Friday, May 31
When it comes to Mississippi's future—economically and socially—we have no better way to ensure success than to provide our youngest citizens with early childhood education, beginning at age 3.
In the furious fallout from the revelation that the IRS flaggedapplications from conservative nonprofits for extra review because of their political activity, some points about the big picture and big donors—have fallen through the cracks.
In teaching, Kimberly Simpson prioritizes student engagement, as well as hands-on and non-traditional learning methods.
On Saturday, the 4 the Record Swap is from noon-6 p.m. at Hal & Mal's.
A Jackson man has been given a life sentence for a 2011 murder.
The lingering effects of the Feb. 10 tornado are still visible at the two local high school campuses that were hit the hardest.
The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear an appeal from Eboni White, who was convicted of manslaughter in the 2009 death of a former friend and Alcorn State University classmate.
A 51-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for exploiting an 85-year-old victim who was suffering from dementia.
Jackson police have released the name of the man they say was shot when he tried to run over an officer with a car
Mississippi plans to use $15 million of BP oil spill recovery money to help build a minor league baseball stadium in downtown Biloxi.
Thursday, May 30
A rat infestation at Meridian's East Mississippi Correctional Facility has gotten so bad that some of the prisoners have adopted the disease-carrying vermin as pets, sometimes taking them on walks around the prison on leashes fashioned of paper clips and string.
The devastating tornado that ripped apart Moore, Okla., on Monday now joins the ranks of America's strongest twisters on record, coming almost exactly two years after a similarly extreme and deadly tornado struck Joplin, Mo.
The Jackson State University Tigers finished the SWAC baseball regular season as Eastern Division champions, setting up for what could be the "Battle of the Tigers" at the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament this weekend.
Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, the adjutant general of Mississippi, was to release details Thursday of upcoming furloughs among more than 1,000 full-time National Guard employees across Mississippi.
Until the local fertilizer company in West, Texas, blew up last month and demolished scores of homes, many in that town of 2,800 didn't know what chemicals were stored alongside the railroad tracks or how dangerous they were.
President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping face weighty issues when they meet at a private estate in California next week, but their most important task may simply be establishing a strong rapport.
President Barack Obama is prepared to nominate James Comey, a former Bush administration official with bipartisan credentials, as the next FBI director.
The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2.4 percent annual rate from January through March, slightly slower than initially estimated.
Here are 10 easy ways you can help:
It is JFP Chick Ball season in Jackson, and we need your help to fight domestic abuse—this year to start a rape crisis center and raise awareness about sexual assault in our city and state!
Forrest County will get started this summer on a $5 million effort to repave about 65 miles of potholes and pitted roads.
Wednesday, May 29
"Be prepared for hard work. Try to know what you're getting into. So many people don't know what it is (to really be a zookeeper). It's not just playing with animals."
While you were (probably) sleeping Sunday night, someone made sports history. Do you know who? Answer at the bottom of the Slate.
The field for the 2013 College World Series was announced Monday morning. Our state is well represented with three teams in the field. It was almost four teams, but Southern Miss' 10-inning loss to Rice in the C-USA title game ended that dream.
Jackson residents waging an underground write-in mayoral campaign for Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell are wasting their time, individuals familiar with Mississippi election law say.
Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms reprise their franchise roles in “The Hangover: Part III.”
When it comes to "Hairspray," having the right actor in the right role is everything.
Sangria popsicles are a fun summer twist on a favorite beverage.
Not many couples can say they had their first fight before they even went out on a date. But then again, most couples aren't lawyers on opposite sides of a case.
A mother’s primary obligation is to create children who will contribute positively to this world.
What a week. Not only did Chokwe Lumumba come out on top in the Democratic runoff for mayor, but he caused an explosion in racist comments like we haven't seen in these parts in years. Or at least since President Barack Obama was re-elected last fall.
If a loss of jobs—and a potential subsequent loss of a House or Senate seat—will provide those in need a way to get the adequate medical care they so desperately need, we'll take it.
Ponto Ronnie Downing, self-proclaimed "Jesus freak," is running for the Ward 3 City Council seat on the Republican ticket.
Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. delivered his final State of the City address today, May 29, 2013. The transcript follows.
Marcus Coleman is careful to be respectful of his opponent, Margaret Barrett-Simon, but he says its time for a change in Ward 7.
Navigating the tricky world of being The Black Person has been my life. I'm a biracial woman who was raised half her life in an almost all-white town and who spent most of her life in majority-white towns.
With the lack of a convention-center hotel, the downtown area needs all the hotel space it can get. If all goes according to plan, downtown could soon get a new lodging venue in an old, familiar location.
Jackson may not experience a huge racial divide on a daily basis, but once or twice every four years, one day certainly sets white and black people apart: Election Day.
Chokwe Lumumba doesn't want any person or business to leave Jackson just because he will probably be the city's next mayor.
Independent Jackson mayoral candidate Richard "Chip" Williams wants to focus on the family.
Annie Baker, 40, has served as the director of community outreach for the Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center for the past seven years.
What makes one person successful ... when a person of similar intelligence, experience and means is not?
As an internationally known singer-songwriter with two successful EPs in as many years, James McCartney has made a tradition of not being crushed by the weight of his hyper-famous father, Paul McCartney.
Home prices are surging. Job growth is strengthening. And stocks are setting record highs. All of which explains why Americans are more hopeful about the economy than at any other point in five years.
A record number of American women are now the sole or primary breadwinners in their families, a sign of the rising influence of working mothers, a new study finds.
Often lost in America's divisive gun control politics are the stories of people whose urban communities suffer the most from shootings every day.
The Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative political groups has little if anything to do with most everyday taxpayers, but some lawmakers are hoping attention to the budding scandal will swell public and political support for rewriting and simplifying a federal tax code that has undergone some 5,000 changes in the past dozen years.
Federal investigators planned to spend the coming days piecing together what caused a chemical-carrying CSX train to collide with a garbage truck, derail and explode at a rail crossing in suburban Baltimore.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, said her decision had nothing to do with ongoing investigations.
Mississippi on Tuesday unveiled a historical marker commemorating the sit-in that took place 50 years earlier at a segregated lunch counter in downtown Jackson.
Tuesday, May 28
For the second time this year, a fire at sea has aborted a cruise ship's voyage. This time, aboard Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas and the ship's 2,200 passengers were expected back in Baltimore on Tuesday after being flown on charter flights from the Bahamas.
Seven months after Superstorm Sandy, the Red Cross still hasn't spent more than a third of the $303 million it raised to assist victims of the storm, a strategy the organization says will help address needs that weren't immediately apparent in the disaster's wake.
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Islamic leaders expressed dismay over decisions by authorities in western Myanmar to restore a two-child limit on a Muslim minority group, a policy that does not apply to Buddhists and follows accusations of "ethnic cleansing."
A man suspected in a West Texas shooting rampage that left one woman dead and five others wounded was a Marine who was wanted for questioning in a slaying in North Carolina, officials said Monday.
An outspoken Japanese mayor who outraged many with remarks about Japan's wartime and modern sexual services stood by his comments Thursday, but said he may have lacked "international sensitivity."
In the months leading up to the killing of Osama bin Laden, veteran intelligence analyst Robert Cardillo was given the nickname "Debbie Downer."
The Supreme Court will consider whether the state of Mississippi can bring a state-level lawsuit in a global LCD screen price-fixing conspiracy.
Internet connectivity is spreading through rural Mississippi but there is still work to be done. Internet access needs can vary widely and adoption of this connectivity still remains a hurdle, say groups working on these challenges.
The Edison Walthall Hotel will have a new owner soon—but who that owner is, when the owner will take control and what they plan to do with the building is still unknown.
On Saturday, June 8th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Community Animal Rescue and Adoption Inc.— a nonprofit "no-kill" animal rescue group that cares for hundreds of abused, unwanted and stray animals—is holding the Putting on the Dog fundraiser, presented by Great Scott at its store at 4400 Old Canton Road.
At first glance, Holly Powell Lange seems like your average mom. Once you start talking to her, though, you realize she is actually a superwoman.
A handful of Democratic state lawmakers in Colorado face recall petition efforts in what looks to be the first wave of fallout over legislative votes to limit gun rights.
Sunday, May 26
Saturday, May 25
The Southern Co. is brainstorming ways it could more widely incorporate renewable energy, particularly solar power, into its traditional business model, CEO Thomas Fanning said this week.
Friday, May 24
A Utah-based private-prison firm hopes that it can turn things around at the Wilkinson County Correctional Center in Woodville.
One in five households in the United States, or about 51 million adults have only a tenuous relationship with a traditional bank, relying instead on check-cashing stores and money lenders, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
For Holden Grimes, 11, eating healthy and staying fit—and encouraging his peers to do the same—is a big part of his life.
Today, Taste of Spring is from 6-9 p.m. at Metrocenter Mall near Center Court.
After lengthy and wrenching debate, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time, but heated reactions from the left and right made clear that the BSA's controversies are far from over.
Airlines, hotels and campgrounds are commanding higher rates and seeing more customers than a few summers ago, and luxury hotels are selling out. Local businessmen and state officials are optimistic.
Forecasting the changing nature of threats against the U.S. for years to come, President Barack Obama says "America is at a crossroads." And so, too, is his presidency's counterterrorism policy, which has long struggled to balance protecting the nation from terror attacks while upholding Americans' rights.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Israel's government on Friday to prevent further settlement construction where possible to help revitalize Middle East peace hopes.
Hattiesburg Public School District Superintendent James Bacchus is proposing to eliminate the majority of a $1.8 million budget shortfall by cutting 20 teacher positions.
Thursday, May 23
In the waning hours before the polls closed Tuesday, the Jackson Free Press learned that former Melton political operative Bob Hickingbottom was behind Citizens for a Better Jackson, a PAC formed the day after the primary.
In endorsing Lumumba, Rep. Bennie Thompson linked Republican supporters of Jonathan Lee to people who opened their checkbooks to Mitt Romney in 2012 in an effort to defeat President Barack Obama.
Mo'tel Williams: "Rich folk, corporations and the government want the poor to sacrifice more. For example, some politicians want poor workers to sacrifice their overtime pay."
What song or songs pump you up for running and exercise?
Favorite quote: "Keep your head up, put God first in your life."
I love great quotes and am always looking for new ways to keep them around the house for inspiration (in a chicer way than just a trusty Post-It note, of course). This particular project is once again based on something I saw on Pinterest, modified to fit my tastes and the supplies I had on hand. I love the way I can mix and match different fonts, and once all the letters are painted the same color, they still look cohesive.
Oxbow won the 138th Preakness Stakes to kill Orb's hopes of a Triple Crown this year. Orb was doomed before the race, drawing the first post and having to run in traffic.
Maybe it is the college football playoff starting in 2014, or maybe it is because the Southeastern Conference raided the Big-12 to add Missouri and Texas A&M. Whatever the reason, football coaches in the Big-12 are taking shots at the SEC.
Jackson has been bountifully blessed with amazing and talented people. One of those remarkable Jacksonians is the quirky, eccentrically funny Josh Hailey.
Growing up as a music fan, I had always heard about the ill-fated Rolling Stones "Rock And Roll Circus" film from 1968. For some unknown reason, The Stones did not want this footage to be released for many years with the only clear explanation being they were unhappy with their performance. Like most unreleased music projects, legend grew around it.
As a high-school teacher, I have heard countless conversations about what a poor job our middle schools do to prepare our students for high school.
The quagmire that ensnared Jackson mayoral candidate Jonathan Lee's family business, Mississippi Products, raises questions about the relationships between government agencies, group purchasing organizations and intermediary distributors such as MPI.
The long-dormant Valley Title Building, located at 315 Tombigbee St., will not have taxpayer-paid utility services—but it does have a new owner. However, officials from Hinds County, which owns the property, are mum on who the owner is or how the deal was struck.
Running can be a mind-clearing and eye-opening therapeutic process.
Relay For Life, dates vary based on location. An event for the American Cancer Society, communities organize overnight fundraising walks.
When your health hinges on finding a way to enjoy exercise, think outside the box.
When it comes to running, most people find more motivation in a social setting.
In the running world, a seemingly endless debate rages--what shoes will maximize your running potential? One camp swears by minimalist running shoes, characterized by being lightweight and having a super thin sole--Vibram Five Finger shoes with the separated toes are the most recognizable minimalist shoes, although many manufacturers make them with a more traditional enclosed toe box. On the other side of the debate are those that argue that runners need more support from their footwear.
Paul Lacoste's training camp gave ShaWanda Jacome the confidence to run in this year's Warrior Dash.
Orange juice oatmeal pancakes are a light, fluffy way to get your daily dose of Vitamin C.
This week's Democratic primary runoff saw a huge spike in white voter turnout while black turnout held steady. But the effect on the results seemed negligible: Councilman Chokwe Lumumba defeated businessman and newcomer Jonathan Lee 54 percent to 46 percent.
Learning the art of flower arranging can bring a pop of color and life into your life.
States that impose the death penalty have been facing a crisis in recent years: They are short on the drugs used in executions.
Millsaps has been on a roll this baseball season. The Majors won the Southern Athletic Association regular season title and earned the number-one seed in the Southern Athletic Association Baseball Tournament.
"Papers, Please" is simple but brilliant as a dystopian document thriller.
The Jackson Woolworth sit-in, 50 years ago, forever changed Mississippi's role in the Civil Rights Movement.
Michael O'Brien spent years putting together various perspectives of the Woolworth sit-in for his book, "We Shall Not Be Moved."
Baz Luhrmann's spectacle overwhelms the story in his adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
FIGMENT 2013 stretched nearly five blocks, much more spread out than it had been in past years, when it was held in the old Coke plant on Highway 80.
President Barack Obama is set to at least partially lift the veil of secrecy surrounding U.S.-directed drone strikes around the world.
Wednesday, May 22
The elevators in the Hinds County Circuit Court building are hanging on by a thread. For weeks, the elevators have been plagued with issues that appear to be a combination of age, sabotage or both.
Mississippi is consistently behind the eight ball when it comes to public education, but a new plan being implemented right now could change our students' educational outcomes in the future.
Anne Welch believes Jackson has the potential to be one of the country's great biking cities.
The signs showed up overnight around Ward 1 and parts of Ward 7: "Vote Today: The Future of Jackson Depends On It."
If you're concerned about the future of organic food and farming, the May 25th March Against Monsanto is a tangible way of expressing your concern.
With eight in 10 farmers making less than $10,000 a year, West Virginia will never rival big Midwestern factory farms in producing food. But creative collaborations with food entrepreneurs are seeding a new kind of economy that federal officials say could become a model for 12 other Appalachian states.
Far-reaching legislation that grants a chance at citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a solid bipartisan vote Tuesday night after supporters somberly sidestepped a controversy over the rights of gay spouses.
After four years of development, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One entertainment console and touted it as an all-in-one solution for playing games, watching TV and doing everything in between.
Japan's parliament on Wednesday approved joining an international child custody treaty amid foreign pressure for Tokyo to address concerns that Japanese mothers can take children away from foreign fathers without recourse.
When a small anti-abortion group in Iowa sought nonprofit status, the Internal Revenue Service asked its board to promise not to organize protests outside Planned Parenthood and demanded to know how its prayer meetings and protest signs were educational.
A man being questioned by authorities in the Boston bombing probe was fatally shot when he initiated a violent confrontation, FBI officials said Wednesday.
The mayor of the Oklahoma City suburb battered by a monstrous tornado says he is pushing to require safe-room shelters in all new homes.
The Treasury Department's No. 2 official told Congress on Wednesday that his agency played no role in the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups.
Dozens of Indian guest workers are suing an Alabama-based marine and fabrication company, claiming it financially exploited them and forced them to live in squalid conditions after bringing them to work at Gulf Coast shipyards after Hurricane Katrina.
Tuesday, May 21
Chokwe Lumumba never trailed Jonathan Lee in the Democratic runoff.
A judge has denied death row inmate Willie Jerome Manning's request for a new trial in the 1993 slayings of a 90-year-old woman and her 60-year-old daughter in Starkville.
President Barack Obama pledged urgent government help for Oklahoma Tuesday in the wake of "one of the most destructive" storms in the nation's history.
Despite recent rebel setbacks in Syria's civil war, the main opposition bloc signaled a tough line Tuesday on attending possible peace talks with President Bashar Assad's regime.
The U.S. has identified five men who might be responsible for the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year, and has enough evidence to justify seizing them by military force as suspected terrorists.
The search for survivors and the dead is nearly complete in the Oklahoma City suburb that was smashed by a mammoth tornado, the fire chief said Tuesday.
In the final hours of the Jackson mayoral election, a group called Citizens for a Better Jackson is making a push to beat back gains made by Ward 7 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba.
Miso, a new restaurant owned and operated by Grant Nooe, owner of Grant's Kitchen, opened for both lunch and dinner Monday.
Mary Katherine Kerce of Jackson was recently among 59 University of Mississippi students to receive a 2013 Taylor Medal--the university's highest academic award--during the 70th annual Honors Convocation at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.
Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on health care equity, will speak Wednesday at an annual Mississippi conference on improving community health care programs.
A trial in the murder-for-hire case against a Greenwood oncologist has been postponed indefinitely.
A woman convicted of being involved in the forgery of a bankruptcy judge's signature has now been charged with failing to report to prison.
More than $1 billion in cost overruns at the coal-fired plant have claimed the job of Mississippi Power Co.'s CEO, and parent Southern Co. has sent in a top executive to try to salvage the mess.
The U.S. Supreme Court won't order new legislative elections in Mississippi, despite a lawsuit that said current lawmakers were chosen in outdated districts that diluted black voting strength.
Monday, May 20
Supporters of men who are vying to be Jackson's next mayor were busy over the weekend with last-minute election trickery, some anonymous and some not, with much of it targeting church parking lots while people worshipped inside.
Noise from honking cars and police sirens can disrupt sleep, but it also may increase the chance of developing diabetes, according to a large study from Denmark.
Hunter Renfroe, the state's top college baseball player, received the Ferriss Trophy Monday morning at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Mississippi Youth Hip Hop Summit and Parent/Advocate Conference Call for Volunteers is from July 20-21 at Millsaps College.
Sunday, May 19
Jonathan Lee and Chokwe Lumumba square off in another candidate forum Sunday night, this one about public education.
Saturday, May 18
The Mississippi Supreme Court has granted a motion from St. Dominic Health Systems to dismiss its appeal of a judge's order that it did not have a binding contract to buy an outpatient surgery clinic in Canton.
Friday, May 17
Chokwe Lumumba was a clear winner of Friday's night mayoral debate at Mississippi College School of Law.
In the case of the legal problems plaguing the family business of Jackson Democratic mayoral candidate Jonathan Lee, Mississippi Products has found itself in legal purgatory between MPI's customers: the University of Mississippi Medical Center and group-purchasing organization (GPO), Dallas-based Novation LLC.
With just two days remaining before Jackson voters return to the polls to pick the city's next mayor, businessman Jonathan Lee's campaign is attempting to define rival Councilman Chokwe Lumumba as a non-Christian, anti-American police-hater.
Supporters and critics of the Affordable Care Act seem to agree on at least one thing: Allowing young adults to stay on their parents' health plans until they reach age 26 is a smart move.
At a press conference Friday morning outside the Jackson City Hall, Hinds County District 5 Supervisor Kenny Stokes gave an endorsement on behalf of him and his wife, Ward 3 City Councilwoman LaRita Cooper-Stokes, to mayoral candidate Chokwe Lumumba ahead of next Tuesday's runoff election.
On Saturday, the annual arts festival FIGMENT Jackson is at noon on Wilson Street in the Midtown Arts District.
Mississippi officials are trying to retest hundreds of high school seniors who flunked exams that are required for graduation.
Thursday, May 16
The story of Medgar Evers' assassination 50 years ago is well-known—particularly to people in Jackson, where the murder took place—but there's something about hearing his widow, Myrlie, recount the night of June 12, 1963.
Ten years ago, a sharply divided Congress decided to pour billions of dollars into subsidizing the purchase of drugs by elderly and disabled Americans.
Mississippi nearly always has an abundance of college baseball talent. Each year the best college baseball player is awarded the C Spire Ferriss Trophy at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.
The ceiling of a Cambodian factory that makes Asics sneakers collapsed on workers early Thursday, killing two people and injuring seven, in the latest accident spotlighting the often lethal safety conditions faced by those toiling in the global garment industry.
A rash of tornadoes slammed into several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. The violent spring storm scattered bodies, flattened homes and threw trailers onto cars.
The suspect in a Mother's Day parade shooting that wounded 19 people faces 20 charges of attempted second-degree murder, according to jail records.
A security firm has confirmed that four civilian contractors killed in a suicide car bombing in Afghanistan were Americans.
Funding for education is falling short because Medicaid is devouring a larger share of state money than it did a few years ago, a top Mississippi budget writer says in a letter to teachers and school administrators.
Wednesday, May 15
'As a kid, I wanted to work at Pixar. It was a pretty big dream of mine for a while. That would have to be a pretty awesome job.'
Two retirements last week will give their competitors a reason to exhale. Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement from Manchester United should send joy throughout European soccer and Ronde Barber's retirement gives hope to NFC South quarterbacks.
While everyone wonders what kind of series the Chicago Bulls could have given the Miami Heat with all healthy players, I wonder if any team left in the playoffs can beat the Heat.
Whether it's coercion from record companies or an imperfectionist's stance on music crafting, bands have a tendency to blend the bad in with the good.
Although you wouldn't know it from the wild fluctuations in hot-cold flashes of rain-sunshine forecasts, the summer blockbuster movie season has officially begun.
This weekend, FIGMENT, an annual, free and participatory art festival in Jackson will give everyone the chance to tap into their inner artist, to create, to participate and to bring their own unique vision and imagination to the streets of Jackson.
When it comes to food, James Beard is king.
In September 2011, I was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs.
To be a good parent and a good partner, and to boost health and sanity, it is important to find balance in your life.
Crime: Lee: Would fire JPD Chief Rebecca Coleman and work on changing the culture of the fire and police departments.
Lee cut a check for $140,000 to his own PAC "Friends of Jonathan Lee" on March 29, a day after his campaign paid that same amount out to LUC Media out of Marietta, Ga.
For anyone still on the fence over whom to vote for in the Democratic runoff next Tuesday, it's likely that reading through the Jackson Plan will move his or her vote into one column or the other. Clearly, white conservatives may run screaming.
When it finally arrived a week after state law said it was due, Chokwe Lumumba's campaign-finance form revealed that he raised a fraction--20 percent--of the amount first-place finisher Jonathan Lee raised going into the May 7 Jackson municipal elections.
Jonathan Lee may not be a business owner, but he rode his business credentials to becoming the top vote-getter in the city's Democratic mayoral primary.
Now, Chokwe Lumumba devotes a good deal of time talking about his family's own diverse racial heritage, the camaraderie he experienced among fellow basketballers of all races and nationalities, the poor whites he has represented vigorously in the courtroom or the relationship he was able to build with former Gov. Haley Barbour.
If we really love Jackson, we need to trust Jackson to make its own decisions.
The Mississippi Supreme Court granted Willie Jerome Manning a stay of execution after the Federal Bureau of Investigation twice admitted that investigators overstated the scientific significance of evidence during Manning's original trial.
As we move forward as a city and a state, it's time we discussed the difference between blame and accountability.
Yates Construction, Spectrum Capital and the state of Mississippi officially broke ground last week on the state's most aggressive commercial outlet to date, The Outlets of Mississippi in Pearl, even though construction has been happening for months.
Four of Jackson's seven sitting City Council members have, for all intents and purposes, been re-elected, but two seats have yet to be decided headed into the May 21 primary runoff elections.
Campaign finance reports and their filing schedules have been an indisputable part of Jackson's 2013 municipal election process.
On Election Day last week, 35 percent of Jackson voters said Jonathan Lee was their top choice for mayor of Jackson. Another 24 percent said Chokwe Lumumba was their choice. Those numbers are almost certain to change some for the May 21 runoff, but how much they will change and why they might change has yet to be determined.
'The election analysis is actually no surprise. Lee is backed by white voters and money. Historically whites in this city have benefitted economically from mayors who have been willing to maintain the status quo.'
In three words, how would you describe this year’s city elections?
Favorite quote: "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross; there lies your vocation."—Aristotle
The details of a dispute between Jackson mayoral candidate Jonathan Lee's family company, Mississippi Products Inc., and an MPI customer that Lee has refused to name is becoming more clear.
The intersection of Meadowbrook Road and State Street is generally buzzing with business and traffic. One of the busiest food stores in Jackson is located there, as is a high-traffic service station, a bank and a pharmacy. The average Jacksonian would look at the intersection and remark at how vibrant the intersection is.
Mayoung McClendon is a charitable Wonder Woman.
Voters have an interesting choice as they head to polls for the second time May 21 to cast ballots for the Democratic Party runoffs.
This week is American Craft Beer Week.
A federal judge has ordered a Tupelo man to undergo a psychiatric evaluation over a threat to shoot people at a local hospital.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has revoked the exhibitor license from the Collins Zoo.
The Mississippi Development Authority has added $40 million to the post-Katrina Neighborhood Home Program to reach eligible residents initially left off the list.
Mayoral candidate Chokwe Lumumba gets what is perhaps the most coveted endorsement going into the Democratic primary runoff.
A federal appeals panel has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a group of Mississippi coastal landowners who alleged that emissions by energy companies contributed to global warming, which intensified Hurricane Katrina, which, in turn, damaged their property.
Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they're working on proposals to keep Medicaid alive and funded in the budget year that starts July 1.
Tuesday, May 14
Records indicate that the University of Mississippi Medical Center may be the mystery contractor Jonathan Lee won't name.
The Battle of Jackson was a short but important Civil War skirmish, with Union forces easily capturing Mississippi's lightly defended capital city on their way to a victory in Vicksburg and control of the Mississippi River.
Saturday marks the paradoxical 75th anniversary of one of Natchez's oldest connections with civilization.
Mississippi's officials can tell you that defending the state's military bases from closures can get expensive.
Some of the world's largest retailers have agreed to a first-of-its-kind pact to improve safety at some of Bangladesh's garment factories following a building collapse that killed more than 1,100 workers in the country last month.
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell considered himself a pioneering inner-city doctor who helped desperate women get late-term abortions, but a Philadelphia jury called him a murderer who killed three babies after they were born alive.
Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer.
Congress was not told tea party groups were being inappropriately targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, even after acting agency Chief Steven Miller had been briefed on the matter.
It happens about once a month here, on the barren foothills of one of America's green-energy boomtowns: A soaring golden eagle slams into a wind farm's spinning turbine and falls, mangled and lifeless, to the ground.
New Orleans police and federal authorities were searching early Tuesday for a young man who is suspected of opening fire at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans, wounding 19.
Installment loans can be deceptively expensive. World Finance and its competitors push customers to renew their loans over and over again, transforming what the industry touts as a safe, responsible way to pay down debt into a kind of credit card with sky-high annual rates, sometimes more than 200 percent.
On Monday, May 13, Gov. Phil Bryant visited Natron Wood Products, which announced that it is preparing to build a plywood mill in Louisville that will create more than 200 new jobs.
The office of Mississippi's Attorney General Jim Hood has long been an advocate for victims of crime in the state. As such, Hood and his team of attorneys write and promote new and stronger laws during every Legislative session.
Minnesota is set to become the first state in the Midwest to legalize gay marriage by legislative vote.
A longtime Memphis educator who helped teachers cheat on certification exams over a 15 year period was sentenced Monday to seven years in federal prison.
Monday, May 13
Civil rights leader Myrlie Evers-Williams told graduates at the University of Mississippi on Saturday they have the power "to do what is right, to do what is just" and make the world a better place.
Mississippi College and Hubei Polytechnic University in China have agreed to faculty and student exchanges between the two institutions.
The seasoned diplomat who penned a highly critical report on security at a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, defended his scathing assessment but absolved then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. "We knew where the responsibility rested," Thomas Pickering said Sunday.
Cancer patients could face high costs for medications under President Barack Obama's health care law, industry analysts and advocates warn.
The government is running out of time to try to halt implementation of a federal judge's ruling that would lift age restrictions for women and girls wanting to buy the morning-after pill.
The Pakistani politician poised to become the country's next prime minister said Monday that Islamabad has "good relations" with the United States, but called the CIA's drone campaign in the country's tribal region a challenge to national sovereignty.
Nearly three weeks after a Bangladesh garment-factory building collapsed, the search for the dead ended Monday at the site of the worst disaster in the history of the global garment industry. The death toll: 1,127.
Last Tuesday, 35 percent of Jackson voters said Jonathan Lee was their top choice for mayor of Jackson. Another 24 percent named Chokwe Lumumba as their choice. Problem is, only 30.7 percent of all registered voters in Jackson even showed up.
An Environmental Health News analysis of thousands of reports from America's largest companies shows that toys and other children's products contain low levels of dozens of industrial chemicals, including some unexpected ingredients that will surprise a public concerned about exposure.
This summer, Lynn House, interim state superintendent of education, is challenging students to keep learning and avoid the "summer slide" in reading achievement.
From May 14 to 17, the remaining candidates in the Jackson Mayoral Debates will face off in a series of debates before the May 21 runoff election.
Detroit is broke and faces a bleak future given the precarious financial path it's on, according to a new report out by the city's state-appointed emergency manager.
Video released early Monday by New Orleans police shows a possible suspect.
Sunday, May 12
Saturday, May 11
Mississippi Medicaid officials will resume paying state Health Department workers to help women with high-risk pregnancies.
Friday, May 10
Hinds County Board of Supervisors President Robert Graham had good news this morning: the county has sold the Valley Title Building, located at 315 Tombigbee St., in downtown Jackson.
Until it happened to him, Itzhak Brook, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Georgetown University School of Medicine, didn't think much about the problem of misdiagnosis.
When Jackson resident Duvalier Malone was 16, he entered and won an essay contest at Jefferson County High School sponsored by the Southwest Mississippi ETA Leadership Institution. The prize was a trip to Washington, D.C.
On Saturday, Black Jacket Symphony performs at 8 p.m. at Hal and Mal's.
A Canton alderman is facing bribery charges.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has irked Washington with his frequent criticism of American military operations in his country, said Thursday that his government is now ready to let the U.S. have nine bases across Afghanistan after most foreign troops withdraw in 2014.
Fannie Mae said something Thursday that would have been unthinkable a few years ago: It earned a record $58.7 billion profit in the January-March quarter.
A worldwide gang of criminals stole $45 million in a matter of hours by hacking their way into a database of prepaid debit cards and then draining cash machines around the globe, federal prosecutors said Thursday—and outmoded U.S. card technology may be partly to blame.
U.S. builders and the subcontractors they depend on are struggling to hire fast enough to meet rising demand for new homes.
President Barack Obama is launching a new effort to rally the public around his hotly disputed health care law, a strategy aimed at shoring up key components of the sweeping federal overhaul and staving off yet another challenge from Republicans.
The man accused of holding three women captive for a decade in his home terrorized the mother of his children, frequently beating her, playing twisted psychological games and locking her indoors in the years before their relationship disintegrated, her relatives say.
A woman was rescued from the factory building where more than 1,000 died.
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety has named a new director for its Office of Homeland Security.
Thursday, May 9
Mississippi Products Inc., the company Jackson mayoral hopeful Jonathan Lee's family owns, has responded to one of several pending lawsuits against the west Jackson firm.
Yates construction, Spectrum Capital and the state of Mississippi officially broke ground on one of the state's most aggressive commercial developments to date: the Outlets of Mississippi Thursday morning in Pearl.
When the annual White House Easter Egg Hunt faced cancellation this year due to the package of mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration, the National Park Service kicked into high gear.
On Monday, April 29, the Mississippi Brilla announced they had added three members of the national-championship winning Belhaven Blazers soccer team.
Relatives of a slain Mississippi mayoral candidate are renewing their push for a federal investigation amid their complaints that local officials are withholding information about the case.
Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran has proposed amendments to a federal water resources bill to protect coastal areas from flooding or storm surge threats that might result from a new flood control proposal for Louisiana.
Several Mississippi cities will inaugurate new mayors this summer after Tuesday's party primaries winnowed the lists of candidates and knocked some incumbents out of contention, including Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.
Nineteen days after Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev died following a gunbattle with police, cemeteries still refused to take his remains and government officials deflected questions about where he could be buried.
Politicians love few things better than a scandal to trip up their opponents, and Republicans hope last year's fatal attack on U.S. diplomats in Libya will do exactly that to Hillary Rodham Clinton and other Democrats.
The miraculous rescue of three missing women has given hope to many families whose loved ones have vanished. Yet hope, when searching for a long-lost child, can be a dangerous thing.
A California law that created an agency to oversee national health care reforms granted it sweeping authority to conceal spending on the contractors that will perform most of its functions, creating a barrier from public disclosure that stands out nationwide.
A Cleveland man was arraigned Thursday on charges of rape and kidnapping after three women missing for about a decade and one of their young daughters were found alive at his home earlier in the week.
The dead in Wednesday night's fire included a ruling-party politician and a top official in the country's powerful clothing manufacturers' trade group.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he thinks he can run Medicaid even if lawmakers don't reauthorize the program or set its budget by the time the state's new fiscal year starts July 1.
Wednesday, May 8
My fiancée, Claire, and I have started acquiring furniture for when we finally get married in a few months. We both really wanted to put a liquor cart on our registry, but all the ones that we liked were far outside of the budget of any of our guests—or our own for that matter. One day, while browsing through Pinterest, which Claire frequently does, she spotted an armoire that was converted to a liquor cabinet. I started searching Craigslist just for fun and got really lucky. I found a slightly beat-up TV cabinet for $75. We picked it up, as well as the supplies, and before long we had a new liquor cabinet! All in all, this project probably cost around $200.
The biggest sports story last week was NBA player Jason Collins' announcement that he is gay in an article in Sports Illustrated article. Collins appeared in 38 NBA games last season with the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards.
Overused phrases and cliches run rampant in sports today. For instance, how often is the word "elite" thrown around when discussing quarterbacks?
May is one of my favorite months of the year. Spring is in full bloom, summer vacation is mere weeks away, and my excitement level ramps up as dreams of spontaneous adventures with road trips to see awesome bands become more and more real.
In "The Kings and Queens of Roam," author Daniel Wallace illustrates the power words have to make worlds, both in the tragic whimsy of the world his words create and in the sad, scary world one character builds for another.
Robert Downey Jr. makes the third “Iron Man” film his own.
Mothers make the world go round. They serve and take care of children and family, husbands and sometimes even child-like husbands. They deserve a day to themselves, a day to be pampered. Put down the wooden spoon, moms, and let someone else serve you for a change.
I am not a good bargain shopper. I have friends who are. They thrill at the hunt of finding a deal. Those stores, you know the ones, that advertise department store brands at discounted prices? They love them.
Ignorance is bliss for most of the ancestrally indigenous people who live and work at the doorsteps of Windsor Ruins in southwest Claiborne County near Port Gibson, Miss., because plantation life is a part of their history they would just as soon forget.
When people think of organics, they think that the food they buy is free from synthetic chemicals of any kind. However, as noted in a recent article in ACRES USA magazine, organic apples and pears may be treated with antibiotics.
The long walk without a mother can be beautiful in some ways. A motherless daughter that herself becomes a mother truly cherishes every moment with her baby, because she knows how deep that connection runs, while simultaneously experiencing the greatest love that a mother has for her child.
When I was in elementary school, my family lived in an apartment complex. My dad was just beginning a career in sales, and Mom stayed home and took care of three or four kids, including me and my kid sister.
My mom put me to bed the night she died. I know she tucked me in, not only because others have told me, but because that's what she always did.
Dear Simon, Carrying you and connecting with you and getting to know you and sharing my body with you for nine months was one of the best things I have ever done in my life.
This Sunday, we take time to honor our mothers. One day a year can't possibly do justice to the work of a mother, but it does give us one day a year to spend doing what mom wants.
I took child development courses in high school, which led to a child-care certification upon graduating. Even before high school, I volunteered at the local Head Start.
My mother and her family left Lithuania during the last year of World War II. Small but feisty, she carried her potty as the family wound their way through the country into Poland and on to Germany until arriving in a displaced person camp, where she lived until immigrating to the United States in 1950. During those years she did not complain much, except about the giant bows her mom tied in her hair.
My old friend Ray Smithhart would have loved the irony of union-fighting manufacturer Nissan making a gift of $100,000 to the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute.
Jackson city elections are not our city at its best. Inevitably, one or more candidates wage scorched-earth campaigns that make our city look like a hellhole.
An Oktibbeha County jury voted to execute Willie Jerome Manning for the 1992 murders of two Mississippi State University students based mostly on circumstantial evidence.
Big Roscoe: "Customers, staff, Lil' Momma Roscoe and I enjoyed last week's Hot Wing Happy Hour at Clubb Chicken Wing. We had an around-the-bar discussion regarding history, politics, society, entertainment, economics and literature.
Hal & Mal's owner Malcolm White says he wants to keep the restaurant open, but a disagreement over his lease is making it difficult.
Developers of a proposed development and a local church are working on a deal that could bring a new development to downtown.
Willie Jerome Manning came within a hair of being put to death Tuesday evening.
During the campaign battles leading up to the primaries Tuesday, mayoral candidate Jonathan Lee, whose family business, Mississippi Products, is embroiled in numerous lawsuits, struck out at incumbent Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. Last week, Lee claimed in an interview that Johnson's administration has been the target of a large number of legal challenges, too.
When liquor was illegal in Rankin County, the old saying used to go "No drankin' in Rankin." Now, the county might have to add: "No prayin'."
Tuesday's municipal primary elections began by dealing with the county's new voting machines.
Why is my mom is so special? When I was growing up, my mother always tried to give us the best, and we never went without, even when she did. She did everything for my family. She still calls and brings me soup when I get sick, and is always texting to say she loves me and to have a good day.
What makes your mom the best?
Favorite quote: "Don't take life seriously or you'll never get out alive."--Van Wilder
Before Jonathan Lee arrived to his election night party at the Penguin restaurant in west Jackson, local stations were already declaring him the victor in the Democratic primary race for the next mayor of Jackson over second-place runner up Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba and three-term incumbent Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., who finished third.
Starting in July, the Mississippi Department of Corrections will have four fewer community work centers, which provide inmate labor to local governments.
The healing process from the 9-11 tragedy had just begun for ceramist Kathleen Varnell when the "Beltway Sniper" struck, killing 10 and injuring three others in suburban Washington, D.C.
We have an amazing staff. And I don't just say because they work for me at the Jackson Free Press; I say it because of what they have to weather to help our collective mission to help lift Jackson and Mississippi off the bottom.
This weekend, Jackson is getting another serving of southeastern artistry, courtesy of the second Stray at Home Festival.
Most Mississippi cities elect mayors this year, and party primaries Tuesday narrowed the fields of candidates.
One neighbor says a naked woman was seen crawling on her hands and knees in the backyard of the house a few years ago. Another heard pounding on the home's doors and noticed plastic bags over the windows.
House Republicans insist the Obama administration is covering up information about last year's deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, rejecting administration assurances to the contrary and stoking a controversy with implications for the 2016 presidential race.
The trial of the former grad student charged in the deadly Colorado movie theater shootings will likely be delayed weeks or months because he wants to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.
They are young, often low-ranking service members out on the weekend in the late night and early morning hours. Sometimes they've been drinking. Often those who sexually assault them are in the armed forces, too.
In a story of political redemption, Mark Sanford is headed back to Congress after his career was derailed by scandal four years ago.
Mississippi is bidding for one of six sites nationwide to test unmanned aerial vehicles.
Tuesday, May 7
A new 600-bed jail probably will cost about $19 million, an architect told supervisors in Lee County.
The Mississippi Supreme Court has indefinitely delayed Tuesday evening's planned execution of Willie Jerome Manning, who was scheduled to die for the 1992 slayings of two college students.
The Jackson Free Press is hearing about a number of Election Day issues that seem to be associated with the use of new voting machines.
Kristen Ley opened Thimblepress--a combination letterpress, art, sewing, design and woodworking studio--in Jan. 2012. She named the shop for her collection of thimbles; she has one for each state she has visited.
Melinda Todd, coordinator for Crisis Prevention Resource Program at Jackson State University, is dedicated to combating suicide through education and mentorship.
A nonprofit group has filed a federal lawsuit that claims Jefferson Davis and Walthall counties have more registered voters on the books than residents eligible to vote.
Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet.
Hundreds of survivors of last month's collapse of a building housing garment factories in Bangladesh protested for compensation Tuesday, as the death toll from the country's worst-ever industrial disaster passed 700.
Secretary of State John Kerry is making his case to Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russia to take a tougher stance on Syria at a time when Israel's weekend air strikes against the beleaguered Mideast nation have added an unpredictable factor to the talks.
The woman's voice was frantic and breathless, and she was choking back tears. "Help me. I'm Amanda Berry," she told a 911 dispatcher. "I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now."
Problems are already showing up in the Jackson primary municipal elections. Check here often for polling and election-day issues.
As you go to the polls, report in about the problems.
Willie Jerome Manning awaited word Tuesday on whether the state will execute him later in the day.
Six coastal governors have called on Washington to open up more waters to offshore drilling and to make permitting a quicker, more efficient process.
Monday, May 6
Willie Jerome Manning's attorneys are desperately trying to get key evidence tested before the state of Mississippi puts their client to death.
More than 50,000 high-polluting diesel engines have been cleaned up or removed from U.S. roads in a federal program designed to reduce smog and greenhouse gases, according to a new Environmental Protection Agency report to Congress.
Debra McGee, senior vice president and director of minority business development at BankPlus, recently received the Small Business Association's Financial Services award as part of the 2013 Small Business Week.
The Go Red for Women Luncheon is May 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
An advocacy group and the brother of an inmate scheduled for execution Tuesday have filed a lawsuit to preserve evidence in the case for additional testing, whether the man is put to death or not.
Brandon Mayor Butch Lee is proposing a 2 percent additional tax on food and beverage sales at local restaurants to pay for a multi-field complex focused on baseball.
Absent a magic potion or explosive economic growth, it was all but inevitable President Barack Obama would have to break some of his campaign promises to keep others.
A year to the day after kicking off his victorious re-election campaign on this college campus, President Barack Obama returned to Ohio State University and told graduates that only through vigorous participation in their democracy can they right an ill-functioning government and break through relentless cynicism about the nation's future.
A look at the reasons for and possible implications of the escalation of Israel's involvement in Syria's civil war.
Investigators have ruled out arson as the cause of a huge Southern California wildfire that was 75 percent contained Sunday after burning through coastal mountains and threatening thousands of homes.
The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on a bill that would empower states to collect sales taxes for purchases made over the Internet.
Last time around, in 2007, angry calls overwhelmed the Senate switchboard and lawmakers endured raging town hall meetings and threats from incensed constituents.
Sunday, May 5
For more than a decade, Robert Ryan has been at the center of debate over perceived inadequacies of the Mississippi Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel.
The Jackson city attorney and a lawyer suing the city on behalf of police officers discuss allegations that the city is facing a mountain of lawsuits.
Saturday, May 4
An autopsy report says a man admitted to killing a Mississippi mayoral candidate in February and that the victim died from lack of oxygen, but it doesn't give an exact reason for the death beyond calling it a homicide.
Friday, May 3
Following are the finance reports for Ward 7 council candidates who have filed them.
Following are the finance reports for Ward 6 council candidates who have filed them.
Following are the finance reports for Ward 5 council candidates who have filed them.
Following are the finance reports for Ward 4 council candidates who have filed them.
Following are the finance reports for Ward 3 council candidates who have filed them.
Following are the finance reports for Ward 2 council candidates who have filed them.
In an email circulated Wednesday night, the Jonathan Lee campaign accused Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. of funneling big contracts for legal representation of the city to his campaign contributors.
Advocates for hospital patients and their families say confusion about who is managing a patient's care--and lack of coordination among those caregivers--are endemic, contributing to the estimated 44,000 to 98,000 deaths from medical errors each year.
Hill Harper is a jack-of-all-trades. As an actor, he is best known for his role on "CSI: New York" as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes, but he is also an activist, author and philanthropist, as well has having a highly publicized friendship with Barack Obama. Harper is coming to speak at Jackson State University's graduation this weekend.
On Sunday, The Band Perry performs at 6:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall.
Fifty years ago, Birmingham leaders used fire hoses, police dogs and jailings to stop waves of students who marched out of a church and on to downtown streets seeking equal rights for blacks.
The state of Mississippi has bought 217 more acres of Cat Island to set aside for public use.
Mississippi tax collections were $46 million, or 8.2 percent, below the estimate for the month of April.
Technology created an energy revolution over the past decade—just not the one we expected.
The Obama administration is rethinking its opposition to arming the rebels who have been locked in a civil war with the Syrian regime for more than two years, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday, becoming the first top U.S. official to publicly acknowledge the reassessment.
A dust mask that tested positive for ricin also contained DNA from a Mississippi man suspected of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others, an FBI agent testified Thursday.
President Barack Obama said Thursday he was comfortable with his administration's decision to allow over-the-counter purchases of a morning-after pill for anyone 15 and older.
The U.S. Forest Service is in the business of preventing fires, not starting them. Yet the agency set off alarms in Congress and state capitols across the West by citing the automatic spending cuts as the basis for demanding that dozens of states return $17.9 million in federal subsidies.
Bangladesh's finance minister downplayed the impact of last week's factory-building collapse on his country's garment industry, saying he didn't think it was "really serious" Friday, hours after the 500th body was pulled from the debris.
Fresh off a huge victory over President Barack Obama on gun control, the message from the National Rifle Association is clear: The fight has just begun.
Hiring was much stronger in the previous two months than the government first estimated
Gov. Phil Bryant says BP PLC has agreed to pay $69 million more for restoration projects for Mississippi Gulf Coast following the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill.
Thursday, May 2
If you see a funny-looking white van canvassing the streets of Jackson, don't get too excited. It's not the ghost busters. But it might help Jackson target its worst thoroughfares for repaving.
Democratic mayoral challenger Jonathan Lee has raised $334,560.03 since the start of the new year, according to a campaign finance report filed by his political action committee Friends of Jonathan Lee on Tuesday.
Federal spending on border security is at an all-time high and it would get even higher under the Gang of Eight's new plan.
I went up to the University of Mississippi Medical Center last week to visit my old pal, golf partner, fellow Braves and Saints lover, and much-admired writer, Orley Hood.
A Mississippi high school forced students to attend on-campus programs where fellow students urged them to turn to Jesus for hope and eternal life, according to an atheist group that has sued.
Montgomery was the final stop Wednesday on a bus tour of Alabama and Mississippi aimed at keeping the 1965 Voting Rights intact.
The Federal Reserve cautioned America's political leaders Wednesday that their policies are hurting the economy.
The Obama administration's decision to appeal a court order lifting age limits on purchasers of the morning-after pill set off a storm of criticism from reproductive rights groups, who denounced it as politically motivated and a step backward for women's health.
Police and politicians across the U.S. are pointing to the example of surveillance video that was used to help identify the Boston Marathon bombing suspects as a reason to get more electronic eyes on their streets.
A decision by extremists Islamist militants to ban food aid and international donors numb to a series of unfolding disasters made south-central Somalia the most dangerous place in the world to be a child in 2011.
President Barack Obama has his domestic ambition at the top of his travel agenda as he travels to Mexico on Thursday.
Hours before the Boston Marathon suspects allegedly gunned down a police officer, authorities say he exchanged a series of text messages with a friend who'd become suspicious.
The University of Southern Mississippi has received $432,307 from a settlement agreement reached in 2002 resolving long standing land issues on a piece of property located at Point Cadet in Biloxi.
Wednesday, May 1
I only found out what I wanted to be about two years ago and that was to be a paramedic. I went to EMT school, and I have plans on going to paramedic school in August.
Something you are going to hear a lot over the next few weeks: We haven’t seen a Triple Crown winner in horse racing in 35 years. Another phrase you will hear a bunch is “Lord Stanley’s Cup.”
Finally, there will be a playoff in college football in 2014. No more wanting, wishing or hoping. The BCS is done after the 2013-14 season is completed.
Recently, I attended an event at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, which showed off renovations and expansion of the Olympic Room at the museum.
Certain music just slips by you, whether because of indifference, ignorance or initial dislike. I was 12 years old when Damien Rice released his debut album "O."
If it was possible for Prince and Muddy Waters to conceive a musical prodigy, the end result would be Jeremy Girdle--artistically known as Erem Dle (urm da-lae). Girdle, 34 and a Jackson native, is no stranger to exquisite style or funk; he's been a creative jukebox and beat-making machine since middle school.
Matthew McConaughey gives an Oscar-worthy performance in “Mud.”
The first instinct is usually the correct one. Artist Paul Fayard studied psychology and worked as a mental health counselor for "a lot of years" before rediscovering an instinctive affinity for making art.
Ahhhh, picnics. They are like first love. Exciting, different and unpredictable. Like love, picnics appeal to all the senses. The fresh air, outdoor sights, smells and sounds can produce a lovely mini-vacation.
The bride was so beautiful! All brides are beautiful, of course, but this one especially so. Her red lipstick set off her white complexion and her full-length veil could not hide her sparkling, laughing eyes. I remember that as a child, she always had on an infectious grin, with a wide mouth and great pearly white teeth.
About six months ago, Candace Houston's world went wonky. That's when she learned that her cousin's persistent cough wasn't bronchitis. Instead, the diagnosis was tuberculosis, a highly contagious and potentially lethal lung disease.
Have you ever wondered who’s behind the mayoral candidates? So did we. Here’s what we found out about four of them.
Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. knows the ins and outs of how the city of Jackson works—and doesn't.
Keeping an eye and spirit open for universal signs of life has become like taking deep breaths for me. I started recognizing that nothing is by chance, and all things are designed to create the path we follow.
In the middle of crazy campaign coverage over the last week, we saw this quote posted on Facebook: "Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations."
First, if a person deigns to run for office—putting themselves in the public realm—that person should expect scrutiny in all aspects of their lives.
When I became a feminist activist and a visible advocate for a woman's right to choose, I knew that I might lose a few friends in the process. Abortion has always been a divisive topic. The debate has layers of morality, gender, religion and race.
Tom Stingley, 61, is running for city council as a service to his hometown of Jackson.
Patricia Williams' candidacy for Ward 3 comes from deep concern. As a life-long resident of the ward, she says it has gone downhill in recent years along with its young people, particularly young men.
For James Paige, a husband and father of three daughters, the condition of Jackson's roads along with crime and business development are of paramount concern.
If you've seen Zachery Williams canvassing the neighborhoods of Ward 3 looking for votes in his effort to win a city council seat, you've probably met his father J.C., too.
Jackson's slate of candidates for city council could be characterized as a youth movement, and Pam Greer is right in the middle of it.
Trimble has been teaching social studies at Lanier High School for years. Now, he wants to apply that knowledge as councilman for Ward 4.
John H. Jones Jr. is a highly educated and experienced administrator, and he wants to bring those qualities to the Jackson mayor's office.
After a day-long special legislative session and an announcement in West Point on Monday, April 29, a deal to bring a Yokohoma Tire Co. manufacturing plant to northwest Mississippi is now official.
With yard signs, flyers and debates galore, you might have lost track of which candidates are running for which offices. Here's a quick reference list.
The mayoral debate at Mississippi College of Law's Student Assembly Center drew an overflow crowd, and provided some fireworks as Jackson enters the final week of the 2013 municipal races.
Political action commissions are way to quietly donate to a candidate in Mississippi—if they wait until the last minute.
The week before the Democratic primary went from bad to worse for mayoral candidate Jonathan Lee when news emerged Monday that a fifth supplier, Diversey Inc., is suing his family business, Mississippi Products Inc., for non-payment.
Jackson resident and business owner Charlotte Reeves prides herself on being a longtime resident of the capital city.
Debra Ferguson says she and her husband of 38 years don't vacation very well.
We liked the idea of new blood in city government in 2013. We are, therefore, both excited and encouraged by the prospect of a number of new, younger city council members this time around.
For many people, Cinco de Mayo is the real kickoff to summer.
Two organizations that help exonerate inmates using DNA evidence have asked the state Supreme Court to let them file briefs to support Willie Jerome Manning's effort to avoid execution on May 7.
The Clinton School Board may approve random drug testing for 7-12 graders who participate in sports, performing arts and other extracurricular activities.
Americans are more optimistic the job market is healing and will deliver higher pay later this year.
President Barack Obama said he wants more information about chemical weapons use in the Syrian civil war before he decides on escalating U.S. military or diplomatic responses.
In a surprise twist to the decade-plus effort to ease access to morning-after pills, the government is lowering the age limit to 15 for one brand—Plan B One-Step—and will let it be sold over the counter.
The Federal Reserve is widely expected Wednesday to stick with its aggressive efforts to strengthen a still-subpar economy.
Tribal members say the man who owns a piece of the Wounded Knee National Historic Landmark on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is trying to profit from their suffering.
An FBI affidavit states that items tested in Dutschke studio have tested positive for ricin.
Mississippi's prepaid college tuition plan may actually be underfunded by more than $100 million, auditors told the board that oversees it Tuesday.