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Mississippi sues over mail-order shipments of wine, liquor

Mississippi officials are suing four mail-order wine sellers, saying they illegally shipped wine and liquor into the state.

Attorney General Jim Hood and Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson announced the lawsuits Thursday, saying they were asking a judge to order the shippers to stop sending alcohol to Mississippians.

Hood says agents found companies were shipping without any independent check to prevent people younger than 21 from buying. Hood also says companies were shipping to areas that bar alcohol sales.

State law says the Revenue Department’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division must handle distribution of all wine and liquor in the state. There’s a bill pending in the state House to legalize wine shipments, but Frierson says he could only support direct shipments to liquor stores and restaurants already licensed to sell.

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