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

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Civil-liberties groups are calling on Mississippi officials to proceed cautiously with a new welfare drug-testing law that wasn't implemented July 1 as planned due to public concerns. Questions about the impact of the law on the poor were raised at a hearing Tuesday to garner feedback on the state law.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A lawsuit filed by a group seeking Mississippi voter records faces a hearing Thursday before a federal judge in Jackson. U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas will be in Jackson to hear arguments by True the Vote organization, which wants access to voter rolls involving a GOP primary runoff loss by Chris McDaniel to Sen. Thad Cochran.

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - Weyerhaeuser Co. has announced plans to invest $57 million to modernize its softwood lumber mill in Philadelphia in coming years. The company says the upgrades will be made in a series of phases over three years and include the installation of a new planer mill and kilns for drying lumber.

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A preliminary hearing has been set for Aug. 5 in the capital murder case against Stephen Hagin. Hagin is accused of killing a man during a robbery near Pass Christian in June.

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