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Justice Department cites Hinds County over jail conditions

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JACKSON — Federal officials say faltering efforts to improve conditions at Hinds County’s two jails have been far inadequate to overcome decrepit physical conditions, rampant violence and poor staffing. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a 29-page letter issued Thursday to county officials, says conditions violate the U.S. Constitution because threat of harm amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and ...

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Hinds County retreat seeks resort status from state

JACKSON — Providence Hill Farm, a 1,250-acre retreat in northwest Hinds County, has been given approval by the Hinds County Board of Supervisors to seek state status as a resort area. The Mississippi Department of Revenue is responsible for approving resort status for an establishment or area. The process begins with the board of supervisors issuing a resolution in support ...

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Judge OKs Westin funding, cites ‘public purpose’ in tax money as debt collateral

By TED CARTER Hinds Chancery Judge William Singletary on Tuesday approved allowing $10 million of Jackson tax money to help backstop the debt for a $60 million Westin hotel planned for downtown. In giving a nod to a contribution agreement that pledged the public money, Singletary rejected local developer Don Hewitt’s argument that Mississippi Constitution prohibits using public money for private ...

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Hinds judge says he was justified to bar public defender

JACKSON — Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill told the Mississippi Supreme Court Friday that he was justified to bar an assistant public defender from his court, saying she’s incompetent, poorly behaved and can’t follow court rules. In a filing with the high court, Weill wrote that he believes assistant public defender Alison Kelly can no longer represent people without ...

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Legal action possible on $90 million Siemens contract

JACKSON — Jackson city council members have questioned a city attorney about the possibility of terminating the $90 million Siemens contract the city executed in 2012 and retrieving much of the $70 million already paid. Leaders also said that they are looking into possible legal action after the latest problem caused by the contract. The Clarion-Ledger reports neither Mayor Tony ...

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Three arrested for cattle rustling in Hinds County

JACKSON — Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith and the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, announced that three individuals were recently arrested for livestock theft and grand larceny for an incident that occurred on Pinehaven Drive in Hinds County. Lead MALTB Investigator Mike McGowan, in conjunction ...

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Uber now available in Jackson

JACKSON — The ride-hailing company Uber has launched service in Jackson. Uber Technologies Inc. provides a smartphone app that allows people to order rides in privately driven cars instead of taxis. Uber drivers use their personal cars and often do it for extra cash to supplement their income at other jobs. The company said it does background checks on all ...

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