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

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TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The Tupelo City Council has voted to provide money toward a matching state grant awarded to build a long-discussed taxiway at Tupelo Regional Airport. The project was estimated last fall to cost $1.2 million and would have repaired the old runway and taxiway. This new project will build a parallel taxiway to the crumbling runway.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gambling revenues tumbled in Mississippi's river region in the first month after Harrah's Tunica Hotel & Casino closed, but the trend didn't worsen much. Meanwhile, Gulf Coast casinos posted their best June in years.

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) - An 85-year-old man charged with manslaughter in the hit-and-run death of a 10-year-old Richland student has died. The Leake County coroner says Raymond Watts died in Carthage on July 15. Authorities say 10-year-old Allen Lutrick was struck Nov. 1, 2011, as he was boarding a school bus. Lutrick died the next day.

MIAMI (AP) - The U.S. National Hurricane Center says a tropical depression in the Atlantic has weakened to a tropical wave as it approaches the Lesser Antilles. Its maximum sustained winds today are near 35 mph.

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