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

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's largest school system is adding classrooms to keep up with student growth. WHBQ-TV reports that the DeSoto County school system is spending $3 million to expand or renovate four different schools. That includes classroom additions at three elementary and one middle school. The district is also completing a major renovation of Olive Branch Intermediate School. Superintendent Cory Uselton says the system expects its student count of 34,000 to keep growing.

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Officials in one southwest Mississippi county are worried about who's going to pick up residents' garbage for the next 10 weeks. The Daily Leader reports that Lincoln County and the city of Brookhaven are switching from current garbage collector Waste Pro to a new contractor, Arrow Disposal Service. However, Waste Pro employees are quitting in advance of the Oct. 1 handover to seek new jobs, and officials say the company is missing an increasing number of pickups.

SCOOBA, Miss. (AP) - An east Mississippi town has decided to keep its own police force. Scooba Mayor Marion Smoot tells local news outlets that aldermen on Tuesday rejected a move to close the 700-resident town's police department and instead rely on Kemper County sheriff's deputies for protection. Smoot says Alderman Chris Collins had sought the department's closure as a cost-saving measure. Smoot, however, says she supported keeping the force. The department currently has 11 officers, all of whom work part-time.

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - More than $6,000 is up for grabs after a pregnant dolphin was found shot to death in South Mississippi. The bottlenose dolphin was found April 30 on a Waveland beach. A necropsy report received by marine officials this week is leading the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to investigate. NOAA says the report shows that the mammal had been killed by a gunshot, causing both the mama and baby to die. Anonymous tips can be called into the NOAA Enforcement Hotline at 800-853-1964.

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