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Rapper Troy Ave charged with attempted murder in fatal T.I. concert shooting

TroyAve-e1335883632299 NEW YORK (AP) — Police investigating a deadly shooting at a packed hip-hop concert in New York arrested a Brooklyn rap artist Thursday, saying surveillance footage showed him stalking through the venue firing a gun. Roland Collins, who goes by the stage name Troy Ave, Read More...

Girl abducted, raped by N.H. man thanks him at sentencing for 'giving me my freedom back

20446263-mmmain LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A man who kidnapped a 14-year-old girl when she accepted his offer of a ride home from school because her feet were sore, held her captive for nine months and raped her repeatedly at his trailer acknowledged his crimes on Read More...

Charleston church shooting: Victims' families support decision to seek death penalty

20434814-mmmain COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The husband of a woman gunned down at a historic black church in Charleston with eight other people said Wednesday he won't be at peace until the man charged in the slayings is put to death. Arthur Hurd, whose wife, Cynthia, Read More...

Sports

Lowry leads Raptors into conference final against Cavs

460x (1) By IAN HARRISON TORONTO (AP) — Less than two weeks ago, Kyle Lowry was a struggling so badly that he stayed past midnight to work on his game after a tough playoff loss. Now a red-hot Lowry is carrying the Toronto Raptors into their first ever Eastern Read More...

Mississippi College plans to renovate arena

Mississippi College ArenaCLINTON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi College plans to renovate its main on-campus arena this summer. The Southern Baptist college says it will spend $2.7 million to repair the domed A.E. Wood Coliseum. The school plans to fix damage from a 2013 hail storm that knocked Read More...

After death, Mississippi State warns off stadium trespassers

DavisWadeStadiumExpansionBy JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State University officials are warning people not to trespass in the school's football stadium after a 21-year-old student fell through the roof of a video scoreboard and died. University spokesman Sid Salter says university administrators intend to Read More...

Entertainment

Rapper Troy Ave charged with attempted murder in fatal T.I. concert shooting

TroyAve-e1335883632299 NEW YORK (AP) — Police investigating a deadly shooting at a packed hip-hop concert in New York arrested a Brooklyn rap artist Thursday, saying surveillance footage showed him stalking through the venue firing a gun. Roland Collins, who goes by the stage name Troy Ave, Read More...

McComb to rename pavilion after rocker Bo Diddley

bodiddleyMCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - A popular venue for music concerts and other entertainment in downtown McComb is getting a new name. The Depot Pavilion will be rechristened "The Bo Diddley Pavilion" in honor of the late rock 'n' roll legend. The Enterprise-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1sdFcHR ) the McComb Read More...

Blues artist Keb’ Mo’ to perform in Jackson May 27

Version 2 Mississipi Link Newswire Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and contemporary blues artist, Keb’ Mo’, who released Keb’ Mo’ LIVE – That Hot Pink Blues Album April 15, is set to perform at Duling Hall in Jackson May 27. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the Read More...

Business

Pfizer says it's blocking use of drugs for lethal injections

20345085-mmmain(AP) Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Friday it was blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally-approved drugmakers whose medications could be used for executions have now put them off limits. "Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of Read More...

FITCH RATINGS, INC. AFFIRMS JACKSON MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY'S AIRPORT REVENUES AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOO...

JEIARamp-bThe Mississippi Link Newswire Fitch Ratings has affirmed Jackson Municipal Airport Authority's (JMAA) approximately $12 million airport revenue bonds at 'BBB+'. The Rating Outlook remains Stable. Some of the key elements used to determine JMAA’s rating and outlook include: The Jackson - Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport Read More...

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...

Health

Lupus’ disproportionate impact on women, minorities

16 lupus poster Trice Edney News Wire   May is Lupus Awareness Month and on May 20 specifically, health advocates and those directly or indirectly impacted by the disease called lupus Put On Purple to raise awareness and to support the millions of people who are affected by the Read More...

Surviving sickle cell

1sickleDSCN0873Parents explain pain, hope of children living with disease By Stephanie R. Jones Contributing Writer Many parents of children who have sickle cell anemia have watched as their children suffered unrelenting episodes of pain in their bodies, constant hospitalizations and routine blood transfusions. The Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation Read More...

Up to 4 in 10 gay men in Jackson have HIV

1 HIVBy Mike Stobbe AP Medical Writer NEW YORK – Three out of every 10 gay or bisexual men in several cities in the U.S. South have been diagnosed with the AIDS virus, three times the national rate, according to a study about how common HIV infections Read More...

Religion

Charleston church shooting: Victims' families support decision to seek death penalty

20434814-mmmain COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The husband of a woman gunned down at a historic black church in Charleston with eight other people said Wednesday he won't be at peace until the man charged in the slayings is put to death. Arthur Hurd, whose wife, Cynthia, Read More...

Churches honor graduates during baccalaureate services

10BaccalaureateCollege GradsSpecial to The Mississippi Link Baccalaureate ceremonies are bountiful across the Jackson metro area during the 2016 graduation season. For those who are familiar with its meaning, an article titled “What’s a Baccalaureate Ceremony?” on www.youngadults.about.com explains baccalaureate as “a centuries-old religious graduation tradition that Read More...

Baptist association session to be held Saturday

safe_imageMississippi Link Newswire The semi-annual session of the Jackson District Missionary Baptist Association, Inc. is set for 9 a.m. to noon May 21at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 450 Culbertson Ave. in Jackson. Dr. F. R. Lenoir will be the moderator. Read More...

Obituaries

Memorial for Prince held at his Jehovah's Witnesses church

460x (2) MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Security was tight as mourners packed a Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall on Sunday evening for a memorial for megastar Prince, who worshipped there before he died last month. Traffic cones lined the streets in front of the church in the Minneapolis Read More...

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...

Education

Tougaloo’s Two Rivers Gala honors Mississippi icons

1Tougaloogala1By Ayesha K. Mustafaa Contributing Writer Since 2010, Tougaloo College has hosted the Two Rivers Gala/Honors. The Native American word “Tougaloo” means “two rivers.” The college description notes Tougaloo as the place where two streams run parallel – education and activism. The Two Rivers Gala is the Read More...

Churches honor graduates during baccalaureate services

10BaccalaureateCollege GradsSpecial to The Mississippi Link Baccalaureate ceremonies are bountiful across the Jackson metro area during the 2016 graduation season. For those who are familiar with its meaning, an article titled “What’s a Baccalaureate Ceremony?” on www.youngadults.about.com explains baccalaureate as “a centuries-old religious graduation tradition that Read More...

Lester Elementary holds awards program for fifth-grade class

2LesterBy Shanderia K. Posey Editor Lester Elementary School in Jackson held its Fifth-grade Academic, Behavior and Course Performance Awards Program at 9 a.m. May 23, at New Jerusalem Church, 168 Colonial Dr. in south Jackson. The motto of the class was “Make A Change.” The Mississippi Link Read More...

Opinion

ACLU: HB1523 hits home

logoMany of us have seen and heard the commentary regarding House Bill 1523, the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act. Some of us have noted that the bill is discrimination codified. Others have pointed out that the intended adverse impact on the Read More...

Voter engagement: How to assure voting matters in your community

By Pallascene Bright Cole  Special to The Mississippi Link Your vote matters! For the past year, day in and day out, 24/7, America media shows all the negative reasons that your vote does not count. Hogwash! Just the fact that so many people live in scarcity Read More...

JPS’ financial status is far from being a crisis

8BurtJPScolumnBy Beneta Burt Special to The Mississippi Lin k A recent media report seemed to distort Jackson Public Schools’ finances, particularly the headline claiming the district was facing “financial crisis.” This headline is misleading, meaning the entire article could be misinterpreted and wrongly imply incompetence at Read More...

The Buzz

8-month-old shot in mother's arms in St. Louis; police seek father

infant-shot-679ccc3b36228d5b ST. LOUIS (AP) — An 8-month-old boy was shot to death in his mother's arms Tuesday, and the suspected shooter — the boy's father — remained at large, St. Louis police said. The deadly shooting occurred shortly after 1 p.m. by an Interstate 270 exit Read More...

Sheriff's deputies: Kiln man dies after fight with 3 sons

policetapeKILN, Miss. (AP) - Hancock County sheriff's deputies say a 75-year-old Kiln man died after he was "brutally beaten" during a fight with three of his sons last week. Coroner Jim Faulk tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/247gSTK) Lester Bosarge died Monday at hospital in Alabama. Faulk Read More...

Sexual battery suspect back in jail after mistaken release

Mississippi Debtors PrisonJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A suspect in a 2014 rape, who was mistakenly released from custody in December, is back behind bars. The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/1Wf06mg ) Edward Samuel was arrested Monday by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. Samuel, his brother Marquise Samuel and Ja'Lon Jones were Read More...