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Around the South: Low Mississippi, Clemency Denial, OA Dismissals

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Georgia Pardons Board Rejects Death Row Inmate’s Clemency Request

Mississippi River So Low, Cargo Barges Run Aground

FDA Approves 1st Pill to Help Prevent HIV

SOCIETY

Oxford American’s Founder, Managing Editor Fighting Dismissal

How Did Ex-Slave’s Letter to Master Come to Be?

Mississippi Museum to Lesbian Couple: You’re Not Welcome Here

Eagle Scout Loses Job After Coming Out

Organizers: Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival Still Scheduled

Historic North Carolina Mountain Lodge Reborn

Southern Gardening: Sweet Potato Vine Adds Unique Colors

‘Hands On Mississippi’ Brings Hundreds of Volunteers to Coast

Florida Couple Builds ‘American Versailles’

Millions Spent on Upkeep of Empty Katrina Lots

EDUCATION/SCIENCE (TOP)

Maryland, Southern States Do Well in NAEP Study

Virginia Places 10th in Harvard Study

Kentucky Announces Principal of the Year

Tennessee DOE Releases Teacher Evaluations to Lawmakers

Program Helps Blind Students Learn Life Skills

North Carolina Lottery an Education Lifeline, Not a Jackpot

Tennessee Lottery Hits Record-Shattering Totals

Florida A&M President Resignation Follows Hazing Incident

After Outcry, University of Missouri Presents New Plan for Press

Kentucky Lawmakers Divert Millions from Student Aid as Poor Students Turned Away

South Georgia Tech Offers Free Books

Has North Carolina’s IT Hiring Peaked? Not Likely

Oxitec Wants to Release Genetically-Modified Mosquitoes into Florida Keys

ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH (TOP)

Outer Banks’ Restrictions Irk Visitors, Residents

Virginia Beach Teachers Tour Newly Preserved Land

Kentucky Opens 2,500-Acre Wildlife Management Area in Scott

Saltwater Wedge Moving Up the Mississippi River

Arkansas AG Seeks to Intervene in EPA Lawsuit

Alabama Scenic River Trail Among 3 Receiving National Recognition

Drought Hits Missouri Farmers Hard

Farmer: Arkansas Drought Turns Cattle Ranch into ‘Desert’

Restore Act: Fines Could Favor Louisiana

Mississippi Schools Join Fight to Prevent Obesity

Northeast Georgia Health System Participates in $20.75 Million Grant

No Clear Path for Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Smoking Outlawed at All University of Maryland Campuses

Female Lung Cancer Deaths Increase in Tennessee

4 Cases of West Nile Virus Reported in Mississippi

Virginia AG Won’t Certify Abortion Clinic Rules

Florida Surgeon General: ‘Our Community Is Not at Risk for Tuberculosis’

Chapter President Tapped to Lead Tennessee Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

PUBLIC SAFETY/DEFENSE (TOP)

Convicted Alabama Church Arsonist to Get Early Release from State Prison

Louisiana Escapee Fights Extradition from Maine

Florida Teen Convicted in Middle School Beating Case

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Counterfeit Diabetes-Care Products

Tennessee Man Sentenced for Selling Fake Federal Documents

Alabama Casino Developer, 2 Others Receive Prison Terms

Alabama Judge Grants Bond for 3 of 4 Devil’s Disciples Gang Members

Arkansas Sheriff: Teen Murder Suspect Found Hanging

Investigators Follow Secret Money from West Virginia Hilltop to Hong Kong

Southeast Missouri Woman Accused of Hitting Toddler Son with Skillet

Louisiana Teen Driving Tractor Trailer Hits, Kills 2 Women Changing Tire in Colorado

North Carolina Police Confirm Body is Ohio Mom

Man Charged with Murder of Missing Missouri Sisters

Tennessee Tattoo Artist Arrested for Allegedly Decapitating Adoptive Father

North Carolina Man Kills Stepdad, Stabs Mom in Car Dispute

Arrested Man Shares Name with NC Murder Suspect

Florida Woman Claims Zimmerman Molester Her as a Child

Woman Arrested in Alabama for Apparent Love Triangle Shooting in Lakeland

Reserve Couple Accused in Murder of Young Son Return to Louisiana

BUSINESS (TOP)

Arkansas in Bottom Three for Household Income

Dredge Built in Louisiana Will Create Jobs, Help Coast

New Health Care Law to Create 27,000 Jobs in Maryland

Former Northeast Mississippi Power Worker’s Wrongful Firing Case Reinstated

Arkansas Rice Farmers Sue Company over ‘Defective’ Hybrid Rice

Louisiana Produce Growers Organize New Marketing Group

Stalled Negotiations Threaten Kentucky Aluminum Smelter’s Future

Maryland, DC Manufacturing Jobs Decline 2.3% Over Past Year

Private Prison Company May Take Over Virginia Sex Offender Center

GlaxoSmithKline to Buy Maryland-based Company for $3 Billion

Companies Establish Urgent Health Care Centers in Middle Tennessee

Middle Georgia Electric Cooperatives Free From Coal-Fired Power Plant Investment

Mobile Hopes for Industry Explosion Similar to Mississippi Town

Tennessee Ranks No. 1 in Automotive Manufacturing Strength for Third Consecutive Year

Manufacturing Lags in Georgia, U.S., but One Good Sign

Southern Opportunity: a Christian, Southern Business Concept

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Alabama Ranked Fourth in U.S. for Municipal Bankruptcies

Kentucky Governor Creates Panel to Review Child Fatality

Maryland Pension Board Faces Tough Call

Alabama GOP Committee Rejects Complaint over District Judge Nomination

Casino Owner Pleads Case in Email to Maryland Governor, Legislators

Pending North Carolina Toll Projects Hit a Roadblock

Greener Grades for Maryland Legislators Despite Party Split

Obama, Beshear Discuss North Kentucky Bridge Project

Presidential Candidates Court Latino Voters

Republicans Charge Obama ‘War on Coal’ in Virginia

Red Palmetto Survey: Economy, Obama Will Win SC, US for Romney

Florida Voters Favor Obama’s Immigration Policies

Alabama Voters Back Romney

Romney Raises $2 Million at Louisiana Lunch, Says Obama’s Policies Stink

South Carolina Petition Candidates Rise Up

Florida Tackles Voter Fraud

Groups Educate Voters about Virginia Voter ID Law

North Carolina Candidates Remind Voters about Primary

Arkansas Democrats Running for Congress Lag in Money

Arkansas Election Officials Asked to Block Casino Proposal from November Ballot

Property Rights Amendment Headed for Virginia Ballot

Mississippi Governor Sets Special Election for State Senate Seat

COMMENTARY (TOP)

NAMI Condemns Statement That Obama Voters Should Check Into Mental Hospital

Guardsmen, Families Make Difference for Tennessee

It Takes Carolina Regulators to Question Progress Energy’s Use of Floridians’ Money

Why Is South Carolina Paying for a Consulting Firm?

Louisiana Regents Doubt Value of Their Studies