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Abortion battles in state courts after Supreme Court ruling

By KEVIN McGILL, AMY FORLITI and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Abortion bans are temporarily blocked in Louisiana and Utah, while a federal court in South Carolina says a law sharply restricting the procedure can take effect…

Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade; states can ban abortion

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years - a decision by its conservative majority to overturn the court's landmark abortion cases. Friday’s…

A year on, Surfside remembers 98 victims of condo collapse

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON and CURT ANDERSON The Associated Press SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) - Friday marks the anniversary of the oceanfront condo building collapse that killed 98 people in Surfside, Florida. The 12-story tower came down with a thunderous roar…

Federal agencies reverse Trump limits on habitat protection

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - The Biden administration is dropping a rule adopted under former President Donald Trump that limited which lands and waters could be designated as critical habitat for imperiled animals and…

Gas prices sting US workers who depend on their cars

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Business Writer DETROIT (AP) - Millions of Americans who rely on their cars for work are changing their habits, signing up for carpools or even ditching their cars for bicycles as gas prices recently hit $5…

Summer TV Roundup: What to watch when it’s too hot

As the heat kicks up this summer, many people will head inside and turn on their TVs. Instead of endlessly browsing through every streaming platform, check out these notable series coming soon. Currently airing Obi-Wan Kenobi Ewan Mcgregor and Hayden…

Murder conviction overturned in Georgia hot car death case

By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia’s highest court has overturned the murder and child cruelty convictions against a man whose toddler son died after he left him in a hot car for hours. The Georgia Supreme Court…

Two Alabama volunteers missing in Ukraine

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Markell Tucker Two Alabama veterans, one of them from Tuscaloosa, who volunteered to help the people of Ukraine in their ongoing war with Russia were…

CDC ends testing mandate for flights to the United States

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyle Hamrick The Centers for Disease Control ended its mandate requiring travelers returning to the United States from foreign countries to be tested for COVID-19. According to a Tuesday press release, air passengers no longer…

Suicide helpline changing numbers in July

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Jayda Russell The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will change its number this July, to make it easier to dial for people who need help. The current number…

Climate-driven flooding poses well water contamination risks

By MICHAEL PHILLIS and JOHN FLESHER Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) - Experts say more intense storms driven by climate change are boosting contamination risks for privately owned drinking water wells. While estimates vary, studies say roughly 53 million U.S.…

Health Department: Mississippi medical marijuana months away

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Health Department officials say it could be the end of the year before medical marijuana is available in the state. Businesses need time to receive licenses and to grow,…

15 dead after shooting in Texas elementary school

Fourteen children and one teacher are dead following a shooting at a Texas elementary school. Police in Uvalde identified the shooter as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos. Ramos is also dead. The shooting happened around noon at Robb Elementary School, about 80…

Mississippi teen facing murder charge hours after graduation

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Just hours after graduating high school, a Mississippi teenager was arrested in what has been described as a domestic dispute that left one person dead. News outlets report Lowndes County Sheriff Eddie Hawkins said 18-year-old Justin…

Tourism thriving in Florida ahead of Memorial Day weekend

MIAMI (AP) - Tourists have returned to Florida in numbers that are surpassing pre-pandemic levels. Officials at Miami International Airport are projecting the “busiest Memorial Day weekend ever.” According to a news release sent Monday passenger traffic at the airport…