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Jackson Mayor: City Will Not Tolerate Street Racing

Jackson’s mayor says the city will not tolerate drag racing and other types of reckless driving that draws crowds to watch.

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Mississippi Could Renew Debate on Revising Tight Parole Laws

Mississippi legislators should try again to revise some of the strictest parole laws in the nation as a way of reducing the state's “dangerously” large prison population, a nonprofit group ...

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Mississippi County to Put Up Marker for Lynching Victims

A Mississippi county will put up a marker to remember Black men who were lynched by white mobs between 1885 and 1935. It will be near a statue that honors ...

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Mississippi Development Authority Chief Gets Job Permanently

The Mississippi Development Authority is giving its interim director the job permanently. John Rounsaville earned his promotion by buoying Mississippi’s economy during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Tate Reeves said Tuesday.

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Teacher Pay Raise Plan Awaits Mississippi Senate Debate

A proposal to increase Mississippi teachers' pay is advancing at the state Capitol. Senate Bill 2001 passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, six days after it cleared the Education ...

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Jackson Students Return to Classroom After Semester Virtual

Some Jackson Public Schools students will be returning to the classroom on Tuesday for the first time in months. The entire district was learning from home last semester because of ...

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Jackson State Band to Perform in Biden Inauguration Event

Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South marching band is set to participate in an official event celebrating diversity ahead of the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden and ...

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Mississippi National Guard Sent to D.C. for Inauguration

The Mississippi National Guard is sending troops to Washington D. C. in preparation for the presidential inauguration next week.

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US Surgeon General Acknowledges Black Skepticism of Vaccines

The U.S. surgeon general on Thursday urged Black leaders in Mississippi to get COVID-19 vaccinations and to ask others in their communities to do the same.

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Mississippi Legislature Again Mulling Teacher Pay Increases

Senate Bill 2001, which unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, would give certified teachers with three or more years of experience a $1,000 pay increase.

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Mississippi Lottery Leader: Don't Fall Victim to Scams

The president of the Mississippi Lottery Corporation is warning people not to fall victim to scams. Tom Shaheen said in a news release Wednesday that fake communications about lottery winnings ...

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Ex-Crimestoppers Board Member Accused of Embezzlement

Michelle McBride, a former board member of a Mississippi Crimestoppers' group, has been arrested following her indictment for embezzlement.

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Brandon Pettis

Brandon Pettis, an 18-year-old Mississippi man from Oxford, says he plans to run for mayor in his home city.

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Black Doctors Work to Reduce Skepticism of COVID-19 Vaccine

As many Black residents in Mississippi remain doubtful about the benefits of taking a COVID-19 vaccine when available, more Black doctors are pushing for them to reconsider by getting immunized ...

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Mississippi Award Honors Book on Jackson State Shooting

The Mississippi Historical Society is giving its annual award for the best state history book to an author who wrote about the shooting deaths of two Black man 50 years ...