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10 Local Stories of the Week

Fifty years ago, completion of the Ross Barnett Reservoir changed the ecology of the Pearl River. Conservationists fear that a flood-control plan now underway would alter it again.

Fifty years ago, completion of the Ross Barnett Reservoir changed the ecology of the Pearl River. Conservationists fear that a flood-control plan now underway would alter it again. Photo by Courtesy Tom Beck

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. In presenting his first budget to the city, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba banked on Jacksonians to understand that money doesn't grow on trees.
  2. Fifty years ago, completion of the Ross Barnett Reservoir changed the ecology of the Pearl River. Conservationists fear that a flood-control plan now underway would alter it again.
  3. Former Jackson Councilman Bo Brown wants to be a unifier on the often-divided Hinds County Board of Supervisors as District 2's representative.
  4. District 4 Hinds County supervisor candidate Alvin Woods believes supervisors should treat their constituents' money as a sacred trust.
  5. Three of Mississippi's big four universities are hoping to build on last season's success, and one university hopes the memories of a doomed 2012-13 campaign fade away quickly with a new coaching regime.
  6. Jackson's civic leaders have watched the gun debate unfold since Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 2 into law, effectively making the "open carry" of guns legal.
  7. Fondren Public opens Sept. 2, and is sure to bring out beer lovers from Jackson and the surrounding areas.
  8. Jackson's Day of Dignity coincided with the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, but the Day of Dignity was less about commemorating the historical march and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, than reminding attendees that obstacles to justice and equality in Mississippi are formidable.
  9. Building a facility to reprocess spent nuclear-fuel rods to make new nuclear energy could take as much as two decades, but the ball started rolling Monday with a hearing at the state Capitol.
  10. The boys at Lucky Town Brewing Co. are expanding, and they want to put their first industrial-sized brewery right in the heart of midtown Jackson.

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