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Governor Will Join Multi-State Transgender Bathroom Lawsuit Even If State Won't

Attorney General Jim Hood said he will not add the State of Mississippi to the Texas lawsuit against the federal government over President Barack Obama's directive to public schools, telling ...

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More City Transparency: Council Posts Agenda Packets Online, Finally

In a step toward compliance with state law, and the latest in a series of steps to generate transparency in local government, the Jackson City Council posted its agenda packet ...

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Willie Wazir Peacock

On Saturday, May 28, Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement will pay tribute to Willie Wazir Peacock, a civil-rights veteran who died at the Creekside Health Care Center in ...

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AG Hood: Mississippi Will Not Join Transgender Bathrooms Lawsuit

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement today regarding the lawsuit by Texas and 10 other states.

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Stokes to Circulate Police-chase Petition in Response to DOJ Letter

During a community meeting at Cornerstone Baptist Church Wednesday night, Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes and citizens decided to circulate a petition in response to a letter from the U.S. ...

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Democrats to State Leadership: 'Return to Fiscal Sanity'

Legislative Democratic leaders decried budget cuts to the state health department on Wednesday outside agency offices, calling on Gov. Phil Bryant to take action and call a special session to ...

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Jake Mangum

Athletic talent is nothing new in Jake Mangum’s family. The Mississippi State University freshman outfielder comes from a long line of athletes who have made their mark on sports in ...

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A Very, Very Full Plate: An Interview with Department of Public Works Director Kishia Powell

Kishia Powell, director of the department of public works, sat down with the Jackson Free Press on May 4 to clear the air about her constant struggle against the problems ...

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JPD Targets ‘Bandos’: A Different Kind of ‘Broken Windows’ Policing

JPD Chief Lee Vance is frustrated at the State for owning so much crumbling housing in Jackson but is glad that his department is helping to bring it down.

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Juvy Intervention Programs Losing Federal Funds

Pre-intervention programs are vital in the state's criminal-justice system and have the power to prevent young people from entering the criminal-justice system in the first place.

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Resisting the Tide: Trans Mississippians Speak Out

Title IX is usually associated with sex-based equity in athletics, but advocates say it actually applies much more broadly.

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Katherine Day

Katherine Day came home to Jackson on a train last fall; it had been six years since she had last lived in the city. Day grew up in Jackson, but ...

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Mississisippi Department of Education Sides with State Leaders on Trans Student Guidelines

Mississippi's Board of Education is voting to follow state political leaders' opposition to federal guidance on use of bathrooms and locker rooms by transgender students.

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National Airport Board Names Jackson's Carl Newman Chairman

The executive director of Jackson's airport now chairs the largest association of accredited airport professionals in the world.

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Nick Feild

Nick Feild, a resident of San Antonio who works in the finance industry, never expected to become involved in the world of film until he and a friend began working ...

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'Pay or Stay' Lawsuit Against City Part of Larger Trend of Challenges

Municipal-court systems that practice "pay or stay" policies, jailing people who cannot afford fines, are facing legal objections across the South from groups like the American Civil Liberties Union. In ...

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Facility for Children with Special Needs Set to Open in Jackson Metro

Children with special needs in the Jackson metro area will have a new option for community-based care due to the coordination between state agencies, private care and state agencies.

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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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JPD Honors Fallen Officers with 'Honor and Respect'

Family members of fallen Jackson Police Department officers placed roses on the memorial site outside of JPD headquarters in downtown Jackson yesterday, and were presented with potted peace lilies, a ...

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Sens. Wicker, Cochran: Obama Transgender Directive Lacks the Force of Law

WASHINGTON D.C.– U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today signed a letter clarifying that federal law does not require states and schools to adhere to a new ...

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