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Missions at Home

Updated: 12/26/2002 - First Assembly of God Church in Meridian seeks to reach the hungry and the working poor with a year-round program, Feed the World.

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Fighting Smallpox Smarter

Updated: 12/24/2002 - The University of Alabama at Birmingham is working on a better way to fight the smallpox virus.

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Less Travel Expected

Updated: 12/24/2002 - Travel for the Christmas and New Year's holidays is expected to be less than in 2001, but motorists may see cheaper gas prices.

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One Arrest in Lawyer Kidnapping

Updated: 12/24/2002 - A suspect in the robbery and kidnapping of Constance Slaughter-Harvey is being held without bond.

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Last Minute Shopping

Updated: 12/24/2002 - Mississippi retailers are hoping last minute shoppers will rescue this holiday season from the doldrums.

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MPD Probes Violent Crimes

Updated: 12/24/2002 - The Meridian Police Department has investigations underway into a series of crimes over the past three days.

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Monument Remains in Place

Updated: 12/23/2002 - A stay was granted Monday, allowing the Ten Commandments monument to remain at the state judicial building for the time being.

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You Drink, You Drive, You Lose

Updated: 12/23/2002 - A targeted enforcement effort to stop people from driving drunk is in effect through the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

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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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