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Lightning hits Miss. military base; 77 to hospital

Posted 6/8/2011 in State

CAMP SHELBY -- Two Air Force Reserve cadets were taken to a hospital by ambulance and 75 others by bus after a lightning strike Wednesday at a southern Mississippi military training base, a spokeswoman said.


Columbus Rep. Smith to run as Republican

Posted 6/2/2011 in State

Longtime state Rep. Jeff Smith of Columbus switched to the Republican Party just before Wednesday's qualifying deadline for legislative races, and he said he still plans to run for the open spot of Mississippi House speaker in January.


Bounds: Early learning essential

Posted 5/25/2011 in State

Education is the driving force behind economic development and the key to producing a stronger, more recession-proof Mississippi, state Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank Bounds told the Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon at the Country Club of Columbus.



BancorpSouth to close 23 branches in six states

Posted 5/11/2011 in State

BancorpSouth Inc. said Tuesday that it will close 23 bank branches in six states this summer as part of a plan to consolidate operations.


Miss. braces as high water pushes past Memphis

Posted 5/10/2011 in State

From Tunica in the north to Natchez in the south, the river is chasing people from their homes, threatening crops in the agricultural areas of the impoverished Delta counties, shuttering casinos and bringing heartbreak.


In the Delta, a new flood brings back old fears

Posted 5/9/2011 in State

GREENVILLE -- As the crest in the Mississippi River rolls toward the heart of the Delta, the great flood of 1927 is on a lot of minds.



Mississippi River could crest today at Memphis

Posted 5/9/2011 in State

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Forecasters say the Mississippi River could crest late today at Memphis -- hours sooner than previously predicted -- but the mayor says the city's ready for it.



State College Board wants funding formula revisited

Posted 5/4/2011 in State

Mississippi spends an additional $1,200 on each student at Mississippi Valley State University and Mississippi University for Women compared with those at Jackson State University and the University of Mississippi.



Mississippi River levee blasted, but historic water levels still expected

Posted 5/3/2011 in State

The dramatic, late-night demolition of a levee sent water pouring onto thousands of acres of Missouri farmland Tuesday, but did nothing to ease the risk of more trouble downstream in some parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.



Miss. 9/11 families relieved about bin Laden death

Posted 5/3/2011 in State

Mississippians impacted by the 9/11 terror attacks say they're relieved Osama bin Laden is dead, although his demise doesn't alter their memories of a day that jolted Americans' sense of security.


Sunday in Smithville: City reflects on disaster, looks to future

Posted 5/2/2011 in State

The post office is gone. The school is gone. City Hall is gone. Most of the churches are gone. Nearly every building in Smithville is gone -- or so heavily damaged they will have to be demolished.


4-County wrapping up power restoration in storm areas

Posted 5/2/2011 in State

Crews from 4-County Electric Power Association are wrapping up restoration efforts following a series of deadly storms that swept through the cooperative's service territory in late April.



List of fatalities in Miss. from severe storms

Posted 4/30/2011 in State

Here are the people killed by severe storms in Mississippi during this past week, according to lists provided by coroners and law enforcement officers.



Miss. death toll from storms rises to 35

Posted 4/30/2011 in State

Mississippi's death toll has climbed to 35 from this week's violent storms.



MEMA: Smithville tornado was most powerful in state in more than 40 years

Posted 4/29/2011 in State

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received confirmation from the National Weather Service in Memphis that an EF-5 tornado with winds up to 205 mph struck the city of Smithville in Monroe County Wednesday afternoon.



'You can't just put up a tarp. There's nothing left'

Posted 4/28/2011 in State

Survivors picked through rubble Thursday in Smithville, a northeastern Mississippi town that was mostly flattened by violent storms that roared through the South a day earlier.



MEMA: Updated Miss. deaths, injuries

Posted 4/28/2011 in State

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has now received confirmation of 32 storm related deaths and more than 120 injuries from severe weather that moved through the state Tuesday morning through last night.



Ala. governor mobilizes 1,400 National Guardsmen

Posted 4/28/2011 in State

Gov. Robert Bentley is deploying about 1,400 Alabama National Guardsmen to provide assistance to the Alabama counties impacted by the severe weather.



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 State

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


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