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MISSISSIPPI WEATHER

Miss. girl's body found after Yazoo City flood

YAZOO CITY, Miss. (AP) — Recovery crews have found the body of a 9-year-old Yazoo City girl, who authorities say was swept away by flash flood waters.

Emergency Management Directory Joey Ward said Patrauna Hudson's body was located, retrieved and identified about 7 p.m. Monday. He says the child's mother positively identified her. He says the preliminary cause of death is drowning.

Her body was discovered in a drainage canal on 7th Street about 7 p.m., not far from where she lived and was last seen. Earlier Ward said the girl's sister saw her being carried away by the current about 7 p.m. Sunday. A neighbor saw her wash into a culvert.

LAUDERDALE CO GAMBLING

Regulators raid 3 Lauderdale Co. businesses

(Information in the following story is from: The Meridian Star, http://www.meridianstar.com)

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — State and federal agencies served search warrants at three Lauderdale County businesses where they say illegal gambling was taking place.

Mississippi Gaming Commission Deputy Director Jay McDaniel tells The Meridian Star warrants were served Monday on Joe's Sports in Meridian; Friendly Tavern in Meridian; and Marion One Stop in Marion.

McDaniel says illegal gambling equipment and evidence of sports betting was discovered at Joe's Sports and Marion One Stop.

He says evidence of sports betting was found at Friendly Tavern.

McDaniel says the next step is to determine what charges will be filed.

The Mississippi Gaming Commission was assisted by the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the Alcohol Beverage Commission.

NATCHEZ DEPOT

Natchez awaits depot funding

(Information in the following story is from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/)

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The city of Natchez is expecting to receive confirmation in the next week for approximately $250,000 to help fund the renovation of the historic railroad depot on Broadway Street.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation pledged the money last year and has already awarded the city $500,000 for the restoration project.

Community Development Director James Johnston tells The Natchez Democrat the city will provide a $125,000 match for the $500,000.

Johnston says the city will also provide a $61,875 match for the $247,500 for which the city is awaiting confirmation, bringing the total funding for the project to $934,375.

The city is renovating the historic depot with plans to turn it into office space, restrooms open 24 hours every day and a visitor reception area.

I-69 BONDS

DeSoto Co. supervisors approve I-69 bonds

(Information in the following story is from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com)

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) — To keep work on the local portion of the pivotal Interstate 69 project rolling toward completion, the DeSoto Board of Supervisors has approved issuing up to $83 million in bonds through the state and increasing the overall funding cap by an additional $100 million, to a total $375 million.

While Mississippi Department of Transportation has no bonding authority for projects, local jurisdictions do. Through HELP, the state agency enters into interlocutory agreements to provide funds through issuing local bonds. The funds are repaid by the Federal Highway Administration, with the state Transportation Commission handling debt service.

The Commercial Appeal reports the supervisors' action came at Monday's meeting.

PEDESTRIAN KILLED

Pedestrian killed on I-55 in Byram identified

(Information in the following story is from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com)

BYRAM, Miss. (AP) — A man struck by a vehicle on Interstate 55 in Byram on Sunday has been identified as a 51-year-old Pearl resident.

The Clarion-Ledger reports Russell Lloyd Conley was fatally injured when he was hit by a truck as he walked on I-55 around 3:15 a.m. Sunday.

Police say the accident occurred in the construction area where there are no emergency lanes. Police believe Conley may have been walking to get gas for his vehicle, which was disabled on Siwell Road.

The driver of the truck that struck Conley faces no charges.

ARSON ARREST

Bond hearing in arson case resumes Thursday

(Information in the following story is from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com)

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A bond reduction hearing for a woman accused of setting a D'Iberville apartment building on fire resumes Thursday in Harrison County Circuit Court.

The Sun Herald reports 26-year-old Krystal Gonzalez on Monday testified she would make all court appearances if a judge lowers her bond pending resolution of a first-degree arson charge.

Gonzalez is accused of starting a fire on Mardi Gras night that destroyed a 20-unit building at Arbor View apartments and displayed 40 residents.

Gonzalez is held at the Harrison County jail on a $2 million bond pending a grand jury review.

Before Monday's hearing, attorney Michael Crosby said he believes evidence will show Gonzalez did not set the fire intentionally.

JACKSON MAYOR ELECTION

Jackson mayoral election Tuesday

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former Jackson mayor and the son of the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba are among a crowded field of candidates on Tuesday's special election ballot.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. A runoff, if necessary, is April 22.

The election comes one month after the funeral of Lumumba, who was elected last June and died Feb. 25.

Jackson lawyer Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the late mayor's son, is on the ballot as is former Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.

Others on the ballot are City Council members Margaret Barrett-Simon, Tony Yarber and Melvin Priester Jr.; attorney Regina Quinn; state Sen. John Horhn; Francis Smith; Albert Wilson; Ken Swarts; John Reed; Rodrick Walker; and Gwendolyn Ward Osborne Chapman.

The candidates run without party affiliation.