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EDITOR'S NOTE: "I know that violence research can't change the fear in Jackson of the violence that has continually spiked in the capital city since late 2017. ... Inevitably, some will pound the desk for more police and jail beds."

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Parker DeLoach, a Jackson State University student who creates and performs music under the handle Tht Kid Ker, released his first album, “1999,” on Jan. 1, 2021, his birthday. His second full-body album, titled “No Love 2,” will release in late May.

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The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Library and Information Science will host a literacy and physical activity-themed event called StoryWalk on Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Pocket Museum.

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The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday overturned a medical marijuana initiative that voters approved last fall. Six justices ruled that the medical marijuana initiative is void because the state's initiative process is outdated.

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Jackson drivers faced long lines at the pump this week, eventually using up available supplies at some gas stations around the capital city. #JXN 

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This year's Amazing Teens have all accomplished something that not many can claim: They completed the entirety of the last school year in the midst of a pandemic. #JXN  #AmazingTeens  #JFP 

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Construction is underway at the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in preparation for #Southwest  Airlines’ return to #Mississippi  on Sunday, June 6. #JXN 

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TaLyla Cogbill founded her business, All Businesses Prosper Group, in December 2020 in Northpark Mall. Each weekend, roughly 30 vendors set up shop in the All Businesses Prosper space to sell their wares. #JXN 

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Noah Harris, a 20-year-old from Hattiesburg, Miss., has become the first Black man to be elected student body president at Harvard University.

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Gov. Tate Reeves signed an executive order superseding a patchwork of local bans on public gatherings and declaring that most types of businesses in #Mississippi  are "essential" and thus exempt from social-distancing requirements. #COVID19  #coronavirus 

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Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter, a Democrat who pushed to strengthen public education and improve race relations, has died. He was 97.

#Mississippi is moving toward more intense scrutiny of low-income people on public assistance, an action that comes as a former state welfare director and five other people have been charged with misusing millions of dollars intended for the poor. #TANF 

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Hyde-Smith Demanded No Audience, No Press for Tonight’s Debate

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OPINION: "The state flag of #Mississippi  needs to have the symbol of the Confederacy removed today. Not after a vote, not after three months of deliberation, not after a committee does a study. Today." #msflag  #Confederate 

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