot Saturday at a Charlotte nightclub where rappers T.I., Young Jeezy and Yo Gotti were advertised to appear, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman said. The Charlotte Observer reported that a popular club at the N.C. Music Factory Read More...

$150K dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars reported stolen

Lupita Nyong'o By ANTHONY McCARTNEY LOS ANGELES (AP) — The theft of a $150,000 pearl-covered gown worn by Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars doesn't surprise Hollywood stylists who have personally experienced the seedy side of red carpet fashion. Style expert and fashion commentator Mary Alice Stephenson has for years Read More...

Business

Southern Co. suing former Kemper plant manager, wants him to stop talking

17130201-smallJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Southern Co. is suing a key employee who worked on the troubled Kemper County power plant, asking a judge to order him to not talk about the project. Southern Company Services, an arm of Atlanta-based Southern, will be in court Friday Read More...

2014 a banner year for filmmaking in Mississippi

17112958-mmmain COLUMBUS, Mississippi (AP) -- In 2014, 19 feature films along with six reality shows and six documentaries were shot partially or entirely in Mississippi. "We had a rather remarkable year last year and we expect that to continue," said Ward Emling, director of the Mississippi Read More...

BP oil spill: Judge rejects BP attempt to lessen fines for Gulf of Mexico spill, $13.7 billion in ci...

gulf-oil-spill-35ca966c7ef8afc8 NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- BP wants to lower the fine per barrel of oil spilled during the 2010 Deep Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier felt differently. The federal judge rejected an attempt by BP to lower the fines. On Thursday, Read More...

Health

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...

7 infected, 2 dead after 'superbug' outbreak at hospital

460x (10) By ROBERT JABLON LOS ANGELES (AP) — Contaminated medical instruments are to blame for infecting seven patients — including two who died — with an antibiotic-resistant and potentially deadly "superbug" at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, hospital officials said. A total of 179 patients may be Read More...

Democrats seek relief from health law penalties

460x By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR WASHINGTON (AP) — The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance. Three senior House members told The Associated Press that they plan Read More...

Religion

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...

Mississippi Supreme Court hears arguments in same-sex divorce case

randy-pierce-7bbeb3282a79ca90 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi, which does not allow same-sex marriages, should find a way to grant a divorce to a DeSoto County woman who married another woman in California in 2008, lawyer Casey Varnado told the state Supreme Court on Wednesday. The attorney general's Read More...

Lawmakers propose making the Bible Mississippi's state book

biblepromojpg-8eaee41ebe920308 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- During this state election year, some lawmakers are proposing to designate the Bible the official state book of Mississippi. Rep. Tom Miles of Forest says he and fellow Democratic Rep. Michael Evans of Preston are filing a bill, and they've already Read More...

Obituaries

The Blazers honor Kersey with emotional tribute

460x (2) By ANNE M. PETERSON PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers honored beloved former player Jerome Kersey with an emotional 25 seconds of silence before their game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night. Kersey, who wore No. 25 during his 11-year tenure in Portland during Read More...

Legendary jazz musician Clark Terry dead at 94

460x By CHARLES J. GANS NEW YORK (AP) — Legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, who mentored Miles Davis and Quincy Jones and played in the orchestras of both Count Basie and Duke Ellington and on "The Tonight Show," has died. He was 94. Terry's wife announced his death Read More...

Hundreds pack Tupelo church for U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee's funeral

cf52f6d7f87c63056d0f6a706700c640jpg-232a7b8d8099a8ac TUPELO, Miss. (AP) -- Friends, family and political colleagues are remembering U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee as a dedicated family man and public servant. Hundreds of people packed the sanctuary of Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo for Nunnelee's funeral Monday. The third-term Republican congressman died of an Read More...

Education

Mississippi high school student back in court over rap song

17100516-small JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- It's back to court for a Mississippi high school student who argues he was exercising his right of free speech when he posted a rap song online that criticized two coaches he accused of misconduct toward female students. A three-judge panel Read More...

Mississippi Senate slams the door on homeschoolers wanting to play public school sports

17001192-large JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi lawmakers are saying no to home school students who want play sports in public schools. Senate Bill 2329 died Thursday when 17 senators voted for it and 31 voted against it. The bill said home school students could play sports or do Read More...

Mississippi House OKs $2,500 raise for assistant teachers

TeacherJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The Mississippi House has voted to give assistant teachers a substantial pay raise. The base pay for the job is currently $12,500 a year. A bill that was debated Wednesday originally would have set the base pay at $13,500. The House accepted a Read More...

Opinion

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 Way Forward for Black Students

Peter Groff - HeadshotBy Honorable Peter C. Groff  For good reasons many African Americans have wonderful memories of their time in public schools. Among those recollections are the family and community legacies, the favorite teacher and the lifelong friends that were made. Even for those, particularly in the Read More...

The Buzz

Mississippi Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal in murder of George County Sheriff Garry Welford

17072724-large JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The Mississippi Supreme Court has scheduled arguments for April 14 in an appeal from a man convicted in the 2010 death of George County Sheriff Garry Welford. The state Court of Appeals upheld Christopher Lee Baxter's conviction last year. Baxter and his Read More...

Former Mississippi corrections chief Christopher Epps pleads guilty to corruption charges

17113201-large JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps and businessman Cecil McCrory are pleading guilty on federal corruption charges. Epps pleaded guilty to a count of money laundering conspiracy and a count of income tax evasion Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Henry T. Read More...

Former assistant principal sentenced for sexual battery

17114700-small LEXINGTON, Mississippi (AP) -- A former assistant principal in Holmes County has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for sexual battery of a 10th grade student. George Lomax, the former assistant principal of Jacob McClain High School in Lexington, was convicted this past Read More...