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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. CDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Researchers plan to exhume as many as 7,000 bodies believed buried at a former insane asylum in Mississippi. The plan is to recover the remains, create a memorial and study them for insight on how mentally ill people should be treated today. The site is on the grounds of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - A U.S. Air Force training jet has crashed in northeast Mississippi with both pilots ejecting safely. Columbus Air Force Base officials say in a statement that the T-38C Talon II crashed about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The plane went down near Columbus Air Force Base, which is north of the city of Columbus. The pilots have been found and taken to a hospital to be evaluated. The Air Force says that there were no houses or other structures near the crash and that the fire has been put out.

(AP) - Heavy rains from the Gulf of Mexico are causing flooding in the Southeastern United States ahead of what could become the season's first tropical storm. The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday the disturbance has a 60 percent chance of becoming a subtropical or tropical system by Memorial Day. The rain is forecast to continue even if it doesn't earn the name Alberto. Heavy rains are possible from Louisiana to south Florida, and roads and bridges already are covered in Alabama.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Residents of a Mississippi city have voted to renew a borrowing plan to pay for school repairs. Nearly 94 percent of those who voted Tuesday agreed to the $22.5 million plan for the Hattiesburg Public School District. That far surpasses the 60 percent needed for a bond issue. The plan is for improvements at Hattiesburg High School, N.R. Burger Middle School and other district schools and facilities.

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