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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press

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PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is talking up his conservative credentials at the Neshoba County Fair, telling hundreds gathered there that he has worked to limit debt and balance the state budget. Reeves is expected to seek a second term next year and also says he has also supported gun rights and abortion restrictions.

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - State Sen. Giles Ward, a Republican from Louisville, has used the occasion of the Neshoba County Fair to announce that he won't be running for a third term in state Senate. The 66-year-old Ward represents Senate District 18 which is comprised of all of Leake and Neshoba counties and a part of Winston County.

TUPLEO, Miss. (AP) - City officials in Tupelo have delayed a decision on whether to expand a citywide public smoking ban to include electronic cigarettes. The city council president, Mike Bryan, has been pushing for such a move but the full council says it wants feedback first from doctors, health advocates and others.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Every student in the Hattiesburg Public School District will be able to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch for free this coming school year, thanks to a federal program which has just expanded to Mississippi. Authorities say the free meals will be offered with none of the paperwork required in past years.

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