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The Latest: Forecasters confirm 4 tornadoes in Virginia

Apr. 20, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the South (all times local): 12:15 a.m. Four suspected tornadoes have been reported in Virginia. The National Weather Service says damage has been reported Friday night after twisters touched down in Reston, Fredericks Hall, Barham and Forksville. Authorities...

Mississippi raises high-stakes reading bar for third graders

Apr. 19, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — More than 35,000 Mississippi third graders sat down in front of computer this week to take reading tests, facing a state mandate to "level up" or not advance to fourth grade. But with the bar set higher this year, state and local officials expect more students will fail the initial...

The Latest: Woman killed in Alabama after tree falls on home

Apr. 19, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on severe weather moving across the United States (all times local): 12:31 a.m. Alabama authorities say a woman has been killed after strong storms knocked down a tree onto her mobile home in St Clair County. The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office tells WVTM that a tree fell on...

Storms batter South, kill 2 in Mississippi, 1 in Alabama

Apr. 19, 2019 4:21 AM EDT

LEARNED, Miss. (AP) — Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama while leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. National Weather Service forecasters said they believe multiple...

Mississippi university tuition to rise 4%, on average

Apr. 18, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's eight public universities plan to raise tuition by an average of 4% next fall, saying state funding increases this year are earmarked for increasing employee costs and they need more money to maintain programs. The College Board on Thursday gave final approval to tuition...

3-year sentence for faking her kidnapping to get $4,500

Apr. 18, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana woman was sentenced Thursday to three years and five months in prison for faking her own kidnapping and sending her ex-boss texts demanding $4,500 in ransom — a plot foiled by FBI agents who found her in Jackson, Mississippi, along with the phone she used to threaten...

Rookie GM DeCosta takes reins from Newsome in Ravens draft

Apr. 18, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — For the first time since the Ravens came to Baltimore, someone other than Ozzie Newsome will have the final say during the NFL draft. Rookie general manager Eric DeCosta will be hard-pressed to duplicate the initial draft of his predecessor, who selected Jonathan Ogden and Ray...

A glance at tuition and fees at Mississippi universities

Apr. 18, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Tuition and fees will rise at Mississippi's eight public universities in fall 2019 under changes approved Thursday by the College Board. Here's a look at tuition and fees for two semesters (fall and spring), as well as the percentage change from the current academic year: —...

Mississippi woman dies following rescue from flash flooding

Apr. 18, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A central Mississippi woman has died days after being rescued from a flash flood. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart tells WLBT-TV that 44-year-old that Malisa Wortham died Tuesday at a local hospital. That's three days after the Jackson woman was pulled from her submerged...

Mississippi drivers can put flag minus rebel X on license

Apr. 17, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi residents who want a state flag without the Confederate battle emblem will soon be able to display one on their license plate. Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Tuesday authorizing the state to sell several new specialty license plates, starting July 1. One of them features a...