And while 2019 has been extreme, flooding in the Yazoo Backwater Area, as this part of the state is known, happens nearly every single year. Since 2000, there have only been five years when it hasn't flooded here. Residents of the region, local farmers and Mississippi politicians are calling for the revival of the pumps -- a project vetoed by George W. Bush's administration, called "one of the worst projects ever conceived by Congress" by Sen. John McCain in 2004, and endlessly decried by environmental advocates. read more
Lawmakers in Arkansas and Oklahoma are mourning the loss of two former state senators who were found dead in their homes within a span of two days. read more
China has hit out at the U.S. after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. read more
Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg on Thursday hammered President Trump for in the past saying he had bone spurs to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War, saying he faked the disability. "Well, I have a pretty dim view of his decision to use his privileged status to fake a disability in order to avoid serving in Vietnam," Buttigieg, an Afghanistan War veteran, said during a livestreamed interview with The Washington Post. "Yeah, at least not that one," he doubled down when asked if he thought the condition was faked. "This is actually really important because I don't mean to trivialize disability, but I think that's exactly what he did." read more
State Rep. Douglas McLeod was arrested after he allegedly punched his wife when she failed to get undressed quickly enough when he wanted to have sex, according to an investigative report filed with the George County Sheriff's Department. The 58-year-old Republican lawmaker was intoxicated and holding a glass of alcohol in his hand when deputies responded to the McLeod home shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, the report said. Over the course of the investigation, deputies wrote in the report that the state lawmaker had punched his wife in the face, bloodying her nose. Deputies found blood on the couple's bed and on the floor in the same room. When a deputies arrived, the report said, McLeod opened the door and they told him that they were there because a domestic assault had been reported. "Are you kidding me?" the lawmaker asked.