- Missing Jackson woman found dead in Bollinger County pond (06/23/16)4
- Many Jackson students may face random drug-testing (06/26/16)30
- Village of Zalma must disincorporate, law says (06/23/16)5
- Jackson man accused of felony assault after attack at Cape bar (06/26/16)7
- Coroner asks for grand jury in Poplar Bluff fatal hit-and-run case (06/28/16)1
- Four men accused of roles in three robberies (06/29/16)3
- Witness says he saw suspect kill his best friend (06/24/16)
- Officials: Ash borer less of a problem here than in St. Louis (06/27/16)
- Cape detective who helped solve Krajcir case is retiring (06/28/16)8
- Police: Cape man kidnapped woman, then raped, assaulted her (06/30/16)7
Nation briefs 12/16/05
CDC reports West Nile cases up on Gulf Coast
ATLANTA -- West Nile virus cases in the United States rose this year, with a marked increase along the Gulf Coast, the government reported Thursday. Health officials had worried that standing water left by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita would allow mosquito populations to grow and the virus to proliferate. The number of human cases in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas increased by about 24 percent from 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Conservation groups sue to protect polar bears
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Three environmental groups sued the federal government Thursday, seeking to protect polar bears from extinction because of disappearing Arctic sea ice. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco, demands that the government take action on a petition filed earlier to have polar bears listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. The environmentalists hope to force the government to curb emissions of greenhouse gases.
11 million adults in U.S. not literate in English
WASHINGTON -- About one in 20 adults in the United States is not literate in English, meaning 11 million people lack the skills to handle many everyday tasks, a federal study shows. From 1992 to 2003, adults made no progress in their ability to read sentences and paragraphs or understand material such as bus schedules or prescription labels.
Icy weather causes power outages in southern U.S.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Freezing rain and ice across the South early Thursday closed schools, snarled traffic and caused power outages to more than 350,000 customers. The outages were caused by ice that formed on tree limbs and fell onto power lines. About 160,000 were without power in South Carolina, 102,000 in Georgia and 40,000 in North Carolina.
-- From wire reports
"The trees and power lines are down everywhere on the road. It's just dangerous to be out," said Rebecca Neal, who was using blankets to keep warm in her powerless Greenville home and thinking about finding a hotel for the night. The National Weather Service said the freezing rain was expected to continue in the region through Thursday evening and overnight temperatures were forecast to dip into the 20s. More power lines and tree limbs could snap under ice layers expected to grow to up to three-quarters of an inch thick.