HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Residents in southern Mississippi are marking the one-year anniversary of a devastating tornado that struck the area. Hattiesburg is holding a prayer service and moment of silence to commemorate the 2017 tornado at 7 a.m. Sunday. That service takes place at Eastside/Friendship Park. William Carey University is also holding a service at Bass Memorial Chapel at 4 p.m. Sunday to mark the anniversary.
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - An anti-abortion display in Mississippi is being moved after organizers say city leaders approved it for a less prominent site than in the past. Pro-Life Natchez-Adams County sponsors the display of 100 small white crosses. The group's co-chairwoman, Ruth Powers, says not many cars or pedestrians go near the spot that city aldermen approved for the display this year. So, the group is moving the crosses to a vacant lot near a church.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court will not reconsider its decision to overturn a man's three murder convictions. Prosecutors asked justices to conduct another hearing in the case of Sherwood Brown. Justices denied that request Thursday. Brown's lawyers challenged evidence linking him to three killings in 1993 in DeSoto County.
LUTHER, Okla. (AP) - Arkansas-based Walmart's closing of its Express stores in small towns across the Midwest and South has affected basic government services from police protection to parks. Luther, Oklahoma had to postpone the purchase two new police cars. In Nettleton, Mississippi, plans to improve sewer and water services and city parks were shelved. Losses were somewhat offset when Dollar General moved into many of the locations, but its stores are generating less revenue.
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