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Student back in school, with gym teacher who gave her kidney

460x (2) DETROIT (AP) — An 18-year-old returned to her Detroit high school Tuesday with a new kidney, donated by her gym teacher. Students threw confetti as A'Ja Booth entered the West Side Academy, walking arm-in-arm with Nadirah Muhammad down a red carpet in the gym. Muhammad, Read More...

No charges for St. Louis officer who killed 18-year-old

460x By JIM SUHR ST. LOUIS (AP) — An attorney for the family of a black 18-year-old shot and killed last October by an off-duty, white St. Louis police officer said Tuesday he plans to file a wrongful-death lawsuit, after a prosecutor said the officer would not Read More...

Latest Mississippi news, sports, business and entertainment

ap359875626724_wide-d86857dae40464313ff1177746bbaf5e4bcb2fe0-s900-c85DEEPENING THE MISSISSIPPI Corps of Engineers to study deepening Mississippi River NEW ORLEANS (AP) - With the size of ships growing, the Army Corps of Engineers says it will begin looking at deepening the lower Mississippi River by as much as 5 feet - a move Read More...

Sports

Curry's daughter steals spotlight during news conference

Stephen Curry OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — There's at least one person on the planet who can contain Stephen Curry: his daughter. Curry's 2-year-old daughter, Riley, stole the spotlight from the Golden State Warriors star and NBA MVP during his news conference after Tuesday night's 110-106 victory over Read More...

NFL turning to South for 2019, 2020 Super Bowls

download SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The NFL will turn to the South for its host cities for the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls. New Orleans, Atlanta, South Florida and Tampa will bid for those games. Of those four, New Orleans staged the game most recently, after the Read More...

Timberwolves win draft lottery, Lakers move to No. 2

460x (1) By BRIAN MAHONEY NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves too often came to the NBA draft lottery and left in worse shape than they arrived. And when they finally ended years of lottery futility, it came from the spot where nobody had been winning.The Timberwolves won Read More...

Entertainment

B.B. King viewing set for Vegas ahead of Mississippi funeral

bb-kings-mississippi-14cb3e4c8576c577 (AP) A public viewing for blues legend B.B. King will be held in Las Vegas before his body is sent to Mississippi, where plans are being made for services in his hometown next week, King's business manager said Monday. A private family funeral also will Read More...

Predictable Spike Lee-Produced Whodunit Out on DVD

61YDhY5E+ZLThe Girl Is in Trouble DVD Review by Kam Williams August (Columbus Short) would have been better off rolling over and going back to sleep the fateful night he got a call at 2:30 in the morning from Signe (Alicja Bachjleda), an attractive woman he met at the nightclub where he Read More...

Race-Fueled Courtroom Drama Comes to DVD

510VOs4LzrLBlack or White DVD Review by Kam Williams When Elliot Anderson’s (Kevin Costner) wife Carol (Jennifer Ehle) perishes in a tragic car accident, he suddenly finds himself facing the prospect of raising his 7 year-old granddaughter Eloise (Jillian Estell) alone. After all, the couple had originally assumed custody Read More...

Business

Corinth Coca-Cola expands into west Tennessee

Coke10MedalsCORINTH, Miss. (AP) - Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Works Inc. has expanded its distribution territory farther into west Tennessee, officially entering the Jackson and Paris markets. The company already served Lexington, Tennessee. Corinth Coca-Cola's expanded territory rights were first announced in April 2013. In a three-way deal, Corinth Read More...

City of Jackson Weekly Update

download (1) City of Jackson Moves Forward with Project to Pave 14 Streets This Summer The city will move forward with a project to pave 14 streets using federal Community Development Block Grant funding.  The Mayor and City Council recently approved the contract for Dickerson & Bowen, Inc. A start date Read More...

Mississippi governor and Israeli ambassador push trade

Ronald Dermer, Phil BryantBy JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Leaders of Israel and Mississippi say they want to increase what is now a tiny trade between the Magnolia State and Middle Eastern nation, building an economic relationship on top of political ties. Gov. Phil Bryant and Israeli Read More...

Health

Student back in school, with gym teacher who gave her kidney

460x (2) DETROIT (AP) — An 18-year-old returned to her Detroit high school Tuesday with a new kidney, donated by her gym teacher. Students threw confetti as A'Ja Booth entered the West Side Academy, walking arm-in-arm with Nadirah Muhammad down a red carpet in the gym. Muhammad, Read More...

MDCC Health Science to graduate May 7

946509_10151641077241335_1951782752_n Dr. Wade Dowell will address Mississippi Delta Community College’s health science majors at their commencement ceremony, scheduled for Thurs., May 7 at 10 a.m. at the J.T. Hall Coliseum in Moorhead, Miss. The graduation and pinning ceremony honors the college’s dental hygiene, radiologic technology Read More...

OLE MISS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CAMPS

maxresdefaultThe Mississippi Link Newswire DAY CAMP June 1-4, 2015 for girls and boys grades K - 8th grade ELITE SKILLS  (Two sessions offered!) June 6, 2015 OR June 24, 2015 for girls grades 7 - 12th grade SHOOTOUT June 20, 2015 for JV, Varsity and AAU teams TEAM CAMP (Two sessions offered!) June 8-9, 2015 OR  June 26-28, 2014 for JV, Varsity, Middle School Read More...

Religion

Business community, churches dispute over feeding homeless

HPIM0697.JPGJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The business community and local churches in Jackson are at odds over feeding the homeless at Smith Park. The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1bEwH0p) reports some local businesses have been complaining of trash and other debris left behind on the weekends at the park. Ben Read More...

Pastor now not required to register as sex offender in Mississippi

stallworthjpg-8132f4e693fa7cf0(AP) The Rev. Jeffery A. Stallworth will not have to register as a sex offender in Mississippi after his criminal record was expunged in Maryland. The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday reversed an order from a Hinds County judge who required Stallworth to register. Sex offenders Read More...

Civil rights activist, Gardner Taylor dies at age 96

0The Mississippi Link Newswire A noted preacher and civil rights activist died yesterday at the age of 96. Gardner Calvin Taylor (June 18, 1918 – April 5, 2015) was an American preacher, noted for his eloquence and understanding of Christian faith and theology, and known as “the Read More...

Obituaries

Tribute and Commentary about Hattiesburg Police Officer Liquori Tate from former city councilman

Coco as a HPD recruit badge P205 Ronald Tate (Father of Liquori Tate) shared Liquori Tate's Facebook post: "Life is too short. So if i DIE today I'm happy how my life turned out. And I'm happy that i had a chance to meet the people that i met and I enjoyed Read More...

Pete Brown, first black player to win PGA Tour event, dies

12anderson AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Pete Brown, the first black player to win a PGA Tour event, died Friday. He was 80. PGA Tour officials say Brown died in Augusta. Details on the cause of death weren't immediately available. Brown won the 1964 Waco Turner Open in Read More...

Percy Sledge dead 2015: 'When a man loves a woman' No. 1 hit

percy-sledge-dead-2015-ca0a5068b0b989a6 NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74. Dr. William "Beau" Clark, coroner for East Read More...

Education

Federal lawyers seek consolidation of Mississippi schools

District Building SmallGREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice will present testimony Wednesday as it tries to persuade a federal judge to order the Cleveland school district to consolidate its middle and high schools. Witnesses with the Cleveland school district have spent two days telling Read More...

Vote set to name passing score for third-grade reading test

17161457-largeBy JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The state Board of Education is scheduled to meet Thursday to vote on the reading test score third graders will be required to have to advance to fourth grade. Mississippi's 38,000 public school third graders took the 50-question Read More...

Mississippi gets $2.4 million to improve reading teachers

books1(AP) Mississippi will get $2.4 million to subsidize summer programs for struggling readers and improve teachers' reading instruction methods. The three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, announced Tuesday, would be channeled through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, relying on board-certified teachers to Read More...

Opinion

Tribute and Commentary about Hattiesburg Police Officer Liquori Tate from former city councilman

Coco as a HPD recruit badge P205 Ronald Tate (Father of Liquori Tate) shared Liquori Tate's Facebook post: "Life is too short. So if i DIE today I'm happy how my life turned out. And I'm happy that i had a chance to meet the people that i met and I enjoyed Read More...

The “Dumbing Down” of American Education

EDUCATION Educating the Kids Nobody WantsBy Kevin Chavous Early in 2001, when I was the chair of the education committee on the Council of the District of Columbia, I was talking with the D.C. Public Schools Superintendent Paul Vance about the intense debate over standards at the time. Federal lawmakers were Read More...

Keisha Knight Pulliam: Helping our youth through Kamp Kizzy

KKP Head ShotBy Keisha Knight Pulliam I think every person that walks the face of the earth has a Calling and Passion that they are meant to maximize to make our world a better place.  For me, my Passion and Calling comes through acting, but it also Read More...

The Buzz

Man gets life in prison for murder of Jackson St. professor

pottsCANTON, Miss. (AP) - A 22-year-old man accused in the death of a Jackson State University professor has been sentenced to life in prison. The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/1HkwxbL) Melvin Potts was convicted Wednesday in the stabbing death of Garrick Shelton. Potts received an additional 10 years Read More...

Correctional officer caught trying to smuggle contraband into SMCI

M. Deese (1) The Mississippi Link Newswire JACKSON -    A correctional officer at South Mississippi Correctional Institution attempting to smuggle cell phones, spice and other contraband into the prison is facing a criminal charge and the loss of her job. Megan Deese, 27, had 22 cell phones, five Bluetooth devices, Read More...

2 Mississippi cops shot, killed: Ben Deen, Liquori Tate murdered in traffic stop

mississippi-officers-killed-238296eeca8d9ec2 HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Two police officers were fatally shot during a traffic stop in the southern Mississippi city of Hattiesburg, prompting a statewide manhunt early Sunday for two suspects, authorities said. Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, said a Read More...