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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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Lucky Town Announces March Closing

On Friday, Jan. 18, Lucky Town Brewing Company announced that it will soon end beer production. The tap room will remain open until March 9.

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City: Man, 61, May Have Died After Altercation with Jackson Police

The City of Jackson sent out a cryptic and short press statement at 5:12 p.m. today, indicating that an older man may have died from an encounter with Jackson police ...

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Due to Murder Spike, Lumumba Pledges More Surveillance, Prevention Efforts

Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba navigated between his "radical" criminal-justice reform stances and his decisions to increase policing surveillance in his press conference Monday, Jan. 14.

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Mayor Lumumba on Murders: Police Cannot 'Enter the Minds and Stop These People'

Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba sent out a statement addressing several murders that roiled the capital city over the weekend—from a preacher killed in the Washington Addition to a teenager killed ...

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Jackson Free Press Hiring New Reporter: How to Apply

The Jackson Free Press is hiring a new Mississippi reporter. We offer a high-quality journalism environment, impactful work, supportive team members, good editing and skills development. The right candidate will ...

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City Wants State’s Help Recouping Funds

Jackson City Council Vice President Virgi Lindsay knows that although Jackson desperately needs legislative assistance with recouping uncollected funds, the 2019 session might be fairly stagnant.

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$1 Million Grant from FTA Will Help City Develop Transportation Corridor

The Federal Transit Administration awarded the City of Jackson $1 million to plan a transportation-focused corridor connecting 20 square miles.

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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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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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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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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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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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Almost Half of JPS High Schoolers Are Not Showing Up for Class

At the midpoint of this school year, approximately 44 percent of high schoolers in the Jackson Public School District are labeled as truant, meaning they missed five or more days ...

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Amid Water Shutoffs, Jackson Assists Siemens Customers With Bills

The City of Jackson's customer-focused process of offering payment plans to beleaguered Siemens Inc. customers since April has not yielded revenue at a quick enough rate to fill the massive ...

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Former Criminals Training to Stop Violence in Jackson with $150,000 Grant

Terun Moore and Benny Ivey will be Jackson's first official, trained "credible messengers," working to prevent violence in the metro area.

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Cultivating the Technology Sprout

If you have ever used the camera search tool on the Amazon app, you can, in part, thank the team behind Partpic, including Jackson native Nashlie Sephus, the owner of ...

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Jackson Rising

In November, education nonprofit Operation Shoestring announced that as part of its 50th-anniversary celebration, it would launch the "Rise to the Future" capital campaign to go toward renovations.

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