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Mississippi man attacked people with ax, shot them with gun, court documents say

multiple-killings-alabama-9cbff0f2ec388daf CITRONELLE, Alabama (AP) — A Mississippi man used a gun and an ax to kill five adults as they slept in an Alabama home, police allege in criminal complaints filed Tuesday. The criminal complaints filed in Mobile County District Court do not allege in what Read More...

Suspect in Virginia knife attack injures 2, shouting 'Allahu akbar;' FBI investigates

20974073-mmmain ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A man shouting "Allahu akbar" repeatedly stabbed and seriously injured a man and woman in Virginia after hearing voices telling him to attack someone, authorities said. Wasil Farooqui attacked the pair with a knife as they entered an apartment building Saturday Read More...

Recordings capture chaos of Florida face-biting slayings

memorial-service-7840f879e65d64bd FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) — Florida sheriff's deputies confronted chaos as they tried to subdue an attacker biting a victim's face after stabbing and beating a couple to death in a random assault outside their home, recordings of radio transmissions released Tuesday show. When a Read More...

Sports

6 Notre Dame football players arrested in 2 separate incidents

NDimage INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler was jailed Saturday after a police officer said the player punched and slammed him to the ground outside a bar, and five teammates were arrested in a separate incident when a trooper found marijuana and a loaded handgun Read More...

2 US swimmers leave Rio after robbery scandal; 3rd pays fine

460x (1) By PETER PRENGAMAN, MAURICIO SAVARESE and LUIS ANDRES HENAO RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two American Olympic swimmers were on their way home Friday after being pulled off a plane a day earlier to testify about an alleged robbery at the Rio Olympics that Brazilian police said was made Read More...

Miller's head-first dive at the finish line beats Felix

460x By EDDIE PELLS   RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For beating Allyson Felix, Shaunae Miller gets a gold medal. Maybe they should give her a cape, too. It took a head-first dive, Superwoman-style, for Miller to spring an Olympic upset Monday over America's top female sprinter in the Read More...

Entertainment

STRUT kids fashion show set

1STRUTEvent to benefit sickle cell disease research By Shanderia K. Posey Editor There’s going to be some serious strutting down the runway Aug. 14, as the Cure Sickle Cell Foundation debuts its children’s fashion show called STRUT. STRUT stands for Standing Together in Royalty, Unity and Truth. The event Read More...

Levert receives Jackson Music Award

1MusicawardsIMG_2987By Stephanie R. Jones Contributing Writer Mississippi is the home of blues music but this past weekend several genres – gospel, R&B and jazz – were showcased during the Jackson Music Awards Association’s annual recognition of local and national musicians and other industry professionals. Honorees on the Read More...

Entertainers line up to perform during Cruisin' The Coast

cs-beach-boys-blog480jpg-5082fb21b6cbe032 BILOXI, Mississippi (AP) — Those who prefer cars with chrome will be humming tunes from entertainers of the '50s and '60s during the 20th Cruisin' The Coast on Oct. 2-9. The casinos — which started the antique and classic car event that has grown into Read More...

Business

ANCHOR Award recipients announced during annual banquet

20916303-mmmain MOSS POINT, Mississippi (AP) -- Several local businesses and non-profits were honored during the 8th annual ANCHOR Awards, presented Aug. 10 at Pelican Landing Conference Center in Moss Point. The ANCHOR Awards were launched by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce to honor and celebrate Read More...

Miss. Power announces delay, additional cost for Kemper County plant

kemper-county-coal-gasification-plantpng-6184812e5f4943a3JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi Power Co. says it will take at least another month to put into operation the power plant it's building in Kemper County. Atlanta-based Southern Co., the parent of the electrical utility, announced Monday that it's pushing back the completion date from Read More...

Auditor: All but $3.6 million of $377 million in Kemper refunds complete

moneyJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — All but $3.6 million of $377 million in rate refunds related to Mississippi Power Co.'s Kemper County plant are back in the hands of customers, auditors say. The utility has complied with the refund order "in all material respects," the Hattiesburg Read More...

Health

The Latest: Lt. governor questions Department of Mental Health pay raises

tate-reeves-5fb052991047438c JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The Latest on Mississippi budget hearings (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is criticizing Mississippi Department of Mental Health leaders for giving pay raises to some employees the past four years even as the department's director has publicly discussed Read More...

Event addresses impact of heart failure in local African-American community

8LTTB Jksn 1038 Mississippi Link Newswire On Aug. 6, members of the community, local organizations and Jackson-area health care providers joined together to raise awareness for heart failure and its disproportionate effect on African Americans. According to data available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mississippi Read More...

Newk’s Cares, St. Dominic to raise funds, awareness regarding ovarian cancer

image-2 Mississippi Link Newswire While no early detection test currently exists for the one in 78 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, Newk’s Cares and St. Dominic’s are working to change that. The duo is joining forces again to raise critical awareness and support of Read More...

Religion

Nelums Foundation pays homage to 3 top citizens

1Luncheon1MG_4070By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer Several hundred Jackson State University and community supporters poured into the school’s Student Center Ballrooms A & B at 11 a.m.  Aug. 6, for the Mary S. Nelums Foundation biennial luncheon to recognize three outstanding citizens who made noteworthy contributions Read More...

Spoken Word choir should be seen, heard (Video)

1SpokenwordmainIWriter shares years of poetry in new book  By Shanderia K. Posey Editor In her early 20s, Janice K. Neal-Vincent, Ph.D., was dissatisfied with available material to use for spoken word choirs. At the time, she was founding and directing the unique choirs mainly in churches. When she couldn’t Read More...

Baptists plan to renovate seminary

IMG_3446By Natalie Bell Special to The Mississippi Link During their annual meeting at the Jackson Marriott last week, executive members of the General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi, approved a resolution to renovate and rebuild its historic Natchez Baptist Seminary, using state funds designated for Read More...

Obituaries

Civil Rights Journalist and Black Press Columnist George Curry Dies of Heart Failure

unnamed (1)Award-winning Civil Rights Journalist and Black Press Columnist George Curry Dead at 69 By Hazel Trice Edney (TriceEdneyWire) - Pioneering Civil rights and Black political journalist George E. Curry, the reputed dean of Black press columnists because of his riveting weekly commentary in Black newspapers across Read More...

In Memoriam: Angie Cotten, local matriarch, leaves legacy

10Angie L. CottenSpecial to The Mississippi Link Family and friends recently gathered at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Madison to say good-bye to one of the matriarch’s of Madison County, Angie Louise Davis Cotten, who succumbed on July 20, after a lengthy illness. She was born Read More...

In Memoriam: Lessie Parrott Branson

Cross_and_People_worshippingNovember 10, 1916 - June 14, 2016 Lessie Parrott Branson was born in Canton (Madison County), Miss. on November 10, 1916. She was the first child born to Gus and Tommie Parrott. Her parents and younger sister Alice Pollard preceded her in death. At an early Read More...

Education

Analysis: Once called soft, some ask if state tests too hard

school-grades-05ccdb1f59e9af15 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Beneath the back-and-forth last week over how many Mississippi public schools should get As was the undertow of another question — has the state gone from grading its kids too soft to grading them too hard? In many ways, it's a Read More...

Senators urge students to apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program

scholarshipApplication deadline is Sept. 30; scholarship, trip offered     Mississippi Link Newswire U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) recently encouraged eligible Mississippi high school students to apply for the 2017 U.S. Senate Youth Program. Two Mississippi high school students will be selected to represent the Read More...

Jackson Public School District placed on probation

1JPSCedrick GrayBy Othor Cain Contributing writer It took just under 45 minutes for the state’s second-largest school district to learn its fate Aug. 16, when the Commission on School Accreditation voted to downgrade the Jackson Public School District’s accreditation status to “probation.” The downgrade was in response to Read More...

Opinion

If Donald and Melania Trump were black

9Duvaliercolumn-1  By Duvalier Malone Special to The Mississippi Link In the past year and a half, Donald and Melania Trump have taken our public consciousness by storm. Sure, Trump was already a famous billionaire with a show, but his stature has grown immeasurably in his run for Read More...

Sen. Frazier grateful for another Father’s Day

1 FrazierLegislator promotes prostate cancer research By Hillman Frazier  Special to The Mississippi Link The most challenging year of my life was 2015 when in September I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which for some can be a quick death sentence. But because of a team of health care Read More...

“I come from Mississippi”

7MalonemugThe Mississippi Link Newswire When I heard the news of the massacre at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston last June it horrified me, but I can’t say it surprised me. I come from Mississippi, where the struggle for racial harmony has always been particularly tough Read More...

The Buzz

One man dead, one in custody following shooting in Gulfport

thumbnail-peter-j-hendersonjpg-ad91c1a1faa8d921 GULFPORT, Mississippi (AP) — One person is dead and one arrested after a shooting at a Gulfport gas station. Sgt. Damon McDaniel tells local media outlet officers responded to a Citgo gas station Wednesday night and found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. Harrison County Coroner Read More...

Bay St. Louis man charged in deaths of ex-dance team captain, boyfriend

myrick-laneauxjpg-b257b297e8ac0041 BAY ST. LOUIS, Mississippi (AP) — A Bay St. Louis man has been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of a former University of Southern Mississippi dance team captain and her boyfriend. The Sun Herald reports that 27-year-old Myrick Laneaux made his initial court appearance Read More...

Vancleave man admits stealing $105,000 in disability benefits

theftGULFPORT, Mississippi (AP) — A 46-year-old Vancleave man has admitted he stole nearly $106,000 in disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. The Sun Herald reports Ricky Wade Perry has pleaded guilty to theft of government funds, a charge punishable by up to 10 years in Read More...