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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmental groups and women from Alaska and Louisiana say the Environmental Protection Agency has dragged its heels on issuing rules for oil spill dispersants, and they're ready to sue to demand them.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Mississippi teenagers who helped rescue a toddler as her mother's vehicle was sinking in a creek say they are glad a judge has dropped charges against the woman, whose other two children drowned as the unattended vehicle slipped underwater.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi's interim leader, beset by calls from students and faculty to relocate a Confederate soldier monument, announced agreement Thursday that it should be moved from its current location on campus.

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Mississippi's governor signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country on Thursday. The bill outlaws abortions after the heartbeat of a fetus can be detected, around roughly the sixth week of a pregnancy. The ban is set to take effect on July 1, but abortion-rights a…

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Senate on Thursday approved a plan to join other states in asking for a national convention to propose amendments to the U.S Constitution, with supporters saying it's the best hope for limiting federal power, spending and debt.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday signed one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation — a measure that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil and gas companies made $244.3 million in high bids for federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico, about 37 percent above what the last gulf-wide sale generated in August and nearly twice as much as a sale a year ago.

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Gerrymandering is on trial as the U.S. Supreme Court and judges in a dozen states consider whether mapmakers — typically state lawmakers — have gone too far in manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts for their own advantage.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi jury awarded $250,000 in damages Tuesday to a woman jailed 96 days without seeing a judge, a case spotlighting how Mississippi still struggles to provide access to lawyers or bail to people jailed before trial.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Deeply troubled by a Mississippi prosecutor's pattern of excluding African-American jurors, the Supreme Court seemed in broad agreement Wednesday that a black death row inmate's conviction and death sentence at his sixth murder trial could not stand.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Lawmakers on Tuesday gave final passage to a bill meant to make Mississippi schools safer from mass shootings, including mandatory twice-yearly active shooter drills and a threat-reporting mechanism to be monitored by the state Department or Public Safety.