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Water Rates Likely to Rise Again

After shelving discussion last week to get more details, the Jackson City Council is scheduled to vote on a consulting contract today that is likely to result in higher water ...

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Helena Brown

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Helena Brown, a dear friend to many at the Jackson Free Press and elsewhere, passed away at age 33 due to kidney failure following years of ...

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Defense Department Proposes Broad Ban on High-Cost Loans to Service Members

The Department of Defense released proposed rules today targeting the practices of a broad range of high-cost lenders and prohibiting them from charging service members interest rates over 36 percent.

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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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Stewpot to Close Two Shelters

Stewpot Community Services may have to close two of its emergency shelters at the beginning of next year due to a decrease in funding in 2014.

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Rewind: T.I. Gets Key to Jackson, AG Holder Steps Aside and Life After Lumumba

T.I. could have had whatever he liked in Jackson this week. After traveling to several Jackson schools to talk to local students, the rapper was given the key to the ...

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Zero the Blue Heeler

Zero, Swell-O-Phonic owner Ron Chane's blue heeler best bud, has been a Jackson icon practically since birth.

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Better Options for JPS’ Boys of Color?

Dr. Cedrick Gray, the eternally upbeat bowtie-wearing superintendent of the Jackson Public Schools, says there was a time when he was a hardheaded little boy coming up in Memphis.

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Austin Davis

Current St. Louis Rams and former USM quarterback Austin Davis didn't have an easy road to his record-breaking career for the Golden Eagles.

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Administration Says Hospitals Will Save $5.7B from Unpaid Bills Due to Health Law

Hospitals are projected to save $5.7 billion this year as previously uninsured patients gain coverage through the 2010 health care law, the Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday.

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Tip in the Sip

T.I. could have whatever he liked in Jackson today.

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Present Leaves

As we celebrate the paper's 12th birthday this week, we offer this as our gift to Jackson. Thank you for inspiring us all these years. And cheers to Trip and ...

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JRA Power Shift Could Affect Farish

The Farish Street project failed to hit its expected stride, and developer David Watkins eventually fell out of favor with JRA, which yanked the master lease from Watkins' control in ...

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Westward Expansion

West Jackson is full of the kinds of challenges that social-science careers are built on, and the master plan takes all of it into account.

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The Curious Case of Costco, Stadium, Museum, Baseball and Parks

The Jackson Planning Board meeting on Aug. 27 was anything but drab. The widely reported issue of rezoning 50 acres of land that included Smith-Wills Stadium, Jamie Fowler Boyll Park ...

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The Public Must Have Access to Public Info

Every citizen of Jackson contributes to the funding of city government. Each of us pays for some fractional part of employee and elected official salaries, for their cell phones, iPads ...

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Planting the Seeds of Big Ideas

TEDx Jackson's theme is "Fertile Ground," and includes a wide range of speakers including Joel Bomgar, the founder and CEO of Bomgar, one of the fastest-growing businesses in North America ...

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Building Purpose in Jackson

Jackson has made positive strides over the last few years, and I believe our best years to be in front of it—but there is still a lot of work for ...

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Learning Academies: Vital for Work Readiness

The Jackson Public Schools district is embracing a strategy that promises to make a huge difference in young people's lives, as well as improve their future success and earning potential ...

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#BTCJXN: Be the Change Grab Bag

We asked staffers, readers and known change agents in the community for their ideas on being the change we want to see in Jackson (a phrase we've borrowed from Gandhi).

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