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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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UPDATED: House Passes Lottery Bill, Sends to Governor’s Desk

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant cast blame on Democrats in the Mississippi House of Representatives on Monday night, Aug. 27, as his bill to create a state lottery appeared on the ...

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Trump Mocked Sessions as 'Dumb Southerner' and 'Retarded,' Per Woodward

President Donald Trump once described his attorney general, Alabama native Jeff Sessions, as a "dumb Southerner," according to a new book by journalist Bob Woodward.

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Karl Rove Helps Sen. Wicker Raise $5,000 Per Couple at Private Jackson Dinner

Karl Rove, the political strategist and senior adviser to President George W. Bush, helped raise campaign funds for Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker at the home of Cissye and Billy ...

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EDITORIAL: Free Press Is Not Here to Comfort the Powerful; We're Here for Truth

The Jackson Free Press, and its editors and journalists, have come under fire many times since we launched 16 years ago in Mississippi's capital city.

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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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John McCain's Evolution on Confederate Flag, Family’s Slavery Legacy

Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday, Aug. 25, of brain cancer at age 81, once apologized for lying to voters about his position on the Confederate flag. He ...

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EDITORIAL: City Needs to Name Officers Who Shot Citizens Without Delay

We can understand the need to protect officers and their families, but it is not acceptable to allow it based on a reason shrouded in secrecy.

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More Transparent Lottery Bill Passes Mississippi House, Session Resumes Monday

Two days into a special legislative session, the Mississippi House of Representatives voted 70-43 on Friday to pass a state lottery bill that included significant changes to the version the ...

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Best of Jackson: Lawyers and Law Firms

Each year, we ask you about the best things in Jackson—from places to eat and drink to people to nonprofits and everything in between, including lawyers. Here are who you ...

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Historic Victory for Espy in Mississippi Is 'Not An Illusion,' George Will Says

Democrat Mike Espy could be the next U.S. senator from Mississippi, renowned conservative columnist George Will wrote in a Sept. 5 piece in the Washington Post.

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Making ‘Black Voters Matter’ in the Deep South

LaTosha Brown, who co-founded Black Voters Matter, stopped in Jackson on Aug. 24, 2018 to network with black women as part of her organization’s “The South is Rising Tour.”

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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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Lottery Bill Passes Mississippi Senate with Public-Records Exemption

Mississippi senators passed a bill that would establish a state lottery at a special session of the Legislature Thursday evening.

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Sen. Chris McDaniel Blasts 'Snowflake Stalkers' After Lee Poll Backfires

Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel derided critics as "snowflake stalkers" Sunday after his tweet about Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and a follow-up poll went awry.

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JPD Targets Morale; Unveils $1.3-Million Fleet of New, Bold Police Vehicles

The Jackson Police Department unveiled a new fleet of 46 vehicles for the patrol division, each donned with a distinctive orange stripe across the rear doors.

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UPDATED: Hinds DA Smith's Aggravated Stalking, Robbery Trial Resumes After Delays

Jury selection began today in Rankin County for Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith's latest trial for an aggravated stalking charge and a robbery charge for allegedly attacking ex-girlfriend ...

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Eudora Welty

Mississippi has markers noting a blues trail, a country music trail, a civil rights trail and even an Indian mound trail. Now, with the dedication of a marker to the ...

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U.S. Senate Hopefuls McDaniel, Baria Explain Votes Against Lottery

Mississippi House of Representatives Minority Leader Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, and State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, both voted against a state lottery bill lawmakers sent to the governor's ...

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JPD Seeks Body Cams from Axon on 30-Day Free Trial

The Jackson Police Department will seek Jackson City Council's approval for body cameras through a month-long trial with Axon, the company formerly known as TASER International.

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