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Florida GOP Outlines $100 Million+ Plan to Tackle Climate Change

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Low-lying Florida, surrounded by the sea, is one of the most vulnerable U.S. states to ocean level rise driven by climate change. State Republican legislative leaders on Friday announced a $100 million-a-year plan to tackle …

Southern Exposure: Cold Wreaks Havoc on Aging Waterworks

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The sunshine is back and the ice has melted. But more than a week after a deep freeze across the South, many communities are still grappling with getting clean water to their citizens. For years, experts …

Tennessee Races to Repair Broken Water Mains in Storm’s Wake

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Workers in Tennessee raced Sunday to fix water mains that failed in freezing temperatures, and COVID-19 vaccine shipments resumed as the South carried on with efforts to recover from the winter weather that paralyzed parts of …

Florida Consumers ‘Flabbergasted’ as Property Insurers Push for Double-Digit Rate Hikes

Florida property insurers are jacking up rates by double-digit percentages, blaming the hikes on lingering damage from past hurricanes, a wave of litigation, and a law that encourages lawyers to sue by allowing courts to award them big fees. The …

Tornado Rattles Florida Residents, Damages Homes

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A tornado in Florida’s Tampa Bay region peeled off rooftops, snapped trees and roused residents from bed early Sunday morning. The National Weather Service said there were no serious injuries reported from the twister that …

S.C. Governor Ousts Workers’ Comp Director Over Husband’s Deal

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday removed the head of the State Accident Fund, calling for an investigation into whether she improperly steered a $600,000 government contract to her husband’s company. In a letter, McMaster asked …

In Florida City, a Hacker Tried to Poison the Drinking Water

A hacker gained entry to the system controlling the water treatment plant of a Florida city of 15,000 and tried to taint the water supply with a caustic chemical, exposing a danger cybersecurity experts say has grown as systems become …

Probe Focuses on Chicken Conveyer in Deaths at Georgia Plant

ATLANTA (AP) — Problems with the operation of a conveyer belt system that transported chicken for freezing appear to be the cause of a liquid nitrogen release that killed six workers at a Georgia poultry processing plant, federal investigators said. …

Official: System in Deadly Nitrogen Leak Recently Installed

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The investigation into a deadly liquid nitrogen leak at a Georgia poultry plant continued Saturday with authorities saying they were trying to determine what caused a break in the recently installed system. Six workers died on …

Florida Advances Bill to Shield Businesses from COVID-19 Lawsuits

Florida businesses would be protected from coronavirus lawsuits if they made a good effort to follow state-issued guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 under a proposal approved Monday at its first Senate committee stop. While Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis …

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