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June 7, 2016 in News

colin-ir-1445Z-6.6.16TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Colin have hit northern Florida and southern Georgia, knocking out power in some areas and flooding roads on the Gulf coast. The National Hurricane Center says the storm was moving north-northeast at 23 mph (37 kph) and its center was about 35 miles south-southeast of Apalachicola at 8 p.m. Maximum sustained winds were measured at 50 mph with higher gusts.

AMORY, Miss. (AP) – Burlington North Santa Fe officials say they hope to reopen the main line through Amory by midnight. Spokesman Joe Faust says 40 railcars were being pulled northbound on the track when five derailed around 1:30 a.m. Monday. WTVA-TV (http://bit.ly/28fYoW0) the train was carrying automobiles when the incident happened. No one was injured and no hazardous materials spilled in the crash.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Two inmates were caught trying to escape South Mississippi Correctional Institution near Leakesville. The Department of Corrections says Monday that 30-year-old Joshua Teague and 35-year-old Jeremy Ogle were returned to custody within 30 minutes after leaving part of the prison late Saturday.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Five applications for new charter schools are moving forward in Mississippi after operators initially expressed interest in opening 14 schools. The Charter School Authorizer Board will consider approving in K-8 school in Drew as well as three K-8 schools and a high school in Jackson. A final vote is scheduled Sept. 12.