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Storms in South kill girl in Florida, bring tornado threat

Apr. 20, 2019 12:40 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A strong storm system barreling through the South killed an 8-year-old girl in Florida and threatened to bring tornadoes to large parts of the Carolinas and southern Virginia. A tree fell onto a house Friday in Woodville, Florida, south of Tallahassee, killing the girl and injuring a...

Storms in South kill girl in Florida, bring tornado threat

Apr. 20, 2019 12:21 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A strong storm system barreling through the South on Friday killed an 8-year-old girl in Florida and threatened to bring tornadoes to large parts of the Carolinas and southern Virginia. A tree fell onto a house in Woodville, Florida, south of Tallahassee, killing the girl and injuring a...

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 officials defend 'heartbeat' abortion law

Apr. 18, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The office of Mississippi's Democratic attorney general filed papers this week defending a law that bans most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy. It's one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed...

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...

Mississippi governor signs $1,500 pay raise for teachers

Apr. 16, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Tuesday to give teachers and assistant teachers a $1,500 pay raise during the year that begins July 1. Bryant's Twitter account posted a photo of him signing Senate Bill 2770 nearly three weeks after legislators agreed on the plan....

Mississippi lottery board adopts rules on ethics and records

Apr. 16, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The governing board for the upcoming Mississippi Lottery is setting rules for ethics and public records. It is also taking steps to hire bankers to provide financial services and a person to run day-to-day operations. Mississippi is one of the last states to create a lottery after...

Tornadoes hit than 250 buildings across Mississippi

Apr. 15, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Early assessments show Saturday's tornado outbreak damaged more than 250 homes, businesses and public buildings across Mississippi. The National Weather Service has counted at least 10 tornadoes in Mississippi on Saturday, ranging from Escatawpa on the Gulf Coast as far north as...

Judge nixes lawsuit accusing local officials of misspending

Apr. 11, 2019 2:55 AM EDT

MARION, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Lauderdale County resident who accused county supervisors of neglecting an aging courthouse by spending funding elsewhere. The Meridian Star reported Wednesday that the judge said Tommy Williams doesn't have standing to sue. Williams and...

Taggart intends 'crusade' against drugs as attorney general

Apr. 10, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

FLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Republican Andy Taggart of Madison says he's running for Mississippi attorney general to wage a "crusade" against illegal drugs. He and his wife, Karen, have spoken publicly about one their three sons, Brad Taggart, who struggled with drug problems before taking own life as a young...