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UPDATED: Lumumbas Announce First People's Assembly at Smith Robertson

The "people's mayor" is making good on a promise to execute "people's assemblies" in Jackson, using social media over the weekend to announce the first official gathering.

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Miller Wants to End Waiting Games in Public Works

Robert "Bob" Miller, the newly appointed director of Jackson's Department of Public Works, makes a lot of car references when he talks about city infrastructure.

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Gone But Not Forgotten in Mt. Olive Cemetery

Amid a national discussion on which monuments of old white men should stay or go, Jackson State University unveiled two refurbished ones that day dedicated to Mississippians who achieved benchmarks ...

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Fellow Inmate Convicted for Murder of Choctaw Activist in Neshoba Jail

On Thursday, more than two years after activist Rexdale Henry of the Choctaw tribe of Native Americans turned up dead in a Neshoba County Jail cell, a jury found Justyn ...

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JPD Gets Donated Vests to Keep Wheelchair Users Safe at Night

Scott Crawford, a wheelchair user due to multiple sclerosis, showed up at the Jackson Police Training Academy near Jackson State University on Monday with 80 high-visibility vests to help keep ...

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A Midwife’s Tale: Saving the Scott Ford Houses

People sit at a black folding table in a front yard playing cards, while others watch cars pass with an occasional wave. The scene is common throughout much of Jackson, ...

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The Fight to Make Taxis Equal

As a wheelchair user, Scott Crawford is tired of not being able to take a cab in Jackson—especially since legally he should be able to.

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Polls Open Until 7 p.m. for County Attorney Elections

Voters will go to the polls today in Hinds County to elect a new county attorney, who serves as the chief prosecutor in youth court and is responsible for prosecuting ...

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Mayor Lumumba Pledges Transparency on Public Tour of City Hall

In efforts to make operations at City Hall more transparent, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba hosted an open house and tour of his office and the top floors of City Hall ...

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Hinds DA's New Lawyer Pushes Back on State Case

Strapped with a new lead defense attorney, Robert Shuler Smith will face a trial in Rankin County for charges of two counts of domestic violence, and aggravated stalking and robbery.

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The ‘Radical’ Mayor, 120 Days Later

Hundreds of Jacksonians sat in mostly silence as Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba delivered his "State of the City" address on a late Monday afternoon in Thalia Maria Hall in downtown ...

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Malcolm Harrison: ‘Experience Matters’

Malcolm Harrison is running for the Hinds County attorney position left empty by his long-time law partner, Sherri Flowers-Billups, who passed away from cancer last October.

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Sex Workers Caught in Trafficking Crackdown

Amid widespread efforts to crack down on sex trafficking, particularly of children, those who participate in adult sex work—often called prostitution—are getting caught in the sweeps. Many consider this a ...

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Hinds DA Replaces Attorney Reeves—Who Still Has the Gun

An "overwhelmed" Rankin County judge has delayed Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith's trial for charges of two counts of domestic violence and aggravated stalking and robbery until Jan. ...

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Jackson Police, Fire and At-Will Employees No Longer Must Live in City

Police officers, firefighters and at-will employees making less than $40,000 a year no longer must live inside the city limits after the Jackson City Council lifted the requirement in its ...

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Hinds DA Facing Different Kind of Trial for Alleged Abuse, Stalking in Rankin County

In the last year, Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith has avoided a conviction in two trials for hindering prosecution in Hinds County that would have forced him from ...

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Gerald Mumford: ‘I’m Running on Integrity’

Candidate Gerald Mumford, 39, is currently a Jackson Municipal Court judge and runs his own law firm offering services in personal injury, premises liability, criminal law, family law and civil ...

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Lumumba's 'Radical' 100 Days: Cooperatives, Crime ... and an NFL Team?

Standing on the sunny side of Jackson City Hall, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba reflected on his first 100 days in office this morning, focusing on economic development and crime, with ...

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Hinds DA Seeks to Block Abuse, Drug Testimony As Trial Moves Forward

The Mississippi Supreme Court denied Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith's appeal this morning.

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Attorney General: DA Smith Is 'Mistaken' In Appeal to State Supreme Court

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's office says Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith is "mistaken" about claims that the attorney general "exceeded the scope of his authority" by prosecuting ...

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A Tipping Point for ‘Threatened’ Jackson Zoo

If the Jackson Zoo were a species, it would be considered "threatened" on the extinction scale.

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CORRECTED: Supreme Court Has Not Denied DA Smith's Appeal

The Mississippi Supreme Court denied Robert Shuler Smith's appeal to vacate his charges for abusing a former girlfriend before his trial starts in Rankin County later this month.

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Hinds DA Smith's Supreme Court Appeal Delays Rankin County Trial

A Rankin County judge today delayed the trial of Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith for aggravated stalking, robbery, and two counts of domestic violence, all involving an ex-girlfriend ...

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JPD's First Woman SWAT Officer: 'I'm Not Intimidated'

The Jackson Police Department made history Thursday by inducting the first female member of to its SWAT team since its inception in 1971.

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Waiting for the DA: Smith Seven Hours Late to Face Rankin County Judge

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith was nearly seven hours late Monday to his pre-trial court date for two domestic-violence charges, an aggravated stalking charge, and a robbery charge ...

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'Solutions' for Youth Crime Theme of Kenneth Stokes' City Hall Forum

"Solutions" was the most common word heard on Wednesday night at a meeting of parents, students, police officers, and community leaders in City Hall to discuss strategies to reduce youth ...

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A Sterling Closer, Failed Maury Povich Quip Closed Out Hinds DA Smith's Second Trial

The mostly female and predominately black jury raised their hands Tuesday evening to confirm that they unanimously had decided that Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith was not guilty ...

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The Case Against the Hinds DA: A Long-Running Hinds County Whodunit Ends

Jackson has been enveloped in a seemingly ripe "whodunit" case involving Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith since 2011.

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Witness for Hinds DA Helps State’s Case Against Him, Confirms ‘Hindering’

One of the witnesses called to help Smith actually ended up confirming that he probably did what the State is accusing him of doing—hindering the prosecution of Christopher Butler for ...

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Hinds DA's Motive Doesn't Matter in Conspiracy Case, State Argues in Court

The State of Mississippi rested its case against Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith Friday, bringing the first week of his second trial to a close, even as the ...

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Newly Discovered Footage Changing Focus of Hinds DA's Trial

The second trial of Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith for trying to hinder the prosecution of Christopher Butler is different from his first trial earlier this year in ...

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Hindering Justice? DA Smith Back on Trial

The second trial of Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith kicked off at 9:03 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, with a jury of seven women and five men who did ...