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Storms in South kill girl in Florida, bring tornado threat

Apr. 19, 2019 2:41 PM 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: Storm topples tree, kills girl in Florida

Apr. 19, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the South (all times local): 1:40 p.m. A storm system moving through the South is being blamed for the death of an 8-year-old girl in Florida. The Leon County Sheriff's Office says a tree fell Friday into a house in Woodville south of Tallahassee, killing the...

Hospital in Mississippi Delta cuts financial losses

Apr. 19, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Delta hospital is still losing money, but less than before. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports finances of the Greenwood Leflore Hospital showed improvement in March. The hospital has lost $2.78 million over the first six months of its budget year, down from $3.88...

Former jailer pleads guilty to illegal sex with inmate

Apr. 19, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A former jailer in a south Mississippi county is admitting to illegal sex with inmates. The Sun Herald reports 60-year-old Warren Avery pleaded guilty to one count of attempted unlawful sexual activity and two counts of unlawful sexual activity. Circuit Judge Dale Harkey sentenced...

Dolphin, sea turtle deaths on Gulf Coast prompts probe

Apr. 19, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Officials are investigating a rash of deaths among dolphins and sea turtles on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. WLOX-TV reports nearly 40 dead dolphins and sea turtles have been found in recent weeks. Two veterinarian pathologists from Mississippi State University have been performing...

Police: Woman shot man in argument over repossessed van

Apr. 19, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A northeast Mississippi woman is accused of killing a man in an argument about a repossessed van. Lillian Cayson of Aberdeen was arrested after the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Moses Daniel and charged with murder. Aberdeen Assistant Police Chief Quinell Shumpert tells local news...

The Latest: Woman killed in Alabama after tree falls on home

Apr. 19, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on severe weather moving across the United States (all times local): 12:31 a.m. Alabama authorities say a woman has been killed after strong storms knocked down a tree onto her mobile home in St Clair County. The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office tells WVTM that a tree fell on...

Storms batter South, kill 2 in Mississippi, 1 in Alabama

Apr. 19, 2019 4:21 AM EDT

LEARNED, Miss. (AP) — Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama while leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. National Weather Service forecasters said they believe multiple...

Southern Mississippi hires Ladner as basketball coach

Apr. 18, 2019 10:08 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Southern Mississippi has hired Jay Ladner as its basketball coach. Ladner has been the coach at Southeastern Louisiana the past five years and led the Lions to a Southland Conference regular-season title in 2018. Ladner was an accomplished high school coach in Mississippi before...

Mississippi university tuition to rise 4%, on average

Apr. 18, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's eight public universities plan to raise tuition by an average of 4% next fall, saying state funding increases this year are earmarked for increasing employee costs and they need more money to maintain programs. The College Board on Thursday gave final approval to tuition...