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Mississippi school stops relief drive

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The University of Southern Mississippi has stopped its own tornado relief fundraising campaigns in deference to storm victims in Oklahoma.

The USM Foundation launched the tornado campaign following the Feb. 10 EF-4 tornado that tore through the Hattiesburg area and the campus beautification campaign in April.

USM President Rodney Bennett says Wednesday in a statement that the school and the foundation are encouraging its alumni, friends and supporters to assist the Oklahoma tornado victims through their preferred disaster relief organization.

He says the focus now should be on the victims in Oklahoma.

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