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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana wildlife and fisheries regulators say the fall shrimp season will close in a portion of state inside waters beginning at official sunset Monday. Affected by last week's order are all state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line except for specific waters east of the Mississippi River.

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The owners of a twice-weekly newspaper in northwest Mississippi are selling to a company that already owns five daily and two weekly newspapers in the state. John and Rupert Howell say they're selling The Panolian of Batesville to subsidiaries of Boone Newspapers and Carpenter Newsmedia. The Howells say they expect to complete the sale by Jan. 1. No price was disclosed. David Magee, publisher of The Oxford Eagle, would own a share in The Panolian and become its publisher.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Some Mississippi church leaders are learning how to make houses of worship more secure. Officials from the Mississippi Department of Homeland Security and the state Gaming Commission provided training last week for several pastors in Hattiesburg. Security has been on people's minds since a gunman killed more than two dozen people Nov. 5 at a church in Texas.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A group of people are banding together to save a work boat with a storied past that once traversed the ocean off Georgia's coast. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the Kit Jones has been named one of Georgia's most endangered historic structures. For decades, the vessel ferried residents and visitors between Georgia's Sapelo Island and the mainland. It later was a research vessel for scientists and students of the University of Georgia and then the University of Mississippi.

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