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fire engineBILOXI, Miss. (AP) – A Harrison County grand jury has indicted a former Biloxi firefighter on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting of a waitress who had asked him not to smoke. Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker tells The Sun Herald ( that 45-year-old Johnny Max Mount will be arraigned the week of June 6. Mount is accused in the slaying of Julie Brightwell, who was shot to death Nov. 27.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has vetoed a bill that would have given the state Department of Education one more year of flexibility in how it fills some jobs and grants pay raises to some employees. Bryant says the department has given “handsome” raises to some in administrative jobs. However, the department says most of the raises were mandated by lawmakers.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A federal judge says Mississippi’s Cleveland school district must merge its high schools and middle schools to achieve racial desegregation. U.S. District Judge Debra Brown handed down the ruling late Friday, nearly a year after she held a week-long hearing on the subject.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The second-ranking leader of the Mississippi Senate has been charged with DUI after a one-vehicle wreck. Capt. Johnny Poulos of the Mississippi Highway Patrol says Sen. Terry Burton of Newton was charged with DUI after running a sport utility vehicle off of Interstate 20 and hitting a sign Saturday night in Scott County.

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