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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has blocked a death row inmate's appeal over the state's planned use of a lethal-injection drug. Justices said Thursday that Thomas Loden's 2016 appeal over the sedative midazolam is moot because legislators this year rewrote a state law on death penalty drugs.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Jackson-area nurse has been arrested after authorities say he embezzled drugs. Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy tells local media that 32-year-old Jeremy David Duke was arrested Wednesday on embezzlement charges.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A study group will gather facts but does not intend to make recommendations either for or against creating a lottery in Mississippi. That's according to the group's leader, Republican state Rep. Richard Bennett of Long Beach. Mississippi is one of six states without a lottery, and Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has said legislators should consider starting one.

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Pianists who play music popularized in America during the early 20th century have begun competing for $6,000 in Mississippi. The Oxford Eagle reports the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest is being held Thursday through Sunday in Oxford. The competition, in its 43rd year, also includes workshops with judges.

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