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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Researchers working in the murky waters of the northern Gulf Coast have located the wreck of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States, historical officials said Wednesday.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lottery bill is defunct for the legislative session, a key lawmaker said Wednesday.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — About one in four Mississippi third graders failed a toughened reading test on the first try this spring, results released Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Education show, leaving it unclear if they will advance to fourth grade.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Relatives of a slaying victim were outraged Wednesday when Mississippi court officials discussed possible bail for a white police officer accused of killing the black woman with whom he was romantically involved.

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SLIDELL, La. (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested 20 people and are looking for 16 more accused of running or working for a heroin ring that was based at a Louisiana tow truck company and was operating in Louisiana and Mississippi.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — In a story May 18 about an interruption in barge traffic along the Mississippi River, The Associated Press erroneously reported the average amount of goods and services that are shipped on the upper Mississippi River from March through May. It is 31 million tons, not 31 tons.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers were giving Weight Watchers $1.5 million for a program that never appeared in any education funding bills or state contracts, just one example of how state legislators have been funneling education funding to favored vendors.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal to legalize sports betting in Louisiana edged forward in the Legislature, winning the backing Tuesday of a committee packed with several anti-gambling lawmakers who unsuccessfully sought to derail the measure.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers clashed Tuesday over the Trump administration's move to send hundreds of Transportation Security Administration employees to the U.S.-Mexico border, and one airport official warned it could lead to long checkpoint lines this summer.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a story May 18 about free smoke alarms, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Mississippi has seen a 41% increase in fire deaths so far this year compared to the same period last year. The state saw a 41% decrease.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Inside Mississippi's only abortion clinic, administrator Shannon Brewer has been fielding phone calls from women who want to know whether they can still terminate a pregnancy if they think they might be more than a few weeks along.

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GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been sentenced to time served for illegally using drugs while possessing guns that had been seized when he was committed to a mental health hospital. Those guns were later returned to him by police.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — If fishing, swimming or going wading is your thing, don't do it in the Pearl River or Jackson area waterways.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi jury has awarded a total of more than $3 million to five African American strippers after a federal judge found the women worked under worse conditions than their white colleagues.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a story May 16 about a search for the new leader of the University of Mississippi, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Jeffrey Vitter was appointed to a distinguished professor post in the University of Mississippi School of Engineering after he stepped do…

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COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Officials of Columbus, Mississippi, are questioning the use of city equipment at private events after a firetruck was used at a gender reveal party to spray pink water into the air.

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TOKYO (AP) — Nissan proposed Friday adding Renault's chief executive, Thierry Bollore, to its board, as well as several outsiders, to strengthen its governance following the arrest of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The year's widespread flooding has made it likely that a big, oxygen-starved "dead zone" off Louisiana's coast will form this summer, the head of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science said Thursday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As abortion opponents cheer the passage of fetal heartbeat laws and other bans on the procedure, abortion-rights groups have been waging a quieter battle in courthouses around the country to overturn less direct restrictions passed in recent years.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives has approved legislation that seeks to end the state's status as one of two states without an equal pay for equal work law.