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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. CDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi school officials are approving a school grading plan likely to produce more A-rated districts and fewer F-rated districts. The state Board of Education voted Thursday to grade schools and districts under the current scoring table, as well as one that is adjusted. Schools would get the higher of the two grades when results from the 2016-2017 school year are announced in October. All would be scored under the new system for 2017-2018.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi has dedicated a new civil rights historical marker honoring African-American students who challenged segregation at a public library in 1961. Eight of the "Tougaloo Nine" are still living, and seven attended a ceremony to unveil the Freedom Trail marker Thursday in downtown Jackson.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Education says students fared better in the second year of a new standardized test than they did in the first, especially in math. The results, released Thursday, are from last spring's Mississippi Academic Assessment Program, the second time the state has given those tests to students in grades 3-8 and high school. In English/language arts, 35 percent of students scored at proficient or advanced levels. In math, 37 percent of students scoring proficient or higher.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - White supremacists waved the Confederate battle flag amid weekend violence in Virginia, prompting critics to say Mississippi should remove the symbol from its state banner. Critics said the same thing two years ago after an avowed white supremacist killed black worshippers in South Carolina, and nothing changed. The same leaders who control Mississippi flag legislation remain in office.

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