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Around the South: Mosques, Sikhs, Church Apology, Nat’l Night Out

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Second Fire in a Month Destroys Missouri Mosque | Tennessee Mosque Undergoes Final Inspection

Temple Gunman Linked to North Carolina, ‘White Power’ Music | Maryland Music Label Removes Gunman’s Music

Sikhs No Stranger to Violence Recently | Kentucky Victim Leaves Grieving Indian Family | Sad but Safe in D.C. | North Carolinians Worried, Seek Understanding | Mississippians Pray for Gunman | Arkansans Pray for Victims | Floridians Remember with Prayer | Shooting Hits Home for Georgians | Alabaman Prays for Peace | Tennesseans Strive to Educate | Maryland Members React | West Virginia Orders Flags Lowered

SOCIETY

Mississippi Church Apologizes to Black Couple for Banning Wedding

Leaders: Calvinism Should Not Divide Southern Baptist Convention

National Night Out: Alabama | Arkansas | Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maryland | Missouri | North Carolina | South Carolina | Tennessee | Virginia | West Virginia

Drought: Poses Risk to Arkansas Fish Population | Kentucky Can Help Farmers Find Livestock Forage | NRCS Announces Financial Assistance for Drought-Hit Arkansas Producers

Maryland Catholics to Push Same-Sex Marriage

Gay Married Couple in Kentucky Files Joint Bankruptcy

Appeals Court Upholds Hate-Crime Conviction

Arkansas Continues Inquiry into Handcuffed Mississippi Man’s ‘Suicide’

Police: Ohio Boys, 13, Drove Stolen Car from Ohio to Missouri

Guards Replaced after Tennessee Nuclear Facility Breach

Federal Penalties for Illegal Firearm Use in Arkansas

EDUCATION (TOP)

Maryland Student Lands Perfect ACT Score

Louisiana School Expels Girls Who Refuse Pregnancy Tests or Test Positive

Voucher Program Allows Louisiana Students to Enroll in Creationist-Teaching Schools

Finalists Interview for Top Missouri Teacher Award

Arkansas Teacher Sows Real Estate, Farmland Investments

HIGHER ED (TOP)

Higher Education and Student Loans: Victims and Victors

University of Maryland Student to Plead Guilty in Online Rampage Threat

Virginia Tech Receives Rolls Royce Engine for New Engineering Building

Mississippi State Helps Starkville Police Go High-Tech with Drones

West Virginia University Named Top Party School

DEFENSE (TOP)

Former Virginia Sailor Sentenced in Death of Navy Superior

More National Guardsmen, Reservists Deactivated — DOD

Pentagon: No Base Closures in 2013

Virginia Cemetery for Alabama Civil War Dead to be Dedicated

Boozman Law Expands Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment for Veterans

ENVIRONMENT/OUTDOORS (TOP)

Soybean-Sucking Kudzu Bugs Reach Mississippi

Rice Expo Draws Large Crowd, Arkansas Governor

West Virginia Land Trust Works to Conserve Properties Forever

Penguin Chicks Born in Tennessee Aquarium

Tennessee Man Wins Idaho’s Bighorn Sheep Lottery

HEALTH (TOP)

West Nile Virus Proving Deadly in Louisiana

Feds Scrutinize Heart Procedures in Florida

‘Cave Man Diet’ Blogger Giving Advice Ignores State’s: Get a License

Organ Donor Affiliates in Kentucky Raise Awareness of Growing Problem

Alabama Child Restraint Law Not Obeyed, Needs Updating

SCIENCE/TECH (TOP)

Arkansas Grows Moon Trees

Virginia Considers ‘Payment’ to Eugenics Victims

Mississippi Bite Expert Now Says Analysis Not Reliable

Alabama Schools Chief Urged to Pull Plug on Channel 1

Kentucky State Police Producing Documentary Series

ECONOMY (TOP)

A West Virginia Strike and the New Labor Reality

Alabama Firm Wins NASA Contract Worth up to $51 Million

Florida Construction on Verge of Comeback

Shale Gas Boom Lifts West Virginia Jobs

Small Arkansas Banks Feel Consolidation Pressures

East Alabama Businesses Receive Grants from Governor

Will Gay Marriage Controversy Hurt Chick-Fil-A’s Expansion Plans?

West Virginia Summit Focuses on Energy Issues, Policies

Arkansas Places Conditions on Entergy’s Move to Midwest Power Grid

Expensive Closing Costs: Florida, 4th | D.C., 10th | Alabama, 40th | Arkansas, 45th | Mississippi, 46th | Missouri, 50th

Chamber of Commerce Demeans Missouri Constitution in Support of Damage Caps

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

Maryland Considers Overturning Pit-Bull Ruling

North Carolina Lawmaker Plans to Propose Puppy-Mill Legislation

Florida: A Bellwether for Medicaid Expansion

Florida AG Battles Legislature over Mortgage Settlement

Florida Regulators Dispute Auto Insurance Savings

West Virginia Agencies Brace for 7.5% Budget Cut

Internet Gaming Not in Maryland’s Gambling Mix

Conservative Groups in South Carolina Feel Betrayed by Haley

Southern Republicans Make North Carolina Stand

Planned Parenthood Equates to ‘Murder for Hire’ — North Carolina Republican

ELECTIONS (TOP)

Missouri Votes on ‘Right to Pray’ Amendment

Virginia Won’t Further Probe Charges of Illegal Voter Registration

Fulton County Reports 23,300% Turnout in One Precinct

Election Board Seeks Probe of Virginia Petitions

Courts Hold Key to West Virginia Election Issues

Labor Backs Roy Moore in Alabama’s Chief Justice Race

Failure to Disqualify Senate Nominee Lies with Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman

Keep Alabama Working Campaigns for Sept. 18 Amendment

Race: Simmering Issue in Florida Battleground

On the Road in Florida: Hard Times, Politics and Smoked Bat