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

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Southaven police have confirmed a 6-year-old K-9 officer died after his handler left him in a police car. Police Chief Steve Pirtle said the handler had just returned to the office Tuesday evening following undercover work when he left his partner, Gunner, in the car with the windows up and the engine off. WREG-TV reports by the time the officer returned two hours later, Gunner was in complete distress. He was rushed to a nearby animal hospital where he died.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's eight public universities are pushing to make sure lawmakers borrow money for them in 2018, after not borrowing this year. The College Board Thursday voted to forward requests for 2018 bond money to the Legislature. Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce called on university supporters to press lawmakers to return to a deal where universities get a predictable yearly amount. A list of priorities for each university totals $512 million. Universities don't expect to get that much.

NETTLETON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi baby is home after having open-heart surgery to correct some birth defects. She faces another surgery in the coming months. Malaysia Hills is 2 months old, and her grandmother, Minnie Moore, says the family considers her "our little miracle."

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - Regulators are approving plans for Mississippi Power Co. to buy electricity from a solar facility to be built in eastern Mississippi. The Mississippi Public Service Commission on Thursday voted for for the $100 million solar farm, to be built in Lauderdale County by Silicon Ranch of Nashville, Tennessee. A unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., Mississippi Power will buy all the power from the facility for 25 years. Operation is projected to start by December 2019.

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