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14 school districts sue state for underfunding Mississippi Adequate Educational Program

ronnie-musgrove-0072f616a14971ad JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Fourteen Mississippi school districts sued the state Thursday, seeking money they say they were illegally shorted by the state's public school funding formula over the last six years. The lawsuit also asks a judge to order lawmakers to never again underfund Read More...

Second arrest made in West Point restaurant fight, bail set at $250,000

15697950-small WEST POINT, Mississippi (AP) -- Bond has been set at $250,000 for a second man booked with aggravated assault in an incident that hospitalized a 32-year-old man, West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said. Marquavious McMillian, 20, of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged Thursday, two Read More...

Jackson Public School District Agrees to Halt Convocation Prayers

EDUCATION Humanist Group Decries Prayers at Public School Teacher Event 2The Mississippi Link Newswire In response to the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center’s letter sent on Aug. 25, 2014, the Jackson Public School District in Jackson, Mississippi, has agreed to eliminate religious activity, including prayers and sermons, at future convocations for its faculty. “We’re Read More...

Sports

No. 18 Mississippi pulls away for season-opening 35-13 win over Boise State

-85b4ea2eb378942c ATLANTA (AP) -- Bo Wallace threw four touchdowns passes in a sloppy season opener, and No. 18 Mississippi pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Boise State 35-13 on Thursday night. Shaking off Wallace's three first-half interceptions, the Rebels (1-0) got the victory before Read More...

Justin Tucker's 5 FGs helps Baltimore top Saints 22-13 to wrap up preseason

-339a13d87db5a142 NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Kicker Justin Tucker was among the few Ravens regulars who did not get the night off for the final exhibition game. His performance was also one of the reasons the Ravens finished the preseason with a perfect record. Tucker hit five field Read More...

Bo or Boise? 5 things to watch when No. 18 Ole Miss opens the season Thursday night vs. Broncos

bryan-harsin-11a6db2b5cdde2d7 ATLANTA (AP) -- Long an also-ran in the mighty Southeastern Conference, Mississippi is looking like a school no longer content with the status quo. First, the No. 18 Rebels must get by a team that knows a thing or two about busting up the establishment. Ole Read More...

Entertainment

New Hampshire couple wins jackpot on historically stingy slot machine at MGM Grand

15687072-large LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A pair of grandparents from New Hampshire has won $2.4 million at a notoriously stubborn MGM Grand slot machine. Walter Misco played for about five minutes before hitting the jackpot at the 20-year-old "Lion's Share" machine at about 11 p.m. Friday. The Read More...

Emmys: Billy Crystal to pay tribute to Robin Williams

crystal-williams-409f1de1017382bc LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week's Emmy Awards. Crystal will honor Williams as part of the traditional "in memoriam" segment for industry members who died during the past year, Emmy Read More...

Aniston, Hamm, Hudson set to Stand Up to Cancer

460x (1) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Aniston, Jon Hamm, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland want to connect with you about cancer. They are among the stars slated to appear on "Stand Up to Cancer," the hour-long telethon set to air Sept. 5 on 31 Read More...

Business

Top-rated company founder to speak at the Connect 1 Conference in September

FRONTPAGE Top-rated company founder to speak at the Connect 1 Conference in September Countdown: Less than 3 weeks before conference opening session  By Lonnie Ross Online Editor JACKSON – The founder of a Mississippi-based top-rated company will be one of the headline speakers at  the Connect 1 Conference. The conference will be held next month at the Jackson Convention Complex Read More...

New Hampshire couple wins jackpot on historically stingy slot machine at MGM Grand

15687072-large LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A pair of grandparents from New Hampshire has won $2.4 million at a notoriously stubborn MGM Grand slot machine. Walter Misco played for about five minutes before hitting the jackpot at the 20-year-old "Lion's Share" machine at about 11 p.m. Friday. The Read More...

Walmart executive Joe Quinn to open the Connect 1 Conference on September 17th

FRONTPAGE Walmart executive Joe Quinn to open the Connect 1 Conference on September 17thBy Lonnie Ross Online Editor JACKSON – Global retail giant, Walmart has signed on as a sponsor of the Connect 1 Conference. The conference will be held next month at the Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson Mississippi on Wednesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 18. Conference organizers Read More...

Health

Ebola has 'upper hand' says US health official

460xBy JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Ebola still has the "upper hand" in the outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, but experts have the means to stop it, a top American health official said during a visit to the hardest-hit Read More...

Mississippi health officials announce second death from West Nile virus

9785779-small JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- State health officials are reporting a second death from the West Nile virus in Mississippian. The state Department of Health said Tuesday the most recent death occurred in Madison County. The first death was in Yazoo County. Health officials also reported new Read More...

Mississippi confirms 2 tuberculosis cases at Tupelo casinos

Mycobacterium_tuberculosis_Ziehl-Neelsen_stain_02JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- State health regulators confirm they're investigating two cases of tuberculosis affecting two casinos in Tunica County. The Mississippi State Department of Health, in a news release Thursday, said the two cases involve at least one employee at each casino. Tuberculosis is an Read More...

Religion

Jackson Public School District Agrees to Halt Convocation Prayers

EDUCATION Humanist Group Decries Prayers at Public School Teacher Event 2The Mississippi Link Newswire In response to the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center’s letter sent on Aug. 25, 2014, the Jackson Public School District in Jackson, Mississippi, has agreed to eliminate religious activity, including prayers and sermons, at future convocations for its faculty. “We’re Read More...

2 Bible Belt filmmakers expand box office horizons

alex-kendrick-stephen-kendrick--eff616411ecdb553 NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- It's the Hollywood ending every studio wants: Low-cost production and high returns at the box office. Filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick seem to have the formula down — grossing nearly $80 million on four films made for less than $4 million Read More...

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...

Obituaries

Lauren Bacall, sultry-voiced actress, dead at 89

-9fea7981516d4dfb NEW YORK (AP) -- Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" and "The Big Sleep" and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood's most storied marriages, died Tuesday at age 89. Bacall, whose long Read More...

Actor/comedian Robin Williams found dead in apparent suicide

-a4365ed649cbda48 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was Read More...

Analysis: David Green was a storyteller, workers' champion

3665jpg-d5785397b609cbe0 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The late David Green filled two roles in the Mississippi House of Representatives. One was to cool off the combatants when the legislative wars became too heated. The other was to fight for pay raises for 20,000-plus state employees, especially those Read More...

Education

14 school districts sue state for underfunding Mississippi Adequate Educational Program

ronnie-musgrove-0072f616a14971ad JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Fourteen Mississippi school districts sued the state Thursday, seeking money they say they were illegally shorted by the state's public school funding formula over the last six years. The lawsuit also asks a judge to order lawmakers to never again underfund Read More...

Jackson Public School District Agrees to Halt Convocation Prayers

EDUCATION Humanist Group Decries Prayers at Public School Teacher Event 2The Mississippi Link Newswire In response to the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center’s letter sent on Aug. 25, 2014, the Jackson Public School District in Jackson, Mississippi, has agreed to eliminate religious activity, including prayers and sermons, at future convocations for its faculty. “We’re Read More...

Mississippi test scores dip -- as expected -- in transition to Common Core

-c471e4545d8ff978 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Student scores on a key state test fell in Mississippi schools in 2013-2014, a transitional year when school districts shifted teaching emphasis from old state standards to the new Common Core State Standards. Education officials say that while school districts adjusted Read More...

Opinion

Analysis: David Green was a storyteller, workers' champion

3665jpg-d5785397b609cbe0 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The late David Green filled two roles in the Mississippi House of Representatives. One was to cool off the combatants when the legislative wars became too heated. The other was to fight for pay raises for 20,000-plus state employees, especially those Read More...

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...

The Buzz

Second arrest made in West Point restaurant fight, bail set at $250,000

15697950-small WEST POINT, Mississippi (AP) -- Bond has been set at $250,000 for a second man booked with aggravated assault in an incident that hospitalized a 32-year-old man, West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said. Marquavious McMillian, 20, of Aberdeen, was arrested and charged Thursday, two Read More...

Defense attacks silicone evidence in fatal buttocks injection trial

tracey-lynn-garner-4b9cc88c31c7dce2 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Defense attorneys for a woman accused of killing a Georgia woman in 2012 through illicit silicone buttocks injections are attacking the prosecution's evidence. Under questioning from defense lawyer John Colette, Mississippi attorney general's investigator Lee McDivitt testified Wednesday that investigators have Read More...

Witness in Yazoo City murder trial shot to death

shooting-news-graphic-icon-YAZOO CITY, Mississippi (AP) -- The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has joined the investigation into the shooting death of man scheduled to testify in a murder trial in Yazoo City. Police Major Tilmon Clifton tells The Yazoo Herald that the body of 28-year-old Perry Hollins Read More...