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Mississippi death-row inmate takes appeal to US high court

16885344-small JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- A Mississippi death row inmate who argues he was the victim of mistaken eyewitness identification is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for a new trial. Caleb Corrothers is arguing that a cognitive psychologist would have offered examples of studies which have Read More...

Foul play suspected in death of missing Pike County man found near burned-out minivan

16790211-smallMCCOMB, Mississippi (AP) -- Pike County deputies are investigating the death of a man, whose body was found Tuesday night on a county road near his burned-out minivan. Chief Sheriff's Investigator Lance Falvey says 68-year-old Leroy McCray has been missing since the weekend. He says Read More...

Horn Lake couple plead guilty in death of man's 11-year-old son

15510814-mmmain HERNANDO, Mississippi (AP) -- A Horn Lake father and his wife have pleaded guilty in the death of the man's 11-year-old son. Jack Thomas Raines and Amanda Leigh Raines each pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder. District Attorney John Champion says the case had been set Read More...

Sports

Williams aims for 19th major after reaching Aussie final

460x (2) By JOHN PYE MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It wasn't until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis. Now she's on the verge of a 19th Read More...

Baseball could bring Cuban teams to play in Biloxi this year

16876484-mmmainBILOXI, Mississippi (AP) -- The owner of the minor league Biloxi Shuckers is planning to bring a Cuban baseball team in to play some exhibition games. Team owner Tim Bennett said he is meeting with delegates from Cuba on Thursday to discuss the games. "The goal Read More...

Australian Open at a glance

Australian Open Tennis MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A look at the Australian Open on Tuesday: Weather: Party sunny, cool. High of 19 Celsius (66 Fahrenheit). Attendance: Day: 19,509; Night: 16,091; Total: 35,600. Men's Singles Quarterfinal Winners: No. 6 Andy Murray, No. 7 Tomas Berdych. Men's Singles Quarterfinal Losers: No. 3 Rafael Read More...

Entertainment

Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested for fatal LA hit-and-run

460x (3) By RAQUEL MARIA DILLON WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested early Friday on a murder charge in a fatal hit-and-run. Knight was arrested at about 3 a.m. and was being held on $2 million bail, said Sgt. Diane Hecht Read More...

Elvis items in Mississippi's 'Graceland Too' shrine to be auctioned off on Jan. 31

16859536-mmmain HOLLY SPRINGS, Mississippi (AP) -- Hundreds of Elvis Presley vinyl singles and albums, a pink Cadillac and the antebellum mansion that became a quirky Elvis shrine will be auctioned this month. Everything that was "Graceland Too" and all of owner Paul MacLeod's vehicles will be Read More...

Oscars 2015: Film academy president responds to firestorm over lack of diversity

16793604-mmmain LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Responding for the first time to the firestorm that erupted over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy's push for more Read More...

Business

BP to sell part of its Gulf of Mexico stake to Chevron

chevronNEW YORK (AP) -- BP is selling part of its stake in an emerging oil-producing region in the Gulf of Mexico to Chevron, and the two companies, along with Conoco Phillips, will work to develop the fields together. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read More...

December Mississippi jobless rate dips, still worst among states

StateDec2014JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi's jobless rate dipped slightly in December, but the state continues to have the highest unemployment rate of any state nationwide. The jobless rate fell to 7.2 percent, down from 7.3 percent in November and 7.8 percent in December 2013. The Read More...

BP executive takes stand in Gulf oil spill penalty trial

BP_Logo.svgNEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A BP executive has taken the stand as lawyers for the oil giant make their case for a federal Clean Water Act penalty well under the $13.7 billion maximum for the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Richard Morrison, a regional president for Read More...

Health

Mississippi's first stand-alone medical needs emergency shelter going up in Wiggins

16660301-large WIGGINS, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi health officials expect to open in 2016 the state's first stand-alone medical needs shelter. Ground was broken on the shelter earlier this month. The $7.7 million facility will be located in Wiggins. "We chose Wiggins because it's just down (U.S.) 49, Read More...

Services for Dr. Aaron Shirley Saturday at Medical Mall

downloadBy Stephanie R. Jones Dr. Aaron Shirley will make a final visit to the Jackson Medical Mall, the landmark facility he founded to provide healthcare to underserved populations. Funeral services for the healthcare pioneer, civil rights veteran and McArthur “Genius Grant” winner will be at 11 Read More...

Two Mississippi men charged in Ebola hoax that triggered emergency response

16427524-small HORN LAKE, Mississippi -- Two Horn Lake men have been indicted under a Mississippi law that makes it a felony to cause someone to falsely believe that a person has been "exposed to a harmful biological substance." Authorities said the two men are an Ebola Read More...

Religion

Mississippi Supreme Court hears arguments in same-sex divorce case

randy-pierce-7bbeb3282a79ca90 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi, which does not allow same-sex marriages, should find a way to grant a divorce to a DeSoto County woman who married another woman in California in 2008, lawyer Casey Varnado told the state Supreme Court on Wednesday. The attorney general's Read More...

Lawmakers propose making the Bible Mississippi's state book

biblepromojpg-8eaee41ebe920308 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- During this state election year, some lawmakers are proposing to designate the Bible the official state book of Mississippi. Rep. Tom Miles of Forest says he and fellow Democratic Rep. Michael Evans of Preston are filing a bill, and they've already Read More...

Mid Winter Board Message from President Jerry Young

1420827026_740578_Young2014_smfile_headThe new president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, local pastor Dr. Jerry Young sent this message to attendees of a mid-winter national convention being held in Jackson Mississippi for the first time: January 12, 2015 To the Officers, Board Members, Pastors, Preachers, Messengers, and Friends Read More...

Obituaries

Longtime ESPN sportscaster Scott dies at 49

460x (1) By RICK FREEMAN  The Associated Press Stuart Scott was in his element, working a "Monday Night Football" game, when he was forced to leave for an appendix operation. Doctors discovered a tumor during surgery and Scott was diagnosed with cancer. But he made a point of continuing to Read More...

Remembering ‘Mr. Hayes’ The closing of a walking library

JCL051620-1_20141230Students and teachers reflect on an ‘education giant’ By Gail M. Brown Special to The Mississippi Link When Emmitt W. Hayes, Sr. departed his earthly life on the night of December 26, 2014 at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, not only did the world lose a great gentleman, Read More...

In Memoriam: Emmitt W. Hayes Sr.

JCL051620-1_20141230July 4, 1922 - December 26, 2014 “To everything, there is a season…” “A time to be born” Emmitt W. Hayes Sr. was born to the late Dan Henry and Pauline Beatrice Hayes on July 4, 1922 in Jackson, Miss. He was the older of their two Read More...

Education

Cleveland (Miss.) school officials, Justice Department file plans with court to end school segregati...

16874319-mmmain CLEVELAND, Mississippi (AP) -- Local school officials and the Justice Department have filed with a Mississippi federal court competing plans to desegregate the Cleveland, Miss., school system. The Cleveland school district is seeking to come out from under federal oversight that has been in place Read More...

State Superintendent Carey Wright says cheating districts should have to pay for investigations

carey-wright-67c64b4591310b98 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright says that school districts guilty of cheating on state tests should have to pay the cost of investigations into that cheating. Wright made the proposal Tuesday before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. "I think Read More...

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves agenda: Dump inspection stickers, revamp school funding

philip-gunn-tate-reeves-cc0345b53f25a3a4 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he wants to eliminate Mississippi's $5 annual vehicle inspection sticker, decrease the cost for a concealed-carry gun permit and revamp the school funding formula. Reeves, a Republican who's seeking a second term, announced his Read More...

Opinion

The Way Forward for Black Students

Peter Groff - HeadshotBy Honorable Peter C. Groff  For good reasons many African Americans have wonderful memories of their time in public schools. Among those recollections are the family and community legacies, the favorite teacher and the lifelong friends that were made. Even for those, particularly in the Read More...

Q&A with Phil Bryant: Mississippi governor discusses 2015 agenda in AP interview

-09e72da43cef6107 JACKSON, Mississippi -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he's proposing a "Taxpayer Works Agenda" for the 2015 legislative session, including an income-tax cut for people with low to moderate earnings, a boost in tourism advertising, scholarships for community college students and a pay raise Read More...

Rickey L. Cole: What Democrats stand for

Rickey To the Editor, It goes without saying that there is a great deal of division in America today.  Many of us lament those divisions, and we worry about the damages wrought by the often-bitter conflicts inherent in this divisiveness that seems to permeate our society. Why Read More...

The Buzz

Mississippi death-row inmate takes appeal to US high court

16885344-small JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- A Mississippi death row inmate who argues he was the victim of mistaken eyewitness identification is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for a new trial. Caleb Corrothers is arguing that a cognitive psychologist would have offered examples of studies which have Read More...

Foul play suspected in death of missing Pike County man found near burned-out minivan

16790211-smallMCCOMB, Mississippi (AP) -- Pike County deputies are investigating the death of a man, whose body was found Tuesday night on a county road near his burned-out minivan. Chief Sheriff's Investigator Lance Falvey says 68-year-old Leroy McCray has been missing since the weekend. He says Read More...

Horn Lake couple plead guilty in death of man's 11-year-old son

15510814-mmmain HERNANDO, Mississippi (AP) -- A Horn Lake father and his wife have pleaded guilty in the death of the man's 11-year-old son. Jack Thomas Raines and Amanda Leigh Raines each pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder. District Attorney John Champion says the case had been set Read More...