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mississippi sends team to help put out texas wildfires


jackson, miss. (ap) — mississippi is sending five firefighters to texas to help that state put out wildfires.the mississippi forestry commission says the group will arrive tuesday in merkel, texas, just west of abilene.the team is bringing two bulldozers that they use to create fire breaks along the edge of a wildfire.state forester charlie morgan says the mississippi personnel are expected to stay in texas for about two weeks.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weekstexas officials reported sunday that 111 wildfires had burned nearly 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) across the state in the previous week. state officials reported 19 active wildfires on monday, with the largest fires concentrated in the state’s panhandle.






dillingham leads no. 6 mississippi state past texas a&m


greenville, s.c. — dominique dillingham had 14 points and no. 6 mississippi state advanced to its second straight southeastern conference tournament with a 66-50 victory over texas a&m on saturday night.the bulldogs set a school record with their 29th victory this season. they'll look for no. 30 on sunday against two-time defending tournament champion south carolina. the fifth-ranked gamecocks outlasted no. 20 kentucky 89-77 earlier saturday.morgan william added 12 points for mississippi state (29-3) as all-sec first-team selection victoria vivians was off her game for a second straight night. vivians, who made just one of five shots for five points in a bulldogs win friday night, was just 4 of 14 from the field for 10 points against texas a&m (21-11).not that it mattered all that much in






officials say suspect in 3 killings found in texas


memphis, tenn. (ap) — the tennessee bureau of investigation says a suspect in three slayings who was listed among the agency’s top 10 most wanted fugitives has been captured in texas.the bureau said in a tweet thursday morning that antoine lashun adams was taken into custody in harrison county, texas.police in mississippi and tennessee have been looking for adams since he escaped a jail last month in holly springs, mississippi.adams is accused of killing a man and leaving him in a mississippi ditch late last year. he also faces two murder charges in memphis. adams was arrested in august in texas and brought to a mississippi jail, where he crawled under a fence to escape.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the tennessee bureau of investigation didn’t immediately releas






no. 4 mississippi state beats texas a&m 71-61


starkville, miss. — victoria vivians scored 18 points, teaira mccowan and morgan william each had 10 and no. 4 mississippi state beat texas a&m 71-61 on sunday.mississippi state (21-1, 7-1 southeastern conference) bounced back from its lone loss of the season against no. 5 south carolina on monday.the aggies made things interesting in the fourth quarter, pulling to 55-50 with 6:31 remaining, but the bulldogs responded with four straight points and texas a&m never made another serious run. curtyce knox led the aggies with 20 points, and danni williams added 15.texas a&m (15-6, 5-3) led 20-15 in the first quarter after hitting 7 of 11 s s, including all three of its 3-point attempts. mississippi state recovered in a hurry in the second quarter, pushing ahead 41-29 by halftime.big






officials: texas fugitive dead after pursuit in mississippi


mccomb, miss. — authorities say a man wanted for a double homicide in texas is dead after a pursuit in mississippi.mississippi bureau of investigation spokesman warren strain tells wlbt-tv (http://bit.ly/2mf8lcs ) that early investigation seems to indicate the man shot and killed himself friday after leading state troopers on a high-speed chase.highway patrol spokesman cpl. brandon fortenberry tells the enterprise-journal that troopers received word the suspect, traveling in a white ford escape, had crossed the mississippi-louisiana line on interstate 55 about 4:33 p.m. about a mile south of summit, he went into a field where he apparently shot himself about 5 p.m.strain says his agency working with texas authorities to positively identify the man, who's suspected of killing two people wed






the latest: 1 of 3 texas wildfires 100 percent contained


amarillo, texas — the latest on wildfires burning across the country's midsection (all times local):6:30 p.m.officials say one of three wildfires in the texas panhandle is now 100 percent contained.the texas a&m forest service says a fire measuring about 46 square miles near amarillo was fully contained by late tuesday afternoon.another fire that's burned more than 492 square miles in the northeast corner of the panhandle near the oklahoma border is 50 percent contained. it's destroyed two homes.a third wildfire south in gray county and measuring nearly 145 square miles is 25 percent contained.phillip truitt, a spokesman for the texas a&m forest service, says his agency has confirmed three firefighters were injured battling the blazes. all have been released from hospitals.truitt says the






southern cross to carry texas wind power through mississippi


jackson, miss. (ap) — a san francisco-based renewable energy company wants mississippi regulators to approve a $1.4 billion power transmission line that would carry electricity from wind generated in texas to the southeast.the southern cross transmission line would extend from texas through desoto parish in louisiana, crossing into mississippi south of greenville. it then would run across mississippi, to a $300 million transmission facility near columbus, where it would tie into existing power lines.pattern development, an affiliate of pattern energy, would begin construction next year and complete the project by 2021, according to the filing it made tuesday to the mississippi public service commission.the line will transmit 2,000 megawatts of electricity, about equal to the output of five






officials: texas fugitive dead after pursuit in mississippi


mccomb, miss. (ap) — authorities say a man wanted for a double homicide in texas is dead after a pursuit in mississippi.mississippi bureau of investigation spokesman warren strain tells wlbt-tv (http://bit.ly/2mf8lcs ) that early investigation seems to indicate the man shot and killed himself friday after leading state troopers on a high-speed chase.highway patrol spokesman cpl. brandon fortenberry tells the enterprise-journal that troopers received word the suspect, traveling in a white ford escape, had crossed the mississippi-louisiana line on interstate 55 about 4:33 p.m. about a mile south of summit, he went into a field where he apparently shot himself about 5 p.m.strain says his agency working with texas authorities to positively identify the man, who’s suspected of killing two peopl






christmas tree shortages reported in mississippi


tupelo, miss. (ap) — christmas tree shortages have been reported in mississippi.mike marolt, owner of pine mountain tree farm in walnut, tells the northeast mississippi daily journal that inclement weather has contributed to the shortage.mississippi state university extension service forestry specialist stephen dicke says mississippi growers will likely sell more than 30,000 trees, an increase from last year, but producers are unlikely to meet demands as most suppliers sell out by the second week of december.mid-south nursery & garden center owner bob marion says this year he paid nearly 50 percent more for trees he sells.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.dicke also says fall wildfires destroyed many fir trees in oregon, a state that’s probably the country’s biggest






no. 4 mississippi state beats texas a&m 71-61


starkville, miss. — mississippi state star victoria vivians — inexplicably — was wide open in the corner during the second quarter, caught a p and drained a 3-pointer.texas a&m coach gary blair frowned, took off his coat and tossed it toward the bench in disgust. his aggies were giving the bulldogs a tough game in front of a hostile crowd, but mistakes like that meant there would be no road upset.vivians scored 18 points, teaira mccowan and morgan william both added 10 and no. 4 mississippi state survived a hard-fought game to beat texas a&m 71-61 on sunday."that was two really good teams and i knew it was going to be like that," mississippi state coach vic schaefer said.schaefer was an istant coach under blair when texas a&m won a national title in 2011. he took the mississipp






texas legislature sends governor ‘sanctuary cities’ bill allowing local police t


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressaustin, texas (ap) — texas legislature sends governor ‘sanctuary cities’ bill allowing local police to ask about immigration status.the associated presscustom-curated news highlights, delivered weekday mornings.thanks for signing up!






texas, louisiana brace for possible flooding and tornadoes


dallas (ap) — a storm system rumbling eastward through texas toward the lower mississippi valley could pelt the region with large hail and cause flash-flooding and spawn tornadoes.the national weather service’s storm prediction center says the storms are likely to cause significant wind damage near and north of the interstate 20 corridor in east texas and louisiana throughout the day and into sunday night. it says there is a risk of baseball-sized hail and tornadoes, including strong ones, in that area.the storms will also pass through southern arkansas and central and southern mississippi.






texas, louisiana brace for possible flooding and tornadoes


dallas — a storm system rumbling eastward through texas toward the lower mississippi valley could pelt the region with large hail and cause flash-flooding and spawn tornadoes.the national weather service's storm prediction center says the storms are likely to cause significant wind damage near and north of the interstate 20 corridor in east texas and louisiana throughout the day and into sunday night. it says there is a risk of baseball-sized hail and tornadoes, including strong ones, in that area.the storms will also pass through southern arkansas and central and southern mississippi.






oakland a's start fund for young fan who wrote team about losing memorabili


the wildfires in california destroyed the home of a 9-year-old oakland a's fan, who wrote the team about how he lost all his jerseys and caps.        






the southern california wildfires of 2017 seen from space


credit: nasa the devastating december 2017 wildfires in southern california were visible all the way from space, as astronauts and satellites looked from their orbit. see photos of the wildfires as seen from space here. shown here: this image of the wildfires was taken by nasa astronaut randy bresnik from the international space station. "thank you to all the first responders, firefighters, and citizens willing to help fight these california wildfires," he wrote.






latest: kansas order hastens relief to fire-scarred state


topeka, kan. — the latest on wildfires in kansas, texas, oklahoma and colorado. (all times local):5:30 p.m.kansas gov. sam brownback is easing the state's motor-carrier laws to help hasten deliveries of relief supplies to farmers and ranchers affected by massive wildfires.the republican on thursday signed an executive order waiving certain transportation regulations to make it easier to immediately deliver large quantities of hay, feed, fencing materials and other relief items.since last weekend, wildfires in kansas have charred more than 1,000 square miles of land and damaged or destroyed dozens of structures.the firefight thursday was focused on four counties, down from 21 on monday.one blaze, encompassing two counties along kansas' southern border with oklahoma, is the biggest wildfire






tennessee earns lopsided 82-64 win over no. 3 mississippi st


starkville, miss. — tennessee hasn't had a particularly good regular season — especially by its lofty standards.but at least for one afternoon, the lady volunteers looked very much like one of the nation's elite teams in an 82-64 victory over no. 3 mississippi state on sunday. it was the program's first road win over a top-three team since 2004.now tennessee (19-10, 10-6 southeastern conference) has won three straight games heading into the conference tournament which begins on wednesday in greenville, south carolina."it re-establishes who we are," tennessee guard diamond deshields said. "it sends a message to everybody who doubted tennessee, who had anything bad to say about tennessee, who said we don't play defense or whatever the case may be."tennessee did just about everything well aga






no. 2 mississippi state wraps up sec regular-season title


starkville, miss. — shortly after the final buzzer sounded sunday in front of a near-capacity crowd of 9,933 at humphrey coliseum, mississippi state coach vic schaefer grabbed a microphone.the no. 2 bulldogs had just wrapped up a 76-55 win over no. 17 texas a&m. it was another ho-hum southeastern conference victory for mississippi state (28-0, 14-0 sec) outside of the fact that more history was made for schaefer and company.a win captured the first-ever sec championship for any women's team in school history and schaefer's tearful response to the fanbase he helped built capped it."i believed and dreamed of this day to share with you in this moment," schaefer said. "this is what makes mississippi state so special."a few days after clinching at least a share of the conference title at vander






the latest: gusty winds in forecast for fire-fatigued states


hutchinson, kan. — the latest on wildfires burning in kansas, oklahoma, texas and colorado (all times local):10:40 a.m.the wife of a man killed in a texas wildfire says the couple had only learned a month earlier that they were expecting their first child.sierra koch (cook) says her husband, 25-year-old cade koch, was driving home from his job at a hardware store monday night when he was overcome by smoke from the largest of three wildfires burning in the texas panhandle. she described him wednesday as a hard-working man who "treated everybody with the utmost respect."a gofund me campaign has nearly reached a goal of raising $20,000 to cover funeral expenses for koch.three other people died in a separate fire to the south while trying to usher cattle away from flames monday evening.other w






the latest: wildfires damage or destroy 70 kansas structures


sterling, colo. — the latest on wildfires burning across the country's midsection (all times local):11:50 a.m.authorities say about 70 structures have been damaged or destroyed in kansas as crews battle wildfires that have burned about 625 square miles in the state.the state emergency operations center said tuesday that at least 30 homes are destroyed in reno county, with the possibility that more are damaged. crews have been unable to assess damages because of the fire in the area about 40 miles northwest of wichita.the heaviest damage has been in clark county on the state's southern border with oklahoma, where about 545 square miles have burned. about 30 structures and bridges in the county have been damaged.in the western part of the state, seven homes in ford county, two homes in rooks






california wildfires in numbers |


the recent wildfires in california have killed at least 23 people and left hundreds missing.the fires in the northern counties of california are among the deadliest in the state's history, with thousands of houses and businesses destroyed. wildfires are not uncommon in california given its hot, windy and dry weather in the summer and autumn months.while the number of wildfires in state has decreased over the years, the destruction caused by these fires has grown, making them more costly to contain.






no. 3 mississippi state beats no. 23 texas a&m 72-67


college station, texas — victoria vivians scored 25 points and no. 3 mississippi state avoided an upset with a 72-67 victory over no. 23 texas a&m on sunday.the aggies (19-8, 9-5 southeastern conference) led by seven points in the fourth quarter before the bulldogs (27-1, 13-1) charged back, highlighted by teaira mccowan's two field goals in the paint in the last 1:17. mccowan had 16 points for the bulldogsa&m had a seven-point lead with seven minutes remaining, but vivians scored 10 points the rest of the way to key the comeback. the aggies lost despite making all seven of their 3-point attempts, including 4 for 4 by danni williams and 3 for 3 by taylor cooper. williams led the aggies with 23 points.mississippi state's reserves outscored their a&m counterparts 28-0, and the bu






dillingham leads no. 6 mississippi state past texas a&m


greenville, s.c. — no. 6 mississippi state seems to break new ground each time it steps on the court. it gets another chance to accomplish that sunday.the bulldogs won their program-record 29th game this season, beating texas a&m 66-50 to reach the southeastern conference tournament finals for the second straight season.they'll attempt to win the school's first ever title against two-time defending champion no. 5 south carolina."they're trying to raise their game to reach south carolina," aggies coach gary blair said about mississippi state. "they've got a chance."especially if they play as they did in quickly putting away texas a&m. dominique dillingham scored 14 points and morgan william had 12 to help the bulldogs (29-3) surpass the school's previous best of 28 wins set last year."anoth






the latest: estimate of burned land in kansas almost doubles


hutchinson, kan. — the latest on wildfires burning in kansas, oklahoma, texas and colorado (all times local):6:25 a.m.new estimates indicate kansas wildfires have burned more than 1,000 square miles, up from 625 square miles.the kansas division of emergency management said late tuesday that the heaviest damage is in clark county, where 548 square miles have burned. that fire started in oklahoma before moving into the kansas ranching community.another 235 square miles have burned in neighboring comanche county, kansas.the state says six other counties are battling blazes. among them, estimates of the burned land range from a single square mile to about 90.kansas national guard black hawk helicopters have been assisting with the firefight. they dropped about 138,000 gallons on fires near hut






texas faces at least $21 million in wildfire damages


amarillo, texas — texas ranchers are facing at least $21 million in agricultural damages from wildfires that blackened more than 750 square miles in the texas panhandle last week.economist steve amosson tells the san antonio express-news (http://bit.ly/2mn9zcx ) that damages last week included $6.1 million in lost pastureland; $6.1 million in lost or damaged fencing; $3.8 million in lost buildings; $4 million in livestock deaths; and $1 million for emergency hay and feed.amosson says long term effects will depend on whether the remaining 13,000 to 14,000 cattle will be fed with reduced grazing land.the texas animal health commission determined wednesday that 2,500 head of cattle and 1,900 swine were lost to the texas fires.texas gov. greg abbott has declared an emergency in six counties.






forecast predicts midwest tornadoes, wildfires in texas


little rock, ark. — forecasters say parts of the central united states could see strong tornadoes and damaging winds in a late-winter storm system, while areas of texas, oklahoma and new mexico could be beset by wildfires.the storm prediction center in norman, oklahoma, says nearly 40 million people in an area stretching from arkansas to ohio are at risk for stormy weather tuesday. the highest risk comes in northern arkansas, missouri, illinois and indiana, including st. louis and indianapolis.the chicago area could also see severe weather, including tornadoes, strong winds and golf-ball-sized hail.strong winds could also cause problems further south, and forecasters are predicting "extremely critical" wildfire conditions in the texas panhandle, western oklahoma and southeastern new mexico






the latest: texas wildfire much bigger than first thought


sterling, colo. — the latest on wildfires burning across the country's midsection (all times local):12:50 p.m.authorities say one of the three wildfires in the texas panhandle is about three times larger than they had thought.phillip truitt, a spokesman for the texas a&m forest service, says the fire in the northeast corner of the panhandle near the oklahoma border has burned about 460 square miles of land, not the 156 square miles officials estimated earlier tuesday.he says authorities were finally able to fly over the area to get a more accurate sense of the damage.the fire is only about 5 percent contained but the winds have died down since monday.local officials estimate that a separate fire to the south has burned about 100,000 acres, or roughly 156 square miles. but truitt says the s






the latest on california's wildfires


santa rosa, calif. (ap) — the latest on california’s wildfires (all times local):8:20 p.m.pacific gas and electric company officials say they expect to restore power to all its customers in the fire zones by late monday.the company said in a statement sunday that power has been restored to more than 92 percent of homes and businesses that lost power during the wildfires, but about 21,000 electric customers remain without power.after the wildfires broke, pg&e turned off gas service to about 42,000 customers in the affected areas of napa, sonoma and mendocino counties. nearly 900 workers, from pg&e and from other energy companies, have been working to relight pilot lights in areas where it’s safe to do so.the company says safety work on gas pipelines should be completely by the morning. it w






forecast predicts midwest tornadoes, wildfires in texas


little rock, ark. (ap) — forecasters say parts of the central united states could see strong tornadoes and damaging winds in a late-winter storm system, while areas of texas, oklahoma and new mexico could be beset by wildfires.the storm prediction center in norman, oklahoma, says nearly 40 million people in an area stretching from arkansas to ohio are at risk for stormy weather tuesday. the highest risk comes in northern arkansas, missouri, illinois and indiana, including st. louis and indianapolis.the chicago area could also see severe weather, including tornadoes, strong winds and golf-ball-sized hail.strong winds could also cause problems further south, and forecasters are predicting “extremely critical” wildfire conditions in the texas panhandle, western oklahoma and southeastern new m






the latest: wildfires prompt oklahoma emergency declaration


oklahoma city — the latest on wildfires burning across the country's midsection (all times local):9:20 p.m.oklahoma gov. mary fallin has declared a state of emergency in 22 counties due to wildfires.the order issued tuesday allows state agencies to make emergency purchases needed to deliver necessary resources to local jurisdictions and is the first step toward possibly seeking federal assistance.fallin's office said in a news release that up to 465 square miles have burned in beaver, harper and woodward counties in northwestern oklahoma and the oklahoma panhandle. the release says dangerous fire conditions are expected to continue through wednesday. counties included in the declaration range from the panhandle across the northern tier of the state from northwestern to northeastern oklahom






it's time for californians to stop building in areas prone to wildfires – la tim


with the recent california "megafires" — wildfires that burn more than 100,000 acres, accounting for only 3% of all wildfires but 90% of areas burned — and the wildfire season now 10 weeks longer than in 1972, californians need to reconsider whether to build or rebuild in the wildland-urban interface areas.






deadly wildfires devastate southern plains


woodward county, okla. -- firefighters on tuesday are attacking explosive wildfires tearing through kansas, oklahoma, texas and colorado.at least six people have died, more than a million acres have burned -- and thousands have been forced from their homes.deadly wildfires are sweeping across four states in the southern plains. heavy winds and dry brush are making these fires harder to contain, even with help from the air.   “extreme fire behavior and the dryness of fuels” is what is making the fire so hard to fight, says drew baily of the u.s. forestry. “normal firefighter tactics are proven unsuccessful.”deadly wildfires are sweeping across four states in the southern plains. cbs news in the texas panhandle, four people died, including two young ranch hands. sydney wallace and cody crock






vivians, no. 2 mississippi state women top mississippi 69-49


oxford, miss. — mississippi state looked every bit like one of the nation's best teams during the first quarter on sunday afternoon.the other 30 minutes weren't nearly as good. it was rough enough that coach vic schaefer was in no mood for celebrating no. 2 mississippi state's 69-49 victory over rival mississippi."we're just kidding ourselves if we think we can win an sec championship with the things we have going on right now from a mental capacity," schaefer said. "we're just not very mentally tough."mississippi state (22-0, 8-0 southeastern conference) earned a fairly easy win despite playing large portions of the game without its two main stars — victoria vivians and teaira mccowan — who spent most of the day in foul trouble.but that was no excuse for schaefer, who criticized his team'






snowmen in alabama? sledding in mississippi? from texas to georgia, snow blanket


snow blanketed a vast swath of the deep south on friday, triggering a flurry of winter weather warnings that closed businesses and schools, canceled hundreds of flights and caused traffic gridlock. it also unleashed a flurry of snowman construction and sledding in places more accustomed to sunshine than snow.the storm dropped a rare coating of snow as far south as brownsville, texas — near the border of mexico — up through southern louisiana and parts of mississippi, alabama, georgia and the southern appalachians.“this is an unusual event — to see snow falling this early in the season all the way from texas and the gulf coast region to georgia,” said laura pagano, a meteorologist with the national weather service’s atlanta/peachtree city office. “it has happened before, but not often.”more






thousands flee wildfires in california


a look at the wildfires tearing through the western u.s. and canada.        






texas, louisiana brace for possible flooding and tornadoes


dallas — a storm system rumbling eastward through texas toward the lower mississippi valley could pelt the region with large hail and cause flash-flooding and spawn tornadoes.a texas state trooper reported seeing a tornado touchdown early sunday morning in near center point, texas, about 55 miles (89 kilometers) northwest of san antonio, texas. national weather service meteorologist yvette benavides with the austin/san antonio office said the trooper reported seeing the tornado touch down about 8 a.m., but there were no reports of major or structural damage related to the sighting.the national weather service's storm prediction center says the storms are likely to cause significant wind damage near the interstate 20 corridor in east texas and louisiana throughout the day and into sunday ni






crews battling wildfires in texas panhandle, oklahoma


amarillo, texas — crews are working to contain a wildfire that's burning in a rural area of the texas panhandle while firefighters in oklahoma fought back several blazes that popped up on an unseasonably warm and windy day.forecasters had warned that the weather thursday was ripe for "extremely critical" wildfire activity in parts of new mexico, oklahoma and texas. multiple fires broke out but there are no reports of substantial damage or injuries.in texas, crews attacked a fire that had burned nearly 11 square miles in oldham county in the panhandle. texas a&m forest service said early friday that the blaze was 50 percent contained and that the fire's behavior "has moderated."in oklahoma, multiple fires broke out, and oklahoma army national guard helicopters were dispatched to help battle






introducing the upgrade, a new podcast from life er, all about upgrading your li


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