Monday, May 22, 2017
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:
- Three young Mississippi men were arrested hours after a 6-year-old boy was found shot dead in his mother's stolen car and the suspects will be charged with capital murder, authorities said.
- On the same day that tragedy struck Jackson with the brutal murder of 6-year-old Kingston Frazier, members of the Jackson Police Department and family members came together in downtown Jackson to honor fallen officers.
- A company that made drug testing cups involved in Mississippi's prison bribery scandal will pay the state $2 million.
- Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove told the Mississippi Supreme Court Wednesday that the Mississippi Adequate Education Program must be fully funded in order to follow state law as it is written.
- Concerned citizens and members of religious institutions gathered recently in the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church in south Jackson to ask the Democratic nominee for Jackson mayor, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, and several presumptive city-council candidates to pledge to help rebuild Jackson.
- Rev. Ernest Slaughter and Rev. Aaron Banks faced off in a municipal primary run-off for the position of Ward 6 city councilman on Tuesday, May 16.
- Attorney General Jim Hood asked Gov. Phil Bryant to address his budget bill in the special session, so far scheduled for June 5 with no specifics set, as well as to ask the Legislature to add more funding to pay for the state's mental-health litigation with the U.S. Department of Justice.
- The Mississippi NAACP requested that the NCAA continue its opposition to symbols of racial hatred, expand its ban to all NCAA sanctioned events and relocate the Softball Regional Tournament at the University of Mississippi on Friday, May 19.
- Wayne Parish, the man a Hinds County grand jury indicted for the killing of 17-year-old Charles McDonald Jr. last winter, is denying that he shot the teenager.
- A Mississippi man received a 49-year prison sentence Monday for the first-ever conviction on federal hate crime charges arising from the murder of a transgender woman.
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