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10 Local Stories of the Week

The gun Byron de la Beckwith used to kill Medgar Evers in Jackson will be in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

The gun Byron de la Beckwith used to kill Medgar Evers in Jackson will be in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. 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. After years of planning, debate and revision, public sentiment about a plan to dam part of the Pearl River and create a lake that is designed to reduce flooding in Jackson and draw real-estate investments still appears to be muddled.
  2. A recent incident at a performance of “The Laramie Project” at Ole Miss reignited nationwide discussion of LGBTQ issues.
  3. Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter has spent most of his professional life trying to move the ball forward on race relations, and he is proud to be a part of what he hopes is his state's biggest acknowledgement of its sordid racial past to date.
  4. If one lesson that came out of the recent showdown over opening the federal government and paying the nation's bills, it's that deep fissures persist within the Republican Party.
  5. The JFP presents a collection of stories with helpful Halloween tips and recommendations.
  6. On Saturday, Oct. 26, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba fulfilled his oft-repeated promise of a citywide cleanup, called "A Cleaner Jackson, A Greener Jackson, A Healthier Jackson."
  7. Three former governors and the current one, the permanent first lady of Mississippi, Myrlie Ever-Williams, and various state leaders broke ground on the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Thursday morning before a crowd of approximately 300 people.
  8. Mayor Chokwe Lumumba brushed off concerns from Jackson City Council members at Monday's work session about the 1-percent sales tax, which Jacksonians would have to pass by referendum.
  9. The Jackson State University football Tigers woke up winners last Saturday morning, and made the best of a bad situation by celebrating homecoming with a scrimmage and concert at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
  10. Jackson-based EastGroup Properties has been enjoying increased revenue and profit in its third quarter as an increasing number of tenants rent industrial space from the company.

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