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Residents in several towns across Louisiana and Mississippi have taken cover amid the blare of tornado sirens amid a severe weather outbreak erupting in the Deep South. There were no immediate reports of damage from the potent storms late Tuesday, but multiple tornado warnings were issued. More than 25 million people are in the path of the vast storm system moving from Texas to Indiana and Georgia. The latest storm outlook says parts of Louisiana and Mississippi are at the highest risk for strong storms. Meanwhile, heavy snow was snarling traffic in parts of the Upper Midwest.

Business and labor groups have agreed on a plan to erase a $1.8 billion debt in the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday that a state budget surplus will pay off the debt. That includes $1.36 billion owed to the federal government. That money was borrowed during the COVID-19 pandemic when closed shops sent unemployment to levels not seen in 40 years. Another $450 million will go in the form of an interest-free loan which unemployment taxes on businesses will repay over the next 10 years. As businesses pay that back, money will be deposited into the state’s rainy day fund to help ensure stability during an economic downturn.

A judge has sentenced a northwestern Indiana man to 70 years in prison for the torture death of his 4-year-old son he was seen on video punching at least 28 times over two days over potty training. A LaPorte County investigator described video footage from inside the family’s home that showed 29-year-old Alan Morgan of Hamlet repeatedly abusing Judah Morgan in the days leading up the discovery of the boy's dead body on Oct. 11, 2021. Forensic pathologist Dr. John Feczko testified Tuesday an autopsy showed the boy weighed just 36 pounds. Morgan pleaded guilty to murder and felony battery.

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