- USDA names Virginia localities eligible for disaster loans Updated: Feb-11-16 6:31 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Federal agriculture officials say farmers in the city of Suffolk and Greensville County are eligible for emergency loan assistance to cover losses from rains from September through December.
- Tupelo school system moves forward on building safe rooms Updated: Feb-11-16 6:30 am
TOPELO, Mississippi - The Tupelo Public School District is moving forward with construction of storm shelters at three elementary schools.
- Illinois asks FEMA for more time to assess flood damage Updated: Feb-11-16 4:20 am
BELLEVILLE, Illinois - The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is asking its federal counterpart for more time to assess damage form early-winter floods that struck nearly two dozen counties.
- Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure Updated: Feb-10-16 8:07 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint's water crisis from lead contamination and to update pipes there and across the state - a plan that lawmakers from both parties generally welcomed as moving in the right direction with the proper priorities.
- New Oklahoma prisons chief: Facilities crumbling, morale low Updated: Feb-10-16 6:52 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A longtime Republican political operative who previously headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency now has the daunting task of leading Oklahoma's overcrowded and underfunded prison system, which has come under increasing scrutiny after a series of problematic executions.
- House backs bill to require EPA notification in lead cases Updated: Feb-10-16 6:24 pm
WASHINGTON - The House on Wednesday approved legislation to clarify the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to notify the public about danger from lead in their drinking water - the first action by Congress to respond to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
- Latest: Flint mayor asks Obama to visit her city Updated: Feb-10-16 5:37 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):
- Venezuela malls scale back hours as government cuts energy Updated: Feb-10-16 3:52 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - Shops in malls across Venezuela closed their doors Wednesday afternoon to comply with a government electricity rationing order.
- Ohio's senators offer separate anti-heroin bills Updated: Feb-10-16 3:45 pm
CINCINNATI - Ohio's Democratic senator on Wednesday offered his own plan for battling the deadly drug overdose epidemic affecting many states, including his own.
- FBI investigates bomb threats at Mississippi schools Updated: Feb-10-16 6:39 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - Authorities say the FBI and the Office of Homeland Security are investigating bomb threats at seven Mississippi school districts.
- McCrory, Sprayberry talking to federal emergency council Updated: Feb-10-16 3:44 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Gov. Pat McCrory and his top first responder to hurricanes and snowstorms are meeting with emergency management leaders nationwide to talk about how North Carolina emergency officials prepare for the worst.
- UN: Number of Haitians needing food aid spikes amid drought Updated: Feb-09-16 6:20 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Drought-stricken Haiti is grappling with its most serious food crisis in 15 years as the number of people in need of urgent food aid has recently spiked, the head of the U.N. World Food Program's country office said Tuesday.
- Flint counsel says manslaughter charge harshest possible Updated: Feb-09-16 5:42 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Flint's water crisis, after a switch in the source allowed dangerous levels of lead and potentially caused deadly cases of Legionnaires' disease, could result in criminal charges as serious as involuntary manslaughter, a top investigator said Tuesday.
- Obama declares 25 Texas counties federal disaster areas Updated: Feb-09-16 11:56 am
AUSTIN, Texas - More than two dozen Texas counties are now eligible for federal help following deadly end-of-December blizzards and tornadoes.
- Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika Updated: Feb-08-16 10:40 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says "there shouldn't be a panic on this."
- Syria attacks stir humanitarian response as thousands flee Updated: Feb-08-16 5:10 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N.'s emergency relief coordinator says his organization and humanitarian partners are working to provide food, water and medical aid as a Syrian government offensive in Aleppo sends tens of thousands fleeing toward the border with Turkey.
- Official details storm's lasting effects on dairy industry Updated: Feb-08-16 2:18 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - It could take months to tally the true costs of a winter storm that killed an untold number of livestock and derailed New Mexico's dairy industry, the state's top agriculture official warned lawmakers Monday.
- Federal auditors question Tuscaloosa twister funding Updated: Feb-08-16 1:21 pm
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama - Federal auditors say Tuscaloosa improperly received more than $1 million in aid following the monster tornado that struck in 2011.
- Obama seeks $250M to help Puerto Rico fight Zika Updated: Feb-08-16 11:20 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The Obama administration is seeking $250 million in federal funds to help Puerto Rico fight an increase in Zika cases after the governor declared a public health emergency.
- Haiti leader departs as he came: amid uncertainty, disorder Updated: Feb-06-16 7:18 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Michel Martelly came to office promising a stronger Haiti following a messy election that provoked widespread skepticism. He is due to leave power Sunday at the close of his five-year term with few accomplishments and a legacy clouded by a new political crisis.
- Alabama governor tours Pickens County tornado damage Updated: Feb-06-16 4:58 pm
ALICEVILLE, Alabama - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley visited rural west Alabama to discuss the state's response to storms that caused significant damage in several areas.
- Nebraska Emergency Management Agency launches new website Updated: Feb-06-16 5:05 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency has launched a new website designed to be more user friendly.
- Obama signs Louisiana emergency declaration Updated: Feb-05-16 8:43 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - President Barack Obama has declared an emergency in Louisiana in areas affected by flooding that occurred Dec. 28 through Feb. 1.
- Alabama governor authorizes tuberculosis response funding Updated: Feb-05-16 6:05 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday announced the authorization of more than $200,000 in emergency funding to help public health officials continue responding to a tuberculosis outbreak in Perry County.
- The Latest: Puerto Rico declares Zika emergency Updated: Feb-05-16 3:03 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - The Latest on efforts to battle the Zika virus (all times local):