Tropical Storm Nate has been upgraded to Hurricane Nate as it makes its way toward the U.S. Gulf Coast with Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi in its path. The storm, which has already been blamed for 21 deaths in Central America, is expected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane late Saturday night or early Sunday, prompting states of emergency and evacuations along the coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph early Saturday, though it is expected to strengthen as it passes over the Gulf of Mexico. Coastal Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama have been warned to brace for dangerous storm surges of up to 5 to 9 feet. A hurricane warning is currently in effect from Grand Isle, Louisiana to the Alabama-Florida border.
PHOENIX (AP) — Basketball great Connie Hawkins has died at 75.
The Hall of Famer’s death was announced in a statement Saturday by the Phoenix Suns, the team with which he spent his most productive NBA seasons. The Suns told The Associated Press they confirmed the death with his family. Continue reading
LANSING (WWJ) – Michigan’s prison population is dwindling.
Sen. John Proos, who represents the 21st district in southwestern Michigan, said a recent report shows the state’s prison population has dropped below 40,000 for the first time in more than 20 years. Continue reading