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

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Two former Mississippi Department of Public Safety employees and a man have pleaded guilty in an identity theft case. U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis says 48-year-old Yolanda Jean Perkins and 33-year-old Lorena Gomez, both of Laurel, and 32-year-old Jose Martel Rivera, a Mexican native living in the country illegally, pleaded guilty Monday.

AMORY, Miss. (AP) - Voters in Amory will decide Oct. 14 whether to legalize the sale of alcoholic beverages. WTVA-TV reports the town's Board of Aldermen set the referendum date this week after completion of a petition drive.

MACON, Miss. (AP) - A Noxubee County man has entered a guilty plea to a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a cafe owner. WCBI-TV reports Timothy Jones entered the plea this week in Lowndes County Circuit Court. Prosecutors say Jones killed cafe owner Tony Pippin in July 2012 at his restaurant in Macon.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority's board is scheduled to vote today on a proposal to retire the coal-fired Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis and replace it with a natural gas facility. The utility said in July that it completed a draft environmental assessment looking at replacing the Allen plant.

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