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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Eight weeks after Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba (SHOW'-kway Lu-MOOM'-bah) died not even a year into his term, Councilman Tony Yarber will be sworn in as his successor. Jackson voters elected the councilman over the late mayor's son yesterday in a runoff of the April 8 special election.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Kemper County drugmaker has laid off most of its remaining employees, making it likely that it will shut down while owing the state economic development money. A notice filed with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security reports Pharma Pac laid off 84 employees from its DeKalb plant on March 7.

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Natchez Aldermen have agreed to give a potential buyer of Natchez Regional Medical Center a tax credit to help pay the bankrupt hospital's debt. The city's move yesterday was crucial to a proposed deal to sell the county-owned hospital to a private company.

GULFORT, Miss. (AP) - The Gulfport City Council has authorized a special election May 27 for voters in the city school district to decide if up to $41.2 million should be borrowed to build a new Gulfport High School. It is estimated the owner of a $100,000 house would pay about $50 more per year in taxes to pay back the debt.

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