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Jackson, Miss– Top stories from around the state this morning. 

Severe weather possible today. Grab the umbrella and jacket. The biggest risk of tornadoes, high winds, and rain moves through in the late afternoon and early evening hours. The latest news updates on the News Mississippi app.

Left for dead in a ditch in Prentiss. 39 year old Crystal Smith. Neighbors saw her, called police, and she was taken to Forrest General. How bad she’s hurt or what happened hasn’t been released, police are looking into it.

If you signed up for Obamacare you’re not alone. Over 90,000 people are signed up now. The US department of health and human services says 8 out of 10 Mississippians can get the affordable healtcare for around 75 bucks a month. Open enrollment runs through January 31st. Sign up on healthcare.gov.

Just in time for Christmas, a dropped lawsuit against Harrison County for the nativity scene set up in the front lobby. Why was the lawsuit dropped? Because the county allowed a sign from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Humanist, Atheist and Freethinker Association that explains the reason for the season is the Earth tilting on its axis. Since the county allowed free speech in both the nativity scene and the signs, there’s no lawsuit.

Looking for work? You may be in luck. American Furniture says they’re adding to their manufacturing plant in Amory. By cranking up production and adding on to the facility, they’re adding about 140 jobs.

Santa is making early stops for this veteran and his wife… John Patterson of Florence served in the National Gaurd. One day, he was hurt in a humvee rollover accident. Now because of the injuries and PTSD, Patterson has a service dog named Tucker. But the folks at Geico and Barnett’s Body shop wanted to give Patterson something else for his service.. so they presented him and his wife Holley with a new Toyota Camry.

Santa’s not done though.. Hattiesburg Police and firefighters took kids on a shopping spree called Shop with a Kid for Santa. The kids are picked out from the school district and invited to take a walmart run with the officers and firefighters, and pick what they want for Christmas. This was the fourth year for the shopping spree.

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