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Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Aug. 05, 2022 15:36 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Mississippi county responds to federal seizure of jail

Aug. 04, 2022 19:34 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — Officials in Mississippi's most populous county said they were weighing legal options after a federal judge seized control of a local jail that saw the deaths of seven detainees last year. In a joint news release, the Hinds County Board of Supervisors and...

Lightning kills 1 at remote Wyoming outdoors educator event

Aug. 04, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A lightning strike at an outdoors educator course in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming killed one student and injured another, officials said Thursday. The group with the National Outdoor Leadership School was just days into their trip and had set up...

Heavy rain causes flash flooding in central Mississippi

Aug. 02, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Heavy rain caused flash flooding in central Mississippi Tuesday, trapping some people in homes and offices. WLBT-TV reported fire department crews used boats to get people out of homes in Canton, about 26 miles (42 kilometers) north of Jackson. ...

Woman sentenced to 10 years for failed murder-for-hire plot

Aug. 01, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman who pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband was sentenced to 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves handed down the sentence Monday. The sentence against Jessica Leeann Sledge, 40, of Pelahatchie...

Governor: Search for Kentucky flood victims could take weeks

Jul. 29, 2022 23:13 PM EDT

JACKSON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's governor said it could take weeks to find all the victims of flash flooding that killed at least 16 people when torrential rains swamped towns across Appalachia. More rainstorms are forecast in coming days as rescue crews continue the struggle to get...

Governor: Search for Kentucky flood victims could take weeks

Jul. 29, 2022 20:11 PM EDT

JACKSON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's governor said it could take weeks to find all the victims of flash flooding that killed at least 16 people when heavy rains turned streams into torrents that swamped towns across Appalachia. More rainstorms were forecast to roll through in coming...

Appalachian flooding deaths set to climb; more rain forecast

Jul. 29, 2022 19:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Ky. (AP) — Trapped homeowners swam to safety and others were rescued by boat as record flash flooding killed at least 16 people in Kentucky and swamped entire Appalachian towns, prompting a frenzied search for survivors Friday through some of the poorest communities in America. ...

Federal judge seizes control of Mississippi jail

Jul. 29, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — A federal judge has seized control of a Mississippi jail after citing “severely deficient” conditions at the facility. In a Friday ruling, U.S. Southern District of Mississippi Judge Carlton Reeves placed Hinds County’s Raymond Detention Center in...

Courts block abortion bans in Wyoming, North Dakota

Jul. 27, 2022 21:50 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Abortion bans set to take effect this week in Wyoming and North Dakota were temporarily blocked Wednesday by judges in those states amid lawsuits arguing that the bans violate their state constitutions. A judge in Wyoming sided with a firebombed women’s...