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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.



Power slowly returns to Columbus

Posted 4/27/2011 in Area

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 Area

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.


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.

UPDATE: Miss. death toll continues to rise in wake of severe storms

Posted 4/27/2011 in Area

Another night of severe weather has left four people dead in Mississippi, including a Louisiana law enforcement officer who was out camping with his daughter, raising the state's total death toll to at least five.


BancorpSouth posts first-quarter loss

Posted 4/26/2011 in Area

Tupelo-based BancorpSouth Inc. posted a first-quarter loss after increasing its provision for possible credit losses.



Independent schools adjust to current financial times

Posted 4/25/2011 in Area

School districts publicly have made budget and staff cuts over the past years, and they continue to brace for cuts, awaiting final allocations numbers from the Mississippi Department of Education.



Peaveys to address MSU commencement

Posted 4/23/2011 in Area

The Mississippi State alumnus who founded the Peavey Electronics Corp. and the alumna who leads the Meridian-based international business are the university's spring commencement speakers April 29-30. Nearly 2,400 students are candidates for spring-semester diplomas.



Coach struck by lightning inside Northport, Ala. school

Posted 4/21/2011 in Area

A physical education coach at Walker Elementary School was struck by lightning while he sat in his office inside the school.


UPDATE: No tornadoes, but damage from worst storm of year

Posted 4/21/2011 in Area

Tornado warning sirens sounded through the night Wednesday, heralding a storm that caused power outages and flash flooding throughout the Golden Triangle. Though no tornadoes were confirmed, winds caused the worst damage of any storm this year, officials said.


Volunteer firefighter dies in crash on way to fire

Posted 4/18/2011 in Area

An 18-year-old volunteer firefighter on his way to a fire died Sunday in Monroe County after his SUV ran off the road and hit a tree.



Busy day anticipated as tax deadline arrives

Posted 4/18/2011 in Area

That dreaded date on your calendar has arrived: Today's the last day to file your federal 2010 tax returns.


Pain at gas pump could ease over summer

Posted 4/16/2011 in Area

Drivers across the region are feeling the impact of escalating gasoline prices, but there's a bit of good news: Industry experts don't expect summer prices to be as bad as many have feared.


MDOT warns of flooding in Choctaw, Oktibbeha counties

Posted 4/15/2011 in Area

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to inform motorists of the following flood advisory in Choctaw and Oktibbeha Counties.



Area spared serious damage as storms, tornado warnings pass

Posted 4/15/2011 in Area

A series of tornado warnings were issued for Golden Triangle counties Friday afternoon as severe weather moved through, but aside from flooded roadways, the area was spared serious damage.



Columbus, Caledonia under tornado warning

Posted 4/15/2011 in Area

Lowndes and Clay counties were placed under a tornado warning shortly before noon Friday, as conditions showed a tornado was possible along a line from Highway 82 northeast toward Caledonia.



West Point woman pleads guilty to luring brother into fatal fight

Posted 4/14/2011 in Area

A Clay County woman has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for helping lure her brother into a fight that resulted in the fatal shooting of her boyfriend.



Smithville woman dies in crash

Posted 4/13/2011 in Area

A 35-year-old Smithville woman died in Monroe County early Wednesday when she lost control of her minivan and crashed.



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