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Violent storms smack the South; dozens of deaths reported

Posted 4/28/2011 in State

Fierce storms that spawned tornadoes roared across the South, killing at least 85 people as they wiped out homes and businesses, forced a nuclear power plant to use backup generators and even prompted the evacuation of a National Weather Service office.


Tornadoes bring death, destruction to northeast Mississippi

Posted 4/28/2011 in Area

The death toll is expected to rise today after a devastating tornado Wednesday left the north Monroe County community of Smithville in shambles.


PHOTO GALLERY: Scenes of storm damage from Smithville, Tuscaloosa

Posted 4/28/2011 in Area

Photographers capture images of the devastation from tornadoes in Smithville, Miss., and Tuscaloosa, Ala.



VIDEO: University of Alabama cancels classes after tornado devastates Tuscaloosa

Posted 4/27/2011 in Area

The University of Alabama has canceled classes for Thursday and suspended normal operations on campus after a deadly storm swept through the city.


Miss. death toll from violent storms rises

Posted 4/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says the state's death toll from violent storms Tuesday and Wednesday is now more than 30.


Power slowly returns to Columbus

Posted 4/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Power was slowly being restored to areas of Columbus Wednesday night, allaying rumors that problems with TVA's grid would knock out power for four or more days. Still, power came on sporadically and was spotty in areas.



UPDATE: TVA: Power could be out in area at least until morning

Posted 4/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Power could remain down in Starkville and Columbus at least until tomorrow morning, a TVA spokeswoman said, as the power provider surveys the extent of damage to its grid in the wake of severe storms.



Power down across Golden Triangle as TVA conducts assessment

Posted 4/27/2011 in Area

Power was down across the Golden Triangle as tornadoes touched down to the north and south of Columbus. Power was out in Starkville, Columbus and West Point as of 5 p.m. Emergency officials said that TVA was conducting an assessment, and it was unclear when power would return.



Deaths in Alabama as damaging storms rake state

Posted 4/27/2011 in State

At least five people were killed Wednesday as a wave of thunderstorms laced with tornadoes and winds blowing near hurricane force snapped trees, damaged buildings and left more than 260,000 without power across a wide area of Alabama, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency.



Citing too much fat in government, Barbour vetoes Miss. obesity panel

Posted 4/27/2011 in State

Mississippi is the most obese state in the nation, but Republican Gov. Haley Barbour says it doesn't need another layer of bureaucracy to study the issue.


High school coach pleads guilty to molestation

Posted 4/27/2011 in State

A longtime high school football coach from Mississippi and Alabama has pleaded guilty to federal charges in a molestation case involving teenage boys.

Amid storms, fire costs Webster woman her home

Posted 4/27/2011 in Area

The storms that swept through Mississippi Wednesday morning cost a Webster County woman her home.


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