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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is becoming the first Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana on Tuesday, four years after state lawmakers agreed to give patients access to therapeutic cannabis. Nine pharmacies are licensed to dispense medical marijuana across Louisiana and most are expected to open this week. Louisiana joins more than 30 […]

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Southerners awaited a big thaw that would end days of icy roads, broken pipes, snow and numbing cold after a fierce winter storm blasted their normally mild region. For the third straight night, state troopers warned of ice making roads and highways treacherous after the snow that hit a wide swath […]

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Southerners shoveled, scraped and plowed their way Thursday out of a snowy deep freeze that caused a standstill across much of a region accustomed to mild winters. At least 15 people died, including a baby in a car that slid off an icy street outside New Orleans, and a 6-year-old boy […]

ATLANTA (AP) — Snow, ice and a record-breaking blast of cold closed runways, highways, schools and government offices across the South and sent cars sliding off roads Wednesday in a corner of the country ill-equipped to deal with wintry weather. At least 10 people died, including a baby in a car that plunged off a […]

ATLANTA (AP) — A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain blanketed a large swath of the South, trailed by a blast of frigid air that could approach record low temperatures Wednesday. By Tuesday evening, steadily dropping snow about 15 miles (25 kilometers) northwest of Atlanta was forcing cars on Interstate 75 to slow […]

Ray Sprigle was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who went to great and dangerous lengths for his most notable story. On this day in 1948, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published Sprigle’s 30-day account of him living as a Black man and traveling across the Jim Crow south. Sprigle first came to notoriety after winning the Pulitzer for […]

  Stephen K. Benjamin made history as the first Black mayor of South Carolina and continues to break down many barriers in the growing state. “It’s a lot of love down here,” Benjamin says of his historic appointment. We’ve had a really good run.  But it’s political and public life in America so you’ve got […]

Low temperatures gripped much of the South, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Wednesday, freezing and refreezing snow and ice and making roads hazardous for those who’d ventured out. In many areas, the cold was expected to stay for days. The refreeze has already played out over and over in New England, where mountains of snow are […]