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

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - A local group can decide whether to let people walk or ride bicycles on the unused portion of a bridge crossing the Mississippi River. That's according to a legal opinion issued by the Mississippi attorney general's office after local authorities sought advice. One of two bridges at Vicksburg is long closed to cars and trucks but still has railroad tracks and unused highway lanes.

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi city is increasing sewer rates by 32 percent to help pay for federally mandated repairs to the sewer system. The Greenville City Council has approved the increase, which takes effect when the new budget year begins Oct. 1. The sewer rate increase should generate about $2.5 million. Part of that will cover an expected shortfall in a water and sewer fund.

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Voters will decide whether to approve a $23 million bond issue for a school district in northern Mississippi. The Lafayette County School District election is Sept. 11. Some of the money would be used to build a new elementary school. Superintendent Adam Pugh says the district's enrollment has increased about 2.5 percent in recent years.

MADISON, Miss. (AP) - The National Weather Service confirms a tornado hit the central Mississippi city of Madison. The agency, in a Twitter post Saturday, said a survey team confirmed Friday's damage was the result of an EF1 tornado. Several trees were snapped along the path, and multiple structures were damaged as a severe thunderstorm struck the city around 5 p.m.

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