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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CST

TCHULA, Miss. (AP) - A tiny town in the Mississippi Delta has a stack of bills and not enough money to pay them. Tchula (CHEW-lah) Mayor General Vann says the town of 2,100 residents had only about $7,000 in the bank this month. It owes more than $54,000 to the IRS and about $68,000 to the state.

(AP) - Federal ocean managers are making more than $2 million available to try to help fishermen catch less of the wrong fish. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it is providing about $2.4 million for "projects that increase collaborative research and partnerships for innovation" in reducing bycatch.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A private company is not meeting all the obligations under a food service contract with Mississippi prisons. That is the finding of a legislative watchdog group that looked at the work provided by Aramark. Since in July 2016, the company has done food preparation and delivery for 22 prisons and regional jails in the state.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi casino revenues fell in 2017, as slight gains by Gulf Coast casinos couldn't overcome continued declines at Mississippi River region gambling halls. Figures released this week show statewide revenue fell 2 percent for the year to $2.08 billion, down more than $40 million from 2016. Gamblers lost $176 million statewide in December, up 3 percent from December 2016. Yearly coastal casinos revenue rose barely to $1.19 billion. River casino revenue fell 5 percent in 2017 to $885 million.

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