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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A black Mississippi citizen is taking his case against the Confederate-themed state flag to the U.S. Supreme Court. Carlos Moore says lower courts incorrectly rejected his argument that the flag harms him by violating the Constitution's equal-protection guarantee. Mississippi is the last state with a flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem that critics see as racist.

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - It might be the most quintessentially Mississippi traffic mishap ever. In a state where catfish farming is a big industry, a truck driver spilled catfish parts on a highway. That left a stinky, slimy mess for a road crew to clean.

PURVIS, Miss. (AP) - Bond has been set at $150,000 for a former Lamar County teacher accused of statutory rape. WDAM-TV reports 38-year-old Jenny Hipp, a former speech pathologist for the Lamar County School District, appeared in court Tuesday. The judge also ordered Hipp to undergo a mental evaluation. Sheriff Danny Rigel says Hipp was arrested Sunday. She faces one count of statutory rape in connection with allegations involving a student under the age of 16.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi county is agreeing to appoint lawyers for poor defendants immediately after their arrest and to consider alternatives to money bail. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate approved the settlement Tuesday, months after the parties had agreed. The agreement settles a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of two men who say they were held for months in Scott County without a lawyer or bail.

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