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OPINION: Stop Talking About Corruption: The Nature of Ethnic Patronage Politics "Corruption implies dishonesty, sleaze and fraud. Historically, such corruption has taken the form of kickbacks and favoritism to supporters of electoral campaigns…. Is Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba's regime thus 'corrupt?'"

Rickea Jackson Freshman forward Rickea Jackson was the Gatorade Michigan Player of the Year for 2018 and 2019. She was the Michigan Player of the Year in 2019, 2019 Michigan Miss Basketball, All-Michigan First Team and 2019 USA Today All-USA Second Team.

Additional suspects charged in shooting of Alcorn State students - News Mississippi Three more suspects have been charged after two Alcorn State students were shot and killed earlier this month. According to the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office, 21-year-old Carlton Hall and 20-year-olds Damious Madison and Vontavious Green each face accessory charges in the murders of James Carr and Tahir Fitzhugh.

U.S. Forest Service will have two prescribed burns in south Mississippi Thursday The burns will take place near the Maxie community in Perry County and near the Larue and White Plains communities in east Harrison County.

Mississippi Pastor, Father of 8 Wows 'The Voice' Judges A Mississippi pastor and father of eight stunned the four judge panel on 'The Voice,' and then got a standing ovation from the audience after his stellar performance on Feb. 24. As the first contestant to appear on stage, Todd Tilghman performed his rendition of Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band's "We've Got Tonight," One Country reports.

Eight elected officials switch party affiliation to Republican in Mississippi Six Democrats and two independent elected officials have defected and joined the Mississippi Republican Party. "We have had a relentless focus on switching conservative Democrats over to the Republican Party," Mississippi GOP Chairman Lucien Smith said to WLBT News.

Governor's Mansion Turns Red for Heart Month - News Mississippi The First Lady of Mississippi, Elee Reeves, held her first press conference with her new title. With February being Heart Month, the governor’s mansion in downtown Jackson will be lit up red for a full week.

Optometrists seeking legislation to remove barriers on scope of practice It is becoming a popular topic of the 2020 Legislative Session and revolves around allowing licensed Optometrists to practice at the full capacity of their training. There are two bills presented this session pertaining to the issue and it is still unclear whether or not they will survive the committee deadline next week.

50K-winning Powerball ticket sold in Mississippi - One lucky Mississippian won big during Wednesday night's Powerball drawing. An unclaimed ticket sold somewhere in Mississippi is a $50,000 winner. That means the winning ticket correctly guessed 4 numbers plus the Powerball number.

Lady Whippet signs with Co-Lin CC - BreezyNews.com - Kosciusko News 24/7 A Kosciusko Whippet basketball player will continue her career on the community college level. On Thursday, Lady Whippet star Jakyra Young signed to play for Copiah Lincoln Community College. During her senior season, Young led the Lady Whippets in scoring, rebounds, and steals.

Bills to watch for the 2020 Legislative Session Hoping to keep up with what is happening at the State Capitol this year? Look no further than the Y'all Politics bills to watch list. This list will be updated throughout the 2020 Legislative Session as bills die and survive. SB 2001 - Teacher Pay Raise Bill.

Mississippi Highway Patrolman honored as a Hero - News Mississippi On Wednesday, in Hattiesburg, the American Red Cross of Mississippi presented Master Sgt. David Blackwell with the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit.

Mississippi ABC conducts "Cops in Shops" during Lyric concert 13, the Lyric hosted a concert by country artist Jon Langston and worked with the ABC in an effort to curtail the use of fake identifications and prevent underage drinking. The "Cops in Shops" program is enacted when an ABC-permitted business requests enforcement agents to assist them.

How will the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion work? Folks in Mississippi built a scale model FARGO — Engineers are at work inside a cavernous building observing how water moves through a wooden model — a miniature of a structure that will control Red River flows as part of the mammoth Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project.

Jay-Z files second lawsuit against 'barbaric' Mississippi prison Acting on behalf of 152 inmates, the rapper and mogul argues prisoners’ constitutional rights are being violated.

2020 Mountain West football schedule announced The 2020 Mountain West football schedule has been announced. Conference play begins on Saturday, Sept. 12 with Boise State at Air Force.

Daylight-only restrictions back in effect; Mississippi expected to hit 42 feet A few weeks after they were lifted, daylight-only restrictions on Mississippi River ship movements are back in effect, with the water levels again rising at the gauges in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Senators: Expand ReConnect Program to Support Rural Telehealth February 27, 2020 - A bipartisan group of senators is urging the Department of Agriculture to amend a two-year-old broadband funding program to give rural states more opportunities to improve their telehealth programs.

How HGTV Maintains Its Grip on Comfort Television by Constantly Evolving As Latman says, "The audience wants consistency. They say, 'Don't change a thing,' but if you don't, they will stop watching." That means not just events like the Brady series or "Home Town Takeover" - in which the Mississippi-based Napiers find another small community on which to fix their spotlight - but also an increased embrace of human drama.

Polar Vortex Predicted To Affect March Temps: Wisconsin Weather Hoping for an early spring this year? Wisconsin residents may not be in luck, according to one recent forecast.

Oprah Winfrey can't remember celebrities The 'Wrinkle in Time' star said: "I don't even know what that is." Ashley explained: "You go to their page and look through every single photo and what their caption is, who's commenting." Oprah exclaimed: "What are you doing that for?

Another Former Greenville Business Up in Flames GREENVILLE, MS - The former Greenville “Extended Stay” went up in flames Tuesday morning. The fire broke out around 8:00 AM at the building located on Market Street.

Dispute Between Roommates Leaves One Shot, Dead LONG BEACH, MS - One Gulf Coast man is dead and another is behind bars after an argument led to gunshots early Wednesday. 61-year old Kenneth Sellier is accused of shooting 33-year old Brandon Bodie multiple times after the two got into a dispute at the house the men shared in Long Bea…

Flu Still Going Strong in Mississippi JACKSON, MS - The Mississippi State Department of Health says flu activity remains elevated in the state but it’s not too late to get vaccinated.

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