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'Our JPS' Coalition Activates Against State Takeover

The pending takeover of Jackson Public Schools drew dozens of citizens to Friday Forum at the former Koinonia Coffeehouse this morning to learn about what it means for capital-city families.

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MSU Drone Research, Millsaps Renovations and UMMC/MSU Child Health Project

This week, the Department of Homeland Security began operations with Mississippi State University and other locations throughout Mississippi as a research and development test site for drones, or unmanned small ...

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UPDATED: Darnell Turner Gets 45 Years, Judge Brings Up DA Smith

The young woman who accused Darnell Turner of beating her, dragging her, strangling her, shooting at her car, and dangling her off a bridge in the Washington Addition when she ...

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Gov. Bryant on JPS Takeover: 'Not Going to Rush Judgment'

After meeting with Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba this morning, Gov. Phil Bryant said today that he does not plan to "rush judgment" on the Mississippi Board of Education's proposal to ...

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Next Steps for JPS Takeover: Governor in No 'Rush'

Jackson Public Schools started the week of Sept. 11 facing a possible takeover and ended with its fate in Gov. Phil Bryant's hands.

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35 New U.S. Citizens from 23 Countries Take Oath at Jackson Middle School

In honor of Constitution Day, Sept. 17, as well as the anniversary of federal courts this month, U.S. District Courts around the country hosted naturalization ceremonies in schools.

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JSU Getting New Band Director, Career Closet, Food Bank, Recycling; Walking Path Coming for MUW

Deborah Bynum, wife of Jackson State University President William Bynum Jr., recently announced a series of programs that she plans to implement to help JSU students.

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Attorney, JPS Parent Files Federal Lawsuit to Block State Takeover of School District

Jackson attorney Dorsey Carson says the state's process to take over school districts, violates his child's and all parents' due-process rights.

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State Board Sends JPS Takeover to Governor for Stamp of Approval

The fate of Jackson Public Schools is now in the hands of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant after the Mississippi Board of Education declared an “extreme emergency situation” in the district ...

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JPS ‘Takeover’ Looms as Commission Declares ‘Extreme Emergency’ in District

The impending state takeover of Jackson Public Schools moved forward today, shocking a packed board room at the Mississippi Department of Education, which is housed in the old, long-segregated Central ...

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‘Everybody Matters, Or Nobody Matters’: The JFP Interview with Public Safety Commissioner Marshall Fisher

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Marshall Fisher shared his opinions and ideas about how law enforcement fits into society and government as a whole with the Jackson Free Press recently.

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Lumumba Alleges 'Nefarious Intent' in JPS Audit, Says City Will Fight

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba rallied with advocates on Tuesday ahead of this morning's Mississippi Commission on School Accreditation meeting, during which members will determine whether or not to put Jackson ...

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Local DACA Immigrants: We Still Have a Dream

The most recent data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security show that more than 3,000 Mississippians have applied for DACA approval, with 2,700 applications approved as of March 31.

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As Money Flows to Hopefuls, Hattiesburg Votes to Elect New Legislator

Hattiesburg residents have their choice of four candidates in the special election for House District 102, which they vote in today, to replace former Rep. Toby Barker's seat in the ...

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Advocates, Lumumba Call For 'No State Takeover' as State Decisions Looms

This week, the Mississippi Commission on School Accreditation will decide whether or not Jackson Public Schools is in a state of emergency.

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Mississippi Helps Florida in Irma Response

Ninety-eight emergency responders from Mississippi are headed to Florida to assist with hurricane relief and recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma made landfall there this weekend.

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Lumumba Stands With Dreamers, Turner Convicted, State Flag SCOTUS Case: Last Week's News Not to Miss

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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UPDATED: Darnell Turner May Serve 45 Years for 'Heinous Crimes'; Feds Earlier Tied Him to DA

A Hinds County jury yesterday convicted Darnell Turner, who also goes by Donald Dixon, in three separate counts related to a 2014 domestic incident—aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated domestic ...

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AG Warns: It's a Felony to Sell Flood-damaged Vehicles as New

Attorney General Jim Hood cautioned Mississippians who are in the market to purchase vehicles in the next few months to be wary of flood damage.

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Sanford Out, Adams in at JSU, Mississippi Dance Festival and Dr. Jermaine Gray

Jackson State University fired O'Neill Sanford, director of the Sonic Boom of the South marching band, on Wednesday, Aug. 30, following an incident in which the band allegedly traveled with ...

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