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10 Local Stories of the Week

Peggy “Denise” Adams, an emergency-room nurse at Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, received University of Mississippi Medical Center’s 2014 Nursing Excellence Award in May.

Peggy “Denise” Adams, an emergency-room nurse at Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, received University of Mississippi Medical Center’s 2014 Nursing Excellence Award in May.

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. Councilman De’Keither Stamps says expected revenue from the 1 percent sales tax could be cut more than half if the City cannot find a way to reverse a surprise amendment the Legislature made in April.
  2. The saga to fill the long-dormant Landmark Center in downtown Jackson took several dramatic turns as one potential buyer dropped its bid and another suitor entered the picture.
  3. In May, mental-health professionals and attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union and Southern Poverty Law Center toured the East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Meridian and completed a report that found the prison to be "a cesspool."
  4. The DOJ announced June 2 that the agency would open a "pattern or practice investigation" of both the Raymond Detention Center and the Jackson Detention Center downtown.
  5. The Freedom Summer Youth Congress conference will run from June 23-29 on the Tougaloo College campus and will include seminars on voting, campaigning, education, immigration, violence and rights.
  6. District 1 Supervisor Robert Graham has asked the district attorney to launch an official investigation into why three Republican political operatives spent more than an hour in the Hinds County Courthouse before calling for help.
  7. Peggy “Denise” Adams, an emergency-room nurse at Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, received University of Mississippi Medical Center’s 2014 Nursing Excellence Award in May.
  8. Two months after electing Tony Yarber as their newest mayor, the citizens of Jackson had the opportunity to celebrate the moment at a black-tie inaugural gala Saturday, June 21, at the Jackson Convention Complex.
  9. A $17 million development being planned along the Robert Smith Parkway in west Jackson would require the demolition of the bright yellow home that now houses Koinonia Coffee House.
  10. Check out this excerpt from McComb native David Ray's upcoming book on McComb's intense role in the Civil Rights Movement, "Mississippi's Masada: How A Race War Created the Bombing Capital of the World."

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