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10 Local Stories of the Week

On a stop of his tour through the South, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin (at podium)—along with several state representatives—spoke at the Capitol this morning about the HRC's newest permanent campaign, Project One America.

On a stop of his tour through the South, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin (at podium)—along with several state representatives—spoke at the Capitol this morning about the HRC's newest permanent campaign, Project One America. 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. Richard and Sandra Koritz recently liquidated their book publishing company and donated some 34,000 books to the City of Jackson in memory of the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, whom the couple admired.
  2. Residents of the Golden Key Apartments are at odds with the Jackson Housing Authority, which runs the building, over repairs the residents say have been ignored for too long.
  3. Jody Owens, managing attorney of the Mississippi Southern Poverty Law Center, says Hinds County’s plan to give control of its troubled youth detention center to a local judge represents a conflict of interest.
  4. Project One America, which HRC first announced last month, is the largest coordinated campaign for LGBTQ equality in the South's history, with a three-year budget of $8.5 million and a dedicated staff of 20.
  5. City officials are making plans to fix Rainbow's Co-op's flooding problem, but more complications have arisen.
  6. The Jackson Police Department held a memorial service Thursday morning honoring the memory of fallen Jackson law enforcement officers.
  7. Precious Martin, a prominent Jackson-area attorney, died Sunday in an accident.
  8. Family members of Larry David McLaurin say he struggled with mental-health issues up until his death in June 2013 at the Raymond Detention Center.
  9. The appointment of former Ward 6 Councilman Marshand Crisler as public-safety commissioner marks the start of Mayor Tony Yarber's vow to overhaul the city's organizational chart.
  10. Vishwesh Bhatt represented Mississippi food as a semifinalist for Best Chef: South at the recent James Beard Awards.

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