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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A total of 18 Mississippi public school districts are on probation for breaking state rules. That includes Jackson, which remains at risk of state takeover. The state School Accreditation Commission voted Tuesday on the sanctions. Of districts, 13 were cited for teachers or professional staff who lack state licenses. The commission didn't strip any district's accreditation. The state Board of Education wants Gov. Phil Bryant to declare an emergency in the Jackson district, allowing a takeover.

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A former state senator is joining the Mississippi Court of Appeals, and a special election has been set to fill his legislative seat. Sean Tindell took his judicial oath of office Tuesday and starts serving Nov. 2. The special Senate election in Harrison County is Dec. 19 with a Jan. 9 runoff, if needed.

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The city of Vicksburg is receiving a $500,000 grant to remove dilapidated homes and replace them with new construction. The Vicksburg Post reports city housing director Gertrude Young told the Board of Mayor and Aldermen the money has already been approved they just have to apply. She says the agency contacted city officials because Vicksburg was one of the few cities still doing demolitions using city funds.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Thad Cochran has returned to Washington after weeks in Mississippi where he has been treated for urological problems. In a statement on Tuesday, Cochran said he was pleased to be back in Washington where he will continue to work on spending bills and vote on the budget later this week.

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