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City Wants State’s Help Recouping Funds

Jackson City Council Vice President Virgi Lindsay knows that although Jackson desperately needs legislative assistance with recouping uncollected funds, the 2019 session might be fairly stagnant.

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Wise Women: A Mother-Daughter Judicial Legacy Continues

Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Patricia Wise (left) retired after nearly 30 years on the bench, clearing the way for her daughter, newly elected Judge Crystal Wise Martin, to continue ...

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$1 Million Grant from FTA Will Help City Develop Transportation Corridor

The Federal Transit Administration awarded the City of Jackson $1 million to plan a transportation-focused corridor connecting 20 square miles.

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UPDATED: Former JPD Chief Vance Running Against Beleaguered Hinds County Sheriff

Lee Vance, who retired as chief of the Jackson Police Department in December 2017 after 30 years on the force, has filed to run in the 2019 Hinds County sheriff's ...

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With 84 Homicides in 2018, City Hopes to Stem Violence With New Cops, Strategy

The City of Jackson ended the year with 84 total homicides—a 30-percent increase over 2017's year-end count of 64.

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Three New Hinds County Judges Sworn In

At a judicial swearing-in ceremony on Dec. 27, Senior Circuit Court Judge Tomie Green recalled times in her two-decade tenure on the bench where no one else looked like her. ...

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Visit Jackson Still In Limbo Under New CEO

Down a long hallway in the Mississippi Capitol, past the grandeur of the multi-story Christmas tree and seemingly state-mandated tinsel decorations, Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, convened a meeting on Dec. ...

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Almost Half of JPS High Schoolers Are Not Showing Up for Class

At the midpoint of this school year, approximately 44 percent of high schoolers in the Jackson Public School District are labeled as truant, meaning they missed five or more days ...

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AG Hood Supports 15-Week Abortion Ban in Appeal to 5th Circuit

Jim Hood, Mississippi's attorney general and a 2019 gubernatorial candidate, filed an appeal on behalf of the state's 15-week abortion ban on Dec. 17, about a month after U.S. District ...

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Amid Water Shutoffs, Jackson Assists Siemens Customers With Bills

The City of Jackson's customer-focused process of offering payment plans to beleaguered Siemens Inc. customers since April has not yielded revenue at a quick enough rate to fill the massive ...

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Governor Talks Criminal-Justice Reform, First Step Act, 'Baby Daddies' at Summit

Gov. Phil Bryant enthusiastically backed federal criminal-justice reform at the Mississippi Summit for Criminal Justice on Dec. 11 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Jackson.

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Jackson City Attorney Abruptly Replaced with Tougaloo Professor

Amid churning rumors that Jackson City Attorney Sharon Gipson had been let go, the City announced her termination and Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba's replacement in one fell swoop on Dec. ...

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Trump, Acting AG Praise 'Project EJECT' Strategy as Jackson Homicides Surge

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker presented the Southern District of Mississippi's U.S. Attorney's Office with an award for the outstanding overall partnership/task force for its contentious violent crime-fighting program, Project ...

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Michelle Obama's Name Added to JPS Early College Program

The Jackson Public School District named its Early College High School Program after former first lady Michelle Obama at its Dec. 4 board meeting.

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Black Women Weigh Hyde-Smith's Win, Say Not 'Senator for All'

While Cindy Hyde-Smith made history as the first woman from Mississippi elected to Congress, it is hard for some black women to celebrate strictly on the basis of gender.

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Bloomberg Gives $1 Million for Jackson Art; Talks 2020 Plans, Stop-and-Frisk

The small-statured, thick-accented former billionaire mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, descended upon Jackson on Nov. 29 to announce a $1-million public-art grant, while perhaps putting out feelers for ...

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Judicial Run-off: Black Women Lead Hinds Circuit; Bryant Choices Bomb

Hinds County voters had a harder decision to make than most on Nov. 27, with six judicial seats up for grabs alongside the hotly contested, historic U.S. Senate race that ...

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‘They Want a Roe Test Case’: 15-Week Abortion Ban Moving Forward

For eight months, the nation's toughest abortion bill hung in limbo. The 2018 Mississippi Legislature sent the Gestational Age Act, called HB 1510, to Gov. Phil Bryant, who signed it ...

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Frances Fortner’s Family Seeks to Teach Lesson to City, Businesses of Jackson

Almost six months to the day, Frances Fortner's mother and father have filed a wrongful-death suit against the City of Jackson, Superior Asphalt, Sigma Corporation, IMS Engineers Inc., and Integrated ...

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UPDATED: Absentee Voting Lawsuit Unfolding on Day of Mississippi Run-off Election

Three individuals and the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP brought a civil-rights suit against the State for absentee-ballot issues ahead of the U.S. Senate run-off election between Cindy Hyde-Smith ...

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Long Lines for Absentee Voting Point to Engagement, Room for Improvement

Rukia Lumumba was the last person in a long queue of voters waiting to cast a ballot on the final day of in-person absentee voting on Saturday, Nov. 24. The ...

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Hinds County Judicial Runoff: Who’s Left, What Progress Can Be Made?

Although the nation waits with bated breath for the results of the U.S. Senate runoff between Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy, six judicial seats are still up for grabs in ...

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Jackson City Council: 'No Confidence’ in Cindy Hyde-Smith as Senator

Less than a half hour after U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and her runoff opponent, Mike Espy, finished a closed-door debate, the Jackson City Council voted 4-1 for a symbolic showing ...

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Hyde-Smith Demanded No Audience, No Press for Tonight’s Debate

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith demanded there be no audience or outside press allowed at tonight’s U.S. Senate debate and requested other restrictions, a source familiar with the debate negotiations told ...

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Mississippians Call for Hyde-Smith to Resign at Protests Following Videos

“A lot of the students who aren’t from Mississippi, from out north or out west, they’re like, ‘Really? Your public officials would say something like that?’ So they’re energized. People ...

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Espy on Mississippi Stereotypes, Public Schools and Immigration at Jackson Forum

U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy addressed Jacksonians at a community forum on Nov. 14 where he expounded upon and set the record straight about his stances, including his response to ...

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From Mississippi to Liberia: The Living Legacy of America’s West African Colony

Many say the legacy of freed African-American slaves, some from Mississippi, living and ruling over Liberia for more than 150 years ignited two Liberian civil wars that spanned 14 years ...

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Hinds Judicial Races, Court of Appeals Likely Headed to Runoff

Candidates for various Hinds County and statewide judicial roles appeared on Tuesday's ballot alongside U.S. Senate and congressional candidates. Just before midnight on election night, Hinds County released unofficial results ...

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Baria Proud of Progressive Effort; Wicker Headed Back to Washington Again

Mississippi Democratic House Minority Leader David Baria's chances to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker came to an end at just after 8 p.m. on election night—an hour after Mississippi ...

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Espy, Hyde-Smith Head to Nov. 27 Runoff with McDaniel Out

In a historic contest, Democrat Mike Espy will face incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in a runoff on Nov. 27 after the two candidates snagged the top two positions ...

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Mississippi Voters Turned Away in Historic Civil-Rights Community

A polling location in Philadelphia, Miss., turned nearly a dozen people away from voting this morning because poll workers didn’t have enough back-up paper ballots after a snafu with voting ...

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Tougaloo College Rally Reminds Students that Black Voters Matter

The Friday before Election Day, the People's Advocacy Institute, MS M.O.V.E. and Black Voters Matter descended upon Tougaloo College to get students excited about voting right there on their historic ...

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The Locked-Up Teenage Girl at Center of Hinds County Contention

Crystal Marshall has been at Henley -Young Juvenile Detention Center up on a hill in a warehouse-lined area of Jackson on capital murder charges since right around Valentine's Day—less than ...

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Zoo Finances Under Examination During Management Search

The Jackson City Council voted to hire a team of certified public accountants to perform a "forensic audit" to assess the financial status of the Jackson Zoo.

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Forest Hill Band Gets Full Support from Jackson Council

The Jackson City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to support the students of Forest Hill High School and ask for the band director to be reinstated after an Oct. 6 performance ...

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Family Seeks Justice for Black Man Found Hanging From Scott County Tree

Willie Jones Jr.'s family has joined forces with the the Scott County Chapter NAACP, New Black Panther Party, Jackson Chapter Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and two Jackson-based pro-bono lawyers to ...

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Embattled Forest Hill Band Director, Students May Get Council Support

The Jackson City Council will launch itself into the contentious Forest Hill High School Band fallout with two tasks: reinstate the band director and lift the suspension imposed on the ...

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Lumumba Calls 'Foul' on MBI's New Position on Officer-Involved Shootings

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba says the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations alerted the City of Jackson last week that it will no longer take on officer-involved shooting cases in Jackson.

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Lumumba's State of the City Address Pans Over Past, Present and Future Jackson

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba walked up to the podium onstage at the Alamo Theatre on Farish Street to deliver the his second State of the City address on Oct. 11, ...

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Angie Thomas' Hometown Celebrates Release of 'The Hate U Give' Movie

Angie Thomas, best-selling author of "The Hate U Give," promised not to cry at a private reception honoring her young-adult-novel-turned-movie, which comes out this week in her home state. She ...

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Lumumba Honors Writer Laymon, a Jackson Native and Ole Miss Professor

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba continued a trend of honoring homegrown authors when he delivered a proclamation to Jackson native Kiese Laymon for his writing this morning.

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More Water and Sewer Changes to Go Before Jackson City Council

The Jackson City Council will consider more changes, some cosmetic and some contractual, to the beleaguered water and sewer system ahead of the city council meeting slated for Tuesday.

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Jackson’s Budget Marks Progress, Setbacks

Jackson's Chief Administrative Officer Robert Blaine stepped up to a podium at the base of the steps outside City Hall carrying "antique technology."

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City to Reveal Names of Officers Involved in Past Shootings, Adopt 72-Hour Policy

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba announced on Friday, Sept. 28, that he would soon sign an executive order adopting a 72-hour name-release policy following officer-involved shootings in the City of Jackson, ...

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Fondren Business Improvement District Moves Forward in City Council

Fondren business owners will take up a vote to establish a self-taxing Business Improvement District following Jackson City Council approval of the proposal at the Sept. 25 meeting.

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Lumumba Signs Water and Sewer Customer ‘Bill of Rights’ Ahead of Shutoffs

Ahead of water shutoffs to non-paying customers, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba signed an executive order Monday, Sept. 24, officiating a “Bill of Rights” to those who pay for water and ...

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Meek Wants Name Removed from UM Journalism School; New ‘Path’ Pledged

Ed Meek, the man whose $5.3-million donation in 2009 cemented him as the namesake of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi, requested over ...

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Meek's Post on Black Women Prompts Demand for Renamed Journalism School

It all started on Facebook Wednesday night, Sept. 19, when Ed Meek, the eponym of the School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi, posted a photo ...

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Council Confirms James Davis as Police Chief, Frank Figgers to School Board

It was standing room only in Jackson City Council chambers ahead of the special meeting this morning to confirm James Davis as Jackson Police Department's chief and Frank Figgers of ...

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Interim JPD Chief James Davis May Get the Permanent Job This Week

The Jackson City Council will consider Interim Police Chief James Davis as a permanent fit for the role at a special meeting at 10 a.m. on Sept. 20.