Last week, Gov. Phil Bryant said, "College students react a lot emotionally," in response to the University of Mississippi student senate's decision to bring down the state flag on campus, before the university administration confirmed their decision. Trip Burns/File Photo
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:
- The University of Mississippi removed the state flag on its Oxford campus on Oct. 26 because the banner contains the Confederate battle emblem, which some see as a painful reminder of slavery and segregation.
- The Jackson City Council was poised this week to reconsider an agreement with the new operators of JATRAN, the city's bus system, but held off on discussion amid a threat of litigation.
- Robert Gray, the Democratic nominee for governor, says he draws some odd reactions from people.
- The running joke in Jackson political circles is that Phil Bryant is just three handshakes away from being a Hinds County sheriff's deputy.
- If campaign publicity is a measure, the stage is set for a showdown between Tate Reeves and Tim Johnson—although it has been a relatively quiet race thus far.
- While most organizations fully support the creation and implementation of a restraint and seclusion policy, many are not satisfied with the policy as it is written now.
- Addie Lee Green, the Democratic challenger for the Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce seat, said she wants to bring farming back to young people.
- The council rejected an agenda item that would have required a $1.25 million to United Water Co., which manages the City's wastewater treatment facility, because the City is two months behind on payments—nearly $2 million in all.
- In overall proficiency, Mississippi still ranks below the national averages and sits in the third tier of NAEP's rankings—below "basic" and "proficient" standards and below the national averages.
- Less than a week until the Nov. 3 election, Initiative 42 proponents are making their final push to inform voters about the citizen-driven ballot initiative.
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