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Congress faces possible shutdown, Republican health care bill revival

22523114-mmmain WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall. Trump's GOP allies control Read More...

US gas prices rise 3 cents over 2 weeks, to $2.46 a gallon

gas pricesCAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 3 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.46. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that consumers could see price increases slow as crude oil costs Read More...

Mississippi, Alabama marking Confederate Memorial Day

confederate flagBy EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - State government offices are closing Monday in Mississippi and Alabama for Confederate Memorial Day. Georgia used to mark the holiday, but removed the Confederate reference in 2015. Now, the last Monday in April there is simply called Read More...

Sports

Authorities: 11 Alcorn players arrested after campus brawl

brawl LORMAN, Miss. (AP) - Eleven Alcorn State University football players have been arrested after authorities say a fight broke out on the school's Mississippi campus. News outlets reports Claiborne County Sheriff Frank Davis says charges have been filed against each of the players by other Read More...

Jackson State Women’s Tennis falls 4-2 to Alabama State in SWAC title match

16 imageThe Mississippi Link Newswire NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Jackson State women’s tennis team fell 4-2 to the Alabama State Lady Hornets Sunday morning in the SWAC Tennis Championship match. JSU finished the season with a 7-1 SWAC record and a 12-14 overall record. Sunday’s match-up Read More...

The Latest: Man who killed ex-Saints star seeks new trial

Hayes and Smith NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on the sentencing hearing set for Cardell Hayes, who shot former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith to death after a traffic crash in 2016 (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Defense lawyers for the man who killed former New Orleans Read More...

Entertainment

Sexual assault hidden secrets revealed in book ‘Married to Sin’

1 20170417_114806By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, unwanted sexual contact is known as sexual violence. This type of abusive behavior can claim anyone, despite his/her age. It can occur as force, threats, manipulation or coercion. Not only is the Read More...

Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

r_borninchina_header_b074815a by Kam Williams For movies opening April 21, 2017 BIG BUDGET FILMS Born in China (G) Nature documentary, narrated by Jon Krasinski, mounting an epic expedition deep into the wilds of China to monitor the daily lives of three elusive species: pandas, golden monkeys and snow leopards. Read More...

Eighteenth Annual Crossroads Film Society/Film Festival

1 festival 2By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer The 18th Annual Crossroads Film Festival was held at Malco Cinema in Madison April 6-9. The event attracted approximately 3,000 movie goers of all ages. Regional and Mississippi films generated discussion on a plethora of film genres. Filmmakers, aspiring filmmakers Read More...

Business

Regions Bank expanding operation in south Mississippi

Regions-BankHATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Regions Bank says it is building a 75,000-square-foot operations center that could open by early 2019 Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The bank announced the project Monday, saying it will create 91 new jobs. That will bring Regions' total employment to 420 in the Read More...

United Airlines' profits dropped 69 percent in 1Q, even before man was dragged off plane

22494399-mmmain DALLAS (AP) -- United Airlines' profit plunged 69 percent in the first three months of the year, and that was before the terrible publicity surrounding the dragging of a bloodied passenger off a plane. The cost of fuel, labor and maintenance all rose sharply in Read More...

Viking Range to pay $4.7M fine over self-starting ovens

viking rangeBy JEFF AMY JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi appliance maker has agreed to pay a $4.7 million federal fine for not reporting that certain ovens in freestanding gas ranges could turn on by themselves, with customers then sometimes unable to turn them off. The U.S. Read More...

Health

Work may begin soon on Mississippi children's hospital wing

IMG_20By JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Work could begin by the end of the year on a $180 million expansion of the University of Mississippi Medical Center's hospital for children. Vice Chancellor LouAnn Woodward told trustees Wednesday that fund-raising is nearing a point where Read More...

Health Department: 2nd Mississippi child dies of flu in 2017

pediatric influenza deathsJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - State health officials say a south Mississippi child has died of influenza - the second pediatric flu death of the year. The Health Department released information about the death Tuesday. The first death was in the central part of the state Read More...

Insurers say Trump must do more to stabilize 'Obamacare'

800By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and TOM MURPHY WASHINGTON (AP) — "Obamacare" is proving more of a challenge than the Trump administration bargained for. With the "repeal and replace" effort at an impasse on Capitol Hill, the administration released on Thursday a set of fixes to stabilize the Read More...

Religion

College Hill - 110 years of laboring in the Spirit

CHCAnn2017 (24)By Daphne M. Higgins Religion Editor “Come along, my friends come along” were the first lyrics sung by the male chorus of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Gulfport during the 110th year church anniversary celebration of College Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss. For Read More...

Paula Bass: a woman running with a God-given vision-turned-mission

1 Bass reviews materials‘From Widow to Winner’ – the Jackson, Miss. efforts By Gail H. M. Brown Contributing Writer The scripture teaches in Habakkuk 2:2-3 (ESV) – “… Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its Read More...

Despite some tensions, evangelical churches booming in Cuba

460x (1) By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro's government sent the Rev. Juan Francisco Naranjo to two years of work camp in the 1960s for preaching the Gospel in a Cuba where atheism was law and the faithful were viewed as suspect. For years, Naranjo's Read More...

Obituaries

Allen Harper lived his mission: ‘To Protect and Serve’

1 COVER-Allen-picDowntown cop died Friday due to injuries in motorcycle accident By Othor Cain Editor Saturday, April 1, started out as a pretty normal day for Jackson police officer Cpl. Allen Harper Jr. He did chores around the house, ran errands and checked off his to-do-list as Read More...

In Memoriam: Pamela Parice Curry

1 CurryThe Mississippi Link Newswire Pamelia Parice Curry is the oldest daughter of Laura Curry Hough and Chester Curry. She was born in Jackson Mississippi September 18, 1956. She transitioned from pain and suffering on earth to her heavenly home Tuesday, April 4, 2017, where she Read More...

In Memoriam: Legendary journalist Claude Lewis dies at age 82

2-Lewis picBy Enid Doggett NABJ The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the passing of NABJ founder Claude Lewis, also a founder of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ). Lewis died March 16, 2017 at Virtua Voorhees Hospital in Voorhees, N.J. He was 82. Lewis was Read More...

Education

Alcorn State begins design of $10M employee housing complex

large_Bell_Lettres_Hall JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Alcorn State University projects it will spend $10 million to build 50 faculty and staff housing units on its main Lorman campus. College Board trustees Thursday approved plans for Alcorn to hire an architect, paying $527,000 of the overall $10 million Read More...

Mississippi schools raise tuition again after budget cuts

jsusignBy JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's eight public universities say budget cuts mean tuition increases. The College Board Thursday approved additional tuition increases at all of the universities next fall. The vote came without the normal 30-day waiting period, and increases come atop Read More...

JSU Creative Arts Festival escalates to 11th year

4 201By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer For the last seven years Robert Luckett, Jackson State University’s director of the Margaret Walker Center, has been instilling academic achievement in students by continuing the Creative Arts Festival. The festival came into existence as a result of a 2005 Read More...

Opinion

Republican Party & Frankenstein reincarnate

DSC_1769By Leon Williams Guest Columnist Republicans often refer to Ronald Reagan as the standard-bearer in modern-day American politics. This characterization is troubling considering Reagan was never accepted as a guardian of African American causes. He demonstrated a proclivity to use race as a wedge issue Read More...

America rarely lets you forget that you’re black

1 LeonardPittsBy Leonard Pitts, Jr. lpitts@miamiherald.com So I had myself an epiphany. Actually, that’s not quite the right word. An epiphany is a moment of sudden clarity, but mine rolled in slowly, like dawn on a crystal morning. I’m not sure when it began. Maybe it was Read More...

Billionaire Bob Johnson calls for Independent Black Political Party in exclusive interview with Blac...

17 OPINION Johnson picBy Jim Clingman TriceEdneyWire.com One of the post-election highlights for me was the meeting between Donald Trump and Bob Johnson. Billionaire to billionaire, Democrat to Republican, black to white, businessman to businessman, capitalist to capitalist, meeting on a relatively even playing field to discuss some Read More...

The Buzz

Amid racially charged Facebook posts, gunman kills 3 random white men on Calif. streets

460x (6) FRESNO, Calif. -- A man wanted in the slaying of a security guard set out to kill as many white people as he could on Tuesday, gunning down three men on the streets of downtown Fresno before he was captured and admitted to the Read More...

Police: Man told friends he set his girlfriend on fire

fire killingGAUTIER, Miss. (AP) - Police say a 56-year-old man who is charged with killing his live-in girlfriend told people he set her on fire in the woods behind a church. The burned body of 37-year-old Amanda Hicks was found March 18 behind the Pine Grove Read More...

Sheriff: Argument over a flashlight leads to fatal stabbing

flashlightMOSELLE, Miss. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a man they say fatally stabbed another man during a fight over a flashlight. WDAM (http://bit.ly/2ojfdNs ) reports 25-year-old Matthew Lee Phillips of Seminary has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of 40-year-old Joseph Stringer on Read More...