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Politico Walter Zinn to Seek 1st CD Seat

Walter Howard Zinn, Jr., a Mississippi political operative, will seek the state's vacant 1st Congressional District seat, according to a press release from the Democratic Party.

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Water Safety Prompted Yarber's Emergency Declaration

The state of emergency Mayor Tony Yarber signed late Thursday will enable the city to tap into money from state health and environmental agencies, his office said today.

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Jay Dean

Jay Dean, 62, understands the importance of his role as artistic director of the Mississippi Opera. He served in the position from 2010-2012 before taking a sabbatical, and he returned ...

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Stephanie Parker-Weaver

Since 2008, one of Stephanie Parker-Weaver's main passions has been the nonprofit she founded, called Rebirth Alliance, which aims to educate the public about breast cancer—specifically, a rare and aggressive ...

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So Much For State Transparency

Last year's corruption scandal involving longtime state Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps might have resulted in improvements to the state contracting process, but thanks to the Mississippi Senate, holes remain.

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Ex-Prisoners Get a Boost Amid MDOC Turmoil

Re-entry has to come into focus recently as the number of people let out of prison in Mississippi, which has one of the nation's highest imprisonment rates, is on the ...

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Dr. Omar Abdul-Rahman

Dr. Omar Abdul-Rahman, a pediatrics professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, recognizes that medicine is not one size fits all. That's why he is studying the role that ...

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Education: At the Intersection of Poverty and Race

At the corner of High Street and North State, Bryan Eason, 31, has set up an ersatz outside classroom for Jackson residents.

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Zack Wallace: Ready to Fly

Zack Wallace has never held elected political office, but he has the power of incumbency on his side.

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Ole Miss Students Demand Answers After Ouster of Dan Jones

Angry students held aloft red and white signs proclaiming their support for ousted Chancellor Dan Jones on Monday, urging their classmates at the University of Mississippi to sign petitions and ...

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Weight Loss for Money, Recycling Awards

Humana, a state health-benefits company with more than 150,000 Medicare and individual health-plan members across Mississippi, is partnering with the Jackson Medical Mall to launch a citywide movement toward better ...

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Aida Martinez-Bone

Aida Martinez-Bone knows how it feels to be discriminated against as an immigrant.

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Mary Schiele Scanlon

Mary Schiele Scanlon, president of event sponsor Friends of the USA IBC, is one of the organizers for "Ballet BackStory," a series of short programs designed to help people better ...

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Yarber: Eradicate Veteran Homelessness This Year

On any given night in America, approximately 50,000 veterans are homeless—those who joined the military to fight for this country—and roughly 10 percent of them are women.

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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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State NAACP Calls for Inquiry into Black Man's Hanging Death

Federal and state authorities are investigating the hanging death of a black man in Claiborne County who had been missing for more than two weeks, the FBI said Thursday.

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Claude Sitton

Journalist Claude Sitton, 89, died last Tuesday in Atlanta, his place of birth. Between May 1958 and October 1964, Sitton covered the storied "Race Beat," which was the Jim Crow ...

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Judge Jeff Weill vs. Public Defenders: The Next Ferguson?

A controversy brewing in the Hinds County courthouse has the potential to draw the attention of the United States Justice Department, which recently issued a scathing investigative report on the ...

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Ja-Mes Logan

Former Ole Miss wide receiver Ja-Mes Logan was an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots last fall. He made it to the final round of cuts before the ...

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Bobby Rush

Blues singer Bobby Rush may be one of Jackson's greatest living musical exports. He's been making worldwide audiences dance for more than 60 years.

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