Student senators at the University of Mississippi voted Tuesday night to ask the school administration to remove the Mississippi flag from campus because it contains a Confederate battle emblem that some say is an offensive reminder of slavery and segregation. Photo courtesy J.R. Gordon
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:
- A lawsuit alleges that prisoners are sitting in the Raymond Detention Center for long periods because they can’t afford to pay court debts for traffic violations and other misdemeanors.
- The Jackson City Council called an emergency special meeting to reconsider the contract to manage the mass transit system, JATRAN.
- The lot where the old McRae’s building stands on Meadowbrook is set to house a new data center and the UMMC Telehealth Center, but the project needs state historic tax-credit funds in order to proceed on schedule.
- On Friday, the Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference, Working Together Jackson and Jackson 2000 endorsed Initiative 42.
- Angela Davis spoke as part of the fall 2015 Presidential Lecture in Tougaloo College's historic Woodworth Chapel, where some would-be attendees who arrived late were turned away at the door because of the large turnout.
- State Rep. Lester "Bubba" Carpenter, a Burnsville Republican, walked back racially charged statements made public over the weekend about the Initiative 42 schools-funding referendum.
- Some members of the Jackson City Council are gently pushing back on a proposal from Mayor Tony Yarber's administration to designate part of downtown as a "qualified resort area and entertainment district."
- A Hinds County judge released Steven Willis from Hinds County jail on his own recognizance Tuesday to seek medical treatment.
- Student senators at the University of Mississippi voted Tuesday night to ask the school administration to remove the Mississippi flag from campus.
- MAEP funding (theoretically) covers teacher and district employee salaries, retirement and insurance, instruction materials, operational costs, transportation, and special, vocational, gifted and alternative education.
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