- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi county board of supervisors says it wants to be removed from a lawsuit against the state transportation commission alleging discrimination in how federal highway and bridge money is spent.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/2rXCxWS ) the Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted Monday on a resolution clarifying that it doesn’t want to be a party although it was listed as a plaintiff in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed in late May, says half of federal funds are to be spent in an area with a population of at least 200,000. It argues that although only Hinds County qualifies, a disproportionate amount goes to predominantly white Madison and Rankin counties.

The Board says it never gave authority for the lawsuit’s filing, as a majority of the current members weren’t on when a discussion was had.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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