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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. CDT

MADISON, Miss. (AP) - The National Weather Service confirms a tornado hit the central Mississippi city of Madison. The agency, in a Twitter post Saturday, said a survey team confirmed Friday's damage was the result of an EF1 tornado. Several trees were snapped along the path, and multiple structures were damaged as a severe thunderstorm struck the city around 5 p.m.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward says she's working on two books. One is a New Orleans-based story about the slave trade. Ward and another acclaimed author, Salman Rushdie, attracted large audiences Saturday at the Mississippi Book Festival.

RALEIGH, Miss. (AP) - A husband and wife are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Smith County. Sheriff Charlie Crumpton tells WLBT-TV the husband called police around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. When deputies arrived, they found the couple dead. Crumpton says investigators believe 63-year-old Wayne Garner shot and killed his wife, 55-year-old Trudy Garner, before taking his own life. A shotgun was recovered from the scene.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - An Auburn University marine scientist has received a USDA grant to study oysters. The Opelika-Auburn News reports that Bill Walton landed a $456,646 federal grant to help ensure that farmed oysters are safe to eat. The grant will fund a three-year study to determine whether an oyster farm's geographic location, handling practices and choice of equipment affect bacteria levels in farm-raised oysters.

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