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Flood worries linger in Montana, Wyoming as crews assess damage, work to restore road access

BILLINGS, Mont. - Water levels began to drop on flooded rivers in Montana and Wyoming on Tuesday, and authorities scrambled to restore road access for hundreds of people left isolated by high waters. Recent floodwaters have damaged numerous homes and business in both states, and some Montana residents living close to the Musselshell River remained evacuated. Meanwhile, forecasters warned that rising temperatures later this week could again increase the runoff from melting snow in some areas.

Flooding in central Montana strands hundreds, forces evacuations

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Floods that washed out rural roads in central Montana left hundreds of people stranded on Monday and forced the evacuation of 30 homes in one small town, as forecasts predicted more rain and snow that could worsen conditions in the region. The flooding, which saw water begin streaming over rural roadways near the ranching community of Roundup during the weekend, came as warmer-than-usual temperatures rapidly melted deep snows amid recent storms that brought abundant rains, weather forecasters said.

Tension escalates over hunting of pregnant bison outside Yellowstone

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Angered by the killing of pregnant bison outside Yellowstone National Park, a Native American tribal member tried to deliver a bloody bison heart to Montana's governor this week, the latest skirmish over the management of the iconic animal.

Ice storm leaves 420,000 customers without power in Carolinas

(Reuters) - More than 420,000 homes and businesses remained without power in North Carolina and South Carolina on Friday evening due to a winter ice storm with high winds that brought down trees and power lines. Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the United States, said it had more than 355,000 customers without power in the Carolinas, down from 387,000 earlier in the day.

One person wounded in shooting at crowded Tennessee mall

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - One person was critically wounded in a shooting at a crowded Tennessee mall late on Thursday afternoon, and four people were arrested, the shopping center and local media said. WMC-TV reported that four men were arguing inside the mall and one of them shot a fifth man, who was in critical condition in hospital. Police searched the mall as frightened employees and customers hid inside stores. The four suspects were later arrested near the mall.

Maryland girl, 11, abducted by father after mother found dead

(Reuters) - An 11-year-old girl was abducted by her father from a Baltimore area home where her mother was found murdered on Thursday morning, and authorities are searching across Maryland and West Virginia, police said. Caitlyn Virts was last seen at about 7 a.m. local time in the Dundalk area and was believed to be in "in extreme danger", according to statements by the Baltimore County Police Department and West Virginia State Police.

Landowners file lawsuit saying government created Missouri River floods, should pay damages

OMAHA, Neb. - A group of farmers and business owners sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday, saying the agency's decisions since 2006 have contributed to major flooding in five states. The federal lawsuit said landowners should be compensated for the extensive damage they experienced — particularly during the extended 2011 flooding that devastated hundreds of thousands of acres of mostly farmland in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

South Carolina reality TV series raises eyebrows in polite society

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Bravo TV's new reality show "Southern Charm," set in Charleston's historic downtown among the moss-draped oaks and mansions on the South Carolina coast, promises to reveal "the Neverland of the South, where men don't want to grow up."

Treasurer of tourism board resigns in Lowndes County

COLUMBUS, Miss. - For the second time in two months, Lowndes County supervisors must act on a vacancy on the board that oversees the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Commercial Dispatch reported (http://bit.ly/1jDGHpj) Bart Wise resigned this week after serving on the board since 2011. He was the board's treasurer. County supervisors will meet Monday to formally accept his resignation. Wise, president of Trustmark National Bank in Columbus, was the county's appointee from the business community.

Treasurer of tourism board resigns in Lowndes County

COLUMBUS, Miss. - For the second time in two months, Lowndes County supervisors must act on a vacancy on the board that oversees the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Commercial Dispatch reported (http://bit.ly/1jDGHpj) Bart Wise resigned this week after serving on the board since 2011. He was the board's treasurer. County supervisors will meet Monday to formally accept his resignation. Wise, president of Trustmark National Bank in Columbus, was the county's appointee from the business community.
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