Stories for January 2016


Saturday, January 30

AP Source: Ole Miss Aware of NCAA Notice of Allegations

Mississippi has been notified by the NCAA of rules violations involving the football, women's basketball and track and field programs.

Friday, January 29

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GOP Solidifies House Presence, Tinkers with Public-Information Rules

If legislative committees were sports teams, today would be draft day in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

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City: Water Safe to Drink Despite High Lead Levels, 100 More Homes to Be Tested

Some 100 additional homes in Jackson will be tested for high levels of lead, city and state health officials said today.

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Mississippi Journalist Bert Case Dies After Extended Illness

Bert Case, whose booming voice and aggressive reporting defined television news in Mississippi from its infancy until last year, has died.

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Robert Earl Keen

Over the course of his career, Houston-native singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen has built a fan base that follows him no matter which genre he's taking on.

Speaker Taps Others in GOP to Lead Most Mississippi House Panels

The Republican speaker of the Mississippi House is keeping the same leaders for most of the top committees this four-year term.

City of Jackson Resampling Water at 13 Homes for 'Actionable' Lead Levels After State Report

The Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) on Thursday, Jan. 28, reported to the City of Jackson the results of random water samples taken by the state agency from residences in the City in June 2015. Of the samples taken at 58 residences, 13 showed lead above the actionable levels of 0.015. Within an hour of notification from MSDH, the City dispatched water sample kits to those 13 locations for immediate re-sampling. The results are expected back within two weeks.

Thursday, January 28

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Director: Foster System Needs More Funding and Staffing to Protect Children

Even as children are dying in the state's foster-care system, its director says the state may not meet a court-ordered deadline to improve conditions without more funding and more than 200 new staff members.

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Raeford Worsham

Raeford Worsham has been on a tear since late December, when he scored in double figures for seven straight games.

Mississippi Attorney General Seeks More Wiretap Authority

Fourth-term Attorney General Jim Hood says he's asking Mississippi lawmakers to give his office the power to do wiretaps to investigate human trafficking and white-collar crime.

Wednesday, January 27

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Best of Jackson 2016: Urban Living

Greenbrook Flowers has served Jackson with a smile since first opening in 1917, a policy that continued after the store passed to its fifth-generation owner, Janet Jacobs, in 2008.

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Best of Jackson 2016: Food & Drink

If you've ever been in Babalu on a Friday night, Saturday night or any night really, you know the place is abuzz with a weird sort of energy: the kind that makes you want to be a part of it—even if it's a 45-minute wait.

Ferguson, Feds Reaches Tentative Police Reform Deal

The Justice Department has reached a tentative agreement with Ferguson on systemic changes following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014, city officials announced Wednesday.

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Best of Jackson 2016: Nightlife & Music

If there's one thing that the people of Jackson love, it's a good time with an excellent live band.

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Potential Farish Street Developer Leroy Smith Makes Pitch to JRA

Leroy C. Smith, a Denver-based developer, made his pitch today for why he is the person who should take on redevelopment of Farish Street.

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School Choice Week Rally Kicks Off at Capitol

With dozens of children bundled in primary color-coded uniforms and matching yellow scarves, the second floor of the Capitol looked like a scene from Hogwarts Tuesday morning as students, educators, and parents from surrounding private and charter schools met for a rally to kick off National School Choice Week.

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Best of Jackson 2016: Community & Culture

Religious ministry takes many forms. The company members of Ballet Magnificat! wish to bring Christian gospel teachings to a wide range of people through "dance, dance/drama and personal witness."

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Best of Jackson 2016: People

Year after year, the Jackson Free Press asks you—our amazing readership—to put your collective foot down and choose the greatest people, places, events and entertainment in our funk-filled hometown for the Best of Jackson awards.

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Tax Breaks Likely for Megasite

A hush-hush development in rural Hinds County will likely get a boost from local and Mississippi taxpayers.

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J.B. Lawrence

The city's tight-knit music community brought Clinton native and photographer J.B. Lawrence back to Jackson about a year and a half ago.

Give Jackson Your Best to Solve Its Problems

It's our view that Jackson's troubles bring out the best in its people. We've seen it firsthand in the 13.5 of this paper.

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A GOP Supermajority, Slavery and an Embattled Flag

Ray Shores, who lives in Yazoo County and is a member of the Dixie Alliance, said he and flag supporters have challenged House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, to a debate on the issue.

The Slate

Super Bowl 50 will have many storylines. But the main one will be the old man, Peyton Manning, against the young gunslinger, Cam Newton.

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Reminding Ourselves How Great Jackson Is

It's worth a moment of reflection to think about how far we've come in the 14 years that the JFP has asked readers who and what they think constitute the "best."

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USM’s Next Hire is Critical

You'll have to forgive University of Southern Mississippi football fans if they act like it is 2011 again this week.

Bryant Focuses on Mississippi Budget in State of the State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is unveiling his budget proposals during his annual State of the State address.

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The Rough Road to Reproductive Health Care

Regardless of the state's appeal of the JWHO case, the fight for reproductive health in Mississippi will continue in the Mississippi Legislature.

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Jacktown: I Call It My Hometown

I have seen a movement among Jacksonians recently. There is growth in all areas, whether people want to admit it or not.

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Why I Love My City

This entire column could have been a list of events and places, no descriptions. Just a list of all the festivals, the amazing cultural events and the deep history in our city.

Tuesday, January 26

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Uber Safety, Fairness Back Before City Council

When it comes to regulating Uber—and other transportation network companies that might follow—the Jackson City Council is walking a fine line.

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Squared Girl, Highway 18 Master Plan and Sam's Southern Eatery

The City of Jackson's Office of City Planning in the Department of Planning and Development is hosting a public meeting tonight, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m., at the Metrocenter Mall to discuss issues related to the development of Mississippi Highway 18.

Reeves Keeps Most of Same Leadership Team in Miss. Senate

Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is keeping most of his same leadership team in the Mississippi Senate, including chairmen of two powerful money committees.

Monday, January 25

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Sen. Horhn to Seek Yes or No Vote in Legislature on State Flag Change

State Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, said he will file a bill asking lawmakers to take an up or down vote to keep or change the Mississippi state flag, the last to bear a symbol of the Confederacy.

Grand Jury Indicts Leader Behind Planned Parenthood Videos

A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider and instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide.

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ALEC: Mississippi Economy Just So-So

Mississippi is a poor state with the potential to be a rich state, a new report from the American Legislative Exchange Council shows.

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Sheriff: Gun Shop Shootout Over $25 Kills 2, Wounds 2

A gun shop owner and his 17-year-old son died in a shootout over a $25 service charge, and another man and his 29-year-old son are hospitalized, Mississippi authorities said.

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Devin McCann

Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Brandon Fortenberry tells local media outlets 21-year-old Devin McCann was southbound on I-55 just north of Brookhaven when his 2015 Toyota ran off the road.

SNAP Work Requirements Could Cut Off Aid to Thousands

Thousands of people in South Mississippi on the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could lose their monthly food benefit of up to $190 before summer.

Saturday, January 23

Bryant Sets State Senate Special Election for March 8

A special election to fill a state Senate seat in parts of Madison and Hinds County is set for March 8.

Friday, January 22

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Mississippi Public School Districts Make AP Honor Roll

The Mississippi Board of Education recognized Hinds County School District and Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District as Advanced Placement Honor Roll Districts at its Thursday board meeting in Clinton.

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Troy Shondell

Rock-and-roll vocalist Gary Wayne Schelton, who rose to fame in the '60s under the stage name Troy Shondell, died Thursday, Jan. 7, at a nursing facility in Picayune, Miss., from complications related to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. He was 76.

State School Board Approves Tweaks to Academic Standards

Mississippi's state Board of Education unanimously adopted a series of minor changes to the state's academic standards Thursday, in what could be a quiet end to a controversy over the Common Core-linked guidance over what students should learn.

Thursday, January 21

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Cody Core

The East-West Shrine Game will be a chance for former University of Mississippi wide receiver Cody Core to raise his draft stock.

Miss. Governor Makes Midyear Budget Cuts to Most Agencies

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is making 1.5 percent budget cuts for many state agencies because tax collections are falling short of expectations.

Wednesday, January 20

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Kenny Stokes Asks DOJ to Investigate 'Threats' Against Gun Rights

Kenny Stokes is going on offense and taking aim at his detractors.

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The Lady Bulldogs’ Major Opportunity

The Mississippi State University Lady Bulldogs basketball team will play a game that is not only an opportunity but also a measuring stick for the a rising program.

The Slate

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are meeting for the 17th time overall and fifth in the playoffs. It could be the final meeting between these two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks.

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Setting up Stonewalls

Since the musicians of rock-and-roll band Stonewalls first became friends while attending Florence High School, they have also worked together as band mates through various incarnations of the group.

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Welcome to Mayberry: The JFP Interview with Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason

Victor Mason, 59, took over from Sheriff Tyrone Lewis on Dec. 30, becoming the second African American to serve as the top law-enforcement officer in the state's largest county by population.

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Conversations about (Young) Community

Once the panelists at Operation Shoestring's "Conversations About Community" began speaking, everyone seemed to realize, all at once, that we have to listen to our children.

Invest in Meaningful Workforce Training

Mississippi House Seaker Phillip Gunn, an attorney at one of the Jackson's largest law firms, quipped this week that he recently had to call a plumber to his Clinton home. When Gunn received his bill, he noticed that the plumber's hourly rate was the same rate Gunn charges to give legal advice.

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Stinker Quote of the Week: 'Nature'

Alex Epstein loves fossil fuels—and has the T-shirts and buttons to prove it—because, he argues, coal and crude oil make the Earth a better place.

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Financially Challenged Lives Matter

Mr. Announcer: "In the ghetto criminal-justice system, the people are represented by members of the newly established Ghetto Science Community Peace Keeping Unit."

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New Resort Plan Satisfies Hal & Mal’s

Malcolm White is backing down from threats he made about moving Hal & Mal's out of Jackson, thanks to recent action the Jackson City Council took to squelch a controversy over which downtown bars would receive so-called resort status.

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‘A Hurricane of Need and Hunger’ as SNAP Benefits Expire in State

SNAP benefits are for people living at the poverty line or with very low incomes, and any income a person does earn cuts into the amount of money they receive.

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Stop Tone-Deaf Attacks on ‘Black Lives Matter’

Martin Luther King Jr. would not approve of #BlackLivesMatter. Dr. King was about bringing people together. He would say, 'All lives matter,'" the tweet declared confidently.

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John Tierre

John Tierre, an Omaha, Neb., native and owner of Farish Street restaurant Johnny T's Bistro & Bar, knew that, even as a child, he wanted to be an entrepreneur.

Rally Calls for Keeping Confederate Emblem on State Flag

Removing the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi state flag would be akin to communists rewriting history, a former leader of a Southern heritage group said Tuesday during a keep-the-flag rally.

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Unlocking ‘In a Different Key’

When Caren Zucker learned that her son, Mickey, had autism in 1996, she was ushered into a dark, misunderstood corner of the medical world.

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Election Disputes: No Bibles, and Lots of Swearing

The Mississippi Capitol became a temporary courthouse last week in a Republican battle for super-majority control of the House of Representatives.

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King Cakes in Jackson

Twelve days after Christmas, Mardi Gras season began, which means it's now king cake season. Here's where you can get the treat locally.

Tuesday, January 19

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Adam Mangana: Jackson Prep Wants ‘Stars’ from Diversity ‘Scars’

With a warm smile, Adam Mangana describes his first week as the chief diversity officer at Jackson Preparatory School as awesome.

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Senate Votes to Seat Democrat After Election Dispute

Former Mississippi Sen. Melanie Sojourner's historic unseating of longtime Democrat Bob Dearing in 2011 was short-lived.

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Entergy Eyes 'Capital Green,' Airport May Lease Land, JSU's Big Data

Entergy Mississippi is preparing to construct a new distribution operations center on the Capital Green Plaza complex between Tombigbee and South streets off Jefferson Street in Jackson.

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Teaira McCowan

Mississippi State's 6-foot-7 Teaira McCowan flashed across the lane, reaching a huge hand up and swatting the ball out of bounds. The crowd roared its approval. McCowan couldn't help but flash a little grin.

Panel Sides with Dearing in Miss. Senate Election Challenge

A committee recommends that Democrat Bob Dearing be confirmed as winner of a contested election for a Mississippi Senate seat.

Monday, January 18

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Zoo Wants City Help With Killer Dogs

Beth Poff, executive director of the Jackson Zoo, wants the City of Jackson to help beef up security around the park after six animals were killed in late December.

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Dr. Adolfo Correa

Chief executive officers of the Jackson Heart Study have appointed Dr. Adolfo Correa as the new director and principal investigator.

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Confederate Flag's Removal Turns King Day into Celebration

Civic leaders, activists, artists and others are celebrating, marching and paying homage Monday to Martin Luther King Jr., marking the 30th anniversary of the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.

Friday, January 15

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Jackson 2015 Crime: By the Numbers

The following is a summary of 2015 crime data from the Jackson Police Department.

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Sen. Horhn: Feds Won't Let State Take Airport

Sen. John Horhn said the Jackson airport’s fate will ultimately rest in the Federal Aviation Administration’s hands, and that’s good news.

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Deborah Bryant

The first lady of Mississippi, Deborah Bryant, gave high praise to local students in the Teen Trendsetters program of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy on Jan. 14.

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Hispanic Kids With Health Insurance at All Time High

The rate of Hispanic children without health insurance fell to a historic low in 2014, the first year that key parts of Obamacare took effect, but they still represent a disproportionate share of the nation’s uninsured youth, according to a new study.

Judge Skeptical of Case Against Removing Confederate Statues

A federal judge expressed skepticism Thursday about the legal arguments made by groups seeking to stop New Orleans from removing prominent Confederate monuments from the city, including a towering statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Thursday, January 14

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Ten Downtown Bars Could Receive Resort Status

Ten more downtown watering holes could receive a designation from the state to stay open—and keep pouring booze—until the wee hours of the morning.

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Jerrel Wilson

Perhaps the best football player ever at his position and one of the biggest Hall of Fame snubs from Super Bowl I is Kansas City Chiefs punter Jerrel Wilson.

Miss. Senate Committee Starts Hearing Election Challenge

Attorneys are arguing about whether the Mississippi Senate should overturn results of one Senate race in the southwestern part of the state.

Wednesday, January 13

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Fear and Reality in ‘Virginia Woolf’

While Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" was lauded as too controversial in its day (it didn't win a Pulitzer because of its profanity and sexual themes), people saw it as an insight into true American life.

2016 Resolutions

Here are a few examples of what the JFP team hopes to accomplish in the next year.

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

The most common new year's resolution I hear in my office is, not surprisingly, better health—but making it happen proves difficult for many people.

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A Geeky Road to Good Health

Every time you turn around, it seems like more fitness gadgets have appeared. They can all help you along your healthy journey. Here's a few to check out.

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The Man Test

If diagnosed early, most forms of cancer can be treated much more effectively and potentially save lives by this early detection and treatment.

Dr. King and Accountability

As the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday approaches, we must begin to reflect on the examples and lessons he left to us.

MAEP Reform: Avoid Fuzzy-Math Logic

Changes to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program are likely to be on the legislative agenda and horizon, but lawmakers must proceed with caution when tampering with certain components of the formula.

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Are Our Schools Really Such a Failure?

Are our schools really such a failure? Admittedly, we can improve as educators work to make our schools better, but to those who constantly hammer on our public schools as being worse than ever before, I'd like to make a few points.

The Slate

The NFL Wild Card Weekend gave us two heartbreaking losses. One was a Bengals meltdown, and the other was a missed chip-shot field goal from the Vikings. Both losses will be hard to get over.

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Madison, Jackson Districts Skeptical of MAEP Changes

Tate Reeves' ideas for MAEP range from changing how the "base student cost" is calculated to changing the overall standard, which could have adverse effects on lower-graded and lower-performing school districts, school-district officials say.

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GOP, Dems Marking Territory

Even before adopting temporary rules, Democrats in the Mississippi House of Representatives tried to flex their muscle to show the party is an underdog not to be messed with, even though they are outnumbered.

Despite Lotto Frenzy, Adoption Seems Unlikely in Mississippi

Mississippi appears no closer today to getting a lottery than it was then, even as residents stream across the borders of the Magnolia State to buy lottery tickets elsewhere.

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Worth More Than a Number on a Scale

When I stepped on the scale last Saturday morning, I saw a number that I never wanted to see.

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Camille Ross

Camille Ross took her Jackson State head coaching position in October 2015, arriving from Mississippi College, where she served four years as an assistant coach.

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Secret Megasite Unveiling Weeks Away

Along the Interstate 20 frontage roads near Bolton, all the indicators are that something big is about to happen.

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Reforms Ahead for Hinds County Adult and Juvenile Jails

While Hinds County's adult and juvenile detention centers are no strangers to problems, both facilities are especially familiar with the kinds of challenges that attract attention from federal civil-rights watchdogs.

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Mississippians Advance, Impress in the NFL Playoffs

Just eight teams with a chance to reach this year's Super Bowl remain. All the top ones play this weekend after coming off their bye last week. While the playoffs don't have as many Mississippi players as they did in years past, a few players from our state are still standing.

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Bigger, Better Hip Hop Awards

After almost two years of planning, Shanel Jones, Lee Vance III and Jaborri Thomas held the first Jackson Hip-Hop Awards at the Alamo Theatre on Farish Street in 2015.

Tuesday, January 12

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Gov. Phil Bryant's Inaugural Speech: Full Text

The following is the text of Gov. Phil Bryant's inaugural speech, as prepared for delivery Tuesday:

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High-Speed Chases, Airport Takeover on Council Agenda Tonight

In the past two weeks, a number of people have made political hay out of Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes' remark about throwing bottles and bricks at suburban cop cars to stop them from dangerously chasing petty criminal suspects into Jackson.

Text of Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's Inauguration Speech

The following is the text of Gov. Phil Bryant's inaugural speech, as prepared for delivery Tuesday.

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Seafood, Running, Mixed-Use and More

Mickey Paduda, owner of Jackson Proper LLC, hopes to expand Fondren's business community with the development of The Precinct, a mixed-use building so named because it once housed Jackson's Police Precinct 4.

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Ketara Chapel

Ketara Chapel scored a career-high 19 points on Sunday, Dominique Dillingham added 16 and No. 7 Mississippi State pulled away to beat Arkansas 80-55.

Monday, January 11

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No Charges Against White Officer for Jonathan Sanders' Death

A Clarke County grand jury declined to indict white Stonewall police officer Kevin Herrington for the death of an African American man named Jonathan Sanders in July 2015.

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David Bowie

David Bowie died Sunday, Jan. 10, about 18 months after learning he had liver cancer. The world best knew the British pop-culture icon as a genre-spanning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was 69 years old.

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Feds Funding Effort to Tie Medical Services to Social Needs

The federal government has announced a $157 million project to help hospitals and doctors link Medicare and Medicaid patients to needed social services that sometimes have a bigger impact on their health than medical interventions.

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Gov. Phil Bryant Promises 'More of the Same' in Next Term

Phil Bryant was at the front of the room Thursday before the Mississippi Economic Council, relishing being governor again.

Analysis: Mississippi Legislators Ease into New 4-Year Term

Ambitious new lawmakers who want to zip into the Mississippi Capitol and rapidly change public policy are getting their first tough lesson: Nothing happens quickly at the beginning of a term.

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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.

Saturday, January 9

Mississippi River Mayors: Cities Ready for High Waters

Mayors along the Mississippi River say their cities are ready for the rare winter flood taking place in the Mississippi valley after recent storms dumped large amounts of rain.

Friday, January 8

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Mississippi Legislature Honors Klan Victim Vernon Dahmer Sr.

The Mississippi Legislature honored civil-rights activist Vernon Dahmer, who the Klu Klux Klan murdered half a century ago, by declaring Jan. 10, 2016, "Vernon Dahmer Legacy Day."

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Lynda Jungkind

Lynda Jungkind, a native of Little Rock, Ark., started The Premier Bridal Show in 2004. Forty-seven shows later, it has expanded to Jackson, Biloxi and Tupelo.

Mississippi Schools Ranked Second-to-Last in National Rating

An evaluation of school performance finds that Mississippi's academic achievement gains have outstripped gains nationwide from 2003 to 2015, but gives the state's public schools a D overall, ranking them second-to-last.

Thursday, January 7

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Civil Rights, History Museums Still Need $4 Million

With two years left before opening day, planners are stepping up fundraising efforts for two museums under construction in Jackson.

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Chris Jones

Bulldog fans found out this week that they are losing their best and highly recruited defensive player, Chris Jones.

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Arkansas Governor: Remove Robert E. Lee from King Holiday

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he wants lawmakers to end the state's practice of commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day.

Inauguration Set Thursday for 7 of 8 Mississippi Officials

Seven of Mississippi's eight statewide elected officials are preparing to start new terms.

Wednesday, January 6

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Working for Working Families?

Budgets are often called moral documents. That means that advocates for working families will be watching spending closely to make sure Mississippi's heart, and money, is in the right place.

Jackson’s Agenda

Jackson's legislative agenda for the 2015 session had 17 items. Worth Thomas, of WT Consulting, will again head up Jackson's lobbying efforts.

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2016 Legislative Preview: Year of the Looming Tax Break(s)?

As legislators return to the capital city and the 2016 session begins, tax cuts are high on the lieutenant governor's—and Mississippi Republicans'—agendas.

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Is Sean Payton on the Trade Block?

The 2015-2016 NFL Season is hardly in the books, and coaches are already getting the ax. One coach doesn't have to worry about that, but he does get to pick his next landing spot.

The Slate

Is the College Football Playoff Championship Game where the SEC "Empire Strikes Back"? Or will Clemson continue its rise to the top of the sport over Alabama?

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Spirit of Stokes’ Comments: Black Life Matters, Too

The firestorm surrounding what many have deemed controversial comments by Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes have a lot of people up in arms.

Need ‘Good Faith’ Before Regionalization

We are not against smart "regionalization." If done correctly, it would mean more transparency, collaboration and growth for the entire region—whether between businesses or governments in Hinds, Rankin and Madison counties—cooperating.

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Stinker Quote of the Week: 'Downhill'

While concern about violence against law enforcement is warranted, it is not "racist" to criticize police. The sooner Sheriff Bailey realizes that, the better off Rankin County and its residents will be.

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You Know the Routine

Miss Doodle Mae: "Jojo, our fearless leader, continues his 'You Know the Routine' approach to the holidays."

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Negotiations Over in Troupe v. Barbour

Mississippi's short-term inpatient care and special-treatment facilities served about 542 adolescents in fiscal-year 2015, Mississippi Department of Mental Health data show.

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Advocates: Man’s Death Affirms Need for ADA Lawsuit

Around 9 p.m. on Christmas, near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Prentiss Street, a car struck 49-year-old Timothy Ward, who was riding his wheelchair in the street. He later died from his injuries.

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Local Wine Sellers Push Back on Chain Effort

Victor Pittman is not pleased with a lobbying effort to lift the restriction on wine and liquor sales in grocery stores in Mississippi's wet counties.

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Kristie Metcalfe

Imagine a person whose job is to herd cats and that those cats are also responsible for herding cats. That person would be a lot like Kristie Metcalfe, one of six staff attorneys assigned to the Mississippi Senate.

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The Dilemma of America’s Dad

If "America's dad" is a rapist, doesn't that mean we've all been living a lie? What other lies have we been telling ourselves? What truths are we afraid to know?

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Retro Pop Shop

Brick Street Pops, which is at the intersection of Monroe and West Leake streets in Clinton, is reminiscent of an ice cream parlor without ice cream.

Entergy and Mississippi Power Bills Fall on Lower Fuel Costs

Customers of Mississippi's two private electric utilities will see lower bills in February, but regulators will re-examine natural gas costs to see if bills should fall further.

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Tapping into Indie Music Week

For almost a month, when Garrad Lee, a local deejay, show promoter and co-owner of record labels Elegant Trainwreck and Homework Town, spoke with Brad Franklin, the City of Jackson marketing specialist would hint at big plans for a city-wide music event.

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The Battle for the Jackson Airport: Can the State Take It Away?

It's not exactly Tom Cruise's Maverick flipping off a Russian fighter pilot in "Top Gun," but a dogfight is shaping up over control of the Jackson airport.

Tuesday, January 5

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Downtown YMCA Renovates, Mozingo Clothiers Comes to Fondren

Those sad to see the Deville Plaza YMCA go can take solace in the promise of new things under way at the downtown location.

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Jimmy D. Giles

Jimmy D. Giles kicked off Mississippi's federal campaign races by challenging fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper for the 3rd Congressional District.

Bryant Names New Chief of Staff as Current Chief Leaves

Joey Songy will be Gov. Phil Bryant's new chief of staff as the Republican begins his second term.

Monday, January 4

Flood Crest Forecasts to Fall on Parts of Mississippi

The latest on flooding in Mississippi. (All times local)

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Stokes Comments Spark AG Charges, Fundraising in Madison County

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker seems to be making the most of his ongoing feud with a Jackson city councilman.

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Why Small Debts Matter so Much to Black Lives

If you are black, you're far more likely to see your electricity cut, more likely to be sued over a debt, and more likely to land in jail because of a parking ticket.

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Brandon Presley

With a second Democrat coming onto the Mississippi Public Service Commission, Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley will likely take center stage at the utility regulatory agency.

Friday, January 1

Coast Guard Issues High-Water Advisory for Lower Mississippi

The Coast Guard on Thursday issued a high-water safety advisory for a section of the lower Mississippi River and is asking the general public to stay off the fast-moving, rising waters swollen from heavy rainfall in the Midwest.