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10 Local Stories of the Week

Child-care center providers rallied against a new state program that forces some low-income parents to use finger scanners.

Child-care center providers rallied against a new state program that forces some low-income parents to use finger scanners. Photo by Trip Burns.

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:

  1. R.L. Nave reports on child-care center providers rallying against a new state program that forces some low-income parents to use finger scanners.
  2. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann's office has failed to post any official statement informing voters that the new Voter ID law will not be in effect this November. R.L. Nave reports.
  3. The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership has created a 10-year plan for the Jackson metropolitan area in the fields of education, health care, economic development, infrastructure, public transportation, arts and culture and the aerospace industry. Read more in Jacob Fuller's report.
  4. Most of the council’s planning committee agreed with local ACLU leaders that a city curfew that sends youth violators to jail is not only a bad idea, but one that could land the city in serious trouble with the state.
  5. Baptist Health Systems has hired Milwaukee, Wis.-based Landmark Healthcare Facilities to build a new, mixed-use development on North State Street.
  6. Gov. Phil Bryant has signed Mississippi onto a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration for the president's recent decision to stop deporting young undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. Read R.L. Nave's full story here.
  7. JFP Editor Donna Ladd reports on FBI agents arresting four individuals, three of whom are former or current law enforcement officers, on charges of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States and theft of government property.
  8. R.L. Nave reports on Jackson's new long-range economic road map, National Federation of Independent Businesses judge endorsements, and more. Read the full story here.
  9. There is one Jackson neighborhood—Broadmeadow in north Fondren—where you'll find a few people who are positive about their potholes. And now, those potholes have mysteriously gone missing. Marc Leffler has the story.
  10. The Clarion-Ledger's new saying is “Give It * to Me Local *” (sic). The problem, of course, is that there is nothing local about The Clarion-Ledger, which along with 80 other newspapers is owned by the international Gannett empire, based in Virginia (and that uses its ShopLocal™ to push big-box outlets).

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