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Around the South: AIDS/HIV, Second Amendment, Evacuation

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Enjoy the Cape Fear Blues Festival and Halfway Jam this weekend, or visit the ongoing Appalachian Summer Festival, Brevard Music Festival, FolkmootUSA and Wintergreen Summer Music Festival.

Now on to the news:

The South Faces HIV/AIDS Crisis

Wildfire Forces Evacuation of Arkansas Town

Beer Truck Flips on Maryland Interstate

SOCIETY

Florida Gun Shops Witness Sales Spike

Maryland Set to Relax Concealed Carry Rules

4-Year-Old Virginian Shoots, Kills Self

Civil Rights Pioneer, Professor Dies at 96

SPLC Threatens Lawsuit if Mississippi Museum Refuses to End Gay Ceremony Ban

Equality Florida Launches National Online Petition Seeking Lt. Governor’s Apology

Tennessee Police Sue over Pay Disparity

9-year-old Alabama Girl Drowns Saving Younger Brother

Gardener, Bee Lover Launches Virginia’s ‘Protect Pollinator’ License Plate

Missouri Woman Must Deport Herself

EDUCATION (TOP)

Voucher Schools Face Louisiana Teachers’ Union Lawsuit Threat

States Seek to Improve Education Without NCLB

Poll: Georgians Support Casino Gambling to Fund Education

North Carolina Adds CPR to Graduation Requirements

Plans Would Make High School Second-Largest in Alabama

HIGHER ED (TOP)

Dear Aurora, Tragedy Won’t Define You. — Virginia Tech

Kentucky Student Arrested for Emailing Picture of The Joker

Louisiana College President Will Not Follow Federal Birth-Control Provision

Mississippi College Faces Lawsuit over Alleged Inadequate Training

Georgia Tech Builds State’s First Carbon-Neutral Laboratory

DEFENSE (TOP)

Returning Virginia Soldier Surprises Daughter

Two Central Florida Soldiers Die in Afghanistan

Missouri Honors First Female Soldier Killed in Iraq

Soldier Endured Slur from Sergeant Charged in Death

Hearing Sets Schedule in Virginia Veterans’ Hospital Murder Case

ENVIRONMENT/OUTDOORS (TOP)

Mercury Emissions Drop in North Carolina

Emerald Ash Borer Threatens Missouri Trees

Coalition Recommends Conservation Land Purchases for Gulf Restoration

Lionfish Invasion Could Threaten Gulf Ecology

Hog Farm Restitution Payments Benefits North Carolina Wetlands Reserve

Arkansas Drought Intensifies

Mississippi River Leaving Memphis Sandbars

HEALTH (TOP)

Planned Parenthood’s Federal Grant More Than Triples Denied North Carolina Funds

Georgia Southern to Host Fall Conference on Rural HIV

Accused Hepatitis-C Transmitter Worked in Maryland

Kentucky Group Wants to Outlaw Smoking in Businesses

North Carolina Embarks on Adult Care Home Plan

SCIENCE/TECH (TOP)

Despite Resident Concerns, Key West Board May Release Genetically Modified Mosquitos

How to Rebuild the Mississippi Delta

3 Mississippi Universities Land Energy-Efficiency Grants

NASA’s Space-Launch System Passes Review, Design Next

Google Launches Fiber Net, Fiber TV in Kansas City

ECONOMY (TOP)

Louisiana Lands $550 Million Methanol Plant, 130 Jobs

Business Rebounds at Virginia Ports

Work-force Trainees Face West Virginian Drug Tests

Defense Cuts Could Cost North Alabama Jobs

Laid-off Kentucky Workers Study Benefit Fairs

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

States Ask Congress to Allow Internet Sales Tax Increase

Maryland House Speaker Expects Special Session for Gambling

Gaming Executive Alleges ‘Sleazy’ Process in Maryland

Justice Rejects Deal to become Louisiana Supreme Court Chief in Five Years

Village Offers Free Water to Fight Missouri Grass Fires

State Financial Crisis ‘Battle Is Not Over’ — Alabama Chief Justice

Virginia’s Pension Bomb Keeps Ticking

One Week Til Louisiana Allows Benefit Corporations

ELECTIONS (TOP)

Missouri Candidate Raffles Assault Rifle in Fundraiser

Election Technology Helps Florida — When Its Used

Report: Flaws Found in South Carolina Voting Systems

Officials Claim National Report Overlooks Louisiana’s Election Safeguards

Voter Participation Center Fights Virginia Suppression Efforts

Illegal Immigration Referendum in Maryland Makes Strange Bedfellows

NAACP Joins Tea Party in Opposition to Atlanta Sales Tax Boost

PUBLIC SAFETY (TOP)

Florida Prison Vendor Agrees to Hefty Pennsylvania Fine

Maryland Receives Grant to Help Monitor Sex Offenders

Alabama Gambling Trial Judge Wants Bribery Clarity

Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing from Louisiana Nonprofit

Former Tennessee Trooper Pleads Guilty in Sex Case

Missouri Man Made Previous Threats Prior to Wife’s Disappearance

9-year-old Boy Beats Infants at Vicksburg Day Care

Teen Accused in Jonesboro Fatal Shooting

6 Charged in North Carolina Meth Ring

Floridian Fatally Shoots Door-to-Door Salesman