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Official: Crash, "likely" due to storm, kills 10 in Alabama

Jun. 20, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Tropical Depression Claudette claimed 12 lives in Alabama as the storm swept across the southeastern U.S., causing flash flooding and spurring tornadoes that destroyed dozens of homes. Ten people, including nine children, were killed Saturday in a...

Vietnamese community emerges among Alabama’s most vaccinated

Jun. 20, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. (AP) — At the boat dock in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, shrimp boat Captain Truc Le unties a thick mooring line attached to his blue and white vessel with the name “Lucky Kim” painted on the side. Le and his wife and son are at the dock to restock...

Major damage to Alabama mobile home park amid tropical storm

Jun. 19, 2021 23:03 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say a suspected tornado spurred by Tropical Storm Claudette demolished or badly damaged at least 50 homes in a small town just north of the Florida border. Sheriff Heath Jackson in Escambia County said a suspected tornado...

New owner of ‘bite-sized’ hotel has an appetite for more

Jun. 19, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Robert Thompson, who recently purchased The Frenchmen Hotel in the Marigny, says the offbeat inn is a “good, bite-sized” start for the long-time restaurateur’s plan to accumulate a portfolio of similar boutique properties in the Crescent City. ...

Tropical weather lashes Gulf Coast with brisk winds, rain

Jun. 18, 2021 22:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — High winds and heavy rains buffeted coastal Louisiana and Mississippi on Friday as a disorganized and unpredictable tropical weather system churned through the Gulf of Mexico, forcing cancellation of Juneteenth celebrations in Mississippi and Alabama and threatening...

Seacor: pay debt with $25M in overturned boat's insurance

Jun. 18, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owner of an offshore oilfield boat that overturned off Louisiana plans to use $25 million in insurance on the vessel to pay down part of the Texas company’s debts. Attorneys for families of men killed when the Seacor Power flipped in April are...

Man charged with killing security officer at basketball game

Jun. 18, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans man has been charged with killing an off-duty university police officer outside a high school basketball game where he’d shown up without a mask. John Shallerhorn, 35, was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the Feb. 26...

County where Ahmaud Arbery slain hires Black police chief

Jun. 18, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The coastal Georgia county where Ahmaud Arbery’s slaying raised an outcry over racial injustice has hired its first full-time Black police chief. Glynn County commissioners voted Thursday for Jacques Battiste to lead an embattled department that...

New Orleans health system pushes further into Mississippi

Jun. 17, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A large New Orleans-based health system with hospitals in Louisiana and Mississippi plans a merger that will deepen its presence in Mississippi. Ochsner Health and Rush Health Systems said in a news release Thursday that officials expect a proposed...

Tropical system shaping up to be super soaker for Gulf Coast

Jun. 17, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Heavy rains could soon be in store of parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as a tropical system off the coast of Mexico begins moving north ahead of the weekend. Heavy rains should start to affect parts of the northern Gulf Coast on Friday, The...