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COVID Hospitalizations Surge Across US: 'Just Overwhelmed'

Seven states saw spikes, with Arizona, California, and Texas posting especially worrisome numbers

(Newser) - Arizona on Tuesday saw a record high of 3,591 new coronavirus cases and a surge in the number of hospitalizations for patients thought to have the virus, in the wake of having lifted its stay-at-home order in May. Data from the state's Department of Health Services shows... More »

Mother Nature Hits the Deep South

Several states are under storm warnings

(Newser) - Strong storms pounded parts of the Deep South on Sunday, damaging buildings and toppling trees in northern Louisiana, the AP reports. The National Weather Service reported multiple tornadoes and damaging winds over much of the northern part of the state. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries. Utility companies... More »

Storms Tear Through South

Tornado takes roof off school just after children are evacuated

(Newser) - Powerful storms smashed buildings, splintered trees and downed power lines Monday around the Deep South, leaving one person dead as the dangerous mix of thunderstorms and suspected tornadoes raked the region. Forecasters issued multiple tornado watches and warnings and some cities opened shelters as a cold front collided with warmer... More »

Deadly Storms Hit the South

2 children die beside their parents in Texas

(Newser) - Powerful storms that killed at least eight people, including two children, continued to move across the South on Sunday after spawning suspected tornadoes that left several people injured and multiple homes and businesses damaged or without power, the AP reports. In East Texas, the Angelina County Sheriff's Office said... More »

Unusual Investment Strategy Misfires 30 Years Later

Lots of Southerners planted trees 30 years ago; now they're ready to harvest, but there's a glut

(Newser) - It's not a strategy that typically comes up in investment planning: plant a field of pine trees. But as the Wall Street Journal reports, it made much sense to thousands of Southerners about 30 years ago, thanks in part to a federal incentive to reforest the land. "If... More »

US Secession Group Seeks Ties With Russia

The League of the South sees a future with Russia

(Newser) - Not everyone is hating the Russia thing : Certain neo-confederates are promising to post a Russian-language page to share ideas with Russians about "Southern nationalism," reports AL.com . Called League of the South, the Alabama-based group made its announcement only days after President Trump and Vladimir Putin met to... More »

America Gets Its First Site Documenting Racial Inequality

Alabama memorial honors 4.4K lynching victims

(Newser) - Elmore Bolling defied the odds against black men and built several successful businesses during the harsh era of Jim Crow segregation in the South. He had more money than a lot of whites, which his descendants believe was all it took to get him lynched in 1947. He was shot... More »

Maryland's State Song May Lose 'Northern Scum' Dig

State Senate passes bill to modify Confederate-slanted Civil War anthem

(Newser) - No one seems to take issue with Maryland's state flower (the black-eyed Susan), dog (the Chesapeake Bay retriever), or even dessert (the multi-layer Smith Island cake). But the state's Department of Legislative Services tells NBC News that lawmakers have tried more than once to dump "Maryland! My... More »

Michael Moore: I Have Gift for Confederate Flag Taker

Filmmaker and activist makes offer to Bree Newsome

(Newser) - The two people arrested for removing the Confederate flag from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse have been released from jail in the state capital—and filmmaker Michael Moore is offering pay legal fees and bail for one of them, USA Today reports. Officer L. Tucker of the Alvin... More »

South's History of 'Racial Terror': 700 Newly Found Lynchings

Equal Justice Initiative documents 3,959 'racial terror lynchings' over 73 years

(Newser) - Lest we forget: The Equal Justice Initiative today released a report that documents 3,959 "racial terror lynchings" throughout 12 Southern states over the 1877 to 1950 period. That's "at least 700 more lynchings of black people in these states than previously reported," reports the EJI... More »

Southerners Twice as Likely to Apologize Before Execution

Though they're no more likely to show genuine remorse: researcher

(Newser) - In their final moments, Southerners stand apart from other Americans: In statements before execution, Southern inmates were twice as likely to say they were sorry for their actions, a study finds. They weren't, however, "more likely than non-Southerners to express remorse," says researcher Judy Eaton, who perused... More »

Bundle Up: Polar Vortex Returns for an Encore

Frigid weather just won't let up

(Newser) - The wait for spring isn't getting any easier. The northern US is in for more Arctic chills, LiveScience reports. While it won't be the season's coldest weather in absolute terms, it could be the coldest compared to what's normal for this time of year, an expert... More »

Supreme Court to Review Landmark Voting Law

Court will hear challenge to 1965's Voting Rights Act

(Newser) - One of the signature laws from the civil rights era may be significantly weaker at the end of this Supreme Court term. The justices decided yesterday to hear a challenge to a key component of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the law designed to ensure that minorities don't face... More »

AIDS Epidemic Rages Through the Deep South

Mississippi's treatment rate comparable to Ethiopia's: Lisa Biagiotti

(Newser) - You might think HIV/AIDS has been relegated to a Third World problem, but the virus is ravaging populations right here in the American South. Some 50% of new HIV cases occur in Dixie, which is home to more HIV-positive Americans than any other region and also has the country's... More »

Gingrich: I'm Not Dropping Out

He aims to sweep the South

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich says he's not dropping out, despite increasingly loud calls from Rick Santorum supporters for him to do so. "If I thought [Santorum] was a slam dunk to beat Romney and to beat Obama, I would really consider getting out," Gingrich said in a radio interview... More »

Black Northerners Migrating South in Record Numbers

More opportunity and a spiritual return among main reasons

(Newser) - The Great Migration may have come full circle. African-Americans are leaving large cities in the East and Midwest and moving to the South in the greatest numbers in decades, say demographers. Black New Yorkers especially have taken to the South—more than half of those who left the state in... More »

Scenes of the South's Devastation

Tuscaloosa looks something like a war zone

(Newser) - With the death toll at 194 and climbing as a result of the violent storms that rampaged across the South, the governors of Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi have declared states of emergency. A nuclear plant near Huntsville, Ala., lost power and was relying on diesel generators, reports the AP. Click... More »

Gay Parents Most Common in ...the South?

Communities, churches grow more welcoming

(Newser) - The South may not have a reputation as a welcoming bastion of homosexuality, but according to recent census data, it’s home to America’s largest concentration of gay parents, a demographer tells the New York Times . Of course, that might actually be in part because of the region’s... More »

US Population at 308M, South Fastest-Growing Region

Overall growth is slowest since Great Depression

(Newser) - Drumroll, please: The final tally is in, and the total US population is 308,745,538, the 2010 census finds. The South’s population has grown the fastest in the US since 2000, at 14.3%; the West was the runner-up, growing 13.8%. But overall, the population has expanded... More »

Virginia's GOP Gov. Declares Confederate History Month

Democratic predecessors had blocked it since 2002

(Newser) - Virginia's Republican governor has overruled his Democratic predecessors and declared April to be Confederate History Month, reports the Richmond Times Dispatch . Bob McDonnell re-instituted the designation for the first time since 2002, when Democrat Mark Warner killed it and called it a "lightning rod" that divided blacks and whites... More »

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