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SARDIS, Miss. (AP) - A northwest Mississippi teacher has been fired after he was arrested and accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a student. Gregory Kennedy was charged Thursday with enticing a child for concealment. He's free on $1,500 bail. WREG-TV reports Kennedy was a history teacher and coach at North Panola High School for a year before his firing. Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby says a friend of the student saw the messages and told her mom.

BALDWYN, Miss. (AP) - Two of three northeast Mississippi boys facing adult capital murder charges have been released. Local media report that 13-year-old Dequan Stribling and 14-year-old Jayce West were released Thursday on $50,000 bail. Quindaris Buress, also 13, remains jailed without bail. Prosecutors say Burress will stay in the Lee County jail until a grand jury considers indictments. The next grand jury convenes Jan. 3. The three are charged with killing a 70-year-old Baldwyn man while robbing him.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - One of Mississippi's regional mental health boards is paying nearly $7 million over claims that it bilked Medicaid for services to preschoolers that were either substandard or not provided at all. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst announced the settlement of the whistleblower lawsuit Thursday. Region 8 Mental Health Services will pay the money after a former employee, Julie Farmer, filed the False Claims Act lawsuit on behalf of the government. She'll get $1.25 million of the $6.93 million.

MOORHEAD, Miss. (AP) - Surveillance video shows that an intruder lit the fire that damaged a building at a Mississippi community college. The predawn Thursday blaze damaged more than half of Mississippi Delta Community College's administration building in Moorhead. College spokesman Reed Abraham says the intruder was inside for more than an hour before setting the fire. The state Fire Marshal's office is offering a $5,000 reward for information. President Larry Nabors says classes will resume on schedule on Jan. 2.

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