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Horn Lake couple indicted in death of 11-year-old son, may face death penalty

15510814-mmmain HORN LAKE, Mississippi (AP) -- Authorities said a Horn Lake father and his wife have been indicted in the death of the man's 11-year-old son earlier this year. Assistant District Attorney Steven Jubera told The Commercial Appeal that Jack Thomas Raines, 37, and his wife, Amanda Read More...

70-year-old Lumberton man sentenced to 17 years in federal prison on drug charges

15510753-small HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) -- A 70-year-old Lumberton man has been sentenced in federal court on drug charges. The Hattiesburg American reports Warren Lewis was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 17 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett. Starrett also put Lewis on three years of Read More...

Senate confirms former Procter & Gamble CEO as new Veterans Affairs secretary

15505848-large WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to Read More...

Sports

Uncertainty at quarterback one of top SEC preseason storylines

prescott-3jpg-40a10ab5a7db9767 MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) -- Quarterback battles and signal-caller questions abound in the Southeastern Conference going into preseason camps around the league. Big names, not so much. Division favorites Alabama and South Carolina will be banking on new starters. Ditto for Texas A&M, Georgia and defending East Read More...

NCAA agrees to create $70 million concussion fund, admits to no wrongdoing

tim-tebow-matt-patchan-marcus-gilbert-552b01daded96a1a CHICAGO (AP) -- The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports. College sports' Read More...

Safety Jairus Byrd practices for first time with Saints following offseason back surgery

15506937-mmmain WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia (AP) -- Safety Jairus Byrd is practicing with the New Orleans Saints for the first time since his signing in March. Byrd, who had offseason back surgery, has been taken off of the Saints' physically unable to perform list, allowing Read More...

Entertainment

'Sharknado' sequel has bite and lots of laughs

sharknado-2-the-second-one---2014-a4a81a67c1fc95c9 NEW YORK (AP) — Don't worry about me. The Sharknado Evacuation map supplied by Syfy network places me, as a resident of Lower Manhattan, smack in the zone most in peril this sharknado season. But I'll be ready. You might as well batten down the Read More...

Movie, TV legend James Garner dies at 86

james-garner-723816181e1cc421 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance," has died, police said. He was 86. He was found Read More...

Officials break ground on $250 million Scarlet Pearl Casino in D'Iberville

15294116-mmmain D'IBERVILLE, Mississippi (AP) -- D'Iberville Mayor Quave says the tax revenues generated from a casino will allow the city to give raises to police, fire and city employees, as well as pay for much-needed sewer and drainage projects. Officials broke ground Tuesday for the $250 Read More...

Business

A more vigorous U.S. economy appears to be emerging

15511437-large WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year. That was the general view of analysts Wednesday after the government estimated that the economy grew at a fast 4 Read More...

Senate confirms former Procter & Gamble CEO as new Veterans Affairs secretary

15505848-large WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to Read More...

Mississippi sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m.

15471473-smallJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi merchants and shoppers are gearing up for the fifth annual back-to-school sales tax holiday. Mississippi's sales tax holiday starts Friday at 12:01 a.m. and ends Saturday at midnight. For retailers, it is one of their busiest times of the year. As Read More...

Health

Ebola kills top Liberian doctor, American infected

460xBy JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — One of Liberia's most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an outbreak that has killed more Read More...

Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

15490650-largeWASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans and it could lead to costly surprises. Insurance exchange customers Read More...

Mississippi reports one new case of mosquito-borne chicungunya virus

14057228-small JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new human case of chikungunya (chih-kihn-GUHN'-yuh) virus. Health officials say in a news release the newest case occurred in a resident who recently returned from the Dominican Republic. This is the fourth human Read More...

Religion

Deadline missed, no life-at-conception measure on 2015 ballot

personhood-nowJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippians will not vote on a new ballot initiative that would declare life begins at conception. A spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office says the initiative's sponsors missed a Wednesday deadline to submit petitions to get the proposal on the Read More...

New York minister agrees to repay $1.2 million, including some misspent Hurricane Katrina relief fun...

carl-keyes-50d5eca5218d1fa7 NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City minister who was the subject of an Associated Press investigation about misspent 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina charity funds has agreed to repay $1.2 million that he took from his congregation to buy an 18th-century farmhouse on Read More...

Atheist group renews suit regarding school prayer in Rankin County schools

14886755-smallJACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A student supported by an atheist group says the Rankin County school district is still violating a ban on school prayer. The senior at Northwest Rankin High School, represented by the American Humanist Association, filed a contempt motion Wednesday in U.S. Read More...

Obituaries

Remembering professor of education Dr. Edward Vaughn

EDUCATION Remembering professor of education Dr Edward Vaughn The Mississippi Link Newswire The Alcorn family lost longtime educator Dr. Edward Vaughn Saturday, July 19. Vaughn was a professor in the School of Education and Psychology and former dean of the College for Excellence at the University. He also served as treasurer on the Read More...

Movie, TV legend James Garner dies at 86

james-garner-723816181e1cc421 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance," has died, police said. He was 86. He was found Read More...

'Designing women' star Meshach Taylor dies at 67

meshach-taylor-e875906ceecca7a0 The Associated Press Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom "Designing Women" and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday. Taylor died Saturday at his home near Read More...

Education

Remembering professor of education Dr. Edward Vaughn

EDUCATION Remembering professor of education Dr Edward Vaughn The Mississippi Link Newswire The Alcorn family lost longtime educator Dr. Edward Vaughn Saturday, July 19. Vaughn was a professor in the School of Education and Psychology and former dean of the College for Excellence at the University. He also served as treasurer on the Read More...

Vandals cause estimated $10,000 in damage at Harrison Central High School

datavlhx1wd2cgu8wr6jwyh-km8jbwakezu4-plygtzy4-ifny7qgf2-cvipuvjou0iany-4ffzduqsxkbrh3n--hv9snnzrq-zkwlrbys0s77ga1j0mbrj-je7sd7rgkvpuvdw3opmexekokgu6vs9k2he8png-896LYMAN, Mississippi (AP) -- Harrison Central High School officials and authorities are going to review surveillance video in an investigation of vandalism. Authorities said the letters WH 2K15 were painted in green Tuesday night on the artificial turf, football dummies, campus buildings, two bathrooms and Read More...

Miss. Department of Education wants $1 million to investigate school cheating

15471387-smallJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The Mississippi Department of Education's new budget includes a request for $1 million to focus on cheating in the public schools. Department spokesman Pete Smith told The Clarion-Ledger  the agency has no money set aside for such investigations and had to borrow money from Read More...

Opinion

What is a slur? Redskins case forces us to evaluate what tips the scales

redskins-whats-a-slur-2ab252be0fc5350cThe Associated Press Something is happening just beneath the fight over the name of a certain Washington, D.C., pro football team: America is working through the process of determining what is -- or is not -- racially offensive. What is a slur, and who gets to Read More...

AP analysis: Hank Holmes oversaw release of Mississippi spy files

holmesjpg-984024ddfd70d65c JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Nearly two decades ago, Hank T. Holmes oversaw the release of records from the defunct Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, a segregationist agency that spied on civil rights workers. Holmes and his staff had to get the files -- boxes of reports and Read More...

AP analysis: Mississippi NAACP challenge to county elections ruled moot

Jim Hood JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- A U.S. Supreme Court decision that gives counties in the South the power to draw their own election boundaries without federal oversight has raised fears that local Mississippi officials will deliberately keep lines that make it harder to elect minority Read More...

The Buzz

Horn Lake couple indicted in death of 11-year-old son, may face death penalty

15510814-mmmain HORN LAKE, Mississippi (AP) -- Authorities said a Horn Lake father and his wife have been indicted in the death of the man's 11-year-old son earlier this year. Assistant District Attorney Steven Jubera told The Commercial Appeal that Jack Thomas Raines, 37, and his wife, Amanda Read More...

70-year-old Lumberton man sentenced to 17 years in federal prison on drug charges

15510753-small HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) -- A 70-year-old Lumberton man has been sentenced in federal court on drug charges. The Hattiesburg American reports Warren Lewis was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 17 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett. Starrett also put Lewis on three years of Read More...

Accused child molester shot dead in shootout which wounded three New York officers

fugitive-arrest-shootout-b968b425f369d1b5 NEW YORK (AP) -- A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a child was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a New York City smoke shop, officials said Monday. The Read More...