News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press

News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press

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NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - A 46-year-old Natchez man has pleaded guilty to swindling buyers out of money for headstones. A spokeswoman for the Mississippi attorney general says Dwight Gibson entered an open plea of guilty to five counts of false pretense. His sentencing is scheduled for May 1.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area. The move made just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill completes a cleanup operation that ended in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi last June.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Southwest Mississippi residents and businesses affected by severe weather and flooding that occurred on March 28-29 may apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The declaration covers Wilkinson County, and the adjacent counties of Adams, Amite, and Franklin in Mississippi; and Concordia, East Feliciana and West Feliciana parishes in Louisiana.

HORN LAKE, Miss. (AP) - Horn Lake aldermen have voted to petition the Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Commission to allow alcohol sales two hours earlier on Sundays.

The city administrator says last night's vote would allow restaurants to serve drinks containing alcohol during brunch.

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