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3rd arrest in February shooting death

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Police in Natchez have made a third arrest in connection with a Feb. 23 shooting death.

The Natchez Democrat reports that 32-year-old Alan T. Thomas of Petal turned himself in on Friday morning.

Thomas was booked with murder in the case of 20-year-old Terrence Thornburg who was shot at his residence. Two others already were in custody in the case.

Police believe the three men went to Thornburg's residence to rob him because one lost money to Thornburg in a dice game.


2 shootings in 2 days in Meridian

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - A Friday afternoon shooting in Meridian was the second in the city in as many days.

The Meridian Star reports that a man was shot Friday at 1:30 p.m. outside a Meridian home.

Witnesses said a car sped away from the location immediately after the shooting. The man was taken to a hospital for emergency surgery.

A day earlier, 24-year-old Luther Graham of Meridian was fatally shot on a Meridian street. A 21-year-old man was arrested Friday and booked with murder in Graham's death.


Miss. facility making cars for export

BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - Toyota officials at the car manufacturer's Blue Springs facility are celebrating the production of the first Corolla built at the plant for export.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant joined Toyota officials Thursday to mark the occasion.

WLBT-TV reports that the plant will export more than 7,500 Corollas to 18 countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean this year.

Toyota Mississippi employs 2,000 people.


Firm will look into crumbling Lamar County roads

PURVIS, Miss. (AP) - The Lamar County Board of Supervisors has given the county engineer approval to hire a firm that will look into why roads in at least three county subdivisions have been crumbling away.

The Hattiesburg American reports that GeoCon Laboratories Inc. of Hattiesburg will take core samples 3 feet deep from roadbeds in the subdivisions.

County Engineer Don Walker said the core samples should provide information on whether the proper materials were used in the proper quantity to meet minimum, required construction standards for the subdivisions.


Oxford sees improved credit rating

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Oxford's financial adviser says the city's credit rating has improved.

Demery Grubbs, an adviser with Government Consultants Inc., told the Oxford Board of Aldermen on Tuesday that Oxford's credit rating increased from an AA- to a AA rating from Standard & Poors.

A high credit score allows cities to get lower interest rates when selling bonds to help pay for major infrastructure projects.

The Oxford Eagle reports that officials attribute the higher rating to factors including the city's growth, which produces more tax revenue, as well as the city's ability to pay back loans and bonds.

City Clerk Lisa Carwyle said having $30 million invested from the sale of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi two years ago also helps.

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