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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi attorney general says he might ask the state auditor or another independent investigator to look at records about a $2 million state road that was proposed near the lieutenant governor's home. Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood sent letters to lawmakers and transportation officials Wednesday, telling them not to destroy electronic or paper records that show communication about the road project, which has been put on hold. He says the letter has "thrown a net" on information.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Hinds County K-9 officer that died of a heat stroke inside a deputy's car has prompted the sheriff's office to begin equipping vehicles with alarms to lower the risk of a repeat occurrence. Multiple news outlets report Dex was left inside a running vehicle for about an hour last month while his handler went on a lunch break. The dog died after the engine shut down. Maj. Pete Luke said Thursday that K-9 vehicles are now getting "hot car" alarms to offset it happening again.

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A seventh Mississippi Gulf Coast real estate investor is pleading guilty to charges that she helped rig bids in foreclosure auctions. Court records show Kimberly Foster pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Gulfport. Foster waived indictment, pleading guilty to one felony count of price fixing. Facts presented by prosecutors say Foster took part in secret meetings where bidders decided among themselves who would win auctions, holding down prices. Non-bidders were paid off.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi officials say people should be cautious before donating to charities that claim to help veterans. Attorney General Jim Hood says Mississippi residents are generous but need to make sure they are not donating to scam artists.

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