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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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Immigration Advocates (More or Less) Applaud Obama's Plan

President Obama's Immigration Accountability Executive Action focuses on toughening border protections against people entering the U.S. illegally, deporting people who have been convicted of felonies and expanding previous executive action ...

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Jay Hopson

Jay Hopson will always be the answer to a trivia question as the first white football coach hired in Alcorn State University and SWAC history. The New York Times, ESPN ...

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Chokwe Lumumba Center Opens with Ferguson Talk

Last night, the Chokwe Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy and Development opened to the public with its first public event: a town hall meeting about protests in Ferguson, Mo. sparked ...

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Ruling: Mississippi Abortion Law Remains Blocked

A federal appeals court said Thursday that it won't reconsider its earlier ruling that a 2012 Mississippi abortion law is unconstitutional. The decision means the law remains blocked and Mississippi's ...

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Juan Joseph

Juan Joseph, a graduate of Millsaps College and a standout quarterback on the Majors' football team, died early Sunday, Nov. 16, in a Baton Rouge, La. hospital.

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MAEP Memes: Myths vs. Realities

Opponents of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program are pushing a number of memes about the law and public education in Mississippi to argue their case. Here are how the arguments ...

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What Schools Are Missing Out On

Mississippi public education has been underfunded 15 out of the last 17 years. While some say that money won't fix the deeply rooted problems in the state's education system, the ...

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One Destination, Two Routes

Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, who co-authored MAEP, and public-education advocates at Better Schools Better Jobs want the same thing: for the state to recognize its duty to fully fund education ...

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How Is MAEP Calculated?

Parents' Campaign President Nancy Loome explains that the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula looks at the funding that would be required for every student in the state to receive at ...

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MAEP Formula Explained

The MAEP formula explained

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MAEP’s Moral Center: Mississippi’s Education Enigma

The quality of education in Mississippi is falling behind the rest of the nation with only 61 percent of students graduating from high school on time and two-thirds of kindergarteners ...

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The Fire Next Time

City Council President De’Keither Stamps said last week’s fire at the state-owned Ag Museum, which Jackson fire crews extinguished, is a prime example of why the state should be kicking ...

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The Perils of Deregulating MDOC

Not long after Chris Epps took over as the commissioner of the state prison system, the Mississippi Legislature passed a bill that removed the Mississippi Department of Corrections from the ...

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Hickingbottom Joins Ward 1 Race

The field is set for the special election to replace Quentin Whitwell as Jackson Ward 1 Councilman. The last man—all six candidates are men—in is Bob Hickingbottom.

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A Living Document

The West Jackson Master Plan, which started a year a and a half ago, is complete. Planners hope the end product—the West Jackson Planning Guidebook—will act as a kind of ...

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Lung Cancer: Know the Facts, Women

As a medical oncologist, I treat patients battling a variety of cancers—from common types such as breast and prostate to rare cancers of the brain and bones. But of all ...

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Dorlisa Hutton

One student in particular holds a special place for Dorlisa Hutton, project manager at the educational nonprofit Scientific Research, aka SR1, in Jackson.

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Judge Promises Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Quickly

While a federal district judge in Mississippi may rule same-sex marriage is a constitutional right as soon as this week, the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state is in ...

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While Stores Prepare for the Holidays, UMMC Prepares for Ebola

With the holiday season approaching, the Outlets of Mississippi (200 Bass Pro Drive, Pearl) is preparing a number of events to celebrate the season beginning this weekend.

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