Articles by Jeff Martin and Jay Reeves

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. …

Copters, Cops, Canines Patrol Atlanta; NFL Reports No Super Bowl Threats

The National Football League is not aware of any security threats against Sunday’s Super Bowl, the league’s top security officer said Wednesday. “We have no credible or specific threats that have been brought to our attention,” NFL Chief Security Officer …

Atlanta Prepares for Super Bowl as Winter Storm Bears Down on South

Five years after cars, trucks and school buses became marooned on Atlanta freeways in what became known as “snow jam ,” another winter storm is threatening the city – just as thousands of fans begin pouring into town for Super …

Georgia Farmers Face Long Recovery From Hurricane Michael Crop Losses

Hurricane Michael left a snowy landscape of ruined white cotton on Georgia’s red clay, destroying a crop and likely bringing hard times to the region’s many small communities built on agriculture. When the storm struck, most of the cotton was …

Severe Storms Spawn Tornadoes, Damage Homes in Southeast

Severe storms that spawned tornadoes damaged homes and downed trees as they moved across the Southeast on Monday night. Forecasters warned that the storms could threaten more than 29 million people, raising the risk of powerful tornadoes, damaging winds and …