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WLBT's General Manager will share his views on a specific topic that impacts our community during weekly Consider This segments.

We also want your feedback. If you have something you want to share, or you want to provide us with a differing opinion from this viewpoint, you can e-mail us at considerthis@wlbt.com.

The goal of this segment is to create healthy, respectful, and constructive debate about topics that you are talking about in our community.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: We Are Here to Represent You

    CONSIDER THIS: We Are Here to Represent You

    Friday, August 17 2018 5:44 PM EDT2018-08-17 21:44:36 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    President Trump continues to be frustrated with media coverage that is not flattering, using terms like “disgusting fake news,’ and in one presidential tweet, saying journalists “cause wars.”

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    President Trump continues to be frustrated with media coverage that is not flattering, using terms like “disgusting fake news,’ and in one presidential tweet, saying journalists “cause wars.”

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Driver Service Operation Needs Overhaul

    CONSIDER THIS: Driver Service Operation Needs Overhaul

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 5:04 PM EDT2018-08-14 21:04:39 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    If you’ve had to visit a driver’s license facility you know it is an inefficient operation and a great example of government dysfunction. Instead of reducing the number of offices, the Department of Public Safety needs to open more locations, especially in the more populated areas like Metro Jackson.

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    If you’ve had to visit a driver’s license facility you know it is an inefficient operation and a great example of government dysfunction. Instead of reducing the number of offices, the Department of Public Safety needs to open more locations, especially in the more populated areas like Metro Jackson.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Time for a Special Session

    CONSIDER THIS: Time for a Special Session

    Thursday, August 9 2018 8:03 PM EDT2018-08-10 00:03:48 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    We keep waiting to hear when Governor Bryant will call a special legislative session to address funding for roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Word is, leaders in the Senate and House can’t agree on what they will consider as options for those funding sources. 

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    We keep waiting to hear when Governor Bryant will call a special legislative session to address funding for roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Word is, leaders in the Senate and House can’t agree on what they will consider as options for those funding sources. 

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  • Consider This: Business on the Rez

    Consider This: Business on the Rez

    Tuesday, July 31 2018 6:16 PM EDT2018-07-31 22:16:10 GMT
    Most people love the water. The biggest water attraction in Central Mississippi is the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Source: WLBTMost people love the water. The biggest water attraction in Central Mississippi is the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Source: WLBT

    Most people love the water. The biggest water attraction in Central Mississippi is the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

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    Most people love the water. The biggest water attraction in Central Mississippi is the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Senseless Killings Continue

    CONSIDER THIS: Senseless Killings Continue

    Tuesday, July 31 2018 5:43 PM EDT2018-07-31 21:43:11 GMT
    Source: WLBT archivesSource: WLBT archives

    The senseless killings continue. This past week two nuns were murdered in Holmes County. Every murder is a tragedy, but when the victims are children, or in this case, nuns who were selflessly serving one of the most oppressed areas of the country, it is more shocking.

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    The senseless killings continue. This past week two nuns were murdered in Holmes County. Every murder is a tragedy, but when the victims are children, or in this case, nuns who were selflessly serving one of the most oppressed areas of the country, it is more shocking.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Weather Alert Days

    CONSIDER THIS: Weather Alert Days

    Thursday, July 19 2018 4:58 PM EDT2018-07-19 20:58:37 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    July and August are the hottest months in Mississippi, and this weekend the heat will be intense. In fact, the weather will be so hot we are bringing extra attention to the conditions implementing Weather Alert Days for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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    July and August are the hottest months in Mississippi, and this weekend the heat will be intense. In fact, the weather will be so hot we are bringing extra attention to the conditions implementing Weather Alert Days for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Brandon Mayor Butch Lee

    GUEST COMMENTARY: Brandon Mayor Butch Lee

    Tuesday, July 10 2018 4:13 PM EDT2018-07-10 20:13:21 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    The US Supreme Court ruled last month that states can require those who sell goods with no physical presence in our state to remit sales tax. That puts our local business owners on a level playing field with internet sales.

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    The US Supreme Court ruled last month that states can require those who sell goods with no physical presence in our state to remit sales tax. That puts our local business owners on a level playing field with internet sales.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Move Over

    CONSIDER THIS: Move Over

    Thursday, July 5 2018 6:52 PM EDT2018-07-05 22:52:21 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    New laws went into effect this week and one deals with people who like to camp in the left lane when driving. The new guidelines apply to any road with at least four lanes stating a vehicle should not impede traffic in the left lane.

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    New laws went into effect this week and one deals with people who like to camp in the left lane when driving. The new guidelines apply to any road with at least four lanes stating a vehicle should not impede traffic in the left lane.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Remembering Mississippians

    CONSIDER THIS: Remembering Mississippians

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 2:24 PM EDT2018-07-03 18:24:15 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Carruth and Dye left their mark in different ways, but they both loved our state and they left it better than they found it.

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    Carruth and Dye left their mark in different ways, but they both loved our state and they left it better than they found it.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: New Owners for WLBT

    CONSIDER THIS: New Owners for WLBT

    Tuesday, June 26 2018 7:14 PM EDT2018-06-26 23:14:14 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Even though our company is growing, WLBT will remain committed to communities we serve across Central and Southwest Mississippi.

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    Even though our company is growing, WLBT will remain committed to communities we serve across Central and Southwest Mississippi.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Immigration

    CONSIDER THIS: Immigration

    Thursday, June 21 2018 4:53 PM EDT2018-06-21 20:53:48 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Thousands and thousands of people have been illegally crossing the southern border of the United States. When the adults were charged with breaking the law, they were separated from their children. 

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    Thousands and thousands of people have been illegally crossing the southern border of the United States. When the adults were charged with breaking the law, they were separated from their children. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Help Prevent Suicides

    CONSIDER THIS: Help Prevent Suicides

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 5:25 PM EDT2018-06-19 21:25:56 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    You can encourage them to contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK, that’s 1-800-273-8255.

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    You can encourage them to contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK, that’s 1-800-273-8255.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Cleaning Up the Water Billing Mess

    CONSIDER THIS: Cleaning Up the Water Billing Mess

    Thursday, June 14 2018 10:20 PM EDT2018-06-15 02:20:03 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Earlier this year the city revealed there was more than $20 million in missing revenue after discovering a third of the city's residents do not get water bills. For a city struggling for revenue, recovering that money is critical.

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    Earlier this year the city revealed there was more than $20 million in missing revenue after discovering a third of the city's residents do not get water bills. For a city struggling for revenue, recovering that money is critical.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: We Need to Vote

    CONSIDER THIS: We Need to Vote

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 5:25 PM EDT2018-06-12 21:25:44 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    The people elected to represent us cast votes that impact how much we pay in taxes, the funding Mississippi receives for road and bridge improvements, health benefits, and many of our very important rights we have as Americans.

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    The people elected to represent us cast votes that impact how much we pay in taxes, the funding Mississippi receives for road and bridge improvements, health benefits, and many of our very important rights we have as Americans.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Social Media Consequences

    CONSIDER THIS: Social Media Consequences

    Thursday, May 31 2018 4:33 PM EDT2018-05-31 20:33:10 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    The Walt Disney Company which owns ABC took swift action this week after Roseanne Barr made racist comments about Valerie Jarrett, a former Obama administration staffer. The network canceled the reboot of her popular sitcom, sending a clear message. 

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    The Walt Disney Company which owns ABC took swift action this week after Roseanne Barr made racist comments about Valerie Jarrett, a former Obama administration staffer. The network canceled the reboot of her popular sitcom, sending a clear message. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Things Must Change

    CONSIDER THIS: Things Must Change

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 7:39 PM EDT2018-05-22 23:39:50 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    A freaking open manhole cover.

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    A freaking open manhole cover.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: How to Pay for Improvements?

    CONSIDER THIS: How to Pay for Improvements?

    Thursday, May 10 2018 5:20 PM EDT2018-05-10 21:20:08 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    We received a lot of feedback on increasing the fuel tax to pay for road and bridge improvements. Some people said it would be a regressive tax and unfairly punish people who can least afford it. Some said it makes sense.

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    We received a lot of feedback on increasing the fuel tax to pay for road and bridge improvements. Some people said it would be a regressive tax and unfairly punish people who can least afford it. Some said it makes sense.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Focus on Priorities

    CONSIDER THIS: Focus on Priorities

    Thursday, May 3 2018 5:22 PM EDT2018-05-03 21:22:59 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    This week was a terrible week in Jackson. Three people were shot and killed, and crime has reached record levels.

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    This week was a terrible week in Jackson. Three people were shot and killed, and crime has reached record levels.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Recognizing Success

    CONSIDER THIS: Recognizing Success

    Tuesday, May 1 2018 8:12 PM EDT2018-05-02 00:12:35 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Congratulations to everyone who scored so well on the ACT. Your hard work will pay off with scholarships and other benefits, removing some of the hurdles that prevent students from attending college. And congratulations to the leaders at Northwest Rankin for coming up with a clever idea to inspire their students.

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    Congratulations to everyone who scored so well on the ACT. Your hard work will pay off with scholarships and other benefits, removing some of the hurdles that prevent students from attending college. And congratulations to the leaders at Northwest Rankin for coming up with a clever idea to inspire their students.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Costco Zoning Lawsuit

    CONSIDER THIS: Costco Zoning Lawsuit

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 4:51 PM EDT2018-04-25 20:51:15 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    The court ruled the proposed rezoning by Ridgeland officials to allow the fuel station was not handled correctly and is not allowed under the current zoning classification.  However, even with the fuel station off the table, it appears Costco is moving forward with plans to build the store.

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    The court ruled the proposed rezoning by Ridgeland officials to allow the fuel station was not handled correctly and is not allowed under the current zoning classification.  However, even with the fuel station off the table, it appears Costco is moving forward with plans to build the store.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Juuling

    CONSIDER THIS: Juuling

    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:59 PM EDT2018-04-19 21:59:07 GMT

    As e-cigarettes and vapes become more popular with adult smokers trying to quit cigarettes, young people are also starting to use the devices. One device, a more dangerous option, is becoming more and more popular. It’s called a Juul.

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    As e-cigarettes and vapes become more popular with adult smokers trying to quit cigarettes, young people are also starting to use the devices. One device, a more dangerous option, is becoming more and more popular. It’s called a Juul.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Fix Mississippi's Roads and Bridges

    CONSIDER THIS: Fix Mississippi's Roads and Bridges

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 11:08 PM EDT2018-04-18 03:08:20 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    In fact, in the past week Governor Bryant closed more than 100 bridges because of safety concerns. It takes money to fix the problems, but state leaders can’t agree on how to fund those improvements. However, if the state doesn’t address the decay, look no further than Jackson as an example of what happens when maintenance is neglected.

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    In fact, in the past week Governor Bryant closed more than 100 bridges because of safety concerns. It takes money to fix the problems, but state leaders can’t agree on how to fund those improvements. However, if the state doesn’t address the decay, look no further than Jackson as an example of what happens when maintenance is neglected.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Community Improvement Districts

    CONSIDER THIS: Community Improvement Districts

    Tuesday, April 3 2018 5:23 PM EDT2018-04-03 21:23:21 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    A CID is basically a designated zone where people in the area decide whether they want to increase their own taxes to pay for community improvements.

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    A CID is basically a designated zone where people in the area decide whether they want to increase their own taxes to pay for community improvements.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Nissan

    CONSIDER THIS: Nissan

    Tuesday, March 27 2018 9:44 PM EDT2018-03-28 01:44:37 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    There are many, many businesses that drive the economy for the region. It takes small, medium and large operations to create a healthy business climate. One of our major manufacturers gets a lot of attention because of the number of employees and the size of the operation.

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    There are many, many businesses that drive the economy for the region. It takes small, medium and large operations to create a healthy business climate. One of our major manufacturers gets a lot of attention because of the number of employees and the size of the operation.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

    CONSIDER THIS: Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

    Thursday, March 22 2018 4:29 PM EDT2018-03-22 20:29:39 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Governor Bryant made it official this week when he announced he is appointing state Ag Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith to fill the Senate seat of Thad Cochran when he retires in the coming days.

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    Governor Bryant made it official this week when he announced he is appointing state Ag Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith to fill the Senate seat of Thad Cochran when he retires in the coming days.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Downtown Crime

    CONSIDER THIS: Downtown Crime

    Thursday, March 15 2018 4:41 PM EDT2018-03-15 20:41:13 GMT
    The Mississippi Sunshine Protection Act has a nice ring to it. Source: WLBTThe Mississippi Sunshine Protection Act has a nice ring to it. Source: WLBT

    We’ve said many times that Jackson cannot achieve its full potential if it doesn’t get a handle on the excessive crime throughout the city. To become the most radical city on the planet, as Mayor Lumumba likes to say, the city needs to radically reduce crime. 

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    We’ve said many times that Jackson cannot achieve its full potential if it doesn’t get a handle on the excessive crime throughout the city. To become the most radical city on the planet, as Mayor Lumumba likes to say, the city needs to radically reduce crime. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Transparency not secrecy

    CONSIDER THIS: Transparency not secrecy

    Thursday, March 1 2018 6:45 PM EST2018-03-01 23:45:10 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    This week Jackson Mayor Lumumba signed an executive order NOT to release any mugshots of people shot by Jackson police officers. The mayor says parading the faces of those shot is insensitive to the families of those who lost their lives.

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    This week Jackson Mayor Lumumba signed an executive order NOT to release any mugshots of people shot by Jackson police officers. The mayor says parading the faces of those shot is insensitive to the families of those who lost their lives.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Daylight Saving Time

    CONSIDER THIS: Daylight Saving Time

    Tuesday, March 13 2018 9:15 PM EDT2018-03-14 01:15:41 GMT
    The Mississippi Sunshine Protection Act has a nice ring to it. Source: WLBTThe Mississippi Sunshine Protection Act has a nice ring to it. Source: WLBT

    The Mississippi Sunshine Protection Act has a nice ring to it.

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    The Mississippi Sunshine Protection Act has a nice ring to it.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Thad Cochran

    CONSIDER THIS: Thad Cochran

    Thursday, March 8 2018 5:04 PM EST2018-03-08 22:04:45 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Senator Thad Cochran announced he is retiring in a few weeks after serving in the US Senate since 1978. He is the 10th-longest-serving senator in U.S. history. Before his election to the Senate, he served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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    Senator Thad Cochran announced he is retiring in a few weeks after serving in the US Senate since 1978. He is the 10th-longest-serving senator in U.S. history. Before his election to the Senate, he served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Medical Corridor

    CONSIDER THIS: Medical Corridor

    Thursday, March 1 2018 4:52 PM EST2018-03-01 21:52:37 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    In his State of the State Address, Governor Bryant talked about the continued expansion of the medical corridor, envisioned as a healthcare-focused area stretching from the I-220 down Woodrow Wilson Avenue to I-55.

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    In his State of the State Address, Governor Bryant talked about the continued expansion of the medical corridor, envisioned as a healthcare-focused area stretching from the I-220 down Woodrow Wilson Avenue to I-55.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Jackson City Councilman Aaron Banks

    GUEST COMMENTARY: Jackson City Councilman Aaron Banks

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 7:33 PM EST2018-02-21 00:33:56 GMT

    Greetings, I’m Aaron Banks, City Councilman for Ward 6 in Jackson. During the emergency water crises that our capital city faced a few weeks ago, there were several missed opportunities. I want to be very clear as to why we should be about the business of fixing Jackson and we must put Jacksonians to work:

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    Greetings, I’m Aaron Banks, City Councilman for Ward 6 in Jackson. During the emergency water crises that our capital city faced a few weeks ago, there were several missed opportunities. I want to be very clear as to why we should be about the business of fixing Jackson and we must put Jacksonians to work:

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  • Consider This: EBO Requirements

    Consider This: EBO Requirements

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 6:36 PM EST2018-02-13 23:36:41 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    A month ago, severe cold weather moved into the area causing serious challenges with broken water lines and low water pressure across the City of Jackson. It had a significant impact on businesses and residents, but the city did a respectable job dealing with those issues and fixing the problem as quickly as possible.

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    A month ago, severe cold weather moved into the area causing serious challenges with broken water lines and low water pressure across the City of Jackson. It had a significant impact on businesses and residents, but the city did a respectable job dealing with those issues and fixing the problem as quickly as possible.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Free Community College

    CONSIDER THIS: Free Community College

    Wednesday, January 24 2018 9:31 AM EST2018-01-24 14:31:58 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    A recent study by The Secretary of State’s Office revealed a common hurdle to starting a business, investing, and expanding operations in Mississippi. The challenge: an experienced workforce.

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    A recent study by The Secretary of State’s Office revealed a common hurdle to starting a business, investing, and expanding operations in Mississippi. The challenge: an experienced workforce.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Get Out of the Zoo Business

    CONSIDER THIS: Get Out of the Zoo Business

    Tuesday, August 7 2018 1:20 PM EDT2018-08-07 17:20:07 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    The situation at the Jackson Zoo has gone from bad to worse to the point of no return. The small glimmer of hope that the zoo could survive with a possible move to another location in Jackson is no longer an option

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    The situation at the Jackson Zoo has gone from bad to worse to the point of no return. The small glimmer of hope that the zoo could survive with a possible move to another location in Jackson is no longer an option

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Jackson Schools Bond Referendum

    CONSIDER THIS: Jackson Schools Bond Referendum

    Friday, August 3 2018 12:43 PM EDT2018-08-03 16:43:02 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Next week people who live in Jackson will decide if they want to invest in their public schools. There is a referendum that, if approved, would generate $65 million for building improvements, renovations and other construction projects.

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    Next week people who live in Jackson will decide if they want to invest in their public schools. There is a referendum that, if approved, would generate $65 million for building improvements, renovations and other construction projects.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Stop the Spillway Littering

    CONSIDER THIS: Stop the Spillway Littering

    Tuesday, July 31 2018 6:16 PM EDT2018-07-31 22:16:12 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    It’s hard to understand how people can be so inconsiderate and unconcerned about keeping the area clean.

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    It’s hard to understand how people can be so inconsiderate and unconcerned about keeping the area clean.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Jackson Murders

    CONSIDER THIS: Jackson Murders

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 7:42 PM EDT2018-07-17 23:42:55 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    We have shared many times that things are improving in Jackson. The new administration has been in office for more than a year and the leadership team is having a positive impact on infrastructure and other areas that have been neglected.

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    We have shared many times that things are improving in Jackson. The new administration has been in office for more than a year and the leadership team is having a positive impact on infrastructure and other areas that have been neglected.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Your Feedback

    CONSIDER THIS: Your Feedback

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 11:17 PM EDT2018-05-16 03:17:57 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Thanks for sharing your comments. Keep the ideas coming. 

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    Thanks for sharing your comments. Keep the ideas coming. 

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