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$15M contract could go to Jackson mayor’s political ally


JACKSON — An attorney and a Jackson City Council member say a Jackson Department of Public Works recommendation to award a $15 million contract to a political ally of Mayor Tony Yarber may have been biased. The Clarion-Ledger reported Wednesday that a consultant and city Public Works Director Kishia Powell have recommended that Denali-SGE be awarded the waste disposal contract. ...

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Furloughs, cuts part of budget OKd by Jackson council


JACKSON — Jackson’s City Council has approved a budget that includes furloughs for most city employees. WAPT-TV reports that the vote Thursday was 5-2 in favor of the $381.6 million budget. The revised budget from Mayor Tony Yarber also included departmental cuts, a spending moratorium and hiring freezes, which he said were necessary to make up a $15 million deficit. ...

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Costco — a long time coming and not there yet


By JACK WEATHERLY It is no secret that Costco has had trouble trying to move into the metro Jackson market. Which is not to say that it hasn’t been recruited – openly in one case, and not so openly in another. Last year, its efforts to build a store on Lakeland Boulevard in Jackson were rebuffed by the city Planning ...

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8 cities, including Jackson, cited in data program from ex-NYC mayor Bloomberg


NEW YORK — Jackson, Mississippi, and Mesa, Arizona, aim to make troves of data about city operations available online for the first time. Tulsa, Oklahoma, plans to make its data releases more useful for the public. Seattle wants to use contract data to help ensure vendors deliver on their promises. They’re among the first eight winners, announced Wednesday, in a ...

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U.S. tariffs a factor in Chinese company seeking plant in Jackson?


By JACK WEATHERLY  While there is nothing new under the sun, things do change. Such as the solar market, which has since the Solyndra debacle that gave the Obama administration a black eye. The California startup defaulted on a $535 million federal loan in 2011. It subsequently filed a $1.5 billion antitrust suit against China’s three largest solar panel makers. ...

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Jackson mayor declares infrastructure emergency

JACKSON — Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber has signed an emergency declaration for Jackson’s infrastructure system. Thursday’s state of emergency declaration allows leeway in the bidding process with purchasing, engineering and other work and may lead to an influx of federal funds to assist with repairs. Yarber met with Gov. Phil Bryant and representatives of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality ...

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$2 million makeover for Jackson’s Smith Park in conceptual stage

A vision for the first revamp of downtown Jackson’s Smith Park in more than 40 years is taking shape. A project committee of downtown business leaders hope to raise private money to secure a contribution from state government for a $2 million redo that involves opening up the 2.4-acre park’s visibility and access, building a new bandstand and eliminating water ...

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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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Rethinking Farish Street — Mayor, Jackson city council want to take over redevelopment effort

Jackson’s mayor and City Council say they want to begin calling the shots on redeveloping downtown’s Farish Street. Voicing frustration last week with the years of starts, stops and legal entanglements that have marked the Jackson Redevelopment Authority’s handling of the now-dead redevelopment, Mayor Tony Yarber and the council say they want the entire project “rethought.” And they want to ...

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