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Jackson disabilities lawsuit settlement reached

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says it's reached a settlement agreement with Jackson officials over claims the city's public transportation was inaccessible to people with disabilities.

A release from the Justice Department said the consent decree must still be approved by the federal court in Jackson. Under terms of the agreement, the city must maintain the wheelchair lifts of city buses and a fixed route system; adequately train personnel to properly assist passengers with disabilities, among several other measures.

City spokesman Chris Mims didn't immediately return a call seeking comment about the agreement. The lawsuit was filed in 2008 in on behalf of 11 Jackson-area residents and advocates for the disabled. Federal officials joined the suit in 2009.

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