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Celebrating Black History

Updated: 02/21/2005 - Meridian's Northwest Junior High School saluted important contributions made by African-Americans in a special program Monday.

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Lawmakers Lobbied for Arts

Updated: 02/21/2005 - Singer Faith Hill visited her home state on behalf of the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center, slated to be built in Meridian.

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Shots Fired at Shipyard

Updated: 02/21/2005 - A veteran employee of Northrop Grumman is accused of opening fire at work Monday morning, seriously injuring two other workers.

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One Held in Fatal Shooting

Updated: 02/21/2005 - The Kemper County Sheriff's Department has charged a suspect in a deadly shooting Sunday that claimed the life of a local high school student.

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Alabama Medicaid

Updated: 02/21/2005 - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley says the state's long-running dispute with Medicaid is over.

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Medicaid Deficit

Updated: 02/21/2005 - The clock is ticking for Mississippi lawmakers to come up with a solution on how to address the state's Medicaid deficit.

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185th Gets Warm Welcome

Updated: 02/20/2005 - Members of the Mississippi National Guard's Company G, 185th Aviation returned home to a huge welcome at the armory in Meridian.

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Fleming: "Small Planes Safe"

Updated: 02/20/2005 - The fatal crash of a small aircraft in Lauderdale County recently may have raised safety concerns, but at least one Mississippi pilot defends the safety of single engine planes.

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Coyotes Cause Concern

Updated: 02/20/2005 - About a dozen coyotes have been roaming around a Lamar County, Miss. neighborhood, causing fear for some residents.

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Education "Upgrade" Up for Debate

Updated: 02/20/2005 - Gov. Haley Barbour's "UpGrade" education package is touted as a way to make significant changes without a hefty price tag. But some education officials wonder about its effectiveness.

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Not All Holiday Pay Is Created Equal

Updated: 02/18/2005 - Members of the Meridian City Council discussed holiday pay for police officers and firefighters, but the controversial issue is still undecided.

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Hamill Plans for Future

Updated: 02/18/2005 - Former hostage Thomas Hamill has a new lease on life and wrote a book, but he says he's not exactly on "Easy Street."

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Code Red Could Get Green Light

Updated: 02/19/2005 - A new community-wide emergency messaging system will soon come before Lauderdale County supervisors and Meridian City Council members for consideration.

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Remembering and Making History

Updated: 02/18/2005 - The R.L.T. Smith Head Start Center celebrated Black History Month by saluting military heroes of the past.

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Two Charged With Theft

Updated: 02/18/2005 - Two Lauderdale County men were charged with embezzlement and attempted armed robbery in incidents at a television station.

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Officers Receive Safety Awards

Updated: 02/18/2005 - Law enforcement officers who issued tickets to drivers who did not have young children properly restrained were honored by the state of Mississippi.

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Shooting Update

Updated: 02/18/2005 - A suspect in last weekend's shooting in Wayne County has bonded out of jail.

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Security Still on Table

Updated: 02/17/2005 - Lauderdale County's supervisors again debated the merits of adding security for the annex building that houses its offices, as well as the school district office and justice court.

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Grants Awarded to Fire Departments

Updated: 02/17/2005 - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has approved grants for volunteer fire departments in Choctaw and Marengo Counties.

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Company G, 185th to Return Home

Updated: 02/18/2005 - About 80 soldiers of the Mississippi Army National Guard's Company G, 185th Aviation Unit are scheduled to return home Friday.

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Shelby Bill to Help Military Families

Updated: 02/17/2005 - A bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate to offer income tax credits of up to $20,000 for military reservists who are serving on active duty.

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Thomas Hamill: Part II

Updated: 02/17/2005 - Cattle herder to hero may best describe former hostage Thomas Hamill. Now, almost a year after his ordeal in Iraq, Hamill says there are common misconceptions about the Iraqi people.

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