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Early Ed: Critical to Child Success

Ninety percent of a child's critical brain development occurs between birth and age 5. Children in Mississippi are not required to attend school until age 6.

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‘Grade Recovery’ Benefits Disputed

Sarah Phillips, a former Forest Hill math teacher, is concerned that the district has a so-called grade recovery program that allows failing students to pass a course after taking a ...

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Old Ghosts to Haunt City Budget Plans

Jackson city officials like to talk about the $1.25 billion worth of investment slated to come to the capital through infrastructure upgrades in the coming years.

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Who Would Jesus Deport?

Religious leaders, political figures and hyperbolic talking heads have yet to reach a consensus on the Bible's application to the issue of immigration in the United States.

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LGBT Pols Ready to Play in State

With black folks playing the spoiler in the Mississippi Republican Senate primary, bucking many traditional notions about how politics work in the Magnolia State, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people ...

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Ashley Sullivan

Forest Hill High School hired Ashley Sullivan to teach Art I, but she and some of her students were not satisfied with the school's meager art-class offerings.

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Pro-LGBT Group Targets South, Names Rob Hill Director

Fifty-seven percent of LGBT people living in Mississippi have called the Magnolia State home for more than 20 years, yet they receive no protection against discrimination in employment or housing ...

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5th Circuit: Mississippi's Only Abortion Clinic Stays Open

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against a Mississippi law that would have required the state's only abortion clinic to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital ...

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Margaret Walker Alexander

Poet and writer Margaret Walker Alexander contributed four volumes of poetry, a biography and numerous essays to the literary world.

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Wine Spectator Honors Local Restaurants, Two Franchises Open

Recently, Wine Spectator honored a number of restaurants in Mississippi with its 2014 Restaurant Awards, which highlight the eateries around the globe that offer the best wine selections.

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DA Plans to Retry Michelle Byrom

Months after the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed Michelle Byrom's death sentence, Byrom is finally off death row and back in the custody of Tishomingo County.

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Derrick Simmons

Mississippi State Sen. Derrick T. Simmons received the 2014 Award for Leadership in Juvenile Justice Reform at the 12th annual forum for the National Juvenile Justice Network, in conjunction with ...

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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.

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Yarber: Get Ready for Pain, New Initiatives

In his first state of the city address since becoming Jackson mayor, Tony Yarber painted a hopeful picture of the capital city's future.

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Eric Stringfellow

Thirty-two years after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Jackson State University in 1997, Eric Stringfellow is now the interim head of the department.

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Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber's State of the City Address (Full Text)

There is much work to be done, but with your continued support there is no obstacle that will negate our influence. Jackson, Mississippi this is “Our Moment, Our Time” and ...

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Fondren Corner Owner: Anti-Abortion Signs 'Horrible'

Last week, Mike Peters, the owner of Fondren Corner, told fellow building tenants that he would "be the bad guy" and move anti-abortion signs with graphic images of fetuses on ...

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Deuce McAllister

Born Dulymus Jenod McAllister on December 27, 1978, in Ludlow, the Mississippi athlete known to many football fans as Deuce, will enter the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame July 25.

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Lawsuit: JPD Has Long Harassed Pro-Life Groups

Pro-Life Mississippi is suing the Jackson Police Department.

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Leader of the PAC

Bishop Ronnie Crudup says federal law does not require his political action committee to reveal more donor and expenditure information until Oct. 15, 2014. So, he's not going to.

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