Mississippi legislature convenes Tuesday

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi lawmakers are starting their 2018 session Tuesday with a long list of issues to debate.

They could consider the first tobacco tax increase in nearly a decade.

The three historically black universities will try to maintain enhanced financial support they have been receiving from a desegregation lawsuit settlement.

Legislators could expand public subsidies for some children to attend private schools.

The short-funded state crime lab is requesting money to hire more people and buy more equipment.

And, legislators could debate whether oil-spill damages payments would be reserved for projects along the Gulf Coast.

The three-month legislative session begins at noon Tuesday.