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10 Local Stories of the Week

Yolanda “Lala” Kirkland has been at Stewpot Neighborhood Children’s Program for 17 years, working with homeless middle and high-school students to make sure they graduate high school and, hopefully, college.

Yolanda “Lala” Kirkland has been at Stewpot Neighborhood Children’s Program for 17 years, working with homeless middle and high-school students to make sure they graduate high school and, hopefully, college. Photo by Imani Khayyam.

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. Property owners in Jackson will see their tax rate remain unchanged from last year, but the city anticipates lower revenue collections from property taxes.
  2. The Obama administration has barred medical providers and insurers from discriminating based on gender in treatments or access to facilities or services.
  3. Two new charter schools in Jackson are getting a big boost from a former chief executive officer, philanthropist who donates money to conservative Republicans.
  4. After nearly $9,000 out of pocket in renovation, Ron Chane unveiled The Wonder Lab, a collection of studio spaces that he hopes will be a springboard for Jackson creatives.
  5. Mayor Tony Yarber signed an executive order to create a portal within its existing website to make public information more readily available.
  6. Re-housing residents along the Mississippi coast became the most daunting problem of the post-Katrina recovery—logistically and politically speaking.
  7. Stewpot Community Services is one of several programs that serve homeless youth in the Jackson area. More than 3,000 students in Jackson Public Schools are homeless.
  8. Officials with the public-school advocacy group Better Schools, Better Jobs are exploring their options after top lawmakers denied the group's public-records request for emails.
  9. Local chef Tom Ramsey, owner of La Finestra, is hosting a series of pop-up dinners at Taste of the Island Caribbean throughout October.
  10. City officials recently announced that upgrades to the city's water system, which cost $25 million, are complete.

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