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Man found dead in Mississippi casino fountain

526688_27_zROBINSONVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A man has died at a casino in Robinsonville, Mississippi, after falling in a fountain. News outlets report that 48-year-old Bob Jerome Murray of Birmingham, Alabama, died at Hollywood Casino Sunday after falling in the fountain near the casino's buffet area. Authorities Read More...

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mississippi-state     JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The state Department of Education and Mississippi State University are working together to add computer science education to elementary and high school across the state. Dozens of schools have signed up to teach new courses, including an entry-level high school Read More...

Coast councilwoman's skull fractured after she is hit by car

76138988_28394182ecBAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - A Bay St. Louis city council member has undergone surgery to alleviate bleeding in her head after witnesses say she was struck by a car outside a church where she was going to a funeral. Angela Eastin, director of Read More...

Sports

Alcorn plans cheerleading tryouts

Alcorn State University cheerleader squadMississippi Link Newswire The Alcorn State University cheerleading squad is looking to add more talented girls to help spread cheer and school spirit. Alcorn cheerleading tryouts will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30 in the E. E. Simmons Gymnasium. Participants are required Read More...

39 JSU Tigers named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports scholars

  Mississippi Link Newswire Thirty-nine Jackson State University student-athletes from 10 sports have been honored as 2016 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars, which recognizes those who have achieved high standards of scholarship, athleticism and humanitarianism. These students were recognized from a pool of more than 600 student-athletes Read More...

Jim Hill High wins powerlifting title

20JimHillpowerThe Jim Hill High School Girls Powerlifting Team won the Class 3 Girls State Powerlifting Championship April 16 at the Mississippi Coliseum. This team has only been in existence for two years and finished the entire season undefeated. There are 44 other high schools Read More...

Entertainment

Reports: Prescription drugs found with Prince at death scene

460x1 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prescription drugs were discovered with Prince when he was found dead in his Paisley Park home in suburban Minneapolis, several news organizations reported. ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN, citing unidentified law enforcement sources, reported that prescription painkillers were found on the 57-year-old Read More...

Jabberwock 2016: Essence of Beauty and Grace to showcase youth

Mississippi Link Newswire The Jackson (MS) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. invites the public to “Jabberwock 2016:  Essence of Beauty and Grace,” a scholarship gala featuring 12 young ladies from the Jackson area. The gala will be held at 4 p.m. May 1, Read More...

Pop superstar Prince dies at his Minnesota home

In this Feb. 1, 2007 file photo, Prince plays his guitar during a press conference at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla. Prince By Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Hillel Italie and Jeff Baenen Associated Press CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Pop superstar Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead Read More...

Business

Contour Airlines starts strong in Tupelo, aided by low fares

ContourTUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Bolstered by cut-rate tickets, Tupelo's new airline has been flying lots of passengers. Contour Airlines tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1pWqcw7) it has flown more than 600 passengers between Tupelo Regional Airport and Nashville since starting service April 5. Aided by Read More...

Local college students win honorable mention at Storyfest

1StoryfestBy Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer The Planet Forward Summit on Sustainable Cities was held April 21-22 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The summit engaged a new dialogue on future cities featuring mayors, public and private sector leaders, journalists, academics, students, innovators and entrepreneurs. Participants embarked Read More...

Nissan donates $250K to six HBCUs in state

Nissan presented $250,000 to representatives and presidents from Mississippi The Mississippi Link Newswire Today Nissan announced the donation of $250,000 to six local Historically Black Colleges and Universities to promote science, technology engineering and mathematics initiatives at each school to inspire and develop talent. To date, Nissan has invested more than $1 million in Read More...

Health

Breast cancer advocates call on Congress to maintain commitment to research

Susan G. Komen Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias Executive Director Catherine Young (left) is shown with Rep. Grep Harper and Christy Moore, Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias board treasurer.Mississippi Link Newswire Local breast cancer survivors and advocates representing Susan G. Komen Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias Affiliate traveled to the nation’s capital April 14, joining more than 100 breast cancer advocates from across the country to remind the nation’s leaders of the importance of federal Read More...

Give Your 18 campaign fights breast cancer, celebrates Mother’s Day

Mississippi Link Newswire In an ongoing effort to support Mississippians in need of early detection to fight breast cancer, Baptist Health Systems’ fund for the girls program has launched its second annual “Give Your 18” campaign in honor of Mother’s Day. The “Give Your 18” program Read More...

Taylor offers insight on heart failure

1heartmugBy Shanderia K. Posey Editor Fatigue, coughing, shortness of breath and inability to perform minimal exercise are all symptoms of heart failure. April is National Minority Health Month and one local cardiologist is shedding light on the condition that’s greatly impacting African Americans locally. Dr. Malcolm Taylor, a Read More...

Religion

Praying for state leaders

IMG_4679Mission Mississippi event tackles race relations By Shanderia K. Posey Editor Lots of prayers went up for state leaders Tuesday during Mission Mississippi’s second annual Governor’s Leadership Prayer Luncheon and Summit at the Jackson Convention Complex. Gov. Phil Bryant and university presidents were among the more than 2,000 Read More...

Religious freedom law draws ire

phil-bryant-clay-chandler-2c08e87f2e274e9dBy Shanderia K. Posey Editor From local and national levels, responses are pouring in since Gov. Phil Bryant signed the religious freedom bill on Tuesday. HB1523, authored by House Speaker Philip Gunn, is known as the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act, and allows people Read More...

Mississippi governor signs law allowing service denial to gays

phil-bryant-8d1410dbe47d51c9 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi's governor signed a law on Tuesday that allows public and private businesses to refuse service to gay couples based on the employers' religious beliefs. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523, despite opposition from gay-rights groups and some businesses who Read More...

Obituaries

Tougaloo College honors a fallen Eaglet

6ClantonphotoiBy Diamond Williams Mississippi Link Intern A memorial was held April 7, at Tougaloo College in honor of student Jana Clanton who died in a car accident April 6. Tougaloo College’s historic Woolworth Chapel was filled with students, family and staff to show their respect, love and Read More...

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan dies at 94 in California

imagejpg-4ffdc74bd160d22eLOS ANGELES — Former first lady Nancy Reagan has died at 94 in Bel-Air, California. Assistant Allison Borio says Mrs. Reagan died Sunday at her home of congestive heart failure. Her marriage to Ronald Reagan lasted 52 years until his death in 2004. A former actress, she Read More...

Elvis Presley's doctor, 'Dr. Nick' Nichopoulos, dies at 88

drnickjpg-39083efd60da2f98 MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — A funeral home says Elvis Presley's former personal doctor has died. Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis said in an obituary posted on its website that 88-year-old George C. Nichopoulos died Wednesday. Known as "Dr. Nick," Nichopoulos was Presley's doctor for 11 Read More...

Education

Mississippi seeks more computer science teaching in schools

2000px-US-DeptOfEducation-Seal.svgBy JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The state Department of Education and Mississippi State University are working together to add computer science education to elementary and high school across the state. Dozens of schools have signed up to teach new courses, including an entry-level Read More...

Clark Atlanta University Alumni Chapter charted in Mississippi

Clark Atlanta alumni held the charter ceremony in Jackson.Mississippi Link Newswire On April 17, Clark Atlanta University alumni gathered for the official charter ceremony for CAUAA Mississippi Chapter at Eudora Welty Library in Jackson. It was an exciting occasion for alums to get together and be able to make this happen. National Vice President Read More...

JSU grad - a part of history

Cory Davis  Jackson State University held its 139th Commencement Exercise April 23, at Veterans Memorial Stadium. It was indeed a historical moment, not only for Jackson State University, but for the state of Mississippi as a whole because for the first time a sitting First Lady Read More...

Opinion

Analysis: HB1523 shows Mississippi cultural, political rift

mississippi-hb1523-pressconference-share1200jpg-1a2d2b917034239d JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — As the Mississippi Senate sparred in one of its most contentious debates of the 2016 session, spectators watched intently from a balcony overlooking the chamber. In one group sat several state leaders of the Pentecostal church who were supporting House Bill 1523, Read More...

Letter to the Editor

confederate-flag-mississippi-c82053d12b5618a3Recommendation suggested for a new Mississippi flag “Come now, let us reason together…” We believe that music offers us a universal language. Since Mississippi claims national and international fame for the birth of various genres of music, let us design a new state flag, which displays Read More...

A new meaning of the word – grateful

6FlonziepaparobBy Flonzie Brown-Wright Special to The Mississippi Link On March 1, I was privileged to have the opportunity to speak at the Annual Black History Program for the Mississippi School for the Deaf. Even though I am always a bit anxious prior to actually speaking, this invitation Read More...

The Buzz

Prisoner death at Parchman being investigated

parchmanPARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) - Officials continue to investigate the death of an inmate at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. The Mississippi Department of Corrections says in a news release Friday that 35-year-old Albert Lee Thomas Jr. was pronounced dead after prison officials were unable Read More...

911 caller on Ohio massacre: 'There's blood all over the house'

20191279-mmmain PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — An out-of-breath caller who found two of the eight slain members of an Ohio family told a 911 dispatcher in a quavering voice that "there's blood all over the house." "I think my brother-in-law's dead," she said, her voice rising as Read More...

Mississippi authorities find 11 kilos of cocaine in RV

cocainepile_0GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Authorities in Mississippi say a RV drifting into other lanes and onto the shoulder was stopped and 11 kilos of cocaine were found during a search. The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1SkerHG) 69-year-old Victor Wendell was arrested April 12 and is being Read More...