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Vistitation cancelled at two Mississippi prison facilities this weekend

3298The Mississippi Link Newswire JACKSON – Visitation at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility and at the State Penitentiary at Parchman is canceled this weekend. CMCF and Unit 29 are on lockdown as the Mississippi Department of Corrections investigates how recently discovered contraband items got into the Read More...

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bryantjpg-cad61ebc72fb0ef1 COMMON CORE Bryant vetoes bill he calls weak on ditching Common Core JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bryant has vetoed a bill that might have put some distance between Mississippi schools and the Common Core academic standards adopted by this state and many others. Bryant says Read More...

Lawn mower shoots 3-inch wire up man's nose, into his head

Bill ParkerGULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Gulfport man is lucky to be alive after a lawn mower shot a 3 ½-inch metal wire up his nose and into his head. The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1DqeRF1) reports 34-year-old Bill Parker was mowing his lawn last Sunday when he Read More...

Sports

Courtney Pruitt named Alcorn State women's basketball coach

7548349_GThe Mississippi Link Newswire Alcorn State University's search for a new head women's basketball coach concluded with a seasoned individual with extensive college coaching experience, most recently as the head women's coach at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. Director of Athletics Derek Horne announced the selection Read More...

Barry Bonds' obstruction conviction thrown out by appeals court

barry-bonds-883adf119f7746d1 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction was reversed Wednesday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled his meandering answer before a grand jury in 2003 was not material to the government's investigation into steroids distribution. Bonds, baseball's career Read More...

Sports Minute: The latest Mississippi sports news

on-course-club-house-bannerLAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - LSU catcher Kade Scivicque and Tulane right-hander Alex Massey have been selected for the second time this season as the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Baseball Players of the Week. Scivicque, a senior from Maurepas, was named Hitter of the Week Read More...

Entertainment

Kevin Hart Poses as Best Man in Irreverent Romp Arriving on DVD

51CHgyt43DLThe Wedding Ringer DVD Review by Kam Williams Doug Harris (Josh Gad) and Gretchen Palmer (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) are putting the finishing touches on their impending wedding. Trouble is the socially-challenged groom has yet to find a best man and they’re set to exchange vows in just ten Read More...

A Nice Slice of Rice

25415Anne Rice The “Beauty’s Kingdom” Interview with Kam Williams Anne Rice’s debut novel, Interview with a Vampire, was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. She is also the author of many other best-sellers, including the hugely successful Vampire Chronicles, The Mummy or Read More...

Queen Latifah and Keke Palmer: The “Brotherly Love” Interview

MD7A0045-5Heavenly Sistahs Expound on Brotherly Love with Kam Williams Keke Palmer is a multi-talented actress, singer, songwriter and talk show host who made her screen debut at the age of 10 in Barbershop 2 before landing a breakout role a couple of years later as the Read More...

Business

Mississippi unemployment: Second highest jobless rate in country, despite March dip

nav_job(AP) Mississippi's jobless rate dipped in March for the third month in a row, although employer payrolls shrank, as employment numbers sent mixed signals about the state's economy. The unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent, down from 7 percent in February and 7.8 percent in Read More...

New Jackson development to bring housing, movie theater

puyallup-movie-theaterJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A new multi-million dollar development in Jackson will bring businesses, housing and the first movie theater in the city since the 1990s. WAPT-TV (http://bit.ly/1JYawNU ) reports the site along Interstate 55 will include a Marriott Residence Inn, an office complex, a law Read More...

A small victory for fliers: summer domestic fares fall $2.01

460x By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ (AP) After years of steadily-rising airfare, travelers this summer can expect a tiny bit of relief — $2.01 in savings to be exact. The average roundtrip domestic ticket this summer, including taxes, now stands at $454, down less than a percent from last summer. Vacationers Read More...

Health

Elementary school student dies from bacterial meningitis

Tunica ElementaryTUNICA, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Health says a 7-year-old elementary school student has died from bacterial meningitis, but cautions the strain is not contagious. WREG-TV in Memphis (http://bit.ly/1GoW3wh) reports the student attended Tunica Elementary. His identity hasn't been released. Health officials distributed free Read More...

Is Blue Bell ice cream, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream safe to eat? Listeria recalls 2015

-c3e792c9d0519e78WASHINGTON (AP) — Major recalls in 2015 from two well-known ice cream companies due to the discovery of listeria bacteria raise questions about how the pathogen could have contaminated multiple ice cream manufacturing plants — and whether the discoveries are related. People are also asking: Read More...

JSU scientist studying links between common chemicals and cancer

EDUCATION JSU scientist studying links between common chemicals and cancerThe Mississippi Link Newswire Dr. Clement G. Yedjou, a cancer scientist in JSU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, and doctoral candidate William Johnson and master candidate Justin McDowell, are part of a task force studying possible links between chemicals and cancer of 174 scientists Read More...

Religion

Pastor now not required to register as sex offender in Mississippi

stallworthjpg-8132f4e693fa7cf0(AP) The Rev. Jeffery A. Stallworth will not have to register as a sex offender in Mississippi after his criminal record was expunged in Maryland. The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday reversed an order from a Hinds County judge who required Stallworth to register. Sex offenders Read More...

Civil rights activist, Gardner Taylor dies at age 96

0The Mississippi Link Newswire A noted preacher and civil rights activist died yesterday at the age of 96. Gardner Calvin Taylor (June 18, 1918 – April 5, 2015) was an American preacher, noted for his eloquence and understanding of Christian faith and theology, and known as “the Read More...

Church van in Florida crashes into canal, killing 8 and injuring 10

florida-fatal-van-crash-42a7e52b14fa7ad7 MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- An overloaded church van ran through a stop sign, crossed all four lanes of a dark rural highway and nosedived into a canal, killing eight people and injuring 10 early Monday in southwest Florida, authorities said. "They didn't see that Read More...

Obituaries

Percy Sledge dead 2015: 'When a man loves a woman' No. 1 hit

percy-sledge-dead-2015-ca0a5068b0b989a6 NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74. Dr. William "Beau" Clark, coroner for East Read More...

Gertrude Weaver, world's oldest person, dies in Arkansas

worlds-oldest-person-d6d313eed7c8ef6cLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Just days after becoming the world's oldest documented person, 116-year-old Gertrude Weaver has died in Arkansas. The Williams Funeral Home confirms that Weaver died Monday at the Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden, about 100 miles southwest of Read More...

Civil rights activist, Gardner Taylor dies at age 96

0The Mississippi Link Newswire A noted preacher and civil rights activist died yesterday at the age of 96. Gardner Calvin Taylor (June 18, 1918 – April 5, 2015) was an American preacher, noted for his eloquence and understanding of Christian faith and theology, and known as “the Read More...

Education

JSU scientist studying links between common chemicals and cancer

EDUCATION JSU scientist studying links between common chemicals and cancerThe Mississippi Link Newswire Dr. Clement G. Yedjou, a cancer scientist in JSU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, and doctoral candidate William Johnson and master candidate Justin McDowell, are part of a task force studying possible links between chemicals and cancer of 174 scientists Read More...

The “Dumbing Down” of American Education

EDUCATION Educating the Kids Nobody WantsBy Kevin Chavous Early in 2001, when I was the chair of the education committee on the Council of the District of Columbia, I was talking with the D.C. Public Schools Superintendent Paul Vance about the intense debate over standards at the time. Federal lawmakers were Read More...

Trustees offer deal to Ole Miss chancellor

alan-perry-dd6b6ee267ae9d20 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi's College Board is preparing to offer a two-year contract extension to the University of Mississippi chancellor whom they had previously refused to retain, individuals with knowledge of the negotiations said Thursday. Discussions to fine-tune the agreement with Chancellor Dan Jones Read More...

Opinion

The “Dumbing Down” of American Education

EDUCATION Educating the Kids Nobody WantsBy Kevin Chavous Early in 2001, when I was the chair of the education committee on the Council of the District of Columbia, I was talking with the D.C. Public Schools Superintendent Paul Vance about the intense debate over standards at the time. Federal lawmakers were Read More...

Keisha Knight Pulliam: Helping our youth through Kamp Kizzy

KKP Head ShotBy Keisha Knight Pulliam I think every person that walks the face of the earth has a Calling and Passion that they are meant to maximize to make our world a better place.  For me, my Passion and Calling comes through acting, but it also Read More...

Educating the Kids Nobody Wants

EDUCATION Educating the Kids Nobody WantsBy Kevin P. Chavous After giving a recent education reform speech in Georgia, a thirty-something man approached me to discuss my views on the increasing school expulsion rate for kids, particularly boys of color.  He told me that his wife was a special education teacher; Read More...

The Buzz

Council suspended Greenwood police officer over arrest

jelani barr - rabbit GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - Greenwood police officer has been suspended pending an internal investigation by the department in the April 7 arrest of Jelani Barr, an activist and candidate for lieutenant governor. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (http://bit.ly/1HpWG93) Mayor Carolyn McAdams announced the investigation into the Read More...

Man accused of shooting at police during hour-long standoff

Flowood-standoff Mississippi NewsFLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) - A 60-year-old man is under arrest following an hour-long standoff with police. WAPT-TV (http://bit.ly/1aMWtyf) reports officers arrived at the Flowood home of James Bolton Monday after receiving calls about gunshots. Police say once officers arrived, Bolton fired several shots at them Read More...

Migos arrested after Georgia Southern show, face drug, weapon charges

kiari-cephus-37519c4936fae39e (AP) All three members of the hip-hop group Migos face drug and weapon charges following their arrests after they left the stage at a weekend performance at Georgia Southern University, authorities said. The group and its associates arrived for the Saturday night concert on the Read More...