Around the South: Missouri Press, Capital Punishment, Culture Wars

Georgia Delays Execution Amid Drug Protocol Change

Bees Make a Living on Early Honey Store

Plan to Close University of Missouri Press Stirs Anger

SOCIETY

Virginia’s Anti-Gay Adoption Law Takes Effect

Eagle Scout Axed as Summer Camp Officer for Being Gay

Mississippi Tries to Hide Lesbian Again

Louisiana Gay Dad has No Legal Rights when Ex-Partner Leaves State with Boy

More Issues Getting Georgia Driver’s License, Especially for Women

‘Pray for Rain:’ Mississippi River at Severe Lows

Broken Promises: New Mississippi Laws Testify to Society’s Respect for Marriage

Alabama’s Virgin Mary Shrine: Next Catholic Pilgrimage Site?

Friendliest City Title Goes to Kentucky Town

Southern Living Introduces First SEC Tailgating Cookbook

Southern Culinary Icon Speaks in Athens

‘American Versailles’ = Temple of Excess

Arkansas Woman Wins $1 Million After Re-Entering Lotto Ticket

Maryland Line Yard Blooms with 420 Daylilly Varieties

New Civil War Marker Unveiled in Northwest Arkansas

EDUCATION/SCIENCE (TOP)

Missouri Book Challenges Run Gamut in Rationale, Results

Tennessee Condom Lesson Spurs Ban on Promoting Sex Acts

Maryland Student Achievement Bests Nation

Can Georgia Learn from Tennessee’s Review of New Teacher Evaluations?

Is Louisiana the Future of Georgia’s Education System?

Maryland Leaders Team Up to Support Dream Act

Florida Colleges Plan to Lead Nation in Graduation Rates

Maryland’s Tech Education Effort Does Not Compute

Most Virginians Approve of UVA’s Reinstatement of President

University of Alabama-Birmingham Study Focuses on Breakfast Choice, Burning Fat

Residents Voice Concerns Over Release of GMO Mosquitoes in Florida Keys

Florida Scientists Study Sharks’ Health after Catch ‘n’ Release

ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH (TOP)

Florida Fish & Wildlife Seeks Input from Saltwater Fishermen

U.S., Tennessee in Clean Water Pact with Chattanooga over Sewage

Arkansas Receives Drought Designation, Waits for Programs

Missouri Drought Declared Natural Disaster

Missouri Fire Risk Labeled Worst in Nation

Saharan Dust Changes South Florida Skies

Mississippi River Trail Designated Part of National System

South Carolina’s Rural Energy Efficiency Effort Goes National

Five Added to Heat Death Toll

West Nile Virus Outbreak Expands in South Georgia

Once Focus of Health Law, Those in Poverty May be Left Out

Florida Family Enmeshed in Needle-in-Food Crisis

South Carolina Mother Leaves Hospital after Flesh-Eating Disease

Maryland to Use $18 Million from Alcohol Tax for Expanding Health Program

Governor’s Executive Order Creates Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange

2 Mississippi Mayors Promote Healthy Living with Michelle Obama

2 North Carolina Quarter Horses Euthanized for EEE

PUBLIC SAFETY/DEFENSE (TOP)

Maryland Wildfire Crew Members Save Woman’s Life While on Assignment

SPLC Opposes Dismissing Birmingham Police from Pepper Spray Lawsuit

Alabama Lawmaker, Businessman, Lobbyist Sentenced in Bingo Corruption Scandal

Alabama’s Attorney General’s Office Involved in Ongoing Corruption Investigation

Missouri Sisters Slain in Meth-Fueled Double Murder

Kentucky Widow Revives 1991 Cold Case

Convicted Florida Killer Suspected in Massachusetts Cold Case

Maryland Man Accused of Raping Student Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charges

Escaped Louisiana Inmate Drives Unmarked Police Car 1,800 Miles

Man Injures 17 in Alabama Bar Shooting

Elderly Floridian Shoots Cafe Robbers, Unlikely to Face Charges

Suspect in Michigan Sisters’ Slayings Found Dead in West Virginia Cabin

3 North Carolina Men Charged with Illegally Possessing Elk Antlers

West Tennessee Pastor Arrested in California

Bomb Threat Unfounded at Georgia Military College

$1.4 Million Set Aside for Louisiana Homeless Veterans

BUSINESS (TOP)

U.S. Builders Start Most New Homes Since October ’08

Florida Privatizes Prison Healthcare

Court Reinstates Wrongful Termination Claim Against Mississippi Utility

South Florida Provides Hub for Hispanic-Owned Businesses

Florida Jobless Rate Falls as Workers Drop Out

Arkansas Rice Farmers Sue RiceTec over ‘Defective’ Hybrid Rice

Arkansas Corn Crop Looks Good, Harvest Will Tell

Maryland vs. Virginia: Tax Returns

Verizon Reaffirms Commitment to Maryland’s Minority Business Enterprises

Coalition Offers Vision for Gulf Restoration

Florida Utility Officials Call Duke’s Rogers to Testify

Duke Energy Asks North Carolina to Postpone July 20 Hearing

Virginia Eagle Distributing Saves Money by Going Green

Southern Tide Expands Apparel Collection with Flipjacks

POLITICS For additional regional political coverage, visit our sister site: The Locust Fork News-Journal (TOP)

Tennessee Tea Partiers Want Governor to Stop Employing Muslims, Gays, Democrats

Georgia Switches to Single-Drug Method for Executions

Another Abortion Showdown in Virginia

Attorney General Announces Mississippi Foreclosure Prevention Consortium

Georgia Officials Seek Access to Immigration Database

Florida Voter Purge Fight Isn’t Over

Florida’s Economy, Unemployment Face Uphill Battle

Tennessee Republican Upset at NRA Ambush of GOP Members Against ‘Safe Commute’ Bill

Arkansas Congressmen Fight to Repeal Affordable Health Care Act, Protect Their Health Care Plans

DHS: Arkansas’ Savings Would Exceed Medicaid Expansion Costs

Florida Counties’ Medicaid Bills Slashed

Moody’s: Louisiana Medicaid Cut is ‘Credit Negative’

Cuccinelli: Virginia Should Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion

Louisiana Alternative Fuel Vehicle Tax Credit Records Withheld

Alabama Solicitor General Explains Philosophies Behind Supreme Court Health Care Ruling

South Florida Lawmakers Slam Citizens Board for Increasing Insurance Rates

Louisiana Alcohol Control Agency Will Hire More Enforcers for New Orleans

North Carolina’s Perdue Signs 11 Bills into Law

Scott: Florida State Agencies Should Prepare for 5 Percent Cut

South Carolina House Overrides Haley’s Vetoes

Arkansas Legislature Grazes Surface of State Favoritism

North Carolina Democrats Drop Bank of America’s Name from Convention Center

Conservatives Divided in Missouri, Wisconsin

Maryland’s Casino Foes Become Friends

Battles for Congress Brew in Georgia

North Carolina Voters Pick GOP Candidates for U.S. House

South Carolina Could have 43 Legislative Petition Candidates

Mississippi Republican Watchlist

Obama Camp Hunts for Foreclosed Florida Voters

No Longer a Referendum on Obama

COMMENTARY (TOP)

North Carolina Continues to Struggle with Racial Bias in Jury Selection

As More Georgia Banks Fail, Does Anyone Care?

The Truth Will Always Win Out

Romney Cabinet No Place for Jindal