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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 state could take over school districts for longer periods of time in an attempt to focus on academic improvement. House and Senate members agreed Tuesday to Senate Bill 2431, sending it to Gov. Phil Bryant for his approval or veto. The bill suggests any district with an academic rating of "D" or "F" when taken over achieve a "C" rating for five consecutive years before the state returns it to local control. That could leave a district under state control indefinitely.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Boards that regulate fellow members of professions in Mississippi would face new oversight from three elected officials, if Gov. Phil Bryant approves. House and Senate members Tuesday agreed on changes to House Bill 1425. It tasks the governor, attorney general and secretary of state with examining professional rules. The board would approve, reject or suggest changes to regulations adopted by boards overseeing doctors, engineers, barbers and many others.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Six people were injured in an afternoon accident involving an ambulance and two other vehicles on Interstate 55 in Jackson. Jackson news outlets report the accident happened Tuesday afternoon in the northbound lanes of the interstate.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Lawmakers want Mississippi to change how it handles executions, aiming to overcome legal challenges to execution drugs and possibly allow the state to use electrocution and the firing squad. The Senate agreed Tuesday to changes to HB 638, sending it to Gov. Phil Bryant for his approval or veto. The measure lists four preferred execution methods. The first is lethal injection. After that, in order, the bill specifies poison gas, electrocution and firing squad as execution methods.

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