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Schools reopening in beach town hit by Hurricane Sally

Sep. 28, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Public schools were reopening Monday in an Alabama beach town for the first time since Hurricane Sally made landfall there nearly two weeks ago. Gulf Shores city schools resumed classes two days ahead of schools in surrounding Baldwin County, located on the eastern side of Mobile...

Rep. Dustin Miller, D-Opelousas, left, speaks with Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, on the House floor as the Louisiana Legislature reached the final hours of its legislative session, on Monday, June 29, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Another special session: Louisiana lawmakers return Monday

Sep. 26, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers say the focus for their special session starting Monday centers on the coronavirus pandemic and Hurricane Laura recovery, but the session agenda is so broadly written that dozens, if not hundreds of bills, on a long list of topics could be filed. Seventy items...

13-year-old covers Hurricane Laura from grandparents' house

Sep. 26, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Even St. Julien has been known to break a news story before other media outlets in his hometown in rural Acadia Parish, sometimes even upsetting spokespeople for agencies when he shares information before they do. The pushback doesn’t bother the 13-year-old. He’s not...

Teacher, her students supporting SW La. from abroad

Sep. 26, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Sandrine Le Galliard was in a teachers’ in-service at her school in France when she learned through Facebook posts of the devastation Hurricane Laura brought to Southwest Louisiana. Le Galliard is an English teacher at Notre Dame Middle School, which is located in the South...

Climatologist: Dry areas in US Southwest getting drier

Sep. 25, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A sliver of water runs under the bridge here as sand bars and thickets of willow come closer to choking off the Rio Grande as it flows through New Mexico. It's another sign of dry times in the American Southwest, where New Mexico state climatologist Dave DuBois said the fingerprints...

North Carolina highway reopens after sand, water cleared

Sep. 25, 2020 8:20 AM EDT

OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — A highway linking barrier islands on North Carolina's Outer Banks has reopened after water churned up by a tropical storm flooded the road and piled sand as high as 6 feet (2 meters) over the pavement. N.C. 12 reopened to traffic at noon Thursday after it was closed near...

Mississippi receives $23M in federal funds for flood relief

Sep. 25, 2020 4:13 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has received nearly $23 million in emergency relief funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation to repair federal roadways that were damaged by severe flooding. U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith announced the five Federal Highway Administration awards on Thursday, according...

Trial on Harvey plant fire resumes after COVID-19 delay

Sep. 24, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A trial in which a chemical manufacturer is facing charges over a fire at its suburban Houston plant during Hurricane Harvey that sent toxic smoke into the air in 2017 resumed on Thursday following a six-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. Arkema Inc., a subsidiary of a French...

Alabama coastal towns delay beach reopening after Sally

Sep. 24, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s largest beach towns are delaying the reopening of their beaches because the cleanup from Hurricane Sally is taking longer than expected. Officials in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach said the beaches won’t reopen until Oct. 2 rather than this Saturday as...

Florida wildlife refuge takes in 120 animals after hurricane

Sep. 24, 2020 8:20 AM EDT

NAVARRE, Fla. (AP) — An animal refuge in the Florida Panhandle has taken in about 120 animals that were either injured of displaced by Hurricane Sally, which pummeled the area with wind and rain on Sept. 16. There are opossums, raccoons, gray foxes, fawns, eastern ground squirrels and flying squirrels,...