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The AP's Top 10 News Stories in Mississippi

Updated: 12/28/2003 - Mississippi's top story in 2003 was the election of Haley Barbour as governor. The Associated Press and member organization rank the top 10 news stories in the state.

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Two Deadly Fires in One Week

Updated: 12/27/2003 - The Meridian Fire Department is still investigating the cause of two fatal fires in just one week. As a result the fire department wants to stress the importance of fire safety.

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Mash Bash 2003

Updated: 12/27/2003 - Blood supplies are critically low going into the 7th annual Mash Bash. Organizers are hopping for a record turnout.

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Fire Units Called Out

Updated: 12/26/2003 - Meridian firefighters were called to the scene of a house fire late Friday afternoon.

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Remembering Tragedy, Friendship

Updated: 12/26/2003 - Two soldiers who fought side by side in the Vietnam War were reunited after three decades.

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Inmate Appeals to Highest Court

Updated: 12/26/2003 - A man convicted of burglary in Scott County is appealing his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Trade Act May Mean More Benefits

Updated: 12/26/2003 - Former employees of Avery Dennison, including those who were leased from Adecco may be eligible for extended benefits.

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Kwanzaa Celebrated

Updated: 12/26/2003 - The African American holiday, Kwanzaa, continues through Jan. 1.

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SBC Exiting Alliance

Updated: 12/26/2003 - The Southern Baptist Convention is expected to withdraw from the Baptist World Alliance.

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Board Considers Math Change

Updated: 12/26/2003 - The Mississippi Board of Education will consider a proposal to make geometry optional rather than a mandatory requirement for high school graduation.

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Timber May Be Recovering

Updated: 12/26/2003 - Mississippi's timber industry may be stabilizing after several tough years.

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Holiday Shopping

Updated: 12/26/2003 - The day after Christmas means big sales for shoppers and merchandise exchanges for retailers.

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Census Report: Minority Population Up

Updated: 12/26/2003 - The 2000 Census revealed that in meridian for the first time there were more minority residents than white residents. Is it a trend?

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Working on Christmas

Updated: 12/26/2003 - Dec. 25 wasn't a holiday for everyone. Hospitals, fire departments and police stations were among the many places that have to stay open on no matter what.

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Poultry vs. Beef

Updated: 12/24/2003 - The chicken industry could benefit from the nation's first case of mad cow disease.

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Alabama Pushes for Malvo Trial

Updated: 12/24/2003 - Sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo could soon be tried in Alabama for a fatal Montgomery shooting linked to the Washington-area sniper deaths.

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Candles Recalled

Updated: 12/24/2003 - Home Trends holiday candle sets are being recalled, because paint used on them could be flammable.

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Riley Applauds National Guard

Updated: 12/24/2003 - Alabama's national guardsmen received a visit from Gov. Bob Riley on Christmas Eve.

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Schools Plan for Success

Updated: 12/24/2003 - Reviews of Mississippi's lowest performing schools have been completed. Now schools are coming up with plans to improve.

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Fire Victims Identified

Updated: 12/23/2003 - The names of three people who died in a west Alabama fire have been released.

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Cause of Death Determined

Updated: 12/23/2003 - A preliminary autopsy revealed the cause of a man's death in a house fire Sunday in Meridian.

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The Nation on Alert

Updated: 12/23/2003 - ABC News has learned the U.S. government is concerned about attacks using overseas airliners.

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Jobs Outlook? Depends on Who Asked

Updated: 12/23/2003 - The national economy is improving and unemployment dropping. What is the local impact on the job market?

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Group Focuses on Mission

Updated: 12/23/2003 - An organization pushing for a new Alabama state constitution is regrouping after the death of its founder and planning a grassroots effort for 2004.

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Flu Shots Delayed

Updated: 12/23/2003 - Mississippi will not receive additional flu vaccine until at least January.

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