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State senator released from Jackson hospital

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - State Sen. Videt Carmichael is back home in Meridian after being hospitalized in Jackson since March 31 with a head injury.

Carmichael, a Republican from Meridian, has served 14 years in the Senate from Lauderdale and Clarke counties.

Carmichael's son, Fredie Carmichael, tells WTOK-TV in Meridian that doctors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center decided that his father had made significant progress since April 11, making his return home possible.

Carmichael was hospitalized after he fell and hit his head on a concrete surface at his Jackson apartment just before the end of the legislative session.


Special election will require a runoff

SANDERSVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Two people, including the widow of the former Sandersville mayor, will be in an April 22 runoff.

The Chronicle reports complete, but unofficial returns show Alderman Bob White and Darlene Hill, widow of the late Mayor Jimmy Hill, were to top vote-getters in Tuesday's election. Former Mayor Walter Jack was the third candidate on the ballot.

The election was made necessary after the death of Mayor Jimmy Hill in February. White has been acting mayor for the city.

The winner will complete Hill's term.


BP: Shore clean-up after Gulf oil spill ends in La

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.

Earlier Tuesday, the Coast Guard issued a directive transitioning the cleanup to a phase in which Coast Guard teams, BP cleanup crews and equipment will be pre-positioned to respond to new reports of oil as needed.

BP said in a news release that the Coast Guard's directive ended patrols of the final three miles of affected shoreline in Louisiana. The move completes a cleanup operation that ended in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi last June.

BP executive Laura Folse says BP has spent more than $14 billion on response since the accident happened.


3 charged in Olive Branch fatal shooting

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) - Olive Branch police have arrested three men in connection with the shooting death of 26-year-old NaCharles Taylor.

The police department says in a news release that Taylor was shot in the chest during a disturbance outside of a home Monday night. He was taken by ambulance to Methodist Hospital in Olive Branch were he later died.

Police say 22-year-old Xavier Wolfe and 19-year-old Marvellius Shipp, both of Olive Branch, and 38-year-old Mickey Burns of Byhalia have been charged in the incident.

Wolfe is charged with murder. His bond has been set at $1 million. Shipp and Burns have been charged with accessory after the fact. Shipp's bond has been set at $25,000 and Burns' bond is $10,000.

They remain in the DeSoto County jail pending an initial court appearance.


Concerns voiced over Southaven smoking ban

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Southaven's proposed smoking ban is still being drafted, but that didn't stop people from voicing their opinions about it during a Board of Aldermen meeting.

The Commercial Appeal reports a resident and business owner voiced their opposition Tuesday night to the proposed smoking-free ordinance that could affect restaurants, bars and public working places.

Donna Wadford, owner of Wadfords Grill and Bar, which she said was the only cigar bar in the city, told officials that she worried about the impact the ordinance would have on her business.

Don Daniels, a former president of the local tea party group, accused city leaders of trying to take away the "freedom" of citizens if they adopted the ordinance.

Mayor Darren Musselwhite told residents no decision has been made about the ordinance.


Natchez man pleads guilty to fraud

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - A 46-year-old Natchez man has pleaded guilty to swindling several buyers out of money for headstones.

Mississippi Attorney General spokeswoman Jan Schaefer tells The Natchez Democrat Dwight Gibson entered an open plea of guilty to five counts of false pretense.

Gibson's sentencing is scheduled for May 1.

Gibson could face up to 10 years in prison for each count of false pretense.

He was indicted in November 2012 on five counts of false pretense involving five separate victims and gravestone purchases of approximately $6,500.

Prosecutors say Gibson contracted, under various monument business names, to make and install headstones, but then failed to deliver.


Horn Lake wants to tweak Sunday alcohol sales

HORN LAKE, Miss. (AP) - Horn Lake aldermen have voted to petition the Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Commission to allow alcohol sales two hours earlier on Sundays.

City Administrator Andrea Freeze tells The Commercial Appeal Tuesday night's vote would allow restaurants to make drinks containing alcohol available during brunch,

No other changes to current hours or conditions for alcohol sales would be made.

If allowed by the ABC, aldermen would then have to vote on the change before it would become effective.


Driver sought in crash that killed Marine

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Highway Patrol is looking for a vehicle that struck and killed a Marine from Alabama.

The highway patrol says 25-year-old Cason Bryant Park, of Gordo, Ala., was traveling west on U.S. 82 in Oktibbeha County early Sunday morning when his car broke down. Leaving the vehicle with the hazard lights flashing, he began walking down the highway.

Troopers say he was struck from behind by a vehicle about a quarter of a mile from where his car broke down. The vehicle fled the scene.

Investigators tells The Clarion-Ledger they are analyzing pieces of the vehicle found at the scene to determine what kind of vehicle hit Park.

Authorities say they're looking for a silver vehicle, most likely with damage to the front left and left sides.

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