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China pledges harsh penalties ahead of party anniversary

Jun. 18, 2021 05:03 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is pledging to harshly punish anyone responsible for major industrial accidents or outbreaks of violence in coming days as the ruling Communist Party prepares lavish celebrations for its centenary on July 1. At a meeting Thursday, Vice Premier Liu...

Tropical storm warning, flood threat for northern Gulf Coast

Jun. 17, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm warning was issued Thursday for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as a potential tropical cyclone advanced toward the northern Gulf Coast. The warning extends from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border,...

Nebraska to offer additional payments for 2019 flood relief

Jun. 17, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will pay out public assistance beyond what it normally offers to local governments hit by the 2019 floods, a state agency announced Thursday. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency said Gov. Pete Ricketts has approved the payments for the...

FEMA extends deadline to seek aid in 31 Kentucky counties

Jun. 17, 2021 04:10 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Federal emergency officials have extended a deadline for Kentuckians to register for assistance due to damage from severe flooding, Gov. Andy Beshear said. The deadline to apply for help from the Individual Assistance program is now July 8, he...

Louisiana parish pauses new development amid flood concerns

Jun. 16, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) — A parish council in Louisiana has approved a one-year moratorium on new development in part of its jurisdiction to address concerns about drainage following severe flash flooding in May. Iberville Parish Council unanimously voted on Tuesday night...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jun. 16, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

Charlotte Observer. June 15, 2021. Editorial: Severe flooding is destroying NC towns, ruining lives. These bills would change that North Carolina is in urgent need of flood prevention legislation. Increasingly, rural communities are bearing the brunt...

Experts: UK is losing race to adapt to climate change

Jun. 16, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain is losing the race to adapt to the inevitable effects of climate change, including worsening heat and floods, a government-appointed panel of experts said Wednesday. The Climate Change Committee, set up to advise the U.K. government, said the level...

Making hot sauce and working to save wetlands

Jun. 16, 2021 01:17 AM EDT

AVERY ISLAND, La. (AP) — As storms grow more violent and Louisiana loses more of its coast, the family that makes Tabasco Sauce is fighting erosion in the marshland that buffers its factory from hurricanes and floods. Overall, the effort is probably a standoff, says...

Flooding damages more than 120 homes in Mississippi

Jun. 14, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is continuing to assess damage caused by recent flash flooding. Parts of central and northern Mississippi were soaked by heavy rainfall starting last week. The downpour washed out some roads, making travel...

Barge stuck on Alabama dam, so Mississippi yards flooding

Jun. 13, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss.. (AP) — A barge is stuck against a dam in Alabama, causing flooded yards in Mississippi, officials said. The barge can’t be removed from the Tom Bevill Lock and Dam in Aliceville, Alabama, until the water goes down, Lowndes County Emergency Management...