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Lottie Joiner

The Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University recently announced that Lottie Joiner, editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine, will be the keynote speaker for its 51st annual Dr. Martin Luther ...

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UPDATED: Former JPD Chief Vance Running Against Beleaguered Hinds County Sheriff

Lee Vance, who retired as chief of the Jackson Police Department in December 2017 after 30 years on the force, has filed to run in the 2019 Hinds County sheriff's ...

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Rep. Thompson Blasts White House's 'Outright Lies,' Calls for Hearings

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., accused the Trump administration of "outright lies" and called for hearings on the deaths of children who were in U.S. custody.

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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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Verbatim Release: Pearl River Cresting

Due to an increase of water released from the Barnett Reservoir on Friday caused by local rains over the last 24 hours, the City of Jackson expects the Pearl River ...

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With 84 Homicides in 2018, City Hopes to Stem Violence With New Cops, Strategy

The City of Jackson ended the year with 84 total homicides—a 30-percent increase over 2017's year-end count of 64.

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Survey: No Benefits from Almost Half of Mississippi Businesses

Nearly half of Mississippi businesses provide no incentives to their employees at all, a December survey conducted by the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office revealed.

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Crystal Allen

Crystal Allen, who joined the University of Mississippi Rebels this season, is a graduate transfer from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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From Hyde-Smith to Police Shootings, Mississippi's Top News Stories of 2018

During an eventful 2018 in the United States, and Mississippi, the Jackson Free Press news team presented hard-hitting, enterprising and contextual journalism not available from any other news outlet in ...

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The Hungry Goat, Cultivation Food Hall and Crossroads Film Festival

The annual Crossroads Film Festival recently announced that it is accepting submissions from artists located within about a three-hour drive from Jackson for its music-video block.

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Bryant Urges Trump to Close Border, Threatening 40,800 Mississippi Jobs

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant cheered on President Trump’s threats to shut down the border between the U.S. and Mexico, even though such a move would threaten $2.5 billion in trade ...

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Three New Hinds County Judges Sworn In

At a judicial swearing-in ceremony on Dec. 27, Senior Circuit Court Judge Tomie Green recalled times in her two-decade tenure on the bench where no one else looked like her. ...

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FEC Filings: Hyde-Smith Returned Racist's Donation, But Not $50,000 to Corporations

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith declined to return more than $50,000 to corporate donors who requested refunds from her campaign in November, new FEC filings released Thursday show.

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JSU Minority Fellowship Program, MC Dyslexia Center Expansion and UM Veteran Recognition

Jackson State University's Council on Social Work Education recently named Carla Baskin as the 2018 fellow for its Minority Fellowship Program.

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Bennie Thompson Blames 'Radical' Trump Border Policies for Child Deaths

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., took aim at the Trump administration on Wednesday after the second child this month died on Christmas Day while in the custody of U.S. Border Patrol ...

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Visit Jackson Still In Limbo Under New CEO

Down a long hallway in the Mississippi Capitol, past the grandeur of the multi-story Christmas tree and seemingly state-mandated tinsel decorations, Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, convened a meeting on Dec. ...

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Mississippi’s ‘Seg Academies’ Creating National Dialogue

The Jackson Free Press' report that Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith attended one of Mississippi's first segregation academies and later sent her daughter to one has spurred a national conversation on schools ...

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Karl Robinson

When Karl Robinson, 31 was working as an assistant coaching coach for an Amateur Athletic Union team in 2012, he noticed the pre-game chat would often emphasize desire, discipline and ...

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Amazon Bringing 850 Full-Time Jobs to Mississippi, Donated to State Candidates

Amazon plans to open a distribution warehouse in Marshall County, Miss., that the online retail giant said in its announcement Friday will create 850 full-time jobs in the northernmost part ...

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AHA Scholars at Tougaloo, Carnegie Designations, and JSU Heart Walk

The American Heart Association recently named two Tougaloo College students as AHA HBCU Scholars.

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