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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CDT

ATLANTA (AP) - Schools are closing early in the southeastern United States because of the threat of severe weather including tornadoes. More than a dozen school systems in northern Alabama announced they're dismissing students early Monday because of a line of storms forecasters say will move through the area. Scattered early-closings extend into central Tennessee. Other school systems say they're monitoring conditions and could release students early if conditions warrant.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is poised to sign the nation's strictest abortion restrictions into law, and the state's only abortion clinic is preparing an immediate legal challenge. The Republican has a Monday deadline to act on House Bill 1510, which bans most abortions after 15 weeks' gestation. The bill will become law immediately. Pregnancies from rape and incest are not exempted.

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a body pulled from the water of the Florida Panhandle was that of a Mississippi man who apparently drowned. The Okaloosa Sheriff's Office identified the victim Sunday as 43-year-old Roscoe Brooks of Shannon, Mississippi.

LEAKESVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Prison officials in Mississippi say a correctional officer has been arrested after synthetic marijuana in her car parked at the facility. Mississippi Department of Corrections officials told WAPT-TV on Friday that 38-year-old Katrina Denise Turner was arrested Wednesday. Authorities say a K-9 search of employees revealed a leafy substance in an envelope in her car at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution.

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