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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Highway Patrol is paying $500,000 in a lawsuit over a fatal wreck that happened when a state trooper was driving without his blue lights flashing. The May 2017 crash killed 22-year-old Kaelin Kersh, a Mississippi State University track athlete who had just graduated.

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Visitors to the Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi will soon be in for some new food. The Sun Herald reports that Levy Convention Centers will become the new food service provider as of July 1. Matt McDonnell, executive director of the Center, says Levy will invest $2.5 million in new equipment and venues and add new concession stands, cafes and a VIP lounge. Levy has the contract for ten years.

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Police say 87 metal vases have been stolen off of headstones in a Mississippi cemetery. Instead of holding flowers for the dearly departed, some of the vases from Lakeview Cemetery in Greenville were shredded and sold as scrap metal. About 70 have been recovered. Police say a man and a woman are charged with grand larceny.

ST. MARTIN, Miss. (AP) - One of the founding members of the rock band 3 Doors Down is back in jail after guns and drugs were seen in his Mississippi home. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell, in a news release, said 46-year-old Todd Harrell, the band's original bass player, was arrested Friday at his St. Martin home. It's unknown if he has an attorney.

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