Sunday, November 11, 2012
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:
- The Supreme Court justices agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to the part of the landmark Voting Rights Act that requires all or parts of 16 states with a history of discrimination in voting to get federal approval before making any changes in the way they hold elections.
- Whole Foods broke ground at Highland Village in northeast Jackson Thursday. The Austin, Texas-based grocery chain carries only organic foods with no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or hydrogenated fats. It also boasts a selection of locally grown foods.
- A large crowd of students opposed to President Obama's re-election gathered at Ole Miss the night the election was called, some shouting racial epithets and burning Obama/Biden yard signs. Read a student's account of the incident here.
- Anti-abortion activists from six states occupied each of the four corners at State Street and Fondren Place from Nov. 7 to Nov. 11 as part of a nationwide campaign known as States of Refuge. Read the full story here.
- Local school districts could lose nearly $170 million in funding if recalculations are made to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program funding formula for the upcoming 2013 legislative session. Read the full story here.
- For a second straight year, Jackson saw a drop in Community Development Block Grant funds. The city will receive $1.85 million for fiscal year 2012-2013, compared to $2.2 million in 2011-2012 and $2.7 million the year before.
- The city began the long-awaited move of several departments into Metrocenter Mall last week, including Jackson Police Department Precinct 2, the Department of Human and Cultural Services and the Water and Sewer Department.
- Walter Isaacson announced plans to visit Jackson Nov. 12 with Alma Powell, chairwoman of America's Promise Alliance, a coalition that works on children's issues, to discuss strategies for transforming communities.
- State economists predicted that Mississippi's economic output will only expand 1.4 percent next year. Marianne Hill, an economist for Mississippi's College Board, says Mississippi's reliance on low-skill jobs and federal money means its economy is growing more slowly than other parts of the nation.
- Deputy State Treasurer Laura Jackson told Finance Committee members that Mississippi has slightly over $4 billion in bond debt. She said that since the constitutional debt limit is $12.4 billion, that means the state is in good shape.
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