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Entries for April, 2014

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Greenville Becomes Fifth City in State to Pass LGBT Resolution

The Greenville City Council met and passed an LGBT-inclusive resolution today, making it the fifth city in the state to pass a resolution of this kind. Councilman Errick D. Simmons drafted the resolution and presented it at a special meeting, where it passed 6-0. "Discrimination in any form has no ...

Want to Help Tornado Victims? Here's How.

The Jackson Free Press is compiling a list of organizations aiding relief efforts from the recent storms in Mississippi. If you have any information about tornado relief efforts, please write [email protected] Y101 is at the Flowood Walmart and the Flowood Chamber of Commerce is accepting donations of several items (see ...

National HQ Closes Ole Miss Fraternity Embroiled in Meredith Statue Scandal

VERBATIM RELEASE OXFORD, Miss. – After a review of the Mississippi Alpha Chapter, the board of directors of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity has decided to close the chapter on the University of Mississippi campus. "We are disappointed that a pattern of bad behavior and serious, inexcusable hazing occurred within the ...

Why is a Canton PAC Interested in Jackson's Mayoral Election?

ENI, a Canton, Miss.-based political-action committee formed in late March. But that's about all we know so far. The statement of organization, filed with the Jackson city clerk's office April 2, indicates the committee is not authorized by any particular candidate and its purpose is "to raise money in relation ...

City Warns of Sewer Overflows in Parts of Jackson

Verbatim release from the city of Jackson: The City of Jackson is issuing an alert to all individuals in areas within the City of Jackson that may be affected by flooding from the Pearl River and any of its tributaries. All of these areas are likely to be affected by ...

Jackson Preps for High Water as Rez Opens Floodgates

Press release from the city of Jackson on the flooding of the Pearl River: Today, the City of Jackson officials, along with Hinds County officials, met to solidify their plan to respond to potential flooding. “Due to a significant amount of rainfall, there now exist a need to release waters ...

Candidate Post-Election Parties

Candidates running in Jackson's Special Election today are hosting election watch parties this evening. Information for the individual events is listed below. John Horhn Election Watch Party 7:30 p.m. Central City Complex 609 Woodrow Wilson Ave. Food and refreshments will be provided. Harvey Johnson Pre-Election Tailgate -- Fish Fry and ...

Flood Warning for Pearl River at Jackson

The National Weather services is reporting a flood warning for the Pearl River in Jackson; the river is already assumed to be above flood stage (at 28 feet) and could continue to rise throughout the week to reach high levels on Wednesday and Thursday. Verbatim report: THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES ...

Tillman: Removed Lumumba Mural Not 'Authorized' or 'Permitted'

Acting Jackson Mayor Charles Tillman issued the following statement on the removal Thursday of a mural honoring late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba: “On behalf of the Administration, employees, and citizens of the City of Jackson, we reiterate our honor, our respect, and our love for the late Honorable Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. ...

Rukia Lumumba Shocked, Hurt by Removal of Mural Honoring Her Father

Rukia Lumumba, daughter of late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and sister of mayoral candidate Chokwe A. Lumumba, wrote the following letter about the removal of a mural honoring her father. It is published here verbatim: Open Letter to Jackson, Mississippi on the Painting Over of the Mural in Tribute to My ...

ACLU: Miss. Passes Law That Could Open Door to Discrimination

The ACLU of Mississippi released the following statement on the passage of Senate Bill 2681, adopted this afternoon by both houses of the Legislature and is heading to the desk of Gov. Phil Bryant for approval: JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi legislature passed a controversial law today that could open ...

AG Hood Wants Explanation in Byrom Death-Sentence Reversal

The office of state Attorney General Jim Hood is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to "enter a reasoned opinion stating the basis the reversal of the conviction of capital murder and sentence" of Michelle Byrom. Byrom was convicted and sentenced to death for allegedly conspiring to hire a hit man ...