GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi Gulf Coast sheriff's deputy who was shot with his own weapon in July has resigned. Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson told local news media Wednesday that the deputy resigned Sept. 1, after a period on paid leave. An investigation showed the deputy was shot with his own handgun and there was no evidence anyone was present. Officials have never said whether they believe the deputy shot himself. The shooting promoted a widespread manhunt.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi college town is loosening rules on the sale of alcohol. Starkville aldermen voted 4-3 Tuesday to let bars and restaurants sell alcohol closer to churches, schools and funeral homes. Starkville will also allow the sale of beer with 8 percent alcohol content, up from the current 5 percent.
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi will have the license plate blues for one more year. That is, its license plates featuring a picture of blues legend BB King's guitar "Lucille" and the phrase "Birthplace of America's Music" will remain unchanged because the state legislature didn't allocate funds to replace them. The Sun Herald reports the state Department of Revenue was scheduled to release new plates in October, as it does every five years, but no money was appropriated.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - One of two inmates who escaped from a Mississippi prison is back in custody, and authorities are still searching for the other. The Mississippi Department of Corrections says 41-year-old James R. Sanders was captured Tuesday, and 22-year-old Ryan Young remained at large Wednesday.
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