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UPDATED: JPS Board Forced to Halt Work After Fourth Member Leaves Board

The Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees needs new members, and quickly. Richard Lind, the newly elected president of the school board, resigned yesterday, meaning only three members remain.

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Jackson Mayor Vows to Go Vegan in Light of City Health Issues

"Many places in Jackson and many places in our State are considered food deserts, so it’s not only a matter of people’s willingness, but it’s about what’s available to them.”

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JSU Students Will Keep Scholarships for Current School Year

“To honor our promise to returning and continuing students, scholarships and out-of-state fee waivers shall remain in effect for the 2017-2018 academic year if you have met the previous renewal ...

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Hinds County DA Smith's Appeal Fails, Supreme Court Orders Retrial

The Mississippi Supreme Court denied Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith's appeal to avoid a second trial yesterday.

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Mississippi House Shake-Up Ahead

With four open seats and four special elections ahead, the Mississippi House of Representatives can expect a shake-up in the coming months, ahead of the 2018 legislative session.

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Keontre Anderson

The JSU Tigers' defense could end up leading the team in returning to the top of the SWAC, and the pressure to wreak havoc on opposing offenses will fall on ...

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Navigating Mississippi’s Opioid Epidemic

Marsha Stone made it out of college, but not without a drug and alcohol addiction she could not shake. She found herself at the age of 24 with three children ...

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Ward 7 Gets a Pothole Demo

Jack Wilson Sr. kneeled on the pothole-dotted asphalt road with a hammer in his hand the afternoon of July 14. The determined 81-year-old man wore a light blue polo shirt ...

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Dorcus Thigpen

Mississippi Mass Choir Director Dorcus Thigpen says the only meeting of the musical group she has ever missed in the nearly 30 years since its founding was the first one—and ...

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The Right to Pre-Trial Justice for All?

Scott County law enforcement officers arrested Joshua Bassett on Jan. 3, 2014, under a warrant for grand larceny and possession of meth. Bassett could not know then that he would ...

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Three Charter Schools Advance to Final Evaluation Step

Three charter schools advanced to the final stage of the application process this month, and now an independent four-person evaluation team will review the full proposals from three groups looking ...

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The Nail Lounge, Cantina Laredo, Creative Impact Luncheon and Leadership Greater Jackson

The Nail Lounge, which is a nail-treatment and personal-grooming boutique, opened in Highland Village on June 17.

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Secretary of State and Revitalize Mississippi Partner to Eliminate Blight

The Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Jim Johnston, founder of the nonprofit organization Revitalize Mississippi, announced their partnership to eliminate blight in the City of Jackson this morning.

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Xavier Amos

The Mississippi Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers named Xavier Amos as its new president elect at the beginning of July.

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10 Local Stories of the Week

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.

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Former Councilman Frank Bluntson Awarded, JPD Acknowledges Department Units

JPD held an award program yesterday afternoon, July 13, before the weekly COMSTAT meeting to acknowledge the Traffic Unit and Direct Action Response Team Unit, formerly known as D.A.R.T., for ...

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Jackson State Faces 'Belt-Tightening' Year

Jackson State University's 11th president, Dr. William Bynum Jr., took the reins this month and told reporters this morning that the university is facing a few years of belt-tightening in ...

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Alcorn County Prison on Lockdown after Largest Contraband Bust This Year

Mississippi Department of Corrections officials found more than 100 cellphones at the Alcorn County Regional Correctional Facility on Wednesday, July 12, along with bags of tobacco and shanks. MDOC put ...

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5th Circuit Must Rule on Petitions, Issue Mandate Before HB 1523 Becomes Law

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will have to decide whether to hear plaintiffs' petition to re-hear their case against House Bill 1523; the law does not go into ...

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Fred McNair

Alcorn State University quickly announced former great Fred McNair as interim head coach after Head Coach Jay Hopson's departure.

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