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Report: Mississippi among states with an increase in the number of uninsured

thomas-frieden-96d194708becd09e WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has implications for the presidential campaign. All but Florida had accepted a Medicaid expansion that is Read More...

What should be done with relics of white supremacy?

black-history-month-jim-crow-relics-5f43325ac3bcbcea BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Growing up in the 1950s, William Bell had to enter Birmingham's segregated Lyric Theatre though a side entrance, marked "COLORED," that was walled-off from the elegant lobby. He climbed a dimly lit stairwell to watch movies from the steep balcony Read More...

Former Mississippi police chief sentenced in molestation case

635905417511382601-alderman2jpg-c3043f901943befc CANTON, Mississippi (AP) — A former police chief in Flora has been sentenced for sex crimes against children. WLOX-TV reports Madison County Circuit Court Judge Steve Ratcliff sentenced 59-year-old James Alderman to 15 years on each of the three counts against him, to be served concurrently. Read More...

Sports

Super Bowl television ratings down from past two years

denver-police-department-broncos-fans-359ae3ee17201f6f NEW YORK (AP) — Setting television viewership records with the Super Bowl has become almost routine, but this year's average of 111.9 million viewers for Denver's victory over Carolina is down from the past two years. That makes Sunday's game the third most-watched event in Read More...

Dominant D carries Manning, Broncos to 24-10 Super Bowl win

460x By JOSH DUBOW   SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With his prolific passing and complete control of the game at the line of scrimmage, Peyton Manning helped usher in the NFL's wide-open era of high-scoring offenses and pass-happy game plans. Manning's possible farewell game in Super Bowl 50 Read More...

Brett Favre becomes ninth Mississippian elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

brett-favre-b6476d65b5895c55SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brett Favre and the late Ken Stabler, a pair of kindred-spirit QBs who each won a Super Bowl, were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. With his election, Favre -- a native of Kiln -- becomes the Read More...

Entertainment

Connecting the Dots Foundation presents Modeling for Malawi

3Fashion070By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer Connecting the Dots Foundation spent last Saturday evening recognizing elegance in its finest at New Horizon Church International. The Fashion Talent Explosion 2016/Modeling for Malawi was arranged as a visit to Africa in its display of colorful flags that represented 24 Read More...

Halle Berry: Hollywood not truthful about people of color

9784969_GBy SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) - Halle Berry said Hollywood's lack of diversity stems from a lack of honesty. Filmmakers and actors should tell the truth, she said, "and the films, I think, that are coming out of Hollywood aren't Read More...

Cosby due in court as lawyers push to get charges dropped

460x By MARYCLAIRE DALE PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers will ask a judge to throw out the only criminal case lodged against the TV star from the dozens of accusations that he molested women. The defense will argue that Cosby had a deal with a suburban Philadelphia Read More...

Business

Bryant says industrial deals biggest in Mississippi history

phil-bryant-4df29c45c664d3a9 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers will consider more than $275 million in incentives starting Thursday for a Hinds County tire plant and a Gulfport shipyard that could cumulatively invest more than $1.5 billion and create 3,500 jobs. Gov. Phil Bryant called a special legislative Read More...

Mississippi Legislature cutting two weeks off 2016 session to save money

philip-gunn-99f38000aa33e57c JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The Mississippi Legislature is cutting two weeks off of its session this year to save money because of budget cuts. Instead of meeting four months as they usually do to start a term, lawmakers will meet three and a half months. The Read More...

SNAP benefits to expire

phil-bryant-7770d28ec6eb7d70By Shanderia K. Posey Editor In a matter of months, thousands of Mississippians may lose the food assistance they receive through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. More than 82,000 Mississippians who are adults without dependents and not Read More...

Health

Report: Mississippi among states with an increase in the number of uninsured

thomas-frieden-96d194708becd09e WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has implications for the presidential campaign. All but Florida had accepted a Medicaid expansion that is Read More...

National Wear Red Day is Feb. 5

go-red-for-women-logo Mississippi Link Newswire The American Heart Association is urging Metro Jackson citizens and businesses to support Go Red for Women by participating in National Wear Red Day on Feb. 5. Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year, Read More...

40-day anti-abortion prayer vigil comes back to city

11abortionlogo2xMississippi Link Newswire The anti-abortion campaign called 40 Days for Life will return to Jackson Feb. 10, with a 40-day prayer vigil in the public right-of-way outside Jackson Women’s Health Organization at 2903 N. State St. The campaign is described as a peaceful, highly-focused, non-denominational initiative Read More...

Religion

Black History series set at New Hope

famlifecenThe Mississippi Link Newswire The fifth annual “Back in the Day” Black History series will be held at 6 p.m. each Thursday at 6 p.m. during February in the New Hope Baptist Church Family Life Center, Robert B. Cooper Gymnasium, 5202 Watkins Drive, in Jackson. The Read More...

40-day anti-abortion prayer vigil comes back to city

11abortionlogo2xMississippi Link Newswire The anti-abortion campaign called 40 Days for Life will return to Jackson Feb. 10, with a 40-day prayer vigil in the public right-of-way outside Jackson Women’s Health Organization at 2903 N. State St. The campaign is described as a peaceful, highly-focused, non-denominational initiative Read More...

No prison time for pastor, ex-officer in jail sex case

Facebook Oatis MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - A McComb pastor who's also a former Columbia police officer has been sentenced after pleading guilty to having sex with a jail inmate. The Enterprise-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1SkH3W2 ) Vasan Josea Oatis won't have to serve any prison time in the case. A Read More...

Obituaries

Melvin Williams mourns loss of daughter

5FWilliamsobitThe Mississippi Link Newswire LaTonya Williams Pittman, daughter of Melvin Williams of the gospel group The Williams Brothers, passed unexpectedly Jan. 29 at her home. She was 35 years-old. Pittman of Smithdale, was a licensed cosmetologist, an advocate for the sickle cell disease and loved to Read More...

Mississippi journalist Bert Case dies after extended illness

bert_400x400JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Longtime Mississippi TV journalist Bert Case has died after an extended illness. WAPT-TV Assistant News Director Aaron Vogel confirmed Case's death Thursday. He says Case passed away about 2:45 p.m. at the VA Medical Center in Jackson, surrounded by family and Read More...

IN MEMORIAM: Honoring the Life of Lois Faye Butler

7OBIT PicSeptermber 11, 1983 - January 16, 2016 Lois Faye Butler was born September 11, 1938 to Aaron and Hermene Wadlington in Carrollton, Miss. She made her transition to her eternal home January 16, 2016 at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson, Miss. Lois surrendered her life to Read More...

Education

Prentiss Institute alumni going strong

1PrentissDedication Rosenwald, 12-12-12 004 (1)School founded in 1907 for Blacks By Natalie Bell Special to The Mississippi Link The incredible resilience of black Mississippians in the era of racial segregation still resonates at Prentiss Normal and Industrial Institute, a century-old institution still standing strong in the south-central area of the state, Read More...

Sanders’ ‘Feel the Bern’ comes to Tougaloo

1Bern5IMG_2500-2By Diamond Williams  Special to The Mississippi Link Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sander’s HBCU tour, Feel the Bern, made a stop at Tougaloo College Jan. 28, for a campaign rally. The rally was held to discuss important issues like income equality, tuition-free public colleges and universities, and Read More...

Tougaloo continues water drive

1TougalooKarenWeaverFlint, Michigan mayor is Tougaloo alumna By Diamond Williams  Special to The Mississippi Link Tougaloo College students will soon wrap up the water drive which started Jan. 25, to help alleviate the crisis in Flint, Mich. Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb 5. The Tougaloo student recruiters Read More...

Opinion

Letter to the editor: The real truth about Jackson’s airports

Dr.-Rosie-Pridgen-7Let’s talk facts about the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority. First, Jackson’s airport system originated in 1928. JMAA was created in 1960 to hire a professional aviation staff and provide guidance and oversight for the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field Airport.  Both Read More...

School funding issues rarely stop at 1 judge: analysis

18859304-smallJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The claim that one Hinds County judge could ultimately decide the fate of Mississippi's school finance system if voters amend the state constitution appears unlikely. If experience in other states is a guide, any ruling would be appealed. "It's the supreme court Read More...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Let’s get the story correct’

3 Socrates LETTER by DorseyBy Dorsey R. Carson Jr. Attorney Let’s get the story correct regarding Denali Water Solutions/Socrates Garrett Enterprises Inc.’s proposal to handle disposal of biosolids for the City of Jackson. Lots of misinformation is circulating because of lack of fact-checking and other reasons. An anti-Denali/Garrett article that ran Read More...

The Buzz

Former Mississippi police chief sentenced in molestation case

635905417511382601-alderman2jpg-c3043f901943befc CANTON, Mississippi (AP) — A former police chief in Flora has been sentenced for sex crimes against children. WLOX-TV reports Madison County Circuit Court Judge Steve Ratcliff sentenced 59-year-old James Alderman to 15 years on each of the three counts against him, to be served concurrently. Read More...

Two men killed, four wounded in shooting at Pass Christian parade

fatal-shooting-generic-night-graphic-6000857-27474-ver10-640-480jpg-f7ab97e8322738d9PASS CHRISTIAN, Mississippi (AP) — A shooting after a Mardi Gras parade in Pass Christian killed two men and wounded four other people Sunday, south Mississippi authorities said. Carlos Bates, 29, of Gulfport, and Isiah Major III, 43, of Bay St. Louis both died at Read More...

Police officer who burned body of man shot by fellow officer post-Katrina has sentence reduced

mcraejpg-476fa5041e163965 NEW ORLEANS — An ex-New Orleans police officer who burned the body of a man shot to death by a fellow officer in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina had his 17-year-sentenced reduced by more than five years Thursday by a federal judge.But Gregory McRae Read More...