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

CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) - Students in one Mississippi Delta town are graduating from a combined high school for the first time following a desegregation settlement. The first class at Cleveland Central High School collected its diplomas Saturday. The district settled last year with the federal government in its continuing desegregation case. Local officials agreed to combine historically white Cleveland High and historically black East Side High, as well as two middle schools.

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi counties are continuing to receive money from the sale of property that was given up after former owners failed to pay taxes. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann's office handles the sale of the tax-forfeited property. He says Washington County is receiving nearly $96,000 and Leflore County is receiving nearly $17,000.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Starting this fall, older students will have slightly longer school days in Mississippi's second-largest district. Jackson Public Schools is making the change so it will have more flexibility in case schools close for bad weather or other emergencies. Middle school students will have an extra 25 minutes and high school students will have an extra 15 minutes on campus each day.

WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) - A fire has destroyed a 118-year-old home in northeast Mississippi. West Point Fire Chief Ken Wilbourne says firefighters were called Thursday night. He says they had to dodge ammunition exploding inside the house as they fought the fire. As of Friday morning, only a chimney and small corner piece of a wall were standing, but owner Charles McComic says he will rebuild. Officials say they're still investigating what caused the fire.

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