Houston Schools to let out at 11 a.m.

1STOCK Weather_Rain_Storm_UmbrellasHouston schools will dismiss students at 11 a.m. Monday due to a severe weather forecast for the community.

School buses will run at 11:15 and parents need to make arrangements to pick up their children from school by 11:30.

The decision was made by school officials shortly after school opened Monday morning. Districts receive state money based on average daily attendance.

The National Weather Service predicted severe weather Sunday with Vardaman getting hail and Houston receiving heavy rain about noon. The NWS has predicted stronger storms this afternoon and into the evening hours. Strong storms are also expected Tuesday afternoon.

State office closed

JACKSON (AP) – Mississippi government employees are starting this work week with a holiday honoring the old South.

A state law that that has been on the books for decades designates the final Monday of April as Confederate Memorial Day.

There are usually few – if any – public ceremonies to mark the occasion. But, tens of thousands of government workers get time away from the office.

The holiday does not apply to federal offices.

Confederate Memorial Day is recognized on various dates across the South.

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