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MISSISSIPPI-CROSS BURNING-SHOOTING

Miss. man shot 2 weeks after cross burning in yard

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi sheriff says a man was beaten and shot two weeks after reporting a cross burning in his yard.

Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton says deputies were called to a disturbance Friday night outside Raleigh. Craig Wilson had been shot in the stomach and was taken to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was in fair condition Tuesday.

Crumpton says 37-year-old Jeff Daniels was arrested Friday and booked with aggravated assault. He was released Monday on $20,000 bond.

Wilson and Daniels are white. The sheriff says the victim is the boyfriend of Daniels' mother.

Crumpton says investigators are also trying to determine whether Friday's attack was prompted by people upset that Wilson was visited by his mixed-race grandchildren.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Daniels has an attorney.

LEGISLATIVE PROTESTS

Activists in 6 states plan to spread NC protests

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Organizers of regular protests at the North Carolina Legislature are being joined by NAACP leaders in a half-dozen other states to launch a week of demonstrations.

The North Carolina NAACP says that Friday will be the first of seven days of demonstrations. In North Carolina, a coalition led by the NAACP has protested at the Capitol nearly every week during the past two legislative sessions.

NAACP leaders from Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee and Wisconsin said on a conference call Tuesday that they will hold demonstrations in their states during some or all of the seven days. Organizers say demonstrations are also being planned in Mississippi.

About 900 people were arrested at protests during the 2013 legislative session in North Carolina, and about 100 were arrested during this year's session.

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR-GRANDCHILD

Miss. governor and wife become grandparents

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and his wife, Deborah, have become first-time grandparents and he says the experience is "pure joy."

The governor says Henry Stephen Snell was born in a Jackson-area hospital Monday night. He's 19 inches long and weighs 7 pounds, 10 ounces.

Henry is the son of the Bryants' daughter, Katie, and her husband, Stephen.

The governor posted baby pictures on Facebook, saying it seems like not so long ago that he was holding his daughter for the first time. She has been an attorney since 2010.

CORPS-INLAND WATERWAYS

Corps: Waterway infrastructure improvements needed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - An Army Corps of Engineers official says infrastructure improvements are needed in the Mississippi River watershed to allow inland waterways to better handle increased agriculture, oil and natural gas production and the effects of climate change.

Brig. Gen. Peter A. DeLuca, commander of the corps' Mississippi Valley Division, spoke Tuesday at a public meeting on the Motor Vessel Mississippi in Memphis. The meeting was part of a low-water inspection trip that included a stop in Caruthersville, Missouri, on Monday.

DeLuca says more farming and manufacturing in the Mississippi Valley, plus a national rise in natural gas and oil production, are creating a higher demand for freight and materials shipping along the nation's inland waterways.

The Mississippi Watershed covers 41 percent of the country, including 31 states and 250 tributaries.

LEE COUNTY-911 1ST LD

Lee Co. approves $1.5 million E911 payment

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The Lee County Board of Supervisors has approved a $1.5 million payment on the $7.5 million countywide emergency communications upgrade, a system receiving rave reviews from users.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Monday's payment to Motorola means the E911 system is now 90 percent paid for. The remaining $754,606 will likely be paid by early September.

The E911 system provides county and municipal first responders within Lee County communications even in the most remote areas locally and up to 300 miles away.

Unlike the previous emergency communications network, local emergency responders and officials can communicate on the same channel during emergencies requiring more than a single department or agency. It also connects with wireless communication systems used by the Mississippi Highway Patrol and other state-level first responders.

INFRASTRUCTURE LOAN

Pascagoula to seek $15 million infrastructure loan

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Pascagoula leaders have decided to go to the Mississippi Development Bank for $15 million in bonds for infrastructure work around the city.

The Mississippi Press reports the money will be used for streets, sidewalks, public parking facilities, bridges, culverts and repairs to the city's water, gas and sewer system, among other projects.

Consultant Demery Grubbs told council members Monday that going through the Mississippi Development Bank will give the city some flexibility.

Grubbs says going through MDB will also allow the city to take home the bulk of the $15 million it borrows rather than losing several hundred thousand to fees and other charges.

INGALLS-COAST GUARD CUTTER

Trials complete on fourth Coast Guard cutter

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Ingalls Shipbuilding has completed acceptance sea trials for the company's fourth U.S. Coast Guard national security cutter, Hamilton.

Jim French, Ingalls' NSC program manager, tells The Mississippi Press the Hamilton is scheduled to be delivered next month and commissioned on Dec. 6 in Charleston, South Carolina.

French says the ship was underway for a two-day period in the Gulf of Mexico, performing numerous tests and demonstrations of shipboard systems for the Board of Inspection and Survey.

Ingalls has delivered three of the ships so far. Bertholf, Waesche and Stratton are in service.

Two others besides Hamilton -- James and Munro -- are also currently under construction.

A seventh NSC, Kimball, is scheduled to begin construction in early 2015.

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