News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi lawmakers agree that public officials shouldn't spend campaign money on themselves. Senators Wednesday agreed to House changes to Senate Bill 2689. The measure now goes to Gov. Phil Bryant for his approval or veto. Now, Mississippi public officials can spend campaign money any way they like, as long as they pay income taxes on money taken for personal use. The bill would ban lawmakers and other elected officials from spending money for non-campaign purposes.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - It was time for revenge in the Mississippi House, as members voted down two run-of-the-mill bills brought by the delegation from DeSoto County. Republican Jeff Hale of Nesbit says representatives were retaliating against some of his DeSoto colleagues who have a habit of voting against local bills from other areas.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Oil companies offered more money for Gulf of Mexico oil leases than they did a year ago _ but only about half the amount bid for leases in the same area in 2015. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says 28 companies offered $274.8 million Wednesday in high bids for 163 tracts off of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. That's well above the $156 million bid on 128 tracts a year ago. But it's about 51 percent of the $539.8 million bid on 169 blocks in the same area in March 2015.

MULDON, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say a third person has died after a multi-vehicle crash in Monroe County. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that 71-year-old Aline Howell of Azusa, California, died Tuesday at a hospital after the Sunday collision. Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley said Howell's husband, 72-year-old Quincy Howell, died at the scene. Also killed in the wreck was 20-year-old Lamonica Rupert of Tupelo.

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