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B.B. King’s Mississippi gravesite getting memorial courtyard

Nearly seven months after blues legend B.B. King died, his Mississippi gravesite is being turned into a serene spot where fans can pay their respects. A ceremony Friday will unveil a black granite marker that will become the centerpiece of a memorial courtyard outside the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola. The courtyard, with benches, eventually will ...

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Coroner: No evidence B.B. King was poisoned before death

LAS VEGAS — Medical examiners found no evidence to prove the allegation that blues legend B.B. King was poisoned before he died of natural causes in May, according to autopsy findings made public Monday. Tests conducted after two of the musical icon’s 11 adult children said their father had been murdered showed the cause of death was Alzheimer’s disease, plus ...

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SUMESH ARORA — What makes you an innovator?

I nnovation has the power to transform lives and comes in all shapes, sizes and colors; from rural and urban areas; and in small steps and in giant leaps. Generally, when one thinks of innovation, the latest electronic gadgets or self-driving cars probably jump out as the most obvious examples. Innovation in Mississippi is actually evident in many areas of ...

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B.B. King to be laid to rest next week in Mississippi Delta

JACKSON — The body of blues legend B.B. King will return next week to the Mississippi Delta where his life and career began. His body will be flown on Wednesday to Memphis, Tennessee, the place where a young King was nicknamed the Beale Street Blues Boy. It is expected to arrive at the airport at about noon, and will be ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Riding with B.B.

My big sister would tune the brown tabletop radio to WDIA, the pioneering black-music format station in Memphis. She listened when my father wasn’t around. If he caught her listening to that station, he’d say: “Turn off that music!” Except he would add an adjective or two that I won’t use here. One of the disc jockeys on that first-of-its-kind ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi’s greatest ambassador ‘irreplaceable’

The “King of the Blues,” Mississippi’s B.B. King, passed away last week. His trajectory to fame and fortune was much like that of Elvis Presley’s, the “King of Rock and Roll.” Both were born in Mississippi and moved up to Memphis to hit it big. But this King, B.B. King, did so much more for his home state of Mississippi. ...

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B.B. King viewing Friday in Vegas before Mississippi burial

LAS VEGAS — A public viewing for blues legend B.B. King will be held in Las Vegas before his body is sent to Mississippi, where plans are being made for services in his hometown next week, King’s business manager said Monday. A private family funeral also will be held in Las Vegas for the guitar genius dubbed theKing of the Blues, who died at his home ...

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Vegas judge: No evidence bluesman B.B. King is being abused

LAS VEGAS — A dispute over B.B. King’s health and wealth was tossed out of court on Thursday by a judge in Las Vegas who said two investigations found no evidence the blues legend is being abused. King’s doctor said the 89-year-old musician was in home hospice care. The ruling keeps King’s longtime business manager, Laverne Toney, in legal control ...

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