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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Strong storms pounding the Deep South have killed at least 19 people in Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas and South Carolina. Dozens more have been pulled from damaged buildings and taken to hospitals. Many states have been under flash flood, tornado and thunderstorm warnings and watches overnight. Around 750,000 customers are without electricity. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said when he declared a state of emergency that “this is not how anyone wants to celebrate Easter.” The National Weather Service tallied hundreds of reports of downed trees, many puncturing roofs and damaging power lines. The storm front is moving now into the mid-Atlantic states. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say some three dozen people have been arrested in a drug sting in central Florida. The arrests happened Saturday in Volusia County. Sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Gant tells news outlets that drugs, money and firearms were also seized. Detectives arrested 40-year-old Thaddeus Robinson who they said made threats toward a deputy. Authorities say he’s charged with corruption by threat after telling the deputy he knew where he lived and would see him later.Officials say some of those arrested had warrants from earlier in the year. Pandemic or not, the clock is ticking for high school seniors making up their minds about where to go to college. For many students, spring break was supposed to be about visiting campuses, looking in on classes and meeting students and professors. Instead, like so many milestone moments of their senior year, the coronavirus pandemic has pushed the process online. Numerous colleges are offering virtual visits and more interactive or one-on-one video sessions. Hundreds have pushed deposit deadlines from May 1 to June 1. But for all the schools’ efforts, many families say it’s difficult to look forward when there’s so much uncertainty now. […]

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