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Entries for March, 2013


More Fallout from Tenn. Audit of JPS' Gray?

Jackson School Board of Trustees President Monica Gilmore Love released a statement this afternoon about the controversy over JPS schools chief Dr. Cedrick Gray's handling of finances at his former district in Tennessee. "The Board of Trustees is aware of the recent news items involving Dr. Cedrick Gray and the ...

Jackson Fixture Hal White Passes Away at 64

Hal White, half of the creative team behind Jackson institution Hal and Mal's, has died. He was a staple of this city. Along with his brother, Malcolm, Hal opened Hal and Mal's on Congress Street 28 years ago. For all 28 of those years, he plugged away, turning the family-friendly ...

Bryant Vetoes Rez Bill

Gov. Bryant has vetoed HB 1584, which proposes giving governing authority to a reservoir board.

Terri Herring: Lobbyist?

Terri Herring has been a lobbyist in Mississippi for 27 years, yet she only registered as such March 13, 2013.

JPD Announces Drop In Crime

Crime stats released through city communications director Chris Mims Wednesday afternoon showed that overall crime in Jackson has decreased 16.2 percent year-to-date. According to JPD numbers, total property crime has dropped by 17.6 percent and violent crime is down 9 percent from last year. "In property crime, the most significant ...

Hello? Is it Me(dicaid) You're Looking for?

Health-justice advocates are still calling on state lawmakers to expand Medicaid, and state lawmakers still aren't answering. The latest rally-cum-presser was this morning when hundreds of representatives of non-profits and social service agencies gathered at the Capitol to call on legislators to consider expanding the state health program for the ...

Miss. Governor Nominates Anti-Abortion Lobbyist to Health Board

Gov. Phil Bryant has nominated staunch pro-life activist Terri Herring for the Mississippi Board of Public Health.

Bryant Ed-Reform Bill Pwned by House

Gov. Phil Bryant's Education Works bill is going to a conference committee after all. Yesterday, the House delivered a crushing defeat to Gov. Phil Bryant's Education Works agenda, the governor's everything-but-the-kitchen sink education-reform bill that includes charter schools, a third-grade reading improvement program, teacher merit pay and many other provisions. ...

City Praying for Hal White

As you can see from this story by R.L. Nave, Hal White is an institution in the Jackson area. He is half the team that created Hal & Mal's three decades ago—the site of so many good times, so many new and old connections, and so much activism for great ...

Attorney General Requests April Execution Date for Manning

The Attorney General is requesting that the Mississippi State Supreme Court set an execution date for Willie Jerome Manning on or before April 24.

10 Years Ago This Week, the JFP Opposed the Iraq War

During this 10th anniversary of the Bush invasion of Iraq, I remember well the week that the war started. The JFP was only a few months old and still making a name for ourselves. When we realized that Bush was actualy pushing ahead with the threatened Iraq campaign, we postponed ...

City United Behind JSU's Stadium Proposal

In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, the leadership of the city of Jackson is united behind Jackson State University's proposal for a 50,000-seat domed stadium. The proposed project, expected to cost approximately $250 million, got votes of confidence from the city council Tuesday night and from Mayor ...

State Government Over-reaching to Protect Concealed Weapon Carriers

The current Mississippi Legislature, under the watchful eye of a radical-right governor, Phil Bryant, is attempting a number of disturbing pieces of legislation this session. But few, if any, are more disturbing in a heart-of-being-an-American way than their recent legislation to protect the identifies of the residents who apply for ...

Hail Damage Insurance Inspectors at the Fairgrounds

The Mississippi Insurance Department has arranged for insurance companies to use the Mississippi State Fairgrounds as damage inspection stations.

City might have to explore legal options on JATRAN hub

Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. and Department of Public Works Dan Gaillet gave an update on the status of construction on the JATRAN facility at Highway 80 and Valley Street at Tuesday night's city council meeting. The status: there has been no change in status. Gaillet laid out the timeline for ...

Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. Telephone Town Hall Tonight

Ask questions, voice concerns, and share your opinions directly with the Mayor.

Jackson Amnesty, Thursday and Friday

The City of Jackson’s Municipal Court Services will offer its annual Amnesty Program on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22.

Bryant Sits Down With Hospitals on Funding

Gov. Phil Bryant is still against Medicaid expansion, but says he's now willing to sit down with hospitals about other ways to cushion the blow from massive funding cuts when certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act go into effect. In a statement issued jointly with the Mississippi Hospital Association, ...

Volunteer Drivers Needed for Cancer Patients

For many cancer patients, getting to and from treatment is the greatest barrier in beating the disease.

Community Shred Days Friday and Saturday

Mississippi consumers will get a chance to protect themselves from becoming victims of identity theft courtesy of the sixth annual Shred Days.

Go HARD Dropout Prevention Pilot Program Sets Dates for Spring Break Tour

The public is invited to attend and support this initiative to increase the graduation rate and decrease the dropout rate in Mississippi.

SATP Workshops for High-School Seniors

Did you know that students who do not pass their state tests cannot graduate?

Spring Break Enhancement Program Registration Underway

Parks and Recreation is conducting registration for the 2013 program until Friday, March 8.