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UPDATED: Sewage Overwhelms Jackson Home as City Rolls Back Assistance

J.T. Newell, a resident of Jackson for the past three years, has consistently had a pool of feces in his yard.

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Gov. Bryant Signs Law Aimed at Expanding Broadband to Rural Areas

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act into law Wednesday morning surrounded by a bipartisan group of beaming legislators.

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Mississippi Celebrities Speak Out After Jussie Smollett Attack

Mississippi celebrities are speaking out after a racist, homophobic attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett that Chicago police describe as a "possible hate crime."

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Sam Britton Announces Secretary of State Run, Pledges Loyalty to Trump

Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton promised to "get government out of our lives" on Monday as he launched a bid to become Mississippi's next secretary of state.

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Metaphor in the Mississippi River

The Great Flood of 1927 affected many cities in Mississippi, including Greenville, the setting of New Stage Theatre's production of Marcus Gardley's "Hell in High Water."

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New Hope Black History Month, Mississippi Arboretum Trail, ISH Grill & Bar and Corelle Brands

New Hope Baptist Church will host its eighth annual "Back in the Day" Black History Month celebration every Thursday during February.

Get Ready for the ‘Arctic Clipper’: Tips for Safety, Pipes, Food, More

An “arctic clipper,” a severe surge of cold weather from the North Pole, is on its way to Mississippi, and the City of Jackson wants residents to be ready for it.

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Mayor: No ID of Cops in Head Trauma Death; Other JPD Officers in Shootings Finally Revealed

The mayor will not reveal the names of officers accused of killing George Robinson with a head blow, but the City of Jackson finally provided names and details about 12 officers involved in nine shootings since 2017.

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Mentoring Vital to Prevent Violence, Mayor Tells City Council

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba proclaimed January as Mentoring Month during a city council meeting on Jan. 22.

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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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'They Brutalized My Brother': George Robinson's Family Accuse JPD of 'Murder'

"You all are not at a press conference today. You are at a crime scene," attorney Dennis Sweet IV told reporters gathered next to an early 2000s Impala in the Washington Addition on Thursday.

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Troymain Crosby

Sophomore guard Troymain Crosby might have turned the season around for the Alcorn State men's basketball team.

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Black History Month at MSU, JSU Alum to Direct Stennis Center, and Cookbooks for a Cause at USM

Mississippi State University has announced four events that will be part of its Black History Month celebrations in February.

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JPD Seeking Two Suspects in Waffle House Shooting Early Friday

The Jackson Police Department is investigating an attempted robbery and shooting that occurred in the 400 block of East McDowell Road at the Waffle House.

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Lumumba Added to 'Smart Crime Initiative' Despite Policing Decisions at Home

Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba is joining 15 mayors from cities in the U.S. in a Mayors for Smart Crime Initiative, the Center for American Progress, announced today.

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Jewish Cinema Mississippi 2019

The 17th annual Jewish Cinema Mississippi film festival will take place at the Malco Grandview Theater in Madison on Jan. 24, 26, 27 and 29.

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Medical Marijuana Gains Momentum in Mississippi, with Majority Support

Medical marijuana in Mississippi is on pace to make it onto the ballot in the state next year, said Jonathan Brown, who is leading the signature drive.

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Ronnie Crudup Jr. Running for Adrienne Wooten's Vacated House Seat

South Jackson and community activist Ronnie Crudup Jr. is running to be the next representative of District 71, the Mississippi House of Representatives seat Adrienne Wooten vacated to join the judiciary.

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Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell's goal is to turn great athletes into great men, while allowing them to play the game they love, she says.

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A Bridge Too Far: ‘No’ to Medicaid Expansion

As the 2019 legislative session heats up, state legislators are again tussling over the Medicaid program and whether or not to accept federal funds that could expand coverage to as many as 300,000 Mississippians.

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Jackson’s Tripartite Assault on Crime; Cops on Leave After Man's Death from Head Injury

The latest murders in Jackson mean that the capital city could be on track for more homicides than in 2018, which was the highest on record since late in the crack era in the 1990s.

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Criminal Reform Shows Strength at Capitol Gathering from Left, Right

After years of tough-on-crime approaches to arrests and filling prison, conservatives have joined the bandwagon for some types of reform to how America incarcerates its people.

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Samantha Crain at the Art Museum, A Night on Us from Airbnb and Modern American Miss Mississippi

The Mississippi Museum of Art will host Samantha Crain, a Choctaw folk singer, songwriter and poet from Oklahoma, for a concert to mark the closing of the exhibition "Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer."

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Mississippi Least Educated Despite Bryant's 'Better Than Ever' Claim

Mississippi claims the top spot as the least educated state in the country in a new study out just two weeks after Gov. Phil Bryant proclaimed that Mississippi's educational system "is clearly better than it has ever been before" in his final State of the State Address on Jan. 9.

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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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Lucky Town Announces March Closing

On Friday, Jan. 18, Lucky Town Brewing Company announced that it will soon end beer production. The tap room will remain open until March 9.

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Mississippi Leaders Still 'Honoring' Racists, After All These Years

The head of the Mississippi state agency that sent out a tweet this week honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee once attended a rally of a racist organization that refers to black people as a "retrograde species of humanity."

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UM Student Working with Smithsonian, USM 2019 Cultural Arts Series and "Stand to Stop Hazing" at MSU

University of Mississippi recently announced that junior art history major Grace Moorman will travel to Washington, D.C., to work as a curatorial intern at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery for the spring 2019 semester.

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Mississippi May Mandate Ten Commandments and Pledges to State, U.S. Flags in Schools

Mississippi law would require schoolchildren to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and see the Ten Commandments be displayed on public-school walls under new bills in the Legislature this session.

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Hunter Renfroe

Current San Diego Padres outfielder and former Mississippi State University baseball player Hunter Renfroe might be the biggest draw of the night at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum's Hot Stove Hall of Fame Evening.