Monday, January 11, 2016
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:
- 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."
- Haley Fisackerly, president and CEO of Entergy Mississippi, announced a campaign to raise $4 million in private donations for the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
- Hope Policy Institute Director Corey Wiggins wants citizens to pay close attention to the budget process.
- 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.
- Former Gov. Haley Barbour and current Gov. Phil Bryant are defendants in the Troupe v. Barbour case, filed on behalf of children who are not receiving mental-health care services the law entitles them to.
- Advocates say the death of Timothy Ward, 49, is more reason to sue the City of Jackson for failure to comply with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act that call for accessible sidewalks.
- Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes said he heard murmurs of a possible state takeover of the Jackson airport, officially known as the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport.
- Victor Pittman, owner of Silver Leaf Wines in Ridgeland and president of the Mississippi Hospitality Beverage Association, opposes allowing wine sales in retail grocery stores in the state’s wet counties.
- Hinds County Democrats say they oppose the proposed consolidation of voting precincts.
- The fallout continues from Ward 3 Councilman Kenny Stokes' statements about throwing objects at police cars on high-speed chases through Jackson.
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