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YP 7/6/21 Daily Summary |  Mississippi News and Politics

In February, the city of Jackson lost water service due to the ice storm and Jackson residents were without water for nearly a month. The Mississippi Department of Agriculture is working to find solutions to help residents if a similar situation arises in the future.

Testing for a well at the fairgrounds began last week. It is hoped that it can provide water to those who live in Jackson in the event that the water system fails again, as it did in February. Assuming everything goes according to plan, construction of a well could be completed by the end of this year.

The water system failure occurred during the time of the National Dixie Rodeo. Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner Andy Gipson canceled many of the National Dixie Rodeo events due to lack of access to water.

YP – Federal court to hear the case about Mississippi law that prevents voting of some serious crimes

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will review a Mississippi law that prevents certain convicted felons from voting.

According to the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, people who were convicted of certain felonies would never regain their voting rights. That original list included: bribery, robbery, theft, arson, obtaining money or property under false pretenses, perjury, forgery, embezzlement or bigamy …

… The current lawsuit was originally filed by the Mississippi Justice Center, referring to the existing law as a “Jim-Crow-era provision” that became part of the Mississippi Constitution of 1890.

MCJ, as well as others, including 1896 Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Cooper, believe that these stipulations were created under racist notions, assuming that black people were more likely to commit these crimes.

State Senator Harkins proposes miss. State championship day

WDAM – Miss. state senator gives update on medical marijuana

“You could have a medical marijuana called medical marijuana but actually a recreational marijuana. Or he could have a very strict and truly medical marijuana type program, ”Fillingane said.

Since Initiative 65 received the ax from the state Supreme Court due to an outdated initiative process, it will take action by the state legislature to establish a medical marijuana program in Mississippi.

“The point we are now trying to get to is what we want to do. Do we have legislation in place that would accomplish that, and do we have the consensus of the House and Senate that there are enough majorities in both houses to pass the bill? My guess is that there will be, ”Fillingane said.

WTVA – Under Pressure, Company Cancels Tennessee Pipeline

Environmentalists and activists claimed victory Saturday after a company canceled plans to build a pipeline through southwestern Tennessee and northern Mississippi, and over an aquifer that provides drinking water to 1 million people.

Byhalia Connection said it will no longer pursue plans to build a 49-mile (79-kilometer) underground artery that would have connected two major US pipelines as they traversed wetlands and poor, predominantly black neighborhoods in South Memphis.

Byhalia Connection, a joint venture between Valero and Plains All American Pipeline, had said the pipeline would bring jobs and tax revenue to the region, and had donated to Memphis-area charities and tried to build goodwill in the community. But, in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday, Byhalia Connection said it was canceling the project “due to lower US oil production as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“We value the relationships we have built through the development of this project and we appreciate those who supported the project,” the Byhalia Connection statement said.

WLOX – BBB: Beware Scammers Targeting Child Tax Credits

Better Business Bureau warns you about scammers looking for child tax credits.

From July 15 through December 2021, if you qualify for payments through the American Rescue Plan Act, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said it will send monthly payments via direct deposit, paper check, or debit cards.

These payments advance on the child tax credit, which means that eligible individuals will get up to half of their child tax credit on these monthly payments and the other half when they file their 2021 taxes. You can go click here to see who qualifies, how much you can receive, and how to address any issues. You will also have the option to unsubscribe from the advance payment program.

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