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Crowded field lines up for Jackson mayoral election

JACKSON — The race to fill out the remaining three years of the late Chokwe Lumumba’s mayoral term is likely to be a blend of familiar and fresh faces. Three-term Jackson mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., who lost in the 2013 Democratic primary, announced yesterday that he will seek to reclaim his former seat. It would be second comeback for Johnson, ...

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Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba dead at 66

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died unexpectedly Tuesday at age 66. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham confirmed the mayor’s death. No cause of death has been released. However, in an Associated Press story, it was reported he joked about having had a cold on Monday. Lumumba had been reported to have been suffering from an illness upon taking office and had ...

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Mayors ask airline to reduce its service to boost passenger volume

TUPELO — The mayors of two Mississippi cities are asking Silver Airways to reduce its flight schedule at their airports. They said fewer flights mean more passengers on planes flying out of the Tupelo and Greenville airports and give more rest to pilots between flights. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton and Greenville Mayor John ...

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Obama chooses ex-mayor as regional EPA administrator

GREENVILLE — President Barack Obama has selected Heather McTeer Toney as administrator for EPA’s regional office in Atlanta. McTeer Toney was the first African-American and first female to serve as mayor of Greenville, holding that post from 2004-2012. She joins EPA from Mississippi Valley State University, where she is the executive director of the Center for Excellence in Student Learning. ...

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Deaths in 2013 force two special elections

Two Mississippi towns are holding special elections to replace city leaders who died late last year. Former city alderman Freddie Love and former mayor Willie Burnside will be in a Jan. 21 runoff for mayor in a special election in Hollandale. The Delta Democrat Times reports the winner will finish out the term of Melvin Willis Sr., who had been ...

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Ex-Vicksburg mayor reports to federal prison in Florida

VICKSBURG — Former Vicksburg mayor Paul Winfield has reported to a federal prison to begin serving about two years in a federal bribery case. Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke says the 40-year-old Winfield arrived Monday at a minimum security prison in Pensacola, Fla. Winfield, a Democrat, was arrested by the FBI at his house on Feb. 20 in ...

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Delta mayor indicted for false pretense, wire fraud

ROLLING FORK — The mayor of a small town in the Mississippi Delta has been indicted on false pretense and wire fraud charges related to his construction company’s invoices for grants to rehabilitate houses, according to court records. A Sharkey County grand jury charged Rolling Fork Mayor Eldridge “Butch” Walker in two separate indictments Monday, each containing one count of ...

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Flaggs wants to see city restore its bond rating

VICKSBURG — Mayor George Flaggs Jr. has said several times since taking office he wanted to get Vicksburg’s bond rating restored in January. He now says city officials may wait a bit longer. “Even though I think we’re ready, I’m told that you do not want to apply unless you are ready to borrow money,” he said. “You don’t want ...

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Mayor wants new sales tax for 'Progress Hattiesburg'

HATTIESBURG — It may be too late for the 2014 wish list, but Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said he is interested in revisiting the addition of a 1 percent sales tax that could provide the city as much as $10 million annually. That initiative, dubbed “Progress Hattiesburg,” failed to win the necessary approval from the state Legislature during its 2007 ...

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