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Mississippi businessman sentenced in pandemic relief fraud

Aug. 15, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi businessman has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for misusing over $6 million in business loans through a coronavirus pandemic relief program. Christopher Paul Lick of Starkville received the 78-month sentence Friday from U.S....

Kentucky governor says flood relief session 'will happen'

Aug. 15, 2022 17:50 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday he hopes to call a special session of the state legislature in the next few weeks to work on flood relief. “Everybody is committed to it,” Beshear said at a Monday news conference. “We are having in-depth...

Flash flooding, water rescues reported in West Virginia

Aug. 15, 2022 14:48 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency in two southern counties hit by flooding from heavy rains Monday. Justice's declaration in Fayette and Kanawha counties allows the National Guard to respond to hard-hit areas. The...

Mobile FEMA centers open in Kentucky for flood victims

Aug. 15, 2022 04:23 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — New FEMA mobile disaster recovery centers opened on Sunday to assist Kentucky flood survivors. The new centers are at the Magoffin County Health Department in Salyersville and the Owsley Recreation Center in Booneville. The centers will be open on Monday and...

Coast Guard responds to small oil spill near San Juan Island

Aug. 14, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a diesel spill off the west coast of Washington state's San Juan Island after a 49-foot (15-meter) fishing vessel sank with an estimated 2,600 gallons (9,854 liters) of fuel on board. A Good Samaritan rescued all five crew...

Audit: Va. failed on earlier advice before I-95 gridlock

Aug. 13, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia government failed to carry out numerous lessons from a 2018 snowstorm that caused highway gridlock, as exhibited by a similar event along Interstate 95 in January that left hundreds of motorists stranded, a state watchdog office concluded. The Office...

European firefighters join battle to stop French wildfires

Aug. 12, 2022 10:30 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Firefighters from across Europe started arriving in France on Friday to help battle several wildfires, including a giant blaze ravaging pine forests in the southwest. A series of heat waves have compounded a critical drought in much of Europe to create prime wildfire...

Minnesota regulators cut $60m from storm response costs

Aug. 12, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota regulators have blocked the state’s natural gas providers from passing along $60 million in costs they incurred responding to a 2021 storm to ratepayers. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported the Public Utilities Commission made the decision...

FEMA faces criticism for response as flood death count grows

Aug. 12, 2022 09:45 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear called out the Federal Emergency Management Agency for denying too many requests for assistance in flood-ravaged eastern Kentucky, where the number of people who died as a result of the disaster has risen to 39. The official death count rose...

Governor says FEMA denying too many requests for assistance

Aug. 11, 2022 21:06 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear complained Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is denying too many requests for assistance in flood-ravaged eastern Kentucky, and urged those getting turned down to take their cases directly to agency representatives in the region. ...