Monday, December 21, 2015
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:
- Jackson police expect no more than one to two arrests to follow the firing of up to seven public-works department employees Dec. 18.
- Sixty percent of Mississippi's third to eighth graders scored at or above the average level on the latest round of math and English assessments.
- Fifty years later, the idealistic Pell Grant system has dissipated with rising tuition costs and higher-ed institutions hiking prices on virtually everything.
- All fourth graders at Eastside Elementary in Clinton got their first introduction to coding as as a part of Computer Science Education Week from Dec. 7 through 13.
- The Up in Farms Food Hub was one of seven Mississippi improvement projects that received more than $1 million in federal funding through the Delta Regional Authority.
- Bilal Qizilbash, leader of R U Hungry?, pulls together a group of volunteers to provide hot meals to homeless people every Friday at Smith Park.
- Recent active-shooter events have prompted the Jackson Police Department to seek training on how to respond to a gunman on the loose.
- The Join Legislative Budget Committee recommended slashing the state's budget by nearly $40 million for the 2017 fiscal year.
- Northpark Mall recently added three new stores to its tenant lineup: Comfort Zone, Korset and SubZero Cream.
- Ward 1 Councilman Ashby Foote asked the council to award a contract to haul 305,000 tons of wet biosolids from a wastewater-treatment facility to a joint venture of Baltimore-based Synagro-WWT Inc., and Fisher Construction and Transportation.
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