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10 Local Stories of the Week

Thalia Mara Hall received $2 million from the state Legislature to update restrooms, renovate its air conditioning and become ADA compliant.

Thalia Mara Hall received $2 million from the state Legislature to update restrooms, renovate its air conditioning and become ADA compliant. Photo by M.V. Jantzen

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. Friday morning, dozens of Tiger basketball fans and several members of the media gathered at Koinonia Coffee House on Adams Street to hear a speech from incoming Jackson State basketball coach Wayne Brent.
  2. A strong spring storm socked the Midwest with ice and heavy, wet snow and tornadoes raked the South Thursday, with three deaths blamed on the rough weather and thousands of people without power.
  3. Workers building a road at the University of Mississippi Medical Center found 66 unidentified graves over a period from November through March. Read the full story here.
  4. After a report of gunfire, Air National Guard officials locked down a Mississippi base on Wednesday, but the noise thought to be shots turned out to be a device used to scare birds away from an airport runway.
  5. President Obama released his proposed federal budget Wednesday. It includes a one-year delay in reduction of "disproportionate share" Medicaid payments—money hospitals receive for treating large numbers of uninsured patients.
  6. The 14th Annual Crossroads Film Festival runs from Thursday, April 11, through Sunday, April 14. The festival features more than 140 films, of which many are made in Mississippi, produced or directed by Mississippians, feature Mississippi actors or have some other Mississippi connection. Read about this year's films here.
  7. The Mississippi Department of Corrections may delay some renovation projects and counties may not get paid for housing some parole and probation violators until MDOC can transport them back to prison as the agency deals with continuing funding problems. Read the full story here.
  8. Mississippi is set to add terrorism to the list of crimes that could lead to the death penalty, if a victim is killed. Read the full story here.
  9. The murder suspect who killed a detective at police headquarters in Mississippi's capital city last week shot himself twice in the head after shooting the officer four times, the coroner said Tuesday.
  10. The 2013 regular Mississippi legislative session ended this week, and barring a call for a special session by Gov. Phil Bryant, Jackson has gotten every dime of state money it will get this year. Read about the distribution of funds here.

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