Many areas are still dealing with flooding, even as snow and sleet start to replace the rain. Some of the local major rivers are above flood stage and still rising. The good news is, many of the others have crested and will start to fall. The snow and sleet will continue through much of the day, before wrapping up tonight. Most areas will see several inches of accumulation. Keep it locked to WYMT for updates.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of federal prisoners nationwide are now eligible for early release after changes in the way sentences for crack cocaine are calculated.
The overall effect will be spread out over years, but almost 2,000 federal prisoners will be eligible for release today. It could take longer for paperwork to go through and allow the inmates to walk free.
Congress and President Barack Obama signed a law last year ending the practice of harsher sentences for crack cocaine compared to powder cocaine. Critics argued the laws disproportionately affected black defendants.
Now the U.S. Sentencing Commission is applying that law to past cocaine convictions. Officials estimate about 12,000 inmates could eventually benefit.