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10 Local Stories of the Week

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign and at the microphone, is a southerner and hopes to bring equality to Mississippi and other southern states.

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign and at the microphone, is a southerner and hopes to bring equality to Mississippi and other southern states. 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. Mayor Tony Yarber said he plans to launch a "pothole blitz" on city streets as well as a capital-improvement campaign in the coming weeks.
  2. MGM Resorts, which owns the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, will remain committed to workplace equality despite a Mississippi law that many say is discriminatory.
  3. Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, is a southerner and hopes to bring equality to Mississippi and other southern states.
  4. Thalia Mara Director Michael Raff said the theater has been revamped with a new air conditioning unit, a fire safety system, lighting and sound system upgrade, and new, larger chairs and carpeting.
  5. Phillip Rollins, better known around Jackson as DJ Young Venom, opened a new store called Offbeat Saturday, May 17.
  6. A longtime incumbent and a firebrand startup vying for the Republican nomination to U.S. Senate continue sparring over a scandal that broke last weekend and shows no sign of waning anytime soon.
  7. This summer, let's recreate some old-fashioned fun with a Jackson-centric scavenger hunt that you can do one weekend.
  8. The beer trend spreading across Jackson this summer is the concept of refillable growlers.
  9. Bill Chandler founded the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance as part of the labor movement in the state.
  10. Albert Sykes is involved with the Young People's Project and is one of the organizers of the Freedom Summer Youth Congress and Freedom Fest, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer this year.

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