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JPS Reports Lower Suspensions Overall, But More Discipline of High School Students

The Jackson Public School District is meeting its goal of suspending 12% or fewer of JPS students three months into the 2019-2020 school year, district officials say.

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Jackson Zoo Receives $50,000 from County; Road and Bridge Repairs in Limbo

The Jackson Zoo will benefit from a $50,000 grant from the Hinds County Board of Supervisors after it reversed its earlier decision to withhold the grant because the zoo is now closed and awaiting its new management to get its license to operate the facility.

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Dozens of Sewer Failures Require Millions in Emergency City Funds to Repair

The City of Jackson need to allocate as much as $5 million to fix 50 sewer failures throughout Jackson, although more money may be necessary to fix them all. The Jackson City Council will vote on the additional funding, but it is unclear when.

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Field Hearing Sheds Light on Mississippi ICE Raids

The (ICE) field hearing touched on the impact of the raids on local economies, the cost of carrying them out, and back wages owed to workers, but it did not discuss the role of for-profit prison companies in immigration detention.

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Democrats Secure Victories in Hinds County Elections

As the Mississippi Republican Party swept up all state-wide offices yesterday's general election, Democrats won several seats in Hinds County.

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City Roundup: Water Bill Solution for Now, Zoo Still Closed, Robberies Down

As the City of Jackson continues to devise ways to fix its water-billing system, customers who currently do not receive bills will pay a monthly "minimum-service charge" of $63.27 for water service, officials said.

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Left Behind: Public Defenders Underpaid, Have Little Oversight

Wen Michele Purvis Harris was city attorney of Jackson, she heard troubling remarks from the people her office was supposed to prosecute. "I don't want the public defender, I want a real attorney," poor defendants would say to the judge.

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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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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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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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