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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. CDT

GULPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi coroner says he's "colorblind" when it comes to spending public money at funeral homes, but attorneys for six black-owned funeral homes say two white-owned companies receive a disproportionate share. The Sun Herald reports Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove testified Wednesday in the black-owned funeral homes' discrimination lawsuit against the county and Hargrove.

WAYNESBORO, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi county's board of supervisors is accused of providing free dirt and gravel at taxpayers' expense to private citizens whose support they coveted. The Clarion Ledger reports Chris Stallings filed a lawsuit against Wayne County and its supervisors Monday, on behalf of himself and his dirt and gravel company.

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - One of Mississippi's U.S. senators has announced the state has been awarded a multi-million dollar grant to fight the opioid crisis. WLOX-TV reported Thursday that the state Department of Mental Health Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services will use the Opioid State Targeted Response grant to build on prevention strategies.

POPLARVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi police captain has been suspended, and a public apology has been issued to a man detained after he says he learned his son was in a fight involving gunfire. The Picayune Item reported Thursday that Poplarville's Board of Aldermen voted to apologize to Rodney Taylor regarding his police conduct complaint and suspend Capt. Jimmy Steinkamp for 36 hours without pay.

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