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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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Lumumba Vows to Fight Corruption, Cites Progress in 'State of the City'

Corporations and other bad actors will no longer take advantage of Jackson, Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba pledged to a crowd during his third State of the City Address yesterday evening.

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DOSSIER: IHL Document Dump Raises Questions About Boyce Role

In the course of my investigation into the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, multiple sources have repeated a simple refrain: The IHL's conduct in the Ole Miss chancellor search process may have been part of a long-planned scheme to install one of their own to lead the University of Mississippi. But, thus far, the depth of the alleged plotting is hard to prove.

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Halloween ComicFest 2019 in Jackson

On the last Saturday of every October, comic fans across the globe travel to their local comic shops to take home free comics as part of the internationally celebrated Halloween Comic Fest.

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Carl Tart: First Homecoming King at the University of Mississippi

Cart Tart, a senior allied health studies major, is the University of Mississippi's first homecoming king, marking the first time the University has elected a male counterpart to Homecoming Queen.

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Hattiesburg Restaurateur Opening New Restaurant, Reopening Capri

Robert St. John, a Mississippi restaurateur who owns the Purple Parrot and Crescent City Grill in Hattiesburg, will begin bringing another of his Hattiesburg restaurants, Ed's Burger Joint, to Fondren later this year.

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Hamer Cancer Center, MSU/Belhaven Program and Tougaloo Artifacts

The Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation recently announced that it will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of its new headquarters in Hamer's native Ruleville, Miss.

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Antonio McDyess

As the new NBA season kicked off on Tuesday, Oct. 22, it seems fitting that the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2020 class. One of the headlining athletes is former NBA player Antonio McDyess.

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Mississippi Heritage Trust: 10 Most Endangered Properties

Since 1992, an ambitious group of preservationists, joined together by their desire to revitalize and maintain Mississippi's historic architectural gems, have embarked on a journey to make that dream a reality.

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AG Hood Joins Investigation into Facebook Over Data, Competition Concerns

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is joining other attorneys general across the country in an investigation of Facebook, he announced on Tuesday.

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Mike Espy to Trump: 'This Isn't a Lynching, Mr. President'

President Donald Trump's claim that he is the victim of "a lynching" in the ongoing impeachment inquiry is "disgraceful" and akin to the U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith's "public hanging" remark last year, Democrat Mike Espy said in an email to supporters on Tuesday.

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Medical Costs May Drop in Metro Counties, Mississippi Overall This Year

Mississippians could see cost drops in health insurance this year with the federal government's Tuesday announcement that it expects a 4% cost decrease nationwide this year for subsidized health-care plans.

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Mississippi HBCUs Among Worst Targets of Discriminatory Lending

Historically black colleges and universities in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana pay three times more in underwriting fees than do their non-HBCU counterparts, a new economics study found.

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CJ Fox

When CJ Fox checked her voicemail on Oct. 8 to be told that her child would not be able to return to daycare if she did not pay her overdue childcare bill, she was confused. Her three children were in high school, middle school and elementary school—none were in daycare.

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Nick Cave: Feat., Take a Slice Out Hunger and One Night Stand Art Show

On Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at 4:30 p.m., The Mississippi Museum of Art will host a preview tour of its newest traveling exhibition, "Nick Cave: Feat." for media only. The exhibit itself opens to members on Oct. 25 and to the public on Oct. 26.

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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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UM Faculty Senate Votes 'No Confidence' In IHL; Media Leak 'Suspicious'

The Faculty Senate of the University of Mississippi passed a resolution late last night declaring "no confidence" in the Institutions of Higher Learning board's search process to find a replacement chancellor for the university, and no confidence in IHL itself "by reason of its conduct in connection with that search process."

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DOSSIER: Hinds Doc Destruction Still Threat; Disrespect in Green's Court; N-JAM Club

If you've been reading Seyma Bayram's coverage of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors and my previous Friday columns, you know that she was shocked to discover that the county voted one month ago to destroy a long list of documents spanning 23 years.

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Oleta Fitzgerald

Oleta Fitzgerald, who has served as director at Children's Defense Fund-Southern Region for 24 years, will be one of four honorees at the Women's Foundation of Mississippi's Women of Vision 2019 awards on Monday, Oct. 21.

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Abortion at Center as Women's Groups Offer Collins, Fitch Endorsements

EMILY's List, a Washington, D.C.-based group dedicated to helping elect more women to offices nationwide, on Tuesday endorsed Democrat Jennifer Riley Collins in the Mississippi attorney general's race.

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Hood Claims Reeves Cut Public Ed Money to Give Favors to Campaign Donors

"It's time to get the money changers out of the temple," Democratic nominee for governor Jim Hood said on Wednesday, standing inside the Italian-white marble walls of the Mississippi Capitol Building rotunda. "I'm talking about Tate Reeves."

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National Chemistry Week, First-Generation College Celebration Day and M Partner Community Day

The Student Members of the American Chemical Society at Mississippi State University is planning a series of activities in honor of National Chemistry Week, which begins on Saturday, Oct. 19. The theme of the event is "Marvelous Metals."

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Jaylin Jones

One player who could prove to be the key to the Choctaws newfound success is running back Jaylin Jones. The junior running back had a breakout game in MC's last outing against Florida Tech.

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‘It All Starts With Education’: The JFP Interview With Jay Hughes

Education is the No. 1 issue for Mississippi House Rep. Jay Hughes, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor this year, who has taught in public schools himself.

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How to Revive Humanization

The dehumanization of people of color affects everyone. Often the narratives about children of color begin and end with what Dr. Howard Stevenson and Dr. Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant call the "Cycle of Dehumanization."

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The Street That Jim Crow Paved

Mobile Street in Hattiesburg served as one of Mississippi's most important hubs of black entrepreneurship, professional life, commerce and, later, a crucible of civil-rights activism that would have ramifications across the state and the nation.

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Gamma Rae Cosplay

Rachel Sprinkle may work as a lawyer by day, but by night she doubles as a cosplayer, under the name Gamma Rae Cosplay.

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John Knight III's Police Brutality Lawsuit Will Proceed, Hinds Judge Rules

A lawsuit accusing the City of Jackson of police brutality will move forward after a hearing this morning.

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INKTOBER: MMA Inktober Challenge

The Mississippi Museum of Art here in the capital city puts their own Jackson flavor on the Inktober art challenge by offering 16 original prompts between Oct. 1 to Oct. 16.

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Anti-Abortion Activists Claim Right to 'Shout' at, 'Approach' Patients in Lawsuit

Anti-abortion activists in Jackson claim in a new lawsuit that they have a "right" to "congregate," "shout" and approach patients outside the abortion clinic in Fondren "without first obtaining their consent."