Articles by Jeff Martin, Leah Willingham and Emily Wagster Pettus

Weeks After Storms, Water Crisis Continues in Mississippi

Frustrations are mounting in Mississippi’s largest city, more than two weeks since winter storms and freezing weather ravaged the city’s water system – knocking out water for drinking and making it impossible for many to even flush their toilets. For …

Misery Lingers for Many Without Water in Mississippi Capital

Water for flushing toilets was being distributed at seven sites in Mississippi’s capital city – more than 10 days after winter storms wreaked havoc on the city’s water system. The sites were open in Jackson on Sunday because the system …

Mississippi Gov Allows Stay-at-Home Order to Expire but Urges Vigilance

Mississippi’s governor said the state’s stay-at-home order to curb the spread of the coronavirus will expire Monday, but he urged residents to remain vigilant and continue safe practices to stop the spread. Gov. Tate Reeves said Friday that the stay-at-home …

2 People Injured After Ceiling Collapses Inside Atlanta Airport Restaurant

Part of a restaurant ceiling collapsed inside Atlanta’s airport Thursday, leaving a large chunk of it draped over countertops in the dining area. One person was taken to a hospital, and a second person was treated at the scene, airport …

Lawsuit Claims Poor Information About Pipeline Led to Fatal Blast in Alabama

A federal lawsuit accuses a major pipeline company based in Georgia of failing to tell work crews where a major underground pipeline was located before they ruptured the line, touching off a deadly explosion in Alabama. The workers were trying …

Flooded Mississippi River Still a Threat as Hurricane Season Heats Up

The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running far higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. For months now, a massive volume of water has been pushing …

Atlanta Bans Electric Scooters at Night After 4 Deaths

Atlanta is banning electric scooters in the nighttime hours during what’s been a deadly summer for riders. The ban comes as cities across the nation struggle to regulate the companies renting the devices and keep riders safe. In Atlanta, three …

Fight Against Floods Enlists Supercomputers, Drones, Sonar

An arsenal of new technology is being put to the test fighting floods this year as rivers inundate towns and farm fields across the central United States. Drones, supercomputers and sonar that scans deep under water are helping to maintain …

Southeast Storm System Spawned 18 Tornadoes, ‘Monster’ EF4 in Alabama

Picking through the twisted debris that had been her Alabama mobile home, Carol Dean found her wedding dress and a Father’s Day note to her husband reading, “Daddy, I love you to pieces.” Her husband was “done and gone,” she …

Update: F3 Twister Leaves Trail of Destruction, Kills At Least 23 in Alabama

Rescuers searched for victims Monday amid homes smashed to their foundations, shredded metal dangling from trees and dead animals lying in the open after a tornado ripped through a rural Alabama community and killed at least 23 people, including children. …