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City Announces Programs to Decrease Youth Crimes; More Youth Summer Programs and Pools

At a press conference on Tuesday, May 22, Mayor Chowke Antar Lumumba announced programs to try to help decrease youth crime, including summer programs and new policing methods.

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Mississippi Will Receive $4.7 Million to Secure Elections

Mississippi county election commissions will be able to apply to the secretary of state's office for federal grant funds to secure elections this year.

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Mike Slive

Mike Slive, former commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, died in Birmingham, Ala., on May 16 at the age of 77.

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Stephen Parks

The American Association of Law Libraries, a national association of law school and court libraries, and independent librarians who perform law research, recently named State Librarian Stephen Parks as a ...

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Kingston Frazier, One Year Later

On a sweltering Friday evening, orange cones blocked off Meadow Lane as the neighborhood came together on May 18 for a commemorative graduation and block party for Kingston Frazier, the ...

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Are Teacher Walkouts Possible in Mississippi?

Teachers in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky and now North Carolina have made national headlines as they strike for better wages, policy matters and other various reasons.

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What Lumumba’s ‘A-Team’ Earns

As we get nearer to annual budget hearings in the City of Jackson, you can almost feel the tension mounting around money issues.

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Lawyers Say JPD Officer May Have Killed Twice, Demands More Names

Attorneys for the family of Crystalline Barnes, killed by Jackson police on Jan. 27, 2018, is demanding to know the names of officers who shot Jacksonians in incidents over the ...

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Lumumba Cites 'Failures' That Led to Death of Frances Fortner

On behalf of the City of Jackson, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba has accepted responsibility for not preventing the accident that killed Frances "Franny" Fortner.

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Ira Murray

The United Way of the Capital Area Board of Trustees recently named Ira Murray as the organization's new president and chief executive officer.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! At Science Museum, CAPE Art Residencies and Families First Resource Center

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science launched a new exhibit called "The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not!" on Saturday, May 19.

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Tuition, Rooms, Meals to Increase at All Public Universities in Mississippi

The costs of tuition, room and board, and meal plans at Mississippi's public universities are rising in the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Poor People's Campaign Seeks a 'Moral Revival' in State, Nation

Dozens of Mississippians gathered at the state Capitol on Monday, May 14, in coordination with more than 40 other Poor People's Campaign rallies throughout the country.

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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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Public Works on Manholes: Unaware of Other Uncovered Ones in Jackson

A Jackson Academy senior died after her vehicle hit a manhole and flipped upside down on Ridgewood Road near Venetian Way on Thursday, May 17.

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Next Generation Harvey and HOYO at USM, and Common App at MSU

The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Nursing Clinical Simulation Lab recently purchased three new patient simulators using a donation from USM benefactors Chuck and Rita Scianna.

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Encouraging Mississippians to 'Think Again' About Mental Illness

It was a blistering morning, but people from state government, nonprofit and advocacy organizations gathered at the Capitol to launch a public-health campaign, encouraging Mississippians to "think again" about their ...

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Hope, Sadness at JPD Service Honoring 17 Officers Killed Since 1893

In the sweltering Wednesday heat, the Jackson Police Department put on its annual Police Memorial Service to honor and commemorate the 17 JPD officers who have died in the line ...

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Zack Shannon

Historically, Delta State University has fielded one of the top baseball teams at the Division II level. Last season, the Statesmen reached the Division II NCAA College World Series behind ...

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A Lost Hope: Remembering Lil Lonnie and 2018’s Deadliest Month

Rising hip-hop artist Lonnie "Lil Lonnie" Taylor, 22, was driving around his hometown of Jackson with a woman in the passenger's seat around 10 p.m. on April 29. Suddenly, someone ...


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