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School Grades Analyzed

Updated: 08/15/2003 - Test scores for Mississippi's public schools show improvement in almost every subject and grade level, but education officials say the improvement may not be enough.

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Tax Debate Heating Up

Updated: 08/13/2003 - Supporters and opponents of tax package proposed by Alabama Gov. Bob Riley keep the heat on as Sept. 9 approaches.

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Status of Veto Debated

Updated: 08/13/2003 - The mayor, board of aldermen and town attorney of Marion are at odds over whether a mayoral veto is valid.

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Habitat to Open "Re-Store"

Updated: 08/13/2003 - Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity will open a non-profit retail recycling store Friday.

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Teachers Learn Together

Updated: 08/13/2003 - Teachers and administrators met in their first work session of the new school year, focusing on the topic of poverty and its impact on students.

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Uniform Voting Machines on Horizon

Updated: 08/13/2003 - Even though some of Mississippi's voting machines work well, they'll still have to go, according to the Help America Vote Act.

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Recall May Affect Law Agencies

Updated: 08/13/2003 - Manufacturers are recalling thousands of Crown Victorias and over a million Explorers and Mountaineers, because of possible problems due to defects.

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"Anthrax" Suspect Sentenced

Updated: 08/13/2003 - A California man who threatened to send anthrax to Skytel employees in Mississippi will serve time in federal prison.

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Board Approves Tax Resolution

Updated: 08/12/2003 - School taxes in Lauderdale County will actually go down a little bit in the coming year.

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Dems Stay Independent

Updated: 08/12/2003 - The Democratic nominees for Mississippi's top two elected offices will not campaign as one "ticket".

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Local Judge on Diaz Tribunal

Updated: 08/12/2003 - A Lauderdale County chancery judge has been chosen to help decide the professional fate of a state Supreme Court justice now under fire.

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Fires Under Investigation

Updated: 08/12/2003 - Separate early morning house fires were reported as total losses.

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Vandalism Cases Closed

Updated: 08/12/2003 - Eight defendants in a school vandalism case have now entered guilty pleas in Lauderdale County Circuit Court.

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LCSO Considers Upgrading Charge

Updated: 08/12/2003 - A local man has been charged with aggravated assault on his wife, but she has now died.

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More West Nile Virus Cases Identified

Updated: 08/12/2003 - Four new cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Mississippi. A horse has also tested positive in Newton County.

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Hitting the Books Again

Updated: 08/11/2003 - Thousands of Mississippi students were back in the classroom Monday, including almost 6,700 in Lauderdale County.

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School Scores Pending

Updated: 08/11/2003 - The scores for individual schools will be made public on Sept. 12.

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Power Loss Widespread

Updated: 08/11/2003 - A rather bizarre, but fairly common occurence, caused a brief power outage Monday in Meridian.

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Leaders Lament Voter Turnout

Updated: 08/11/2003 - Six of every ten eligible voters in Lauderdale County did not vote in primary elections Aug. 5.

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