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A camping trailer by a neighboring camp has been damaged by Hurricane Zeta in Grand Isle, La., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.  Gov. John Bel Edwards says the damage from Zeta was “catastrophic” in Grand Isle, a barrier island community south of New Orleans that was one of the hardest-hit areas. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Zeta's toll on a Louisiana island: 'Like a bomb was dropped'

Oct. 30, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — Mark Andollina remembers stinging rain and a howling wind that peeled the roof off part of his Cajun Tide Beach Resort on Grand Isle, the Louisiana barrier island town where residents were among the first to feel the ferocity of Hurricane Zeta. Andollina was salvaging what he could...

Birdia Williams turns on her ceiling fan, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, to help cool the house she and her husband, John Williams, purchased 23 years earlier in Itta Bena, Miss., a few blocks from what was then a busy downtown. Now, the couple, living on a fix income as retirees, constantly worry on how to budget to compensate for what they believe are high electric bills from the city-run and owned utility. Because of a long standing debt with the wholesale electrical provider, the Municipal Energy Agency of Mississippi, the city is facing complete disconnection on Dec. 1. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi city won't lose lights after threat over debt

Oct. 30, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An entire city in Mississippi that was under threat of losing electricity before the end of the year because of unpaid bills will have more time to find a new power provider after the state stepped in, citing concerns about safety and public health. “That is the fair, right...

Ray Garcia sweeps water from her home after a boat washed up against it, in Lakeshore, Miss., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. Hurricane Zeta passed through Wednesday with a tidal surge that caused the boat to become unmoored. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Zeta soaks Southeast after swamping Gulf Coast; 6 dead

Oct. 29, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Millions of people were without power and at least six were dead Thursday after Hurricane Zeta slammed into Louisiana and made a beeline across the South, leaving shattered buildings, thousands of downed trees and fresh anguish over a record-setting hurricane season. From the bayous of the...

A sailboat on a trailer sits overturned in Pass Christian, Miss., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta, which passed through Wednesday . (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Calls for voting extension in Georgia after Zeta

Oct. 29, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Zeta (all times CDT): 5 p.m. ATLANTA — A group of civil rights organizations is asking Georgia’s governor to extend early voting hours Friday after the storm disrupted voting Thursday in the battleground state. Groups including the Georgia NAACP and Fair Fight...

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2020, file photo, Alabama head football coach Nick Saban leads his team as they march on campus, supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The mid-week news that Alabama coach Nick Saban tested positive for COVID-19 added a challenging backdrop for the season’s first Top 5 matchup. Saban figures to be communicating his marching orders and input from home while offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is manning the show within the football building. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

No. 2 Alabama hosts Mississippi State minus Waddle

Oct. 29, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

Mississippi State (1-3 SEC) at No. 2 Alabama (5-0), Saturday at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN). Line: Alabama by 30. Series record: Alabama leads 82-18-13. WHAT’S AT STAKE Mississippi State is trying to add another bright spot to a season that has gone downhill since an opening win over LSU that now looks less...

Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers (2) passes under pressure from Texas A&M linebacker Aaron Hansford (33) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

No. 2 Alabama, minus Jaylen Waddle, hosts Mississippi State

Oct. 29, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense has put up some big passing numbers, just not nearly as big as those produced by Nick Saban’s Alabama team. A few years ago, saying a Saban team is putting up bigger numbers than one coached by Leach would have been unthinkable. But quarterback Mac Jones and the...

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Letters, texts, caravans, parades: Advocates mobilize voters

Oct. 29, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

Sometimes her hand hurt, but Nancy Gehman kept writing. Every evening from July until mid-October, the 85-year-old retiree sat with a gel pen, writing notes imploring fellow Americans to find a way to vote. Then she mailed them: All 1,260 letters. “It was comforting to know that I was doing something...

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison speaks at a campaign rally on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

In South, most Black Senate candidates since Reconstruction

Oct. 29, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In the battle for control of the U.S. Senate this year, the Deep South is fielding more Black candidates than it has since Reconstruction. In South Carolina, Jaime Harrison is raising a previously unfathomable amount of money in what has become a competitive fight to unseat one of the...

Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral (2) looks downfield for an open man to pass to during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn in Oxford, Miss., Saturday Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Vanderbilt eager to play again, first up is game vs Ole Miss

Oct. 29, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Vanderbilt Commodores have tried to make up for lost time, hoping unexpected practice time will be evident when they finally play their first game in three weeks. The Commodores (0-3) became the first Southeastern Conference to fall below the 53 scholarship players required to...

Mike Bishop video chats in Byram, Miss., with his wife, Bonnie Bishop, who is hospitalized 40 miles away, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. He's hoping she'll be back by Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Road trip: In Mississippi, love in the time of coronavirus

Oct. 29, 2020 7:56 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Her voice cracked as she spoke from her hospital bed. “I want to go home,” she pleaded. More than 40 miles away, her husband sat in their living room, looking intently into his phone as they spoke on a video call, trying to soothe her. Bonnie Bishop had been in the...