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10 Local Stories of the Week

Developers of a flood-control project will have to demonstrate that the plan does not violate federal laws that protect such endangered species such the Gulf sturgeon.

Developers of a flood-control project will have to demonstrate that the plan does not violate federal laws that protect such endangered species such the Gulf sturgeon. Photo by Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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. Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has spent much of his first 50 days in office in preparation for the afternoon of Aug. 19 at City Hall, where he presented his proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 to the Jackson City Council.
  2. Developers of a flood-control project will have to demonstrate that the plan does not violate federal laws that protect such endangered species such the Gulf sturgeon.
  3. After coming up a bit short in the last countywide election, David Archie is hoping the people of District 2 give him a supervisor's job in the upcoming special election.
  4. James "Lap" Baker, who recently retired from the Hinds County Public Works Department, wants to put infrastructure improvements back on track as the county's District 4 supervisor.
  5. Mississippi is making a concerted push to capture some of the enormous money in the health-care industry.
  6. Jackson personal trainer Keith Richardson has a dream to own and manage a shoe store, and he's found a creative way to get it done. Now, he needs the community's help.
  7. Barbara Pitts Riley, of Arkansas-based nonprofit Aspire, says her organization is making college degrees a reality for single-parent heads of households.
  8. Eleven candidates for two open seats on the Hinds County Board of Supervisors gathered Wednesday night to lay out their plans for getting the most bang from the 56 million that roughly account for the county's annual budget.
  9. City officials believed switching to electronic monitoring of city employees' work hours would pay off, and now they have proof.
  10. Rumors have swirled for weeks that the Jackson Zoo, the largest zoological park in Mississippi, was eyeing new digs across town at LeFleur's Bluff Golf Course, located in a state park.

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