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

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill to legalize a marijuana extract to be used as medicine under tightly controlled circumstances. House Bill 1231 becomes law July 1 and opens the way for the medicine normally used to reduce seizures in children with epilepsy.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Education is likely to add 27 contract employees to help local schools improve teaching. The state Board of Education discussed the $2.8 million initiative at its work session Thursday and is likely to vote to approve it Friday.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx traveled Thursday to Tougaloo College in Jackson, meeting with lawmakers and Mississippi Department of Transportation officials to discuss roads and bridges. He's traveling the nation this week to promote President Barack Obama's proposal to keep federal transportation money flowing to the states.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the then-all white Southern college. The university announced Thursday that the national office of Sigma Phi Epsilon, based in Richmond, Va., had closed its Ole Miss chapter.

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