Mayor Tony Yarber and the Jackson City Council plan to ask for a formal hearing to contest the approval of a wastewater facility that could take a bite out of the city’s budget.
Photo by Imani Khayyam.
10 Local Stories of the Week
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:
- Walnut Grove has cleaned up its act. That's the message from top officials with the beleaguered privately operated prison and the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
- Mayor Tony Yarber issued a statement to the citizens of Jackson Thursday in the form of a letter rebuking the City Council's April 21 vote against his proposal to declare an emergency in response to the city's infrastructure problems.
- Prosecutors on Wednesday dismissed capital murder charges against Willie Jerome Manning, 46, for the deaths of two Starkville women in 1993 as Manning continues fighting his conviction in a separate case.
- In a political environment filled with law-school grads and long-in-the-tooth politicians, Jelani Barr's bid for the Capitol might seem like a long shot, but the underdog has been driving across the state explaining why he believes Mississippi needs a common man representing them.
- Mayor Tony Yarber and the Jackson City Council plan to ask for a formal hearing to contest the approval of a wastewater facility that could take a bite out of the city’s budget.
- State Rep. Lataisha Jackson, a Como Democrat, points to the experience of Florida, which is reconsidering its third-grade gate testing, as a reason Mississippi should have postponed the testing.
- In a response filed as part of a Mississippi Supreme Court case, Alison Kelly and the Hinds County Public Defender's Office called Weill's charges against Kelly "extreme."
- This year's Best of Jackson winner for Best Local Pizza and Best Hangover Food, The Pizza Shack, has seen one store close and a few more open over the past month.
- A conservative political-action committee called the United Conservatives Fund wants to limit how long some Mississippi officials can serve in office.
- Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday vetoed a bill that some lawmakers said would move Mississippi away from the Common Core academic standards adopted by this state and many others.
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