Monday, June 12, 2017
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:
- Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba sent an official statement in response to his Republican opponent Jason Wells' call for a recount after questioning the ballot counting process and saying that "they are cheating."
- Redeemer's School welcomed its first group of kids in August 2014. Since its inception, DeSean Dyson said the school has grown in purpose and size.
- The Hinds County Justice Court issued and later retracted a bench warrant Thursday for the arrest of former Jackson Police Department Officer Justin Roberts, due to failure to appear this in court on a charge of attacking a handcuffed suspect.
- Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith will now face a retrial for state charges for hindering a prosecution in late July. It was original scheduled for early June.
- Jackson State University will take a $4-million cut and welcome a new president, Dr. William Bynum of Mississippi Valley State University, all in one summer.
- Reaching One Community at a Time is a program that offers K-12 students the opportunity to read the required books of Jackson Public Schools summer reading program.
- Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the Democratic nominee for mayor of Jackson, wins the election with 22,000 votes, or 98 percent of the vote.
- Several members of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus call on Rep. Karl Oliver during a special session to resign over his recent call for the lynching of Legislative leaders in New Orleans for removing Confederate statues.
- Students in certain Jackson high schools and the surrounding areas will receive additional support to graduate and get to college through the Upward Bound program.
- On Saturday, June 3, March for Truth protesters protesters demanded an independent investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election and the alleged ties between the Trump administration and Russia.
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