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Second college delays classes because of Jackson water woes

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A second college in Mississippi's largest city is delaying the start of on-campus classes because Jackson lacks water.

Jackson State University said Friday that it's delaying the restart of classes until Jan. 16, and will close entirely on Monday and Tuesday.

All of Jackson is under a boil-water order because cold temperatures broke many aging water mains and pressure is low.

Millsaps College announced a similar delay Thursday.

City officials said Friday that they have repaired 24 of 55 confirmed water-main breaks, with 11 repairs ongoing. Thursday, officials had said they had 22 unrepaired water mains.

The city says it now has 10 crews repairing breaks, up from seven.

Some businesses have closed, and portable toilets sit outside the state Capitol, where legislators are meeting and some toilets won't flush.

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