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GOP Caucus Chooses Frist

Updated: 12/24/2002 - Sen. Bill Frist, Republican of Tennessee, has been elected to be the next majority leader of the U.S. Senate, with Sen. Trent Lott's support.

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Amber Alert Now in Mississippi

Amber Alert

Updated: 12/23/2002 - Gov. Ronnie Musgrove announced a new statewide system that immediately alerts the public when a child is abducted.

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Group Wants Foster Spared

Updated: 12/23/2002 - Amnesty International has asked the governor to commute the death sentence of Ronald Chris Foster.

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King Day Conundrum Solved

Updated: 12/23/2002 - A conflict over the Martin Luther King Day Parade and Governor-Elect Bob Riley's inaugeration has been resolved.

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Lott Speaks

Trent Lott

Updated: 12/23/2002 - Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi made his first public comments Sunday since resigning as Senate Majority Leader.

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New Trial for Newell

Updated: 12/23/2002 - Court issued decision of the appeals filed by two people convicted in the so-called "Comcast Trial" in Meridian.

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Attorney Carjacked

Updated: 12/23/2002 - Forest attorney Constance Slaughter-Harvey was forced into her car by two masked gunmen, but escaped unharmed.

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Road to Recovery

Storm Damage

Updated: 12/20/2002 - Newton residents are picking up the pieces after an F2 tornado touched down there, injuring at least 50 and causing widespread property loss.

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Victims Recover, Hospitals Cope

Updated: 12/20/2002 - Meridian hospitals were key players in caring for many people hurt when sever weather crossed Newton and Lauderdale Counties. The low blood supply is also a concern.

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Christmas Stories

Updated: 12/20/2002 - Storyteller Sarah Mutziger will share three Christmas stories for an adult-child audience Saturday at the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library.

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Sen. Lott Resigns as Republican Leader

Updated: 12/20/2002 - Sen. Trent Lott will step down as Senate Republican leader a senior GOP aide close to the Mississippian said Friday.

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Restoring "The Grand Lady"

Updated: 12/20/2002 - The restoration of Meridian's Grand Opera House would not be possible without a favorable report from the structural engineer who examined the building.

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Recovery Begins After Twister

Storm Damage

Updated: 12/20/2002 - The governor declared a state of emergency in Newton, after the town was hit by a tornado early Thursday afternoon. Newton schools are closed Friday.

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Lauderdale County Storm Damage

Updated: 12/20/2002 - Parts of Lauderdale County also received extensive damage during severe storms Thursday.

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Tornado Rips Into Newton

Updated: 12/19/2002 - A tornado smashed into stores jammed with holiday shoppers in Newton Thursday, injuring about 50 people, with at least two critically.

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Getting It There

MailBox

Updated: 12/19/2002 - Even though Christmas is only a week away, you can still get gifts delivered, but don't wait long.

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Toys for Tots Delivery

Updated: 12/18/2002 - Marines unloaded more than 3,000 toys collected during the year's Toys for Tots campaign at the Wesley House.

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Spirit of Giving

Updated: 12/19/2002 - Peavey Electronics employees donated both money and time to supply new bicycles for needy children.

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Pastor Calls for Communication

Posted: 12/18/2002 - A local pastor involved in an incident with Meridian Police has called for a community forum to discuss problems with the department.

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Anderson Sentenced

Updated: 12/18/2002 - The former operator of the Children's Clinic in Meridian, Dr. Walter Anderson, was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

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Ford to Step Down

Updated: 12/18/2002 - Mississippi House Speaker Tim Ford announced he would not seek reelection in 2003.

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Lott Not Resigning

Updated: 12/18/2002 - One of his colleagues said Wednesday that Senator Trent Lott should resign from his leadership position, but Lott says he's "hanging in there."

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Wesley House Christmas

Updated: 12/18/2002 - WTOK-TV hosted its annual Wesley House Christmas party at the Dentzel Carousel at Highland Park.

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