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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Corporal punishment will be outlawed in Holmes County School District. The Clarion Ledger reports the rural school board of the newly merged 3,000-student district voted last Wednesday to eliminate the practice. Superintendent James Henderson asked the board to change the policy. He cited research that corporal punishment can be emotionally harmful to children. He says unruly students will not be tolerated and there will be discipline in the schools.

SCOOBA, Miss. (AP) - An east Mississippi town has decided to keep its own police force. Scooba Mayor Marion Smoot tells local news outlets that aldermen on Tuesday rejected a move to close the 700-resident town's police department and instead rely on Kemper County sheriff's deputies for protection. Smoot says Alderman Chris Collins had sought the department's closure as a cost-saving measure. Smoot, however, says she supported keeping the force. The department currently has 11 officers, all of whom work part-time.

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's largest school system is adding classrooms to keep up with student growth. WHBQ-TV reports that the DeSoto County school system is spending $3 million to expand or renovate four different schools. That includes classroom additions at three elementary and one middle school. The district is also completing a major renovation of Olive Branch Intermediate School. Superintendent Cory Uselton says the system expects its student count of 34,000 to keep growing.

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Dozens of pigs died when a truck carrying nearly one thousand of the animals overturned in central Mississippi. WCBI reports the 18-wheeler was carrying over 900 pigs Sunday afternoon from Prestage Farms to Iowa when it flipped over. The High Point Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene and kept the pigs cool while they were stuck in the metal truck. Jody Garrard, Winston County Fire Coordinator, said the fire crews sprayed the pigs with water to keep them from overheating.

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