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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - FEMA chief Craig Fugate and National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb are challenging emergency managers to help educate coastal residents and developers about hurricane hazards. Fugate says officials should factor disaster preparedness into coastal development. Knabb says people along the East and Gulf coasts should know if they live in an evacuation zone.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court says attorneys for death row inmate Charles Ray Crawford have until late May to file briefs appealing his 1994 rape conviction. The Supreme Court in March refused to set an execution date until it decides Crawford's pending appeal in a separate rape case.

SANDERSVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The widow of former Sandersville Mayor Jimmy Hill will be in an April 22 runoff. Unofficial returns show Darlene Hill and Alderman Bob White were to top vote-getters in yesterday's election. Jimmy Hill died in February. The winner will complete his term.

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The former editor the Winston County Journal in Louisville, Miss., has died. Juanita McCown Hight was 100. Hight was born in Winston County in 1913. She was a 1934 graduate of the Mississippi University for Women. Hight began her career as a teacher before her husband bought the weekly newspaper in 1943.

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