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City settles sexual harassment lawsuit against former mayor

Mississippi’s largest city is settling a sexual harassment lawsuit against a former mayor. WJTV reports that the Jackson City Council on Tuesday approved a city payment of $10,000 to settle the lawsuit filed in 2016 against Tony Yarber, who was mayor at the time. Kimberly V. Bracey was hired as Yarber’s executive assistant when he became mayor after winning a 2014 special ...

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Jackson to get $1.2M to remediate lead-based paint

The City of Jackson is getting $1.2 million in funding to help remediate lead-based paint in 86 eligible low-income housing units in the county. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday announced the award through its Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program. The city’s also getting $150,000 in Healthy Homes supplemental funding. The City of Jackson ...

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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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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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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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