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Governor could dip deeper into Mississippi rainy day fund

special-session-8befee9a94308ac5 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi House members will return Wednesday to finish giving Gov. Phil Bryant permission to take as much as he needs from financial reserves to cover a deficit of up to $75 million for the budget year ending at midnight Thursday. Senators Read More...

Supreme Court denies Mississippi, Wisconsin abortion appeals

gavelWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court has rejected appeals from Mississippi and Wisconsin seeking to put in place restrictions on abortion clinics that were struck down by lower courts. The justices on Tuesday refused to hear appeals involving laws that would have forced doctors who Read More...

Phil Bryant calls special session, wants $350 million more out of rainy day fund

-1ad08e7e7f1c1b31 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is calling legislators into special session Tuesday to patch a hole in the budget before the fiscal year ends at midnight Thursday. He's asking the House and Senate to give him permission to pull more money out Read More...

Sports

LeBron James wins NBA Finals MVP for 3rd time

460x (4) OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James is a champion again, and the NBA Finals MVP again. By unanimous vote, James was selected as MVP of the title series, accepting his trophy from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after Cleveland beat Golden State 93-89 in Game 7 Read More...

The End: Cleveland rocks as title drought ends in NBA Finals

460x (1) By TOM WITHERS CLEVELAND (AP) — More tears. Only this time, tears of joy. Cleveland's championship drought, crossing 52 years, generations and noted by a long list of near misses, is over at last. On Father's Day, LeBron James, the kid from nearby Akron raised by a single Read More...

Deuce McAllister taking over for late Hokie Gajan in Saints radio booth

deucejpg-308d0fcf4b095d0a NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Saints star running back Deuce McAllister is joining the radio broadcast for Saints games. McAllister, whose appointment was announced by WWL radio on Wednesday, will serve as a color announcer alongside play-by-play announcer Jim Henderson. The former Ole Miss Read More...

Entertainment

Brookaven native wins Miss Mississippi on fourth try

3ae75d6466644beeb3af07620fc0cf70jpg-7dd664eaceb2024a VICKSBURG, Mississippi (AP) — A Brookhaven woman who was runner-up three times in the Miss Mississippi competition has finally won the crown. The Vicksburg Post reports Sunday that Laura Lee Lewis was crowned Miss Mississippi on Saturday night during a competition at the Vicksburg Convention Center. Lewis Read More...

A new wall to climb for Humpty Dumpty, FunTime USA

FuntimeGULFPORT, Mississippi (AP) — Gulf Amusements LLC, owners of FunTime USA, said in a press release received by The Sun Herald residents of Georgia Place, a nearby neighborhood, who are opposed to the amusement park, filed an appeal against the Gulfport Planning Commission's decision to allow Read More...

Gospel artists inspire during tour

IMG_0790Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald Houses in Jackson, other cities Mississippi Link Newswire McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour made its triumphant 10th year return to Jackson last week when gospel artists performed June 16 at the Jackson Convention Complex. The tour is the longest-running brand owned gospel tour. The Read More...

Business

A new wall to climb for Humpty Dumpty, FunTime USA

FuntimeGULFPORT, Mississippi (AP) — Gulf Amusements LLC, owners of FunTime USA, said in a press release received by The Sun Herald residents of Georgia Place, a nearby neighborhood, who are opposed to the amusement park, filed an appeal against the Gulfport Planning Commission's decision to allow Read More...

Hard work pays off for DuBard, successful lawn business owner

5DubardBy Kristen Barnes Special to The Mississippi Link Jon DuBard, owner of Olympian, cites research, guidance and motivation as having led him to own a successful comprehensive lawn management business in Jackson at the young age of 27. DuBard, who is from Jackson, attended Murrah High School Read More...

Mississippi's budget gap could widen because $72 million protected in trust funds

a5696c54004d4b438c061a83276ed7aajpg-5c0cb92e2a84f66e JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says legislative efforts to use one-time cash to plug a budget hole will be at least $128 million short of the amount lawmakers originally thought they would get. Hood said calculations by his office and the Read More...

Health

AP analysis: Mississippi health care trust fund whittled away

Mississippi health care trustJACKSON, Mississippi — It seems almost quaint now, the optimism that Mississippi legislators expressed in 1999 when they created a health care trust fund. The idea was to sock away the state's multimillion-dollar annual payments from a tobacco lawsuit. The trust fund balance would grow, Read More...

Bipartisan bill sent to Obama would regulate toxic chemicals in household cleaners, more

20524889-mmmain WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Tuesday sent President Barack Obama a sweeping bill that would for the first time regulate tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday products, from household cleaners to clothing and furniture. In a rare display of bipartisanship in an election Read More...

Still standing despite domestic violence

1johnson1Standing wheelchair allows Jackson woman to work again By Susan Christensen Health and Research News Service Jamecca Jones has enjoyed “making people look beautiful” since the days she fashioned ponytails and freeze curls for her Bailey High School classmates. So when a gunshot wound put her in a Read More...

Religion

Judge blocks part of Mississippi's religious objections law

carlton-reevesjpg-a113860edffd481c JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves' ruling blocks the state from enforcing part of a religious objections bill Read More...

Chief Vance: Prayer makes difference in combating crime

1CollegeHillVanceBy Daphne M. Higgins Religion Editor Scripture shares that service is the task with which God charged all Christians. The police chief for the city of Jackson, Lee Vance, expressed that service has been ingrained in him and this act is what he expects his department to Read More...

Gospel artists inspire during tour

IMG_0790Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald Houses in Jackson, other cities Mississippi Link Newswire McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour made its triumphant 10th year return to Jackson last week when gospel artists performed June 16 at the Jackson Convention Complex. The tour is the longest-running brand owned gospel tour. The Read More...

Obituaries

The Greatest of All Time: 1942 - 2016

Muhammad Ali photographed in 1967. (Library of Congress/Creative Commons)Ali was confident symbol of Black pride “A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30  years of his life.” – Muhammad Ali   By Jesse J. Holland Associated Press WASHINGTON – For Muhammad Ali, the idea of being a humble Read More...

Ali scripted funeral plans in exacting detail in ‘The Book’

APTOPIX Muhammad Ali Memorial By Bruce Schreiner and Claire Galofaro Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Muhammad Ali and his innermost circle started a document years ago that grew so thick they began calling it "The Book." Its contents will soon be revealed. In the pages, the boxing great planned in exacting Read More...

Muhammad Ali, who riveted the world as 'The Greatest,' dies

460x (1) By TIM DAHLBERG (AP) He was fast of fist and foot — lip, too — a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above Read More...

Education

Students might need to add a class to get scholarship aid

cap and cashJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Some Mississippi college students will need to add an extra class in order to receive state scholarship money this fall. The change comes after the Mississippi Postsecondary Education Financial Assistance Board modified the definition of a full-time student for the purposes Read More...

Prayer vigil at Tougaloo supports LGBT

1TougalooPressConfBy Ayesha K. Mustafaa Contributing Writer The entire country is still reeling behind the massacre of 49 persons who were attending the Pulse Club in Orlando, Fla. in the early hours of June 12. The club was filled to capacity with about 300 persons from the LBGT Read More...

JPS recognizes The Link, other media organizations

2JPSmediaIMG_4039The Mississippi Link Newswire Jackson Public School District held a Media Appreciation Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. June 2, to recognize area media organizations for supporting scholars, teachers and administrative staff in the district. Jackson Public School administrative leaders from various departments were present along with media Read More...

Opinion

Sen. Frazier grateful for another Father’s Day

1 FrazierLegislator promotes prostate cancer research By Hillman Frazier  Special to The Mississippi Link The most challenging year of my life was 2015 when in September I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which for some can be a quick death sentence. But because of a team of health care Read More...

“I come from Mississippi”

7MalonemugThe Mississippi Link Newswire When I heard the news of the massacre at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston last June it horrified me, but I can’t say it surprised me. I come from Mississippi, where the struggle for racial harmony has always been particularly tough Read More...

Sanders, Trump are two sides of same angry, White coin

OP-julianne-malveauxBy Julianne Malveaux NNPA News Wire Columnist For all their dueling ideologies, Senator Bernie Sanders and “presumptive Republican nominee” Donald Trump are two sides of the same coin. Both of them are angry, so intensely so, that they are inciting a destructive anger among their followers. When Republicans Read More...

The Buzz

Woman pleads guilty to stripper's death, dismemberment

margaret-sanchez-mugjpg-f9581e07c77aa8b7 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A woman was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday in the stabbing death of a Bourbon Street dancer whose dismembered body washed up along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Margaret Sanchez, 32, of Metairie, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, obstruction of justice Read More...

Police: Marion County man dies after being run over multiple times in grocery parking lot

636015922801822321-chaneeta-bryantjpg-da6918385ec8d129 FOXWOOD, Mississippi (AP) — Authorities say a man has died from injuries he received when he was run over multiple times after an argument in a grocery store parking lot. The Marion County Sheriff's Department said charges against Chaneeta Bryant have been upgraded to murder Read More...

Meridian Police: Domestic fight leads to toddler being shot

20586534-smallMERIDIAN, Mississippi (AP) — Meridian police are looking for a man involved in a domestic altercation that led to the shooting of a child in a car seat. Capt. John Griffith tells The Clarion-Ledger the toddler was in the car when she was hit in the head Read More...