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SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) - A Saucier man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of his 75-year-old roommate after authorities say they were alerted to a Facebook conversation about the slaying. Media outlets report Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said in a news release that 39-year-old Gabriel Benjamin Curtis was arrested Friday and charged murder in the death of Willis Cassidy Jr.

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State University officials say the school will lead a major research and development project involving drones. School officials say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security selected Mississippi as the new base of operations for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), commonly known as drones. School officials say the new demonstration range facility will use about 2,000 square miles of restricted airspace at altitudes up to 60,000 feet, primarily in southern and coastal Mississippi.

LATIMER, Miss. (AP) - A man arrested in the death of a 65-year-old man found in the freezer at a home in Latimer has been returned to Jackson County. The Sun Herald reports Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said in a news release that 40-year-old Thomas Elliot Stafford was extradited to Jackson County on Friday after being arrested by U.S. Marshall on March 25 in Portland, Oregon. Stafford has been charged with capital murder in the death of 65-year-old Jerry Floyd Kirkendall.

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - A Vicksburg toddler has died as a result of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Clarion-Ledger reports that the 3-year-old died Wednesday afternoon. Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey says that while it appears the child shot himself, the case is still under investigation. Police Chief Warren Armstrong says it appears the boy was handling the gun while his father was asleep and his mother was at work.

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