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Families Beg Judge to Close Jersey Beach Where 3 died When Sand Gave Way

Relatives of three people who died when the sand at a New Jersey beach gave way beneath their feet begged a judge to permanently close the beach, saying it’s only a matter of time before someone else dies there. Relatives …

El Faro Recording Reveals Crew Did all They Could

The former chief engineer of a container ship that sank in a hurricane killing 33 sailors said Wednesday that evidence from the ship’s “black box” shows a crew working hard to keep it afloat. Mark Gay, who served aboard the …

Florida Tightrope Fall Injures 5, Including Wallendas

It was supposed to be the headline act for Circus Sarasota: a high-wire pyramid some 30 feet in the air. But during practice Wednesday – two days before the show’s opening – an accident befell the eight performers. According to …

Tornadoes Cause Damage, Injuries in Southern Louisiana

The tornadoes that struck southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday injured about 20 people, destroyed homes and businesses, flipped cars and trucks, and left about 10,000 customers without power, but no deaths were reported, the governor said. Gov. John Bel Edwards took …

Mississippi University to Demolish 5 Buildings After Jan. 21 Tornado

Mississippi officials announced Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved aid to governments in Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties following a Jan. 21 tornado, as a hard-hit university announced it would have to demolish five buildings following the …

Mississippi Legislation Targets Cargo Theft

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the Mississippi legislature recently¬† considered two bills that would create a specific offense for cargo theft. House Bill 722, introduced by Representative Steve Massengill (R-District 13), and Senate Bill 2184, introduced by Senator …

South Carolina Widow’s Suit Places Blame on Feds for Husband’s Flooding Death

The widow of a man who drowned in South Carolina’s historic 2015 flooding is suing the federal government over a dam that failed on an Army base near Columbia. Filed in federal court in late December, Lois McCarty’s lawsuit seeks …

Georgia School System Considers Artificial Turf Safety

The money is budgeted, the athletic committee has given the go-ahead and Superintendent Steve Barker has his recommendation ready. So why has the Coweta County School System not moved ahead with installing artificial turf on its high school football fields …

Fires, Toxins Add to Risk in Unfunded Cleanup of Old West Virginia Coal Mines

An underground coal mine fire burns beneath a sprawling hillside in West Virginia, the pale, acrid smoke rising from gashes in the scarred, muddy earth only a stone’s throw from some houses. The fire, which may have started with arson, …

More Than 1,100 Homes Damaged by Mississippi Tornado

A tornado that tore a 31-mile path across south Mississippi over the weekend killed four people and damaged or destroyed more than 1,100 homes, state officials said Monday, as the governor assured residents that federal funds were being sought to …

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