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Miss. lawmakers gavel to order for 2013 session

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi lawmakers gaveled to order at noon Tuesday, starting a three-month session that's expected to focus largely on education.

This is the second year of a 4-year term. And, for now, there are some vacancies in the Legislature.

House Speaker Philip Gunn announced at the opening of the session that Rep. David Gibbs, a Democrat from West Point, had resigned immediately because of poor health. The governor will be required to schedule a special election.

A special election is being held Tuesday in House District 59 in northern Rankin County. Second-term Republican Kevin McGee resigned in November to settle a state ethics case.

Two Senate seats are open because Democrats Bennie Turner of West Point and Alice Harden of Jackson died late last year.

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