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Parts of South and Plains still sweltering

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Tiya Jones endured another day of 100-degree temperatures in a ground-floor apartment with no air conditioning, caught in a regional heat wave that has been blamed for more than 10 deaths.

"The fan don't really do much, just one little fan," Jones, 17, said Tuesday as her 10-year-old brother played with two friends beneath the shade of a large oak tree outside. "Everybody been sweating around here."

Jones and her brother aren't alone.

No relief was expected anytime soon from the deadly heat wave also baking Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Kansas.

The heat has been blamed for the deaths of 12 Texas residents.

In Louisiana, five deaths were being investigated as possibly heat related. Two were elderly women found dead Tuesday in their Ruston home where the air conditioning apparently wasn't working. The other two, who died Sunday, were residents of a hotel for homeless and poor people that did not have air conditioning.

Hotspots in Alabama were Tuscaloosa and Evergreen, where the temperature reached 101 degrees. The mercury edged past 100 in Tuscaloosa at about 5 p.m. making it a record 14th straight day that the temperature in the west Alabama town had broken the century mark.

Temperatures of 100 degrees were reported in Montgomery and Dothan.

Temperatures climbed past 100 for the seventh day in a row Tuesday in north Texas, while readings elsewhere peaked into the upper 90s.

The high temperature in Louisiana was in the northern community of Monroe, which peaked at 101. It was 97 in New Orleans.

The hot weather and little rain added to concerns about dwindling water resources and damage to Alabama's farmers.

All 67 Alabama counties have been declared federal disaster areas by Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman.