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Tornado’s swift arrival in Rolling Fork highlights Gulf South’s emergency management needs

Residents in some Mississippi towns didn’t get much warning before deadly tornadoes struck. It exposed the challenges of emergency response in rural areas.

Commission approves billing agreement with Birmingham Water Works Board

The agreement between the Jefferson County Commission Tuesday follows months of negotiation between the two entities.

Birmingham City Council working on a plan for overhaul of water works board

As the Alabama Legislature considers a complete overhaul of the Birmingham Water Works Board, the Birmingham City Council is mulling its own legislation to meet state lawmakers halfway.

Alabama birthday girl begged dying brother to ‘stay with me’

Alexis Dowdell’s Sweet 16 birthday party ended with her kneeling beside her fatally wounded brother on the blood-slicked floor of a dance studio in small-town Alabama, the bodies of other wounded teens scattered around them. Dowdell told the story of Saturday’s terror in Dadeville to The Associated Press.

Why SCOTUS decision on abortion pill ban won’t change much for Gulf South residents

Physicians and Gulf South advocates say much won’t change in their states — which have total abortion bans in place — whether mifepristone is banned or not.

Pascagoula residents sue EPA to halt production of Chevron’s plastic fuel

Cherokee Concerned Citizens and Earthjustice are seeking to halt Chevron from producing new chemicals from plastic waste at a nearby refinery.

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House where King planned Alabama marches moving to Michigan

The role the Jackson House played was integral to the Civil Rights Movement, so a family member contacted the The Henry Ford Museum near Detroit about a year ago to ask if it would take over the preservation of the Jackson House and its legacy.

Alabama police searching for clues in shooting that killed 4

Students at a small-town Alabama school, its flag flying at half-mast Monday, returned to class as investigators worked to piece together what happened at a Saturday night shooting that killed four people, including two Dadeville High School students.

Shooting at Alabama birthday party kills 4 people, wounds 28

Alabama law enforcement officers Sunday implored people to come forward with information about a shooting in Dadeville that killed four people and injured 28 others during a teenager's birthday party. Among those killed was a high school senior who planned to play college football and was celebrating sister's 16th birthday.

At least 4 people were killed in a shooting at a teen’s birthday party in Alabama

The attack in the city of Dadeville came as people were gathering to celebrate a teen's 16th birthday. Authorities said there were "multiple injuries" in addition to those killed.

School choice bill now on lawmakers’ agenda

Alabama legislators also advanced a bill banning teaching “divisive concepts” in the classroom

Why preventing flooding in Mississippi’s Yazoo Backwater is easier said than done

The Vicksburg Post’s Anna Guizerix discusses the history of flooding in the Yazoo Backwater area, and why finding a solution is considered controversial.

With ‘dollar stores in every direction,’ some communities are saying enough

Dollar General opens about three locations a day. Advocates against the rapid expansion released a four-step guide for keeping stores from opening.

As grocery prices soar, push grows to end sales tax on food

Alabama is one of only three states that tax groceries at the same rate as other purchases. But as food prices soar — and as the state sees a record budget surplus — Alabama lawmakers are considering removing, or phasing out, the state's 4% sales tax on food.

Advocates warn of a ‘dollar store invasion.’ Researchers are still figuring out the consequences

A recent report from the Institute for Local Self Reliance laid out 17 problems with dollar stores, but some researchers said there isn’t a consensus yet.

New complaint alleges sex assault, medical neglect, abuse of detainee at Louisiana ICE facility

The attorneys and advocates who filed the complaint on Daniel Cortes De La Valle’s behalf are asking ICE to release him immediately.

Suit accuses Jefferson County of racial gerrymandering in commission districts

The lawsuit accuses the commission of intentionally packing Black voters into two supermajority Black commission districts based in and around Birmingham.

Tougher penalties on fentanyl trafficking now law

Gov. Kay Ivey signed the bill into law Thursday after the measure, which sets mandatory minimum sentences, passed both legislative chambers without opposition.

Birmingham-Southern College to stay open — for now

The decision follows a few tense months after years of financial stress came to a head in December. The private college is asking for $37 million in public money. It hasn’t received that money, but the future's looking brighter for students.

Health advocates hope Narcan’s over-the-counter status will bypass Alabama’s strict laws

Public health officials say the federal rule change should expand access to the overdose-reversing medication, after years of navigating tough state restrictions on who can dispense Narcan.

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Dollar stores are everywhere in the South. These 5 charts explain what’s behind their growth

Dollar store brands have expanded at a fast rate across the U.S. — especially in the Gulf South — over the past 15 years. Here’s what’s driving the trend.

Alabama leaders propose four bills to boost state’s economic competitiveness

Backers of the bills said the bills will provide more opportunities for rural areas and expand entrepreneurship.

After botched executions, Alabama will try lethal injection again

Alabama paused executions for three months after the state failed to execute two men and took more than three hours to kill another man. Now, after an internal review and a rule change, prison officials will resume the procedure.

Alabama medicinal plants inspire new UAB art exhibit

The new art exhibit showcases handmade books, sculptures and drawings inspired by medicinal plants found in Alabama.

An inside look at an AP African American Studies class

As Southern political leaders continue to take aim at critical race theory in education, students at Baton Rouge Magnet High call the AP pilot class empowering.

Volunteers are driving in to offer hot meals, necessities to Mississippi tornado survivors

The gym of a Rolling Fork school has become a makeshift hub to get much-needed emergency aid, meals and hope for thousands affected by the tornadoes.

UAB tops Utah Valley, sets up Conference USA showdown in NIT

UAB beat Utah Valley 88-86 in overtime to set up an all-Conference USA final in the NIT. UAB will face North Texas for the fourth time this season on Thursday for the NIT championship.

As midwifery evolves, this Mississippi museum is preserving the history of granny midwives

Granny midwives were some of the first to universalize the practice of midwifery in the South. A permanent installation hopes to share their history.

In Rolling Fork, a congregation comes together to save a century-old church

After a deadly EF-4 tornado, a Mississippi town finds hope in the hands of volunteers.

‘We’re going to help them’: How Mississippians are banding together after a devastating tornado

Officials, aid organizations and volunteers sprung into action on Saturday to help Mississippi begin rebuilding in the aftermath of a powerful tornado.

Bills tackling fentanyl trafficking and ‘good time’ limits in prisons advance

The bills would set a mandatory minimum sentence for trafficking or possessing fentanyl and reduce good time incentives, which can shorten prisoners’ sentences.

Man sentenced to 30 years after police officer shot friend

Alabama’s felony murder law holds someone liable for murder if they participate in a felony that results in someone's death.