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2019 NYSAPA news and broadcast contest winners announced

May. 28, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York State Associated Press Association on Thursday announced the winners of its awards contest for stories broadcast, printed or posted online in 2019. Thirty-three newspapers submitted 715 entries and 46 television and radio stations submitted 578 entries in the contest. The...

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers a brief update on the dam breach and flooding throughout mid-Michigan counties at Meridian Elementary School in Sanford on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Kaytie Boomer/The Bay City Times via AP)

Governor orders probe of failed dams that caused flooding

May. 27, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

West Bloomfield, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday demanded an investigation to determine what caused two dams in central Michigan to fail, leading to devastating floods in several communities and forcing about 11,000 people to evacuate their homes. Whitmer ordered the Michigan Department of...

A man rides a bicycle while holding an umbrella as rain from Tropical Storm Bertha flooded a few streets in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Matthew Fortner/The Post And Courier via AP)

Bertha forms, hits South Carolina coast, dissipates in a day

May. 27, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha surprised the South Carolina coast Wednesday, forming, making landfall within two hours and was downgraded before sundown, bringing a poor beach day of rain and gusty winds, but no major problems. Forecasters expected the bad weather, but didn't predict it to...

Forecasters warn of flood threat in southern West Virginia

May. 27, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Parts of southern West Virginia are under the threat of heavy rains from a tropical system. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through early Thursday for Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe and Summers counties. Downpours could cause flooding on ground still saturated...

Heavy rains cause flooded streets in South Florida

May. 26, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — South Florida streets flooded Tuesday following several days of heavy rains and thunderstorms. The National Weather Service in Miami issued flash flood warnings in parts of Miami-Dade and Broward counties that were set to last into the night. Tuesday morning started off sunny after nearly...

Brief tornado hits Johnston; wind causes fire in E. Iowa

May. 26, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — A tornado briefly touched down Monday evening in the Des Moines suburb of Johnston, uprooting trees and damaging traffic signals. The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado Tuesday and noted that another severe storm caused a 67 mph wind gust in Newton, east of Des Moines. The...

Police: 2 rescued from flooded van on rural Kentucky road

May. 26, 2020 2:52 AM EDT

PINEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say Kentucky state troopers helped rescue two people who were trapped in high water on a rural county road. Kentucky State Police said an elderly woman and a young female became trapped in a flooded vehicle on Monday afternoon in Bell County. Police said a trooper entered...

In this Thursday, May 21, 2020 photo, Kim Burgess, the mother of a soldier who was killed in Iraq, holds a muddy American flag after a dam failure destroyed a war memorial last week in Stanford, Mich. Burgess is pledging to rebuild the memorial. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Fallen Marine's mom: We will rebuild memorial lost to flood

May. 25, 2020 10:40 PM EDT

SANFORD, Mich. (AP) — The mother of a Marine who was killed in Iraq is pledging to rebuild a war memorial that was destroyed by a dam failure in central Michigan. “I sat there and cried,” Kim Burgess said after visiting the scene in Sanford last week. “I just felt like I had let our...

National Guard rescues books in waterlogged Midland

May. 25, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan National Guard rescued 80,000 items from the basement of a Midland library that was flooded when rain swept through the area and dams failed. “There’s no way we could have done it without them,” said Terrie Ahlers, supervisor of adult services at...

Flash flood warning for parts of south-central Nebraska

May. 25, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for rural parts of south-central Nebraska on Monday after up to 8 inches of rain fell in the region overnight. The weather service issued the warning for parts of Adams, Kearney, Buffalo and Hall counties, reporting that roads in...