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GEORGIA (All times Eastern):

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mandatory evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday as millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. Hurricane Florence's size is "staggering," National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,075 words, photos, video.

WITH:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

TROPICAL STORMS-CAROLINAS

RALEIGH, N.C. — The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like this, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds. Hurricane Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch North Carolina has seen in more than 60 years, with rain and wind of more than 130 mph (209 kph). North Carolina has been hit by only one other Category 4 storm since reliable record keeping began in the 1850s. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 760 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— STABBING ATTACK — Police say a Georgia bus driver helped fight off a man who was stabbing a woman on the side of an Atlanta road.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mandatory evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday as millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. Hurricane Florence's size is "staggering," National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,075 words, photos, video.

WITH:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

TROPICAL STORMS-CAROLINAS

RALEIGH, N.C. — The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like this, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds. Hurricane Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch North Carolina has seen in more than 60 years, with rain and wind of more than 130 mph (209 kph). North Carolina has been hit by only one other Category 4 storm since reliable record keeping began in the 1850s. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 760 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— EVACUATIONS REVERSE TRAFFIC — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has issued an order to evacuate the state's coast that will reverse the flow of traffic on several highways to help those escaping Hurricane Florence.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mandatory evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday as millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. Hurricane Florence's size is "staggering," National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,075 words, photos, video.

WITH:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

TROPICAL STORMS-CAROLINAS

RALEIGH, N.C. — The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like this, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds. Hurricane Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch North Carolina has seen in more than 60 years, with rain and wind of more than 130 mph (209 kph). North Carolina has been hit by only one other Category 4 storm since reliable record keeping began in the 1850s. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 760 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— BIRMINGHAM-SCOOTERS — The city of Birmingham is impounding electric scooters that a rideshare company has left on sidewalks around the metro area as part of its business model.

— CASINO THEFT-ARREST — An Alabama casino worker is charged in the theft of nearly $200,000 that authorities say was taken from the gambling operation.

— RED SNAPPER-MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi fishermen will get one more weekend to catch red snapper.

— OFFICER-MURDER CHARGE-ALABAMA — An Alabama city is refusing to comply with a subpoena for evidence regarding a Huntsville police officer indicted in the death of an armed man police say was suicidal.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mandatory evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday as millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. Hurricane Florence's size is "staggering," National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,075 words, photos, video.

WITH:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

TROPICAL STORMS-CAROLINAS

RALEIGH, N.C. — The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like this, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds. Hurricane Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch North Carolina has seen in more than 60 years, with rain and wind of more than 130 mph (209 kph). North Carolina has been hit by only one other Category 4 storm since reliable record keeping began in the 1850s. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 760 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— CONFEDERATE FLAG-MISSISSIPPI — The mayor of a majority-black Mississippi town says he wants to know who keeps hoisting the state flag that includes the Confederate battle emblem.

— RED SNAPPER-MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi fishermen will get one more weekend to catch red snapper.

— ENGINEERING GRANT — Entergy is giving $2 million to the engineering program at Southern University in Louisiana's capital city.

— FATAL WRECK — Louisiana authorities say a police officer was driving down a highway in Montgomery when he lost control of his vehicle and caused a wreck, killing himself and another man.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mandatory evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday as millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. Hurricane Florence's size is "staggering," National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,075 words, photos, video.

WITH:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

TROPICAL STORMS-CAROLINAS

RALEIGH, N.C. — The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like this, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds. Hurricane Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch North Carolina has seen in more than 60 years, with rain and wind of more than 130 mph (209 kph). North Carolina has been hit by only one other Category 4 storm since reliable record keeping began in the 1850s. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 760 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— CONFEDERATE FLAG-MISSISSIPPI — The mayor of a majority-black Mississippi town says he wants to know who keeps hoisting the state flag that includes the Confederate battle emblem.

— MISSISSIPPI WRITERS TRAIL — Mississippi has markers noting a blues trail, a country music trail, a civil rights trail, an Indian mound trail, and now a writer's trail.

— POLICE DISPATCHER BEATING — Mississippi police say a man entered the Clarksdale Police Department and attacked an on-duty dispatcher, leaving her with a bleeding brain and broken arm.

— SCHOOL BOND VOTE — Voters in one central Mississippi school district go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether the district will borrow $25 million.

— RED SNAPPER-MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi fishermen will get one more weekend to catch red snapper.

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