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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Senators from Tennessee are opposing part of President Donald Trump's government reorganization plan that revisits possibly selling the transmission assets of the nation's largest public utility. Sen. Lamar Alexander called the Tennessee Valley Authority sell-off a "looney idea" Thursday.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's state-regulated casinos could begin taking sports bets as soon as late July, after gambling regulators on Thursday approved rules regulating sports betting. The state Gaming Commission approved the measure Thursday without discussion, news outlets report. The commission declined to make some changes to its proposal requested by professional sports leagues. The U.S. Supreme Court last month struck down a federal law that barred gambling on sports in most states.

LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi man admitted that he killed two Roman Catholic nuns, pleading guilty to murder in an agreement that avoided the death penalty, which was opposed by the women's families and their religious orders. Rodney Earl Sanders made the pleas Thursday to two counts of murder in state court in Lexington, blocks away from where Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill had worked as nurse practitioners in a medical clinic.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A U.S. Supreme Court ruling saying states can force online shoppers to pay sales taxes could prompt a special legislative session in Mississippi to earmark new money for roads and bridges. Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson estimates Mississippi will collect $30 million to $50 million in additional tax revenue in the year beginning July 1. Gov. Phil Bryant has said if states won the case, he'd seek to earmark the money for transportation. The court issued its ruling Thursday.

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