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Mississippi zoo faces money woes, idea of temporary closure

The city council in Mississippi’s capital city has approved $200,000 to cover the Jackson Zoo’s “depleted” budget. The funds will cover basic expenses such as payroll and animal care for August and September, until the next fiscal year begins Oct. 1, The Clarion Ledger reported . Last month, zoo employees saw steep pay cuts and its executive director said the attraction was ...

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County Line at Ridgewood to get two restaurants

By JACK WEATHERLY The northwest corner of County Line Road at Ridgewood Road will soon awaken after years of dormancy. The busy intersection has had no reason to stop for a bite at the Ridgeland quadrant of the crossroads. One Ridgeland restaurant location has been vacant for two decades and another next to it that has been empty for several ...

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Jackson Zoo workers get pay cuts as revenue keeps falling

Workers at the Jackson Zoo will see deep pay cuts amid declining revenue. Jackson Zoological Society Executive Director Beth Poff says the zoo is in “a dire situation.” She says the pay cuts will affect all employees. » HERE’S WHAT THE MBJ HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE JACKSON ZOO IN 2013 Poff says the zoo is operating with 32 employees, ...

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$345m Mississippi flood control project holds public hearing

More than 20 environmental groups have expressed opposition to an estimated $345 million Mississippi flood control project. News outlets report the Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District held a public hearing Tuesday in Jackson over the One Lake Project. It’s an attempt to prevent a flood like one that devastated the Jackson area in 1979. Critics argue damming ...

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Study says Jackson making strides in delivering services

By JACK WEATHERLY Jackson ranks 101st on WalletHub’s annual survey of best- and worst-run cities in the United States for 2018. The city ranked 149th in last year’s report. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said in an interview on Tuesday that he is encouraged by the survey. The city faces several major problems, including streets, water system and billing and the ...

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McDade’s sold to Louisiana chain; Rainbow Co-op to close

By JACK WEATHERLY McDade’s Market, a small family-owned chain of grocery stores, has been sold to Louisiana-based Durnin Group. McDade’s Wine and Spirits in the Maywood Mart of north Jackson also has been sold. The Durnin Group will rename the two of the four groceries as Froogel’s, a chain with stores on the Mississippi Coast, according to Find It in ...

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Taxpayer costs adding up in legal fight over Jackson airport

Lawyers have billed taxpayers more than $400,000 so far in a power struggle over control of the airport in Mississippi’s largest city. The federal court fight is an extension of a bitter legislative debate. People who say Jackson should maintain control of the airport have accused white suburban Republicans of unlawfully trying to steal an asset controlled by Democratic officials ...

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Pearl River project for Jackson churns up opposition in Louisiana

A plan to build a dam on a river in Mississippi and create a lake is drawing fierce opposition. The goal of damming the Pearl River is to prevent flooding in the Jackson, Mississippi, area. The New Orleans Advocate reports that some of the strongest objections are coming from Louisiana. Environmental groups, commercial and recreational fishermen, and people who live in the ...

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Full-service grocery slated for downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY A key piece of the puzzle for revitalizing downtown Jackson is ready to be put in place. A grocery will be installed in the 366,000-square-foot Landmark Center on Capital St. at Lamar St., according to Dyke Nelson, chief operating officer of WN Management of Baton Rouge, which manages and directs the redevelopment of the building. Hattiesburg-based Roberts ...

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Wise Carter hosts “Focus on Jackson” series

Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A.  is hosting a series of events titled, “Focus on Jackson”.  The series includes relevant topics of interest for Jackson and focuses on education and community outreach. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba spoke at the first event on his vision for the City of Jackson. More than 100 people attended the event on Feb. 15 at ...

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