Leaked emails claim that Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (center) and Speaker Philip Gunn (right) are connected to an anti-42 PAC and raise questions about the legality of using taxpayer resources to campaign against a ballot initiative. Senate Pro Tem Giles Ward, R-Louisville, is on the left side of the photo.
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:
- Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance said that providing security to the Mississippi State Fair without help from the state would require pulling cops from neighborhood patrols.
- At a Capitol press conference, Mike Hurst and Simpson County Sheriff Ken Lewis said Jim Hood's office interfered in the prosecution of former Mendenhall Police Chief Bruce Barlow.
- Mississippi has a weird mish-mash of officials who have some responsibility for making sure clerks follow the state's public-records law and that candidates file their campaign-finance reports, but rarely take action.
- Charter schools weren't legal in Mississippi until 2013, when the Legislature passed the Mississippi Charter School Law, allowing nonprofit charter schools to enter the state for the first time.
- Leaked emails claim that Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker Philip Gunn are connected to an anti-42 PAC and raise questions about the legality of using taxpayer resources to campaign against a ballot initiative.
- After 21 years serving as a Hinds County representative in the Mississippi House, Democrat Mary Coleman has won her run-off and is facing veteran Public Service Commissioner Dick Hall in the central district race.
- With the Jackson City Council’s vote last week against a proposal for federal government-mandated hauling of biosolids from a city wastewater treatment plant, Mayor Tony Yarber is asking government regulators for more time.
- LeFleur East Foundation Board Chairman Dale Currie wants the foundation to implement a revitalization model that is based on similar models of organizations like Fondren Renaissance Foundation and Downtown Jackson Partners.
- Pop Culture Pops owners Craig and Lori Kinsley will soon open a permanent storefront for Pop Culture inside the Pix-Capri Theatre in Fondren.
- U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson authored the American Red Cross Sunshine Act, which would force the American Red Cross to open its books and operations to outside scrutiny.
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