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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.


PHOTO GALLERY: Scenes of storm damage from Smithville, Tuscaloosa

Posted 4/28/2011 in State

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 State

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 State

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 State

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.



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.


Trustmark first-quarter earnings largely flat

Posted 4/27/2011 in State

Trustmark Corp., which has 150 banking offices in the South, posted a first-quarter profit largely unchanged from a year ago as the company continued reducing its number of bad loans.


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

Posted 4/27/2011 in State

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.

Barbour out, but questions remain among GOP contenders

Posted 4/26/2011 in State

With the GOP campaign's first debate scheduled for next week, the muddy Republican field will become clearer very soon as more potential contenders announce whether they'll run or sit out.

Bowling to plead in Miss. molestation case

Posted 4/26/2011 in State

A high school football coach whose long career took him from ball fields and classrooms in Mississippi to similar jobs in Alabama is set to plead guilty Wednesday in a sweeping child molestation case involving teenage boys, federal court records said.


Storm kills 3-year-old girl in McComb

Posted 4/26/2011 in State

Pike County authorities say a 3-year-old girl has been killed by an oak tree that fell on her family's home.



Gov. Barbour rules out 2012 presidential run

Posted 4/25/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour isn't running for president in 2012. The Republican issued a statement Monday saying he "will not be a candidate for president next year."



Busy day anticipated as tax deadline arrives

Posted 4/18/2011 in State

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



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