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MS trooper training school to begin in November

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi officials hope to begin training a new class of state troopers by November.

Gov. Phil Bryant Monday signed into a law a bill that would spend $6.9 million to produce 60 new members of the Mississippi Highway Patrol by May 2015. Applications will be available starting May 1.

Bryant also signed bills Monday that pay for more assistant district attorneys and would require police agencies to collect DNA samples from people arrested of violent crimes.

Mississippi has about 500 troopers now, but officials say the ideal number is about 650. The last trooper training school was in 2011, with about 50 graduates.

Department of Public Safety officials say the state needs more officers, but some lawmakers questioned how the department spends money, raising questions over funding trooper training.

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