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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has blocked a death row inmate's appeal over the state's planned use of a lethal-injection drug. Justices said Thursday that Thomas Loden's 2016 appeal over the sedative midazolam is moot because legislators this year rewrote a state law on death penalty drugs.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A study group will gather facts but does not intend to make recommendations either for or against creating a lottery in Mississippi. That's according to the group's leader, Republican state Rep. Richard Bennett of Long Beach. Mississippi is one of six states without a lottery, and Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has said legislators should consider starting one.

PURVIS, Miss. (AP) - A mistrial has been declared in the murder trial of a woman accused of running over her 71-year-old boyfriend in Mississippi. Hattiesburg American reports a jury couldn't reach a unanimous verdict Tuesday in the trial of 41-year-old Carrie Lea Reynolds, who is accused of hitting William Foster with his own vehicle in 2014.

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - A judge has held a cemetery owner in civil contempt after Mississippi's secretary of state says the entrepreneur failed to comply with injunction requirements. The Meridian Star reports Secretary Delbert Hosemann asked Lauderdale County Chancery Court Judge Jerry Mason to incarcerate William "Bill" Arlinghaus Jr. for failing to report weekly collections at two neglected cemeteries. Mason found Arlinghaus in contempt on Tuesday, saying jail time would prevent him from fulfilling his obligations.

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