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10 Local Stories of the Week

Stonewall Mayor Glenn Cook (pictured) says "until attorneys got involved" in the aftermath of the incident between Jonathan Sanders and white part-time officer Kevin Herrington, people in Stonewall were willing to patiently await the outcome of the investigation that the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation was conducting. Photo courtesy Youtube/CC Hot Topics TV Channel

Stonewall Mayor Glenn Cook (pictured) says "until attorneys got involved" in the aftermath of the incident between Jonathan Sanders and white part-time officer Kevin Herrington, people in Stonewall were willing to patiently await the outcome of the investigation that the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation was conducting. Photo courtesy Youtube/CC Hot Topics TV Channel

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. Allen Jones, the city's parks director, said future plans call for commercial development of Livingston Park, possibly including a restaurant and a large splash pad.
  2. Stonewall Mayor Glenn Cook said people have the wrong idea about his 1,100-person community, which has been in the national spotlight since the death of Jonathan Sanders on July 8.
  3. Vicki Slater spoke with the Jackson Free Press in early July about why she believes she would make a better governor than the incumbent Phil Bryant.
  4. Schools run by the government are subject to the First Amendment and the Establishment Clause above other religious freedom laws, like Mississippi's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
  5. A fundamental problem with Mississippi's Education Scholarship Account program for students with special needs is that the $6,500 it provides to families is just not enough money to fund most kids who have special-education needs.
  6. Mississippi ranks 50th overall in child well-being, according to the 2015 Kids Count Data Book the Annie E. Casey Foundation released Tuesday.
  7. Studio Chane owner Ron Chane will soon bring a new space for local creators to Jackson in the form of The Wonder Lab, located in the basement of Fondren Corner.
  8. About 100 supporters of "biblical marriage" gathered at the Capitol steps Monday morning for a rally and prayer vigil that the Christian Action Commission organized.
  9. Even though the Jonathan Sanders killing was rare, Stonewall residents say black folks have long been strangled by the kind of racial oppression that made the events of July 8 surprising to few in the town, where old divisions still run deep.
  10. Anthony Hervey, a black Mississippi man who often dressed in Confederate regalia to support the state flag, died in a one-car accident last Sunday.

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