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Hurricane Sally Reaches Gulf Coast With Flash-Flood Threat

Hurricane Sally made landfall in U.S. Gulf Coast, where it could inflict as much as $5 billion in damage and losses across Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle from “catastrophic” flooding in the region. Sally came on land near Gulf …

Attorney: Contractor Got $454K For ‘Pile Of Dirt’ at Church

STARKVILLE, Miss. — A judge has ruled that a Mississippi contractor will have to pay restitution after accepting more than $450,000 to build a church sanctuary but doing little work. Donald Crowther is owner of TCM Construction of Long Beach. …

West Virginia Hospital Settles Whistleblower Suit For $50M

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A financially strapped West Virginia hospital has agreed to pay the federal government $50 million to resolve claims that it improperly issued payments and kickbacks to physicians under the direction of management, the U.S. Justice Department announced …

Florida Seizes on Low Rates for Hurricane Fund as Storms Start

With hurricane season barreling down on Florida, the state is seizing on low interest rates to borrow $2.25 billion for its catastrophe insurance fund. The State Board of Administration Finance Corp. is joining state and local governments that have rushed …

Georgia Mayor Charged With Theft After He Damages Excavator

NASHVILLE, Ga. — A south Georgia mayor has been arrested after a contractor alleged the mayor used an excavator without permission and damaged it. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Friday that it had arrested Nashville Mayor Taylor Scarbrough on …

Hurricane Phoenix is Tampa Bay’s Worst-Case Scenario

TAMPA, Fla. — It is only a simulation. It’s also the worst-case scenario. One day, it could be reality. “Hurricane Phoenix” is the hypothetical disaster that would change life in the Tampa Bay area forever. Imagine a Category 5 storm …

N.C. Political Donor Gets 7 Years In Prison, Hayes Probation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A major political donor convicted of attempting to bribe a North Carolina elected official to secure preferential regulatory treatment for his insurance business was sentenced Wednesday to more than seven years in prison. Billionaire businessman Greg E. …

UNC Campus Workers File Lawsuit, Say Work Conditions Unsafe

RALEIGH, N.C. — Campus workers in the University of North Carolina system have filed a lawsuit saying working conditions are unsafe and that workers are reporting for work with inadequate protective equipment amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Some university employees, including …

4 Poultry Plant Execs Indicted After 2019 Immigration Raid

JACKSON, Miss. — Four executives from two Mississippi poultry processing plants have been indicted on federal charges tied to one of the largest workplace immigration raids in the U.S. in the past decade. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and the acting …

Restoring Lights Can be a Complicated Job for Line Workers

YORKTOWN, Va. — The line crew from Northern Virginia had been working since 7 a.m., knocking out six repair jobs to restore power to hundreds of Peninsula homes, but the backlog at Dominion Energy’s regional operations center meant they got …

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