Strong storms killed three people in the South and left more than 100,000 people without power on Thursday. National Weather Service forecasters said they believe multiple tornadoes hit southwest and central Mississippi.
A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Midwestern states shows about one of every five expects an increase in farm loan defaults stemming from last month's devastating floods. The survey indicates the regional economy is neither growning nor shrinking.
Authorities are asking the public for tips about several dog poisoning cases in northern Wisconsin. Since December, dogs have died in Bayfield, Florence, and Marinette counties after ingesting poison left on public lands.