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OPINION: Mayor Lumumba’s Support of Police State, Incarceration Not In Dispute

"Despite many promises and assertions that alternatives to policing are needed, the mayor continues to tout his record of providing JPD with more surveillance gadgets, weaponry, more officers and fleets ...

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Mississippi State Fair Will Open Oct. 7 Despite Ongoing COVID-19 Deaths, Infections

As the U.S. passes the grim milestone of 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, the Mississippi State Fair is scheduled to open on Oct. 7, albeit with new restrictions and safety precautions.

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OPINION: We Must Vote Like Our Lives Depend On It—Because They Do

"I don't understand why people would even consider the thought of not voting, but I believe it's a very dangerous train of thought for anyone to perpetuate."

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City Bumps Police Pay, Approves $500,000 To Rent Jail Space for Misdemeanors

Recruits to the Jackson Police Department will now earn $30,000, up 15% in the 2020-2021 financial year budget from the previous $26,000. The Jackson City Council approved the budget increase ...

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Gov. Reeves Extends Safe Return Order, Relaxes Restrictions on Businesses, Social Gatherings

Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced that he is extending the social distancing measures under the Safe Return order with a few amendments relaxing restrictions as Mississippi flattens the curve on ...

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Special Voting Polls at JSU on Standby, More Workers Trained for Election

In Hinds County, voters may have to use Jackson State University locations as emergency polling places for the Nov. 3 general election, the Hinds County Election Commission Chairwoman Toni Johnson ...

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Oxford, Starkville Outliers as COVID-19 Trends Positive Despite 3,300 Likely Deaths

Gov. Tate Reeves struck a particularly confident tone at Tuesday’s COVID-19 presser, celebrating the state’s consistent decline in new coronavirus cases, even as schools open across the state.

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Mike Espy Holds Drive-In Rally In Jackson, Emphasizes Health Care, Racism

Mike Espy, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, centered health care and racial justice at his drive-in rally the evening of Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in Jackson.

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Magnolia Flag Final Choice of Commission; Majority Must Approve in November

The state is one step closer to a new flag today, as the Mississippi Flag Commission settled on the New Magnolia design.

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Governor Reeves Issues Limits on College Stadiums, Game Day Events to Protect Players and Spectators

Today, Governor Tate Reeves issued social distancing measures for college and university outdoor stadiums and game day events to ensure the safety of participants and limit transmission in the continued ...

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Mayor Issues Fifth Amended Stay Safe Jackson Executive Order

On Wednesday, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba extended the Stay Safe Jackson Executive Order set to expire Aug. 19 to Wednesday, Aug. 26.

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Jackson Bans Facial Recognition Tech; New Airport Academy, Sewer Repairs

The Jackson Police Department will not be able to use facial recognition technology to identify people after the city council voted to preemptively ban the practice on Tuesday.

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Talking Health Care With Mike Espy

Of all the issues separating Mike Espy from his opponent, Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, their approach to health care may represent the starkest divide.

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PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Gov. Reeves, Stop the Insanity

Gov. Reeves knew the threat to Mississippi hospitals when he implemented one of the most liberal reopening plans of any U.S. state in late May. As with Florida and Texas, ...

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State Flag Commission Selects Five Finalists

The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag selected five flags to move to the final round (pending clearance of intellectual property rights).


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