News MIDDAY UPDATE: Corps expects north Ala.-Ga. drought will persist; report links child health in Georgia to family wealth; winner of $42M Mega Millions jackpot comes forward

Hurricanes and tropical storms improved drought conditions in the Southeast, except for parts of north Alabama and Georgia where the Army Corps of Engineers anticipates continued below normal rainfall.

Corps spokesman Patrick Robbins in Mobile said Thursday that drought conditions persist in parts of the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa and Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basins.

He said the lower portions of the basins have benefitted the most from this year's storm season. But the northern reservoirs of the basins did not receive the same benefits from these storms, and conditions haven't improved at Georgia's Lake Lanier and Carters Lake.

Robbins said flow gauges and other measurements show low flows in rivers and streams throughout the region and conservation measures will be required.

Associated Press

Report links child health in Georgia to family wealth

A new report shows children in Georgia families living near the federal poverty line are nearly five times as likely to suffer ill health than their wealthier counterparts.

The report by New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks infant mortality and children's health based on such factors as family income and education.

The report shows 14.6 percent of Georgia's nearly 2.3 million children have less than optimal health. The number is 26 percent for the poorest kids. Among children with parents making more than 400 percent of the federal poverty level, only 5.7 percent are in less than top health.

Georgia ranks 41st for the size of its health gap. Its children are healthier than those in Mississippi, where 19.3 percent of children have comparatively poor health.

Associated Press

Winner of $42M Mega Millions jackpot comes forward

The Michigan Lottery says the winner of a recent $42 million multistate Mega Millions lottery jackpot has come forward.

The lottery says the winner of the Oct. 3 jackpot would be introduced and get a check at a news conference Friday in Lansing.

The lottery has said the ticket matching all the winning numbers from that Mega Millions drawing was sold at Stoney Creek Liquor Shoppe in Macomb County's Washington Township, 24 miles north of Detroit.

Associated Press

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