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Mississippi gov issues stay-home order for 1 of 82 counties

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves is issuing his first stay-at-home order to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. It's only for one of the 82 counties. Reeves says Tuesday that testing has shown a rapid increase in cases in Lauderdale County. He and the state epidemiologist, Dr. Paul Byers, say a nursing home there is considered a hot spot for the virus. The Health Department says Mississippi has 20 deaths and nearly 940 cases. Reeves says he could issue other stay-home orders if tests show rapid increases in cases elsewhere. Gulfport's mayor has set a stay-home order in his city.


Louisiana spillway may open for record 3rd consecutive year

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal authorities say they may have to open up a major flood control project on the Mississippi River to ease pressure on New Orleans levees. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday that the river is expected to crest above 17 feet at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday. That would likely lead to the opening of a structure that diverts water through the Bonnet Carre spillway. It would be the first time the structure has been used three years in a row. Extended openings last year were blamed by Mississippi authorities for feeding toxic algae blooms and killing oysters, dolphins and other sea life.


Twister slams Alabama neighborhood during virus quarantine

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An apparent tornado has damaged an Alabama neighborhood where people were inside homes during the coronavirus quarantine. Eufaula Mayor Jack Tibbs says only one minor injury was reported as a midday twister struck about 15 homes on Tuesday. He says he'd expected the toll to be worse because people were home during the viral outbreak, but it wasn't. Scattered damage is being reported from Mississippi to Georgia, and more than 50,000 homes and businesses are without power. Forecasters have issued a series of tornado warnings and watches for the South because of the storms.


Autopsy set for inmate who died in south Mississippi prison

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An inmate has died at South Mississippi Correctional Institution. The state Department of Corrections said Tuesday that no foul play is suspected. The inmate's name is being withheld until relatives are notified. The death occurred Monday night, and the department said an autopsy would be done. Mississippi's prison system is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department because several inmates died during outbursts of violence late last year and early this year. The person who died Monday was at least the 30th Mississippi inmate to die since late December.


Ex-wildlife chief: Trump rule could kill billions of birds

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to scale back criminal enforcement of a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species. The former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told AP billions of birds could die if the government doesn't hold companies liable for accidental bird deaths. On the edge of a former open pit copper mine in Montana, sirens and the pop of propane cannons are meant to keep geese, swans and ducks from landing on a lake of toxic water. Montana Resources ­says it will keep up efforts to scare birds away after thousands landed and later died in 2016.


2nd Mississippi rep resigns over pension and pay dispute

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker is resigning because he won't be able to collect his state pension while serving in the Legislature. Republican. Rep. Billy Andrews of Purvis is the second House member to step down for this reason since the four-year term started in January. Andrews is a retired Lamar County judge. He says he ran for the House based on the belief that he could serve for less than full legislative pay and still receive his pension. House Speaker Philip Gunn says that was an incorrect interpretation of state law. Andrews is resigning as of Tuesday. A special election will be set.