Oxford toughens local alcohol ordinance

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The city of Oxford has toughened the city's alcohol ordinance and it's taking its stance to the Mississippi Legislature.

This week the Oxford Board of Aldermen approved changes that will mean that Oxford businesses will face a loss of their beer permits and business privilege licenses for repeated violations, including serving underage drinkers.

And, aldermen are circulating proposals to lawmakers and officials in Lafayette County and the University of Mississippi for changes in the state's liquor laws, including mandatory jail time for first time DUI offenders.

Mayor Richard Howorth said his city has pushed restrictions and punishment as far as it can under state law.

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