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Is the Payday Soon Over for Payday Lenders?

De'Keither Stamps says that the more money people spend on payday-loan and check-cashing fees, the less they have to help bolster the City's treasury by purchasing goods and services.

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Eubanks Creek: A Step Closer to Relief

Residents along a section of Eubanks Creek in Fondren are a step closer to getting relief from flooding and high-cost flood insurance. In the past year, developers, architects and city ...

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War Against Potholes: The City Battles Nature, Resources

To people in Jackson, who have to battle blown tires, crooked front-end alignments and nearly drowned children, the distinction between potholes, sinkholes and utility cuts are meaningless.

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Future of Uber in Jackson Safe For Now?

The fate of Uber is clearer after the Jackson City Council voted 3 to 1 for a set of regulations designed to address public safety and other issues for transportation-network ...

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Stamps: No New Payday Loan, Check Cashing, Liquor, Pawn Stores

A Jackson city councilman wants to put a halt to the expansion of payday loan stores, check cashers and liquor stores in the capital city.

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JPD: Carjackings Up, Thieves May Be Targeting Women

The Jackson Police Department is conducting investigations into six cases involving perpetrators committing the crimes of carjacking, armed robbery of an individual and auto theft. The suspects, on foot or ...

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Map of Jackson Sites Where Lead Levels Exceeded Action Levels

On Jan. 28 Mississippi state health officials notified the City of Jackson that it had found lead in 22.4 percent of the 58 Jackson homes it sampled in July 2015. ...

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The People Who Want to Save Farish Street

A businessman is pointing to his experience redeveloping what he called a "ghetto" in his home city of Denver to assure Jackson officials that he can jumpstart Farish Street, the ...

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Jackson Has Long Been at High Risk for Lead Poisoning

Thirteen Jackson homes may have had higher-than-actionable levels of lead in their water last summer, but officials are assuring the public that the city is no Flint, Mich.

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City: Water Safe to Drink Despite High Lead Levels, 100 More Homes to Be Tested

Some 100 additional homes in Jackson will be tested for high levels of lead, city and state health officials said today.

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Potential Farish Street Developer Leroy Smith Makes Pitch to JRA

Leroy C. Smith, a Denver-based developer, made his pitch today for why he is the person who should take on redevelopment of Farish Street.

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Tax Breaks Likely for Megasite

A hush-hush development in rural Hinds County will likely get a boost from local and Mississippi taxpayers.

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Uber Safety, Fairness Back Before City Council

When it comes to regulating Uber—and other transportation network companies that might follow—the Jackson City Council is walking a fine line.

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Sen. Horhn to Seek Yes or No Vote in Legislature on State Flag Change

State Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, said he will file a bill asking lawmakers to take an up or down vote to keep or change the Mississippi state flag, the last ...

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ALEC: Mississippi Economy Just So-So

Mississippi is a poor state with the potential to be a rich state, a new report from the American Legislative Exchange Council shows.

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Kenny Stokes Asks DOJ to Investigate 'Threats' Against Gun Rights

Kenny Stokes is going on offense and taking aim at his detractors.

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Welcome to Mayberry: The JFP Interview with Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason

Victor Mason, 59, took over from Sheriff Tyrone Lewis on Dec. 30, becoming the second African American to serve as the top law-enforcement officer in the state's largest county by ...

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New Resort Plan Satisfies Hal & Mal’s

Malcolm White is backing down from threats he made about moving Hal & Mal's out of Jackson, thanks to recent action the Jackson City Council took to squelch a controversy ...

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Zoo Wants City Help With Killer Dogs

Beth Poff, executive director of the Jackson Zoo, wants the City of Jackson to help beef up security around the park after six animals were killed in late December.

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Ten Downtown Bars Could Receive Resort Status

Ten more downtown watering holes could receive a designation from the state to stay open—and keep pouring booze—until the wee hours of the morning.

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Secret Megasite Unveiling Weeks Away

Along the Interstate 20 frontage roads near Bolton, all the indicators are that something big is about to happen.

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Reforms Ahead for Hinds County Adult and Juvenile Jails

While Hinds County's adult and juvenile detention centers are no strangers to problems, both facilities are especially familiar with the kinds of challenges that attract attention from federal civil-rights watchdogs.

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High-Speed Chases, Airport Takeover on Council Agenda Tonight

In the past two weeks, a number of people have made political hay out of Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes' remark about throwing bottles and bricks at suburban cop cars ...

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No Charges Against White Officer for Jonathan Sanders' Death

A Clarke County grand jury declined to indict white Stonewall police officer Kevin Herrington for the death of an African American man named Jonathan Sanders in July 2015.

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Working for Working Families?

Budgets are often called moral documents. That means that advocates for working families will be watching spending closely to make sure Mississippi's heart, and money, is in the right place.

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Jackson’s Agenda

Jackson's legislative agenda for the 2015 session had 17 items. Worth Thomas, of WT Consulting, will again head up Jackson's lobbying efforts.

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Advocates: Man’s Death Affirms Need for ADA Lawsuit

Around 9 p.m. on Christmas, near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Prentiss Street, a car struck 49-year-old Timothy Ward, who was riding his wheelchair in the street. He later ...

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Kristie Metcalfe

Imagine a person whose job is to herd cats and that those cats are also responsible for herding cats. That person would be a lot like Kristie Metcalfe, one of ...

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The Battle for the Jackson Airport: Can the State Take It Away?

It's not exactly Tom Cruise's Maverick flipping off a Russian fighter pilot in "Top Gun," but a dogfight is shaping up over control of the Jackson airport.

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Hinds Dems Reject Polling-Change Proposal

Hinds County Democrats say they oppose the proposed consolidation of voting precincts.

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Stokes Comments Spark AG Charges, Fundraising in Madison County

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker seems to be making the most of his ongoing feud with a Jackson city councilman.

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How Many Hotels Can Downtown Support?

For close to eight hours every day, a tower crane soaring above Jackson swivels and pivots like the minute hand of a clock gone a little haywire.

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Shakeup or Shakeout? Dem Leadership Changing

Before 2016 is finished, every major instrument of the Mississippi Democratic establishment will have new leadership.

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'Whitney Place' Plans Back on the Table for Fondren

Whitney Place, a long-dormant and previously controversial development project slated for Fondren, is back in the spotlight.

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Panel: Remove White Judge Who Assaulted, Used Racial Slur Against Black Man

The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance wants the state supreme court to remove from office and fine a white judge for physically assaulting and using a racial slur against an ...

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JPD Uses Feds’ Technology to Fight Crime, Breaks Water Theft Case

The brass at the Jackson Police Department are crowing about ending 2015 with crime in a continued free fall and some new technology helping officers solving crime.

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1 Percent Tax: A Test for Contractor Reform

Almost two years after voters in Jackson decided to tax themselves an extra 1-percent worth of sales tax on certain goods, heavy machinery will soon be turning dirt and the ...

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Yarber Details $4.1 Million West Jackson Housing Plan

Today, Mayor Tony Yarber laid out another program designed to improve the City's housing stock and revitalize west Jackson neighborhoods.

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Water Theft Probe: More Firings, 1 to 2 Arrests Possible

Jackson police expect no more than one to two arrests to follow the firing of what City officials have said could be up to seven public-works department employees later today, ...

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‘What the Religion Teaches’: Feeding the Homeless in Smith Park

Bilal Qizilbash has been bringing dinner to homeless people in Smith Park every Friday for almost nine months, but he and his fellow volunteers never ask anyone about their housing ...

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JPD to Get Active Shooter Training, Drill at City Hall

Recent active-shooter events have prompted the Jackson Police Department to seek training on how to respond to a gunman on the loose.

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Yarber: JPD Arrests 2 City Employees for Water Theft

Two men have been charged with embezzlement for water theft.

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Committee Slashes $40M from State Budget, Keeps School Spending Level

A legislative budget committee recommends slashing the state's budget by nearly $40 million.

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Council to Consider Losing Bidder for Sludge Removal Work

The losing bidder for a multimillion-dollar sludge-hauling contract may get an up or down vote at Tuesday's city council meeting.

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Yarber Unveils 'Side Lot' Program to Boost Land Ownership

Soon, Jackson homeowners who have been keeping overgrown lots near their homes neat and trimmed might be able to reap some reward from all that hard work.

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Controversial Resort Plan Unifies Competing Downtown Bars

After being open for six months, John Tierre says his Johnny T's Bistro & Blues and the adjoining lounge called 540 are holding their own in spite of, literally, being ...

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Malcolm White, Hellraiser

The news of Malcolm White's resignation as director of the state's tourism division was almost as puzzling as the news three years ago that Gov. Phil Bryant was hiring him.

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JPD's Vance OKs Moonlighting, Vehicle Use as Officer Retention Strategy

Lee Vance, the chief of the Jackson Police Department, is getting creative to keep his officers from jumping ship and going to other law-enforcement agencies where they can make more ...

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