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:
- Some Jackson Redevelopment Authority commissioners want to know if the authority can wash its hands of problem Farish Street properties by giving them away.
- A football freak accident puzzled Jackson's community when doctors attributed a Jackson Prep student's death to a sodium imbalance, one that can occur due to over-hydration.
- The Mississippi Department of Corrections and its commissioner, Chris Epps, plan to renegotiate four private prison contracts.
- Mayor Tony Yarber plans to move forward with plans to locate a Costco on Lakeland Drive even though the Jackson Planning Board voted against the rezoning necessary to do so.
- Angered by the state's failure to fully fund the state's public schools, several Mississippi districts filed a lawsuit in Hinds County Chancery Court on Aug. 28.
- After a long search Tuesday morning, law enforcement officials discovered the body of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard, who went missing last weekend.
- Though state officials need to approve construction on a hotel in Fondren, building could commence before the end of the year, the developer says.
- Brian Tolley, the executive editor of The Clarion-Ledger, announced his departure Tuesday afternoon on the newspaper's website.
- A special circuit court judge officially ordered the dismissal of State Sen. Chris McDaniel's election challenge in Jones County Sept. 4.
- After losing a fight at the city planning board on Aug. 27 to rezone 50 acres of land near Lakeland Drive and Interstate 55, Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber plans to appeal the decision.
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