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In this Tuesday, March 24, 2020 photo, a Dollar General store in Tishomingo, Miss., is completely destroyed after a suspected tornado swept through the area. (Kayla Thompson/WTVA via AP)

Possible twister: Damage reports at Mississippi-Alabama line

Mar. 25, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Teresa Hazelwood stopped by a Dollar General store in northern Mississippi to get some chips, and soon found herself riding out a suspected tornado in the parking lot and felt it lifting her car. She gripped the steering wheel and prayed. “I just prayed to God, oh please God...

Possible twister: Damage reports at Mississippi-Alabama line

Mar. 24, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A suspected tornado heavily damaged a store and other structures Tuesday in northern Mississippi and Alabama as a severe storm system crossed the Deep South, authorities said. Police Chief Mike Kemp in Tishomingo, Mississippi, told broadcast outlet WTVA that minor injuries were...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 22, 2020 file photo, Josh Kellso, a pastor at Grace Bible Church, delivers a sermon via livesteam for virtual attenders from an empty sanctuary in Tempe, Ariz. Many houses of worship have suspended all in-person services and programs and moved to online services in compliance with CDC guidelines to promote social distancing in the effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matt York)

States differ on exempting worship from coronavirus closures

Mar. 24, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As multiple governors issue orders to curb large gatherings and implore residents to stay home in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, at least a half-dozen states have exempted some level of religious activity. The divergent treatment of faith in some states' pandemic-fighting...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Executive Director Chrisse France talks about Preterm, the busiest abortion clinic in Ohio, in the procedure room in Cleveland. The governor and attorney general of Texas are moving to ban most abortions in the state during the coronavirus outbreak, declaring they don't qualify as essential surgeries. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Texas moves to ban most abortions due to virus outbreak

Mar. 23, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The governor and attorney general of Texas are moving to ban most abortions in the state during the coronavirus outbreak, declaring they don't qualify as essential surgeries. Attorney General Ken Paxton said Monday that the order issued over the weekend by Gov. Greg Abbott barred...

FILE - In this file photo taken June 12, 2010, crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill washes ashore in Orange Beach, Ala. The spring of coronavirus feels a lot like the summer of oil to residents along the Gulf Coast. Bars and restaurants are empty in Florida because of an invisible threat nearly a decade after the BP oil spill ravaged the region from the ocean floor up, and condominium reservations have taken a nosedive in Alabama. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

Coronavirus rekindles oil spill memories along Gulf Coast

Mar. 22, 2020 8:17 AM EDT

The spring of the coronavirus feels a lot like the summer of oil to residents along the Gulf Coast. Bars and restaurants are empty in Florida because of an invisible threat nearly a decade after the BP oil spill ravaged the region from the ocean floor up, and condominium reservations have taken a nosedive in...

This is a Saturday, March 7, 2020 photograph of Brian Flowers, taken in Clinton, Miss. Flowers, a military veteran who works at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, faces two opponents in the Republican primary for Mississippi's Second Congressional District seat. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi delays a GOP primary runoff amid pandemic

Mar. 20, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced Friday that he is postponing the March 31 Republican primary runoff in the state's 2nd Congressional District because of the coronavirus. The new date is June 23. Mississippi joins a number of other states that have postponed elections amid the...

Mississippi governor is postponing March 31 Republican primary congressional runoff to June 23 because of coronavirus

Mar. 20, 2020 4:21 PM EDT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi governor is postponing March 31 Republican primary congressional runoff to June 23 because of coronavirus.
In this undated photo, Lauderdale County Chancery Court Judge Charles Smith poses for a photo in Mississippi. Police said Smith was shot and critically wounded Monday, March 16, 2020, outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse in downtown Meridian, Miss.  (The Meridian Star via AP)

Police say shooting of Mississippi judge was 'personal'

Mar. 18, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — The recent shooting of a Mississippi judge outside a courthouse was “personal,” authorities said Tuesday. Chancery Judge Charlie Smith was shot near his abdomen Monday morning outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse as he was exiting his truck to go into the...

Police block off streets following the shooting of Lauderdale County Chancery Court Judge Charles Smith outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse, in Meridian, Miss., on Monday, March 16, 2020.  Smith was shot and critically wounded in the parking lot outside the courthouse.  (Dave Bohrer/The Meridian Star via AP)

Mississippi judge shot, critically wounded near courthouse

Mar. 16, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A judge has been shot and critically wounded outside a courthouse in Mississippi, police said. Chancery Judge Charlie Smith was shot Monday morning in the parking lot outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse in downtown Meridian, WTOK-TV reported. Smith was getting out of truck to go...

FILE-In this Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 file photo file photo, Marijuana plants growing under special grow lights, at GB Sciences Louisiana, in Baton Rouge, La. Views about medical marijuana appear to be changing across the South, where efforts to legalize it have long been stymied by Bible Belt politics. Medical cannabis is legal now in 33 states, but most Southern states remain among the holdouts. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Medical marijuana bills challenge Bible Belt politics

Mar. 14, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Facing a potentially historic vote on whether to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky, Republican lawmaker John Schickel is conflicted. A retired law enforcement officer, Schickel once steadfastly opposed medical cannabis, but his stance has softened. Now he says he's approaching...