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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi lawmakers won't pass a plan this year explicitly allowing schools and colleges to let teachers or staff members carry guns after having firearms training. The House Thursday didn't consider House Bill 1083, killing it for 2018's session. House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Andy Gipson says he let the bill die not because he disagreed with arming teachers. Instead, he cites a Senate change which would have let schools and colleges ban guns from stadiums and arenas.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - One of the top budget writers in the Mississippi Legislature has been taken from the state Capitol by ambulance, days before final budget talks. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Buck Clarke appeared alert and was talking on his cellphone as he was taken from the building on a stretcher Thursday. A Senate spokeswoman says the 61-year-old Clarke was taken to a hospital "out of an abundance of caution."

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont is the only state in the nation to have never sent a woman to Congress. The state that is considered to be one of the most liberal in the country was left alone without ever having sent a woman to Congress after Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday appointed fellow Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith to serve out the remainder of the term of retiring GOP Sen. Thad Cochran.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The governor of Mississippi is appointing state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith to succeed fellow Republican Thad Cochran in the U.S. Senate. Hyde-Smith will be the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress once Cochran resigns April 1. She will immediately begin campaigning for a Nov. 6 special election to fill the rest of Cochran's term, which expires in January 2020.

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