- Dozens of illegal back-door deals on prescription drugs were shut down in raids by federal agents in Mississippi and other states. But an addiction can start at the doctor's office, legally, and spiral out of control.
- Federal officials say faltering efforts to improve conditions at Hinds County's two jails have been inadequate to overcome decrepit physical conditions, rampant violence and poor staffing.
- The governing board for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health met Thursday in Meridian. One main issue that was discussed involved an effort to open more group homes that are designed to help people who are recovering from substance abuse.
- A Mississippi Country Music Trail marker will be placed June 4 in Nashville to honor Magnolia State musicians who performed on Music Row and at the Grand Ole Opry over the decades.
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