10 Local Stories of the Week

Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon is concerned about one redistricting option that would take half of the Midtown Neighborhood out of her ward.

Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon is concerned about one redistricting option that would take half of the Midtown Neighborhood out of her ward. Photo by Trip Burns.

— Once again, Jackson found itself in the thick of national debates on immigration, women's issues and voting rights. In case you missed them, here are 10 stories that had locals buzzing this week:

  1. The Hinds County Board of supervisors voted 3-2 to drop Kenneth Stokes' proposed ordinance that would impose $5 and $10 fines for the first and second offenses for anyone wearing their pants at an objectionable level of sgginess.
  2. City reporter Jacob Fuller stayed on top of goings-on at City Hall, reporting on the city's distancing of itself from developer David Watkin's legal troubles and a likely showdown over a city redistricting plan.
  3. Managing editor Ronni Mott takes a closer look at the meaning behind Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's controversial remarks on rape.
  4. In the JFP's 2012 college football preview issue, Bryan Flynn sizes up area squads, many of which are grappling with uncertainty over the QB position.
  5. An independent monitor reports that Hinds County is not complying with its part of a federal settlement agreement to end systematic mistreatment of children at the county's Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center.
  6. Genevieve Legacy advances the semi-annual Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Mississippi Delta, which took place Aug. 25 and included stops dedicated to remembering Emmett Till.
  7. The debate over immigration in Mississippi revved up as Gov. Phil Bryant issued an executive order barring certain immigrants from receiving state benefits and a legislative committee conducted a fact-finding hearing on bringing immigration reforms to the state.
  8. State NAACP president Derrick Johnson predicts that Mississippi's voter ID law is unlikely to go into effect for the Nov. 2012 election, Jacob Fuller reports.

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