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10 Local Stories of the Week

This corroded pipe, which was dug up from under West Street, is made of cast iron, and doesn’t have a protective lining like newer ductile iron pipes do.

This corroded pipe, which was dug up from under West Street, is made of cast iron, and doesn’t have a protective lining like newer ductile iron pipes do. 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. One of the biggest reasons developer David Watkins lists as a setback on the Farish Street Entertainment District project may not be anyone else's fault.
  2. If Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba is looking for a pitch to sell Jacksonians on the proposed 1-percent sales tax, he could simply forward everyone the press releases regarding boil water notices from the city's Department of Public Works.
  3. Dr. Robert Blaine said Jackson State University's iPad program helped close the school's internal achievement gap, and has put JSU on the cutting edge of digital learning.
  4. Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber gathered with various religious leaders from across the city to announce his faith-based initiative to prevent crime.
  5. Even though it's right smack in the middle of a thousand different religious celebrations, Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday.
  6. Come next summer, Jesse Houston plans to bring new seafood options to Jackson when he opens Saltine Oysters and Brew.
  7. Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Cedrick Gray met with JPS bus drivers on the ninth day of a city-wide strike.
  8. The law providing immunity for Eric Williams in the death of Quardious Thomas is Mississippi's Castle Doctrine, which spells out a range of circumstances in which homicide may be justified.
  9. Mississippi Secretary of State of Delbert Hosemann's office is launching a publicity blitz to bring attention to the state's voter-identification law that's scheduled to be used for the first time for the June 2014 primaries.
  10. A new report from one group promoting Medicaid expansion looks at Medicaid expansion's effects on regions and local communities.

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