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10 Local Stories of the Week

Democratic State Sen. David Blount said his party will try once again to convince their Republican colleagues to consider expanding Medicaid, which could jolt the state’s economy.

Democratic State Sen. David Blount said his party will try once again to convince their Republican colleagues to consider expanding Medicaid, which could jolt the state’s economy. 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. New high-tech water meters could save the city money and cut down on labor, but at what cost?
  2. The Jackson City Council recently approved a pair of emergency change orders to restart work on Capitol Street and Fortification Street.
  3. Law enforcement raided the home of Rosi Lopez in early December looking for a homicide suspect.
  4. Democratic State Sen. David Blount said his party will try once again to convince their Republican colleagues to consider expanding Medicaid, which could jolt the state’s economy.
  5. Sen. John Horhn says that not only would a proposed one percent sales tax help fix Jackson's streets, sewer and water-distribution system, but it would also change the perception of Jackson in the Legislature.
  6. On Dec. 19, Jackson opened its new Environmental Service Center at 1570 Terry Road after a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
  7. Late Monday, Gov. Phil Bryant issued an executive order "affirming Mississippi's right and responsibility to define and implement its own public-school standards and curricula and making it clear that "under state law, this core function of state government cannot be ceded to the federal government."
  8. Whole Foods Market, an Austin, Texas-based grocery chain that features natural and organic foods, recently put out a call for applicants for the company's upcoming Jackson location, currently still under construction.
  9. There was nothing normal about Jackson State University's handling of its decision to fire Rick Comegy, announced Wednesday morning.
  10. Ward 4 Councilman De'Keither Stamps wants to see money the city pays out in wages stay within the city limits.

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