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News Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent in March. The rate was 7.4 percent in February, while it was 9 percent in March 2013. State labor officials say the number of people with jobs held steady, but more people were looking for work, pushing up unemployment.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi is reworking its rating system for school districts and high schools. State Superintendent Carey Wright says U.S. Department of Education officials have demanded the ratings put more weight on high school graduation, warning they would reject any system where graduation rates didn't account for at least 20 percent of all points.

CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) - Gov. Bryant has appointed W. Hunter Nowell as county court judge of Bolivar County. A vacancy will occur when Judge Gwendolyn J. Thomas resigns effective April 30.

(AP) - Most people are joking about Easter falling on April 20th this year - the pot-lover's highest holiday - but some churches are taking advantage of it to reach new audiences. The Church Triumphant Global in Jackson is holding a concert and "no weed" pledge after its traditional Easter service. No one is quite sure why April 20 - or 420 - is considered the ultimate day to smoke weed, but it's been a tradition for decades.

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