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10 Local Stories of the Week

Capitol Street is getting a facelift, but detractors say the project may not have the desired effect of higher commercial traffic.

Capitol Street is getting a facelift, but detractors say the project may not have the desired effect of higher commercial traffic. Photo by Trip Burns

There's never a slow news week in Jackson, Miss., and last week was no exception. Here are the local stories JFP reporters brought you in case you missed them:

  1. The thinking behind the two-waying of Capitol Street is simple: If you slow down traffic around the once-thriving business district, foot traffic will increase, and drivers will be more likely to stop and shop.
  2. At around 3 a.m. on the morning of July 21, a resident reportedly called 911 to report gunshots in the Virden Addition. It wasn't the only shooting reported that night.
  3. Last week, Gov. Phil Bryant accepted the resignation of Malcolm McMillin from his post as chairman of the State Parole Board. Bryant immediately named current parole board member and former Hernando state Sen. Doug Davis as McMillin's replacement.
  4. On July 25, the Mississippi State Supreme Court, which stayed Willie Jerome Manning's execution earlier this summer, granted Manning's motion to ask a lower court to let DNA testing commence.
  5. Surrounding county jails are ill-equipped to house Hinds County prisoners. In recent weeks, a number of disturbances have garnered widespread attention.
  6. Con artists posing as Entergy representatives have taken advantage of dozens of restaurants and bars across Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
  7. Jackson Police Chief Lindsey Horton said one of his top goals is to improve JPD's image in the community.
  8. Thursday morning, the Jackson City Council approved Synarus Green, former aide to U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson, with a unanimous vote following an 80-minute public hearing at City Hall.
  9. Amid ongoing turmoil at the Raymond Detention Center, the Hinds County Board of Supervisors held a special meeting Tuesday morning to hammer out a plan for the beleaguered jail.
  10. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that the number of Americans—men, women and children—dead due to gun violence in the past seven months is close to 20,000.

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