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Report faults Red Cross response to Hurricane Isaac, Superstorm Sandy

anne-hoerning-70e5456f12a0e8dc NEW YORK (AP) -- The American Red Cross mishandled its responses to Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and often seemed more focused on public relations than on helping storm victims, according to a report from investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica and NPR published Read More...

Thad Cochran, Travis Childers speak at Mississippi business event

15444920-mmmain JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Six-term incumbent Thad Cochran told Mississippi business leaders Wednesday that he will be in line for a committee chairmanship if Republicans regain control of the Senate. Speaking at a state chamber of commerce event in Jackson, Cochran stopped short of saying Read More...

Rocket explosion setback for commercial space flight

-a7814aa83622861f CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) -- Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Read More...

Sports

No. 1 Mississippi State, No. 2 FSU, No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 Ole Miss top College Football Playoff Rankin...

-93009839b3b87caa GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- The College Football Playoff selection committee has spoken -- and it likes the SEC. At least for now. Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings. The first of seven Top 25 Read More...

Prep football: Resurrection remains No. 3 in Class 1A in latest state poll

-97749c9d050676c5The Associated Press Here are Mississippi's top high school football teams in each class as selected by a panel of Associated Press state sports writers. Class Overall School W-L Pts Prv 1. Starkville (12) (9-0) 129 1 2. South Panola (1) (9-0) 118 2 3. Brandon (8-1) 95 4 4. Clinton (8-1) 73 8 5. Picayune (8-0) 68 5 6. Oxford (8-1) 65 6 7. Oak Grove (7-1) 63 3 8. Warren Central (8-1) 37 7 9. Cleveland (10-0) 22 10 10. Philadelphia (10-0) 13 NR Others receiving votes: New Hope Read More...

No. 7 Ole Miss looks for solutions to its sputtering offense vs. No. 4 Auburn

tavius-mathers-9a0a5bce99b720d3 OXFORD, Mississippi (AP) -- Coach Hugh Freeze has purposely slowed down Mississippi's offense, choosing to lean on the team's elite defense to contend in the Southeastern Conference. But the offense wasn't just conservative during Saturday's 10-7 loss to LSU -- it was flat-out bad. Quarterback Bo Read More...

Entertainment

Hinds County Sheriff's Office will present its first Trunk or Treat event at the Metrocenter Mall

trunk-or-treatTrunks will pop open on Halloween... The Hinds County Sheriff's Office will present its first Trunk or Treat event at the Metrocenter Mall. This free --family friendly--event will take place Friday, Oct. 31 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Center Court (lower level). Children will have the opportunity Read More...

Brad Pitt's 'Fury' takes over top spot in weekend box office

shia-labeouf-brad-pitt-logan-lerman-michael-pena-jon-bernthal-185e4f0538a00c29 LOS ANGELES (AP) — The bloody World War II drama "Fury" blew past "Gone Girl" at theaters this weekend. "Gone Girl" was tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and his rag-tag group of tank mates in "Fury" blasted the film Read More...

New Stage Theatre to open political thriller "ALL THE WAY"

unnamed (1)  Mississippi Premiere - Hot Off Its Broadway Run! ALL THE WAY By Robert Schenkkan October 21-25 and October 28-November 1 at 7:30 pm October 26 and November 2 at 2:00 pm Tickets $28; $22 seniors/students Directed by Francine Thomas Reynolds Sponsored By Sanderson Farms, MDAH, and Butler Snow This gripping and suspenseful new play from Pulitzer Read More...

Business

Rocket explosion setback for commercial space flight

-a7814aa83622861f CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) -- Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Read More...

Mississippi Department of Transportation stopping use of faulty guardrails

16195439-large JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- State transportation officials are investigating where faulty guardrails have been installed along Mississippi roadways. Trinity Industries Inc. stopped shipments of its ET-Plus guardrails after a Texas jury ordered it to pay at least $175 million for misleading regulators. A whistleblower says Read More...

Kemper County power plant price tag tops $6.1 billion as costs climb again, start-up delayed

16200403-mmmain JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Southern Co. says it will cost at least another $496 million to finish the power plant it's building in eastern Mississippi's Kemper County, pushing the total cost above $6.1 billion. And, unlike other recent overruns, customers could have to pay $167 Read More...

Health

5 reasons the United States is not prepared to deal with widespread Ebola outbreak

us-health-care-preparedness-ebc49cccd5ee482aThe Associated Press The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and Read More...

AP IMPACT: If Ebola batters US, we are not ready

460x By JEFF DONN and GARANCE BURKE  The Associated Press The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at Read More...

New home test may revolutionize colon cancer screening

colon-cancer-test-14c1635c96f6de76The Associated Press Starting Monday, millions of people who have avoided colon cancer screening can get a new home test that's noninvasive and doesn't require the icky preparation most other methods do. The test is the first to look for cancer-related DNA in stool. But deciding Read More...

Religion

Atheist group says Mississippi school aided in Bible giveaway

16084037-smallJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- An atheist group says it objects to a Mississippi principal telling fifth-grade teachers to take students through a public school lobby where Gideons were handing out Bibles. The American Humanist Association sent a letter of complaint Tuesday to Kara Killough, principal Read More...

Around Mississippi: Pastor Jerry Young honored; 165 marijuana plants seized; Chico Creek running red...

jerry-young-3bea9b36e3739931The Associated Press Here are some news and notes around Mississippi: In Jackson, Rev. Jerry Young, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss., addresses a filled City Council chambers as he responds to being honored by the Jackson City Council on his recent election Read More...

Local pastor Jerry Young elected to head National Baptist Convention

pastor_web_siteBy Lonnie Ross Online Editor Young makes history as the first Mississippi pastor to head the largest African American religious organization in the U.S. The pastor of New Hope Baptist Church located in Jackson Mississippi has been elected the new president of the National Baptist Convention on Read More...

Obituaries

Carroll Waller, widow of former Mississippi governor, dies at 87

16200491-small JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Former Mississippi first lady Carroll Waller, who led efforts to restore the Governor's Mansion when her husband was in office, died Tuesday at age 87. Her family said she died at Manhattan Nursing Home in Jackson after a lengthy bout with Read More...

Ella Mae Barq of root beer family dies at 90 in Biloxi

0004900002415BILOXI, Mississippi (AP) -- Ella Mae Barq, the granddaughter of the founder of Barq's Root Beer and the company's vice president, has died at the age of 90 in Biloxi. Gary Dubaz with Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Homes say she died Sunday of natural causes. Her grandfather, Read More...

Funeral sevices held for former Alcorn vice president and educator, Dr. Rudolph Waters

WatersRudolphBy Dr. Jerry Komia Domatob Special to The Mississippi Link     Families, friends and observers, converged at Alcorn State University’s Davey Whitney HPER complex, for a final farewell to former Vice President, Dr. Rudolph E. Waters, Sr. The funeral service was filled with songs, Read More...

Education

USM looking at ways to trim 4.5 percent from its annual budget

12255679-large HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) -- Administrator say a hiring slowdown, larger classes and reducing travel are among the methods the University of Southern Mississippi may use to cut 4½ percent from its annual budget. The Hattiesburg American reports the cost-cutting measures -- though not instituted yet -- Read More...

Mississippi's F-rated districts raise grades despite test scores: See how your district fared

carey-wright-67c64b4591310b98 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Many of Mississippi's public schools will be able to boast of high marks for one more year under Mississippi's A-to-F school rating system, but state officials continue to warn that grades could fall sharply next year. Under grades announced Friday by Read More...

USM student Devin Nottis of Pascagoula charged in theft of zoo flamingo, fraternity suspended

devin-nottisjpg-f70ba692816c71f8 HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) -- A 19-year-old college student on a scavenger hunt has been charged with snatching a Chilean Flamingo from a Mississippi zoo in what police say was a prank gone wrong. Hattiesburg police spokesman Lt. Jon Traxler said Devin Nottis of Pascagoula is Read More...

Opinion

5 reasons the United States is not prepared to deal with widespread Ebola outbreak

us-health-care-preparedness-ebc49cccd5ee482aThe Associated Press The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and Read More...

AP IMPACT: If Ebola batters US, we are not ready

460x By JEFF DONN and GARANCE BURKE  The Associated Press The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at Read More...

Black History Month is not dead

doc20140929155802-page-001An open letter to the more than 42 million African Americans in these United States. By Pastor Jimmy Terry, Sr. Read More...

The Buzz

Woman wearing 'Hello Kitty' costume arrested on drunk driving charge

16197930-large GORHAM, Maine (AP) -- Police say a Maine woman who was pulled over while wearing a Hello Kitty costume was arrested on a drunken driving charge. Gorham police say officers stopped 37-year-old Carrie Gipson, of Westbrook, at about 2 a.m. Sunday because she driving in Read More...

Attorneys for death row inmate argue before Mississippi Supreme Court that key witness lied

14794227-small JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Lawyers for a Mississippi death row inmate told state Supreme Court justices Monday that he deserves a new trial because evidence that defense lawyers did not obtain the first time shows that a key state witness lied Willie Jerome Manning is Read More...

3 students still fighting for their lives after Washington school shooting

washington-school-shooting-e7a375909f2cba26 MARYSVILLE, Washington (AP) -- Three students fought for their lives in Seattle-area hospitals Sunday, days after being shot in the head during an attack at a high school on Washington's Puget Sound. The close-knit community, meanwhile, on the nearby Tulalip Indian reservation struggled with the Read More...