Moss Point, Miss., Mayor Mario King and his wife, Natasha King, each plan to plead guilty in federal court to a single offense after federal prosecutors charged them with 13 counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government last summer.
Snow and ice hit Mississippi in a way seldom seen the week of Feb. 15, 2021, closing down its capital city of Jackson, causing a city-wide boil-water alert, and causing multiple power outages. Associated Press photojournalist Rogelio V. Solis captured a city waiting to reopen.
The central U.S. has freezes, heat waves, windstorms, droughts and floods. All of these events stress the electric grid, pipeline networks, roads, rail and waterways. Right now in my state of Texas, ERCOT, a nonprofit corporation that manages the power grid for most of the state, is imposing rolling blackouts because demand for electric heating is very high. So is the Southwest Power Pool, which serves customers in 14 states from North Dakota to Oklahoma.