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10 Local Stories of the Week

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who oversees elections, released figures Wednesday afternoon that he said supported his long-held claim that people's voting rights would not be infringed by requiring government-issued photo identification on Election Day.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who oversees elections, released figures Wednesday afternoon that he said supported his long-held claim that people's voting rights would not be infringed by requiring government-issued photo identification on Election Day. 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. Is a Tea Party favorite like Chris McDaniel or a mainstream Republican like Thad Cochran the best person to represent mostly Democratic Jackson in Congress?
  2. When Mayor Tony Yarber was elected back in April, his previous position as south Jackson's Ward 6 councilman became available and several people came forward to take on the challenges that currently face it.
  3. A resolution recognizing the dignity and worth of all people in Magnolia, Miss., including people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, could become a casualty of small-town politics.
  4. Que Sera Sera owner Boo Noble has decided to take a break from the restaurant business and is putting the long-standing restaurant up for sale.
  5. A recent poll showed Chris McDaniel with a 3-point lead over Thad Cochran, which is within the survey's margin and error, and provides some insight into the people who will pick the state's GOP nominee.
  6. The use of voter ID for the first time in Mississippi has largely been characterized as inconsequential.
  7. All nine of the candidates running in the Ward 6 City Council election met for a forum Thursday night in which each had the opportunity to state their specific plans for aiding Ward 6 in regard to education, economic development, infrastructure and crime.
  8. Jackson Free Press' 2014 Dudes We Dig consist of men who help their communities, including a veteran who is an veterans' advocate, a conservative baker who is fighting against the recent passage of SB 2681, a veteran who helps fight obesity in our community, and a lawyer helping out small businesses and also aiding in the development of Jackson's historic districts.
  9. In an exhibit titled "Women: Agents of Change in the American Civil Rights Movement," Jackson State University offers a glimpse into the documentary photography of Dr. Doris A. Derby.
  10. Through her years as an activist, Fannie Lou Hamer worked tirelessly for voting rights, prosperity and health in African American communities, and to desegregate schools.

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