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Around the South: Right to Pray, Mosque Opens, 12 of Toxic 20

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ACLU Challenges ‘Right to Pray’ Vote

Mosque Overcomes Hurdles, Opens

‘Toxic 20′ Air Pollution Rankings: Alabama, 14th | Florida, 6th | Georgia, 9th | Kentucky, 1st | Maryland, 19th | Mississippi, 17th | Missouri, 15th | North Carolina, 8th | South Carolina, 13th | Tennessee, 11th | Virginia, 12th | West Virginia, 5th

SOCIETY

Drought: Challenges U.S. Clean Water Supply | Jeopardizes Georgia Pines | Worsens in Key Farm States | Low Mississippi River Halts Steamboat

This Week in the Civil War

Christian Appalachian Project Founder Dies

Burned Mosque Congregants to Hold Ramadan Service at Missouri Church

Agriculture Museum Repeals Anti-Gay Policy, Upsets Mississippi Politicians

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Takes on Maryland’s Gambling

Prosecutors Mistakenly Release Confidential Zimmerman Case Documents

Virginia Gang Member Sentenced to Prison for Teen Sex Trafficking

Teen South Carolinian Fulfills Grandfather’s Dying Wish

Georgia Cop Shoots Pit Bull Attacking Toddler

EDUCATION (TOP)

75% of Alabama Schools Make Adequate Progress

Georgia ‘Leaders’ Duck Duty to Fund Education

Academic Standards Change in Mississippi Schools

Louisiana Education Chief Withholds Voucher Records ‘to Avoid Confusion’

Teacher’s Body Found Near North Carolina Middle School

HIGHER ED (TOP)

College Tuition Hike Hits Decade Low in Virginia

Missouri S&T Breaks Ground on Solar Home

Group Protests New Georgia University Name

2-Year College Chancellor Pool Narrows to 8 in Alabama

Missing Louisiana College Student Positively Identified

DEFENSE (TOP)

Veterans Receive Alabama Legislature’s Medal of Honor

39 Tennessee Guard Members Head to Afghanistan

Texarkana to Dedicate Bridge for 2 Fallen Soldiers

Anti-War Protestors Face More Charges in Weapons-Plant Breach

Vets Want Greater Oversight of Arkansas Dept. of Veterans Affairs

ENVIRONMENT/OUTDOORS (TOP)

Campaign Seeks Ballot Issue to Protect Floridian Environmental Treasures

American Crocodiles Hatch, Thrive at South Carolinian Nuclear Power Plant

Law Removes Missouri Family’s Pet Raccoon

Sludge Reaches Far Western North Carolina Creek

Drilling Appeal Ends, Decision Nears for Mississippi Development Authority

Alabama Power Plants Release Fewer Toxins in 2010

North Carolina Agencies Agree on Narrow Emissions Exemption

HEALTH (TOP)

Georgia’s Medical Programs Overspent Nearly $100 Million

West Virginia Plans Audit of Health Care Programs

Parents Urged to Apply for Subsidized Health Insurance for Floridian Children

West Virginian Anti-Obesity Mascot Getting Around the Nation

Fair Officials Make Changes in North Carolina after ’11 E. Coli Outbreak

SCIENCE/TECH (TOP)

Louisiana Probes Cause of Massive Bayou Sinkhole

NASA’s ‘Green’ Planetary Test Lander Crashes in Florida

Perseid Meteor Shower to Light Up Georgia’s Night Sky

Missourians Can File Claims in LCD Price-Fixing Settlement

Virginia Deputy Fights Termination over Facebook ‘Like’ | South Carolina Officer Sues for Reinstatement after Facebook Post

ECONOMY (TOP)

Virginia Farmers Stage Pitchfork Protest over Produce Sales, Birthday Party Permit Flap

Police Charge 2 in West Virginia Picket-Line Violence

CareSouth Expansion in Florida Means More Jobs in Georgia

West Virginia Lost 1,300 Coal Jobs in 2nd Quarter

Maryland Foreclosures Highest in America

Maryland Dairy Farmers Scoop Up Sweet Source of Income

Virginia Cafe Chain to Continue the Sweet Life

Fewer Floridians Take Food Stamps

Poll: D.C., West Virginia at Extremes of Economic Confidence

Florida Strip Clubs Expect Busy RNC Week

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

Georgia AG to Speak at GOP National Convention

Maryland Panel Passes Gambling Bill

Regulators Review How to Help Poor Missouri Customers

South Carolina Faces Likely Suit, Loss over Increased Health Costs

Federal Cuts, Transportation Woes Threaten Maryland’s Budget

I-555 Completed in Northeast Arkansas, Awaits Access Roads for Naming

Maryland Senator Suggests Gun Training, Off-Limits Locations

Arkansas AG Sues Florida Telemarketers

Solar Tax Credit Price Tag Exceeds Louisiana Estimates

Missouri Prosecutor Seeks to Remove County Clerk for Nepotism

ELECTIONS (TOP)

Secretary of State Spokesman’s Partisan Claims Rile Arkansas’ County Clerks

Federal Judge Blocks West Virginia PAC Contribution Limit

Florida Election-Law Challenge Receives Hearing

Board of Elections Finds 10,000 Dead Virginians on Voter Rolls

Florida Voter Purge Battle Intensifies

West Virginia Election Officials Ask Federal Courts to Delay Ruling on Public Finance Project

Gubernatorial Candidates Agree to 2 More North Carolina Debates

5 Missouri Primary Races Likely Eligible for Recount

Politifact Florida Checks Recent Campaign Attacks

Sharp County (Arkansas) Alcohol Sales Make November Ballot

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Around the South: Face-Chewing, Foam Parties, Pregnancy Policy

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Florida Face-Chewing Victim Provides Details to Police

Georgia City Cracks Down on ‘Foam Parties’

Best States to Live in 2032: Alabama, 44th | Arkansas, 46th | Florida, 45th | Maryland, 10th | Mississippi, 49th | Virginia, 6th | West Virginia, 50th

SOCIETY

Drought: Continues to Worsen in Arkansas | Kentucky Counties Added to Disaster List | Spring-fed Rivers Offer Best Floating

OA Editor Fired Following Harassment Allegation

Georgia County Selling Confiscated Guns

North Carolina AG: New DNA Law Works

Judge Urged to Stop Florida Privatization of Prison Health Care

North Carolina Poverty Tour Groups Hold Weekend Summit

Jury Convicts Kentucky Mom of Getting High While Baby Died in Hot Car

Tennessee Woman Accuses Physician Husband of Poisoning Coffee with Barium

Grand Jury Considers Charging Mom Who Abandoned 19-Year-Old Disabled Daughter

FAA Investigates Plane Landing at Wrong West Virginia Airport

EDUCATION (TOP)

Louisiana School Changes Pregnancy Policy

Charter School Debate Ramps up in Georgia

Kentucky Graduation Rates Climb Slightly

West Virginia Board of Education Wants Fact Checker

Teacher to Serve 90 Days for Sex with 17-Year-Old Kentucky Student

HIGHER ED (TOP)

Arkansas Colleges Named Great Places to Work

Kentucky, Texas Top College Ranking in $4.6 Billion Licensing Industry

New Georgia University Missing Integral Part of Name

High Court May Hear Virginia Tech Case

Former Maryland Student Found Guilty of Rampage Threats

DEFENSE (TOP)

North Carolina Marine Killed in Afghanistan

Air Force Cuts Indicate Service ‘Slowing Going Out of Business’

Graham: Military Cuts ‘Will be Death Blow’ to U.S. Defense

South Carolina GOP Leaders: Budget Cuts Could be Devastating

Arkansan Named Army National Guard NCO of the Year

ENVIRONMENT/OUTDOORS (TOP)

Is Local Food More Eco-Friendly?

Natural Resources Defense Council Tabs North Carolina as ‘Toxic’

Environmentalists Seek Florida Funding Amendment

‘Extinct’ Native Alabama Snail Rediscovered on Cahaba River

Natural Gas Areas Cover Most of Southern Maryland

Mississippi Development Authority Erred in Issuing Offshore Natural Gas Drilling Permit

Louisiana Sinkhole Roils Natural Gas Network

HEALTH (TOP)

Chicken Salad Sickens 350 Arkansas Inmates

Study: Fathers Can Affect Baby’s Health at Birth

2 Die from West Nile Virus in Louisiana

Teen Allegedly Impersonating Physician’s Assistant Blames Florida Hospital

Kentucky Police Work to Reduce School-Bus Related Crashes

SCIENCE/TECH (TOP)

North Carolina Eugenics Victims, Advocates Face Uncertainty

Investigators Work to Verify Missing Body That of Louisiana College Student

Florida Nuclear Plant Hosts Crocodile Hatching

University of Georgia Research Shows Cats Spend Nights Killing Small Animals

West Virginia Education Technology Conference Available Online

ECONOMY (TOP)

AT&T Reaches Tentative Agreement with Southern Workers; Others Strike

West Virginia Hand-Crafted Breweries Growing

Nuclear Reactor License Delayed in Missouri

Coal-Power Plant Back Online after Missouri Fire

West Virginia City Seeks Economic Revitalization

South Carolina’s Biggest Homegrown Bank Buying Savannah Lender

Ex-Arkansas Insurance Company Head Indicted

Maryland Mortgages Among the Nation’s Biggest

Economic Freedom: A Moral Imperative for Arkansas

A Tale of Two Employment Surveys

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

City Admits Ordinance Discriminating Against Mississippi Church Violates Federal Law

McDonnell: Virginia Did Not Seek Welfare Waivers

National Health-Care Brawl Spawns Missouri Sideshow

Judge Postpones Deadline Decision for Bankrupt Alabama County

Georgia Not as Fiscally Constrained as Many States

Ex-Alabama Public Television Executive’s Lawsuit May Proceed — Judge

Tennessee Democratic Party Disavows Conspiracy Theorist Candidate

Lawmakers Wade Through Gambling Bill on Eve of Maryland’s Special Session

Alabama AG: Illegal Gambling Raids Should Serve Notice

Senator Saves Missouri Woman from DREAM Act Nightmare

ELECTIONS (TOP)

Mississippi Election System Ranks Near Bottom Nationally

Arkansas Mayors Facing Recalls

Tea Party Win in Missouri Primary Sets Up Battle for Senate Control

Several Missouri Lawmakers Fall in Primary

Ex-Official Pleads Guilty in West Virginia Vote Probe

Judge Dismisses Lawsuits Aimed at Floridian Justice Candidates

Florida Voters Weigh Whether to Pay for Religious Schooling

Latino Vote Likely Undercounted in North Carolina — Report

Florida Market Draws Candidates Like Bees to Honey

What Do Voters Want?

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Around the South: Citizens United, Power Strains, ‘Bad’ Town Names

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North Little Rock Considers Citizens United Vote

Electricity Uptick Strains Aging U.S. Power Grid

‘Most Unfortunate Town Names’: Toad Suck, Ark. – 1st | Climax, Ga. – 2nd

SOCIETY

Immigrant Studies: Florida | Georgia

Arkansas 1 of ‘Faltering 4′ in Human Trafficking Laws

Tennessee Mosque to Open Friday

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Favors Same-Sex Vows

Track Reopens after North Carolina Train Derailment

Maryland Grants Fund Future Bicycle Trail

Arkansas Bridges Holding Up Comparatively Well

Florida Home Steals More than $1 Million in Refunds

Bank May Foreclose on Historic West Virginia Course

Hearing Set in Florida’s Taliban-Terror Financing Case

EDUCATION (TOP)

ACLU Targets Louisiana Anti-Pregnancy Rule

SPLC Accuses Florida School Districts of Discrimination

Jeb Bush Provides Examples to Mississippi for Education Changes

West Virginia’s School Breakfast, Lunch Program Receives National Attention

Louisiana Schools Set to Become Christian Church Subsidiaries

HIGHER ED (TOP)

Report Uncovers Problems with Tennessee Higher Education

Virginia Program to Help Troubled New Mexico Schools

University of Southern Mississippi Investigates Dolphin Deaths

Board Names Augusta School ‘Georgia Regents University’ after Consolidation

Judge Delays Trial in Alabama Campus Shootings

DEFENSE (TOP)

U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan Reach 1,941

Company Once Known as Blackwater Settles Arms Case

Georgia Could Lose 28,000 Jobs to Defense Cuts

14th Arkansas Infantry Organized in 1861, Saw Action in Three States

USS Abraham Lincoln Arrives at New Virginia Homeport

ENVIRONMENT/OUTDOORS (TOP)

Waterspout Confirmed over Southern Maryland

Southern Leaders Fiddle While Coasts Threatened with Drowning

North Carolinian Writes Book on How to Protect Coastal Homes

Plaintiffs Seek to Amend Savannah River Complaints

A Way to Protect Florida’s Treasures

HEALTH (TOP)

Pill Mill Proving to be a Problem in West Virginia

More East Tennessee Seniors Getting Addicted to Prescription Drugs

More Arkansas Mothers Giving Birth at Home

South Florida Treatment and Training Network Targets Blacks for HIV, AIDS Prevention

West Nile Virus Cases Increasing in Louisiana

SCIENCE/TECH (TOP)

North Carolina Woman Identified 20 Years after Death in Virginia

Kittycam Catches Cats Preying on Georgia Wildlife

Video Released of 2011 Fatal Arkansas Officer Shooting

Yearbooks from 51 North Carolina Colleges, Universities Archived Online

Arkansas, Google Partner To Offer Free Websites For Small Businesses

ECONOMY (TOP)

West Virginia Aluminum Plant Workers Strike

Maryland Workplace Injuries Cost Public Hundreds of Millions — Report

Small Arkansas Banks Feel Consolidation Pressures

Mississippi State Port Expansion Plans Scrutinized

SEC Regulators Request Clarity from Walmart

Investigating North Carolina Regulator Opens Duke Energy Data

Mississippi Power Fires Contractors Building New Power Plant

Bank May Foreclose on Historic West Virginia Golf Course

Florida Estate Sells for $47 Million

Developers Duel over Missouri Malls

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

Mississippi Looks to Protect Intellectual Property

Puppy Mill Raids May Lead to North Carolina Breeding Regulations

Medicaid Costs Top Worries of West Virginia, 21 Other States

Details of Maryland’s Gambling Bill Released

Virginia’s Taxing Bottom Line on Tolls

Florida Faces 13 Lawsuits over Foggy Interstate 75 Crashes

Alabama General Fund Not Stable, Storm Clouds Ahead

Florida AG, Lawmakers Disagree over Foreclosure Settlement Funds

Auditor to Garnish Wages of Mississippi Mayor

Kentucky Commission Made to Pay Plaintiffs Attorneys Fees in Redistricting Challenge

ELECTIONS (TOP)

‘Right to Pray’ Amendment Easily Wins in Missouri

New Georgia City Emerges by Narrow Margin

Missouri Lt. Governor Fends off Challenger

Maryland Rolls Out Online Voter Registration

Constitution Party Candidate’s Ballot Petitions Draw Virginia Election Board Scrutiny

No Time for New Tennessee Democratic Primary

Alabama GOP Won’t Remove Candidates

McCaskill to Face Preferred Tea Party Opponent

American Politicians Received Money from Bank that Did Business with Iran

Not Allowed to Vote: Children May Donate Maximum Amount to Campaigns

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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

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Around the South: Voting Rights, Hunger Strike, Same-Sex Kiss Day

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All apologies for yesterday, which did not lend itself to links; Sundays never do. Onward with the latest incarnation of gathering Southern news in efforts of less than a three-hour process.

South Leads Voting Rights Challenge

What Obama Means to the South

Some Vote to End Prison Hunger Strike

Drought: Slows Barges on Lower Mississippi River | Extreme Conditions in Missouri | Among Factors Killing Missouri Elk | Arkansas Counties Eligible for Aid

SOCIETY

National Same-Sex Kiss Day: Alabama | Arkansas | Florida | Georgia | Louisiana | Maryland | Mississippi | Missouri | South Carolina | Tennessee | Virginia

Marijuana: West Virginia Troopers Seizures Worth $4.5 Million | Arkansas Traffic Stop Leads to Virginia Distribution Charges | 4 Alabamians Convicted of Trafficking Conspiracy | Virginia for Lovers, Not Synthetic Marijuana Users

Inmate Challenges Mississippi Execution Method

Florida’s Prison Population Declines First Time in More Than Quarter Century

Maryland’s “Joker” Kept Permits for His Arsenal

Cal Ripken Jr’s Mom OK, Shaken after Abduction

Olympian’s Parents Face Florida Foreclosure

Tennessee Truck-Stop Magnate Purchases Cleveland Browns

Final OK Delayed for Tennessee Mosque

Tennessee Group Helps Tri-Cities’ Widows Raise Funds for Orphans

Saban Donates $10,000 to Memphis Church

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant: Anti-Black Church Incident ‘Unfortunate’ | Same-Sex Pairings Not ‘Couples’

EDUCATION (TOP)

Mississippi Governor Touts Teacher Merit Pay at Neshoba County Fair

Mississippi to Make Teen Pregnancy Worse

Teacher Union Threatens Private Schools in Louisiana School-Choice Program

Louisiana School Boards Can Penalize Parents for Missing Parent-Teacher Meetings

Thinking about Education with Washington, DuBois

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Virginia’s Fundraising Doubles Following President’s Reinstatement

West Virginia University Center Awards Faculty $60,000 for Service-Learning Projects

Kentucky Legislature Raids Needs-Based College Grant Funds

Missouri State Breaks Custom, Reappoints Board Chairman Instead of Elevating Female

Fisk University Will Share Art Collection with Crystal Bridges Museum

DEFENSE (TOP)

Family Says Florida Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Northern Kentucky Highway Named for Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

National LGBT Veterans Memorial Set for D.C.

North Carolina County to Honor Black Civil War Veterans

Former New York Resident Named Arkansas’ First Female Army National Guard General

ENVIRONMENT/OUTDOORS (TOP)

About 3,000 Fish Killed in Arkansas Lake

Southern States Fight Estimates of Sea-Level Rise

Tropical Storm Ernesto Steers Clear of Florida

North Carolina Wind Projects Stalled; Buyers, Activists Blamed

Emergency Declared, 100 Homes Evacuated as Louisiana Mining Sinkhole Grows

HEALTH (TOP)

Two Louisianians Die from West Nile Virus

West Nile Cases Increase in Arkansas

CDC Issues Swine Flu Warning for State Fairs

Southern Madison Customers Still Urged to Boil Water in Kentucky

Spray-On Skin Heals Wounds Fast

SCIENCE/TECH (TOP)

More UFO Sightings Make Missouri News

Broadcasters Let Folks Know Who Bought Political Ads

Louisiana Supreme Court Launches eFiling

NASA, Louisiana Officials Renew Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

In Wooing Nissan, a Jobs Lesson for the Tech Industry?

ECONOMY (TOP)

Northwest Arkansas Newspapers Announce Job Cuts

Olympian’s Parents Face Florida Foreclosure

Hawker Beachcraft to Lay Off 170 in Little Rock

‘Southern Ground’ Moves Festival to Nashville

Poll: Alabamians Trust Churches, Doctors, Small Businesses

Southern West Virginia Organizations Team for Jobs Initiative

South Carolina Officials Delay Plan for Carnival Cruise Terminal

A Tale of Two (Port) Cities

Scallop Season Starts Along Florida’s ‘Forgotten Coast’

Beyond Bourbon Street

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

Missouri Settles for $2 Million for Mortgage Service Forgeries

City Practices Selective Crime Enforcement to Save Money in Virginia

Maryland Lawmakers Hesitant to Tackle Gambling Bill

North Carolina Bill Creates Car Emission Uncertainties

West Virginia Treasurer Announces Unclaimed Property

Tennessee Democrats Reject ‘Gay-Bashing’ Senate Primary Winner

Sex Offender Resigns as North Carolina’s Alternate GOP Delegate

Documents Paint Checkered Past for Late West Virginia U.S. Senator

Ex-Alabama Governor Returns to Prison

Scott Rallies Florida Conservatives

ELECTIONS (TOP)

Georgia Voters Reject $18 Billion Transportation Tax

Could Tougher Laws Squelch the Youth Vote?

Conservatives Fear Gambling Vote Heralds Culture Shift

Suit Filed in Arkansas over Casino Petition Rejection

‘Right to Pray’ Ballot Measure Could Affect Missouri’s Public School Students

NRA Sparks Backlash after Involvement in Tennessee Election

Missouri Primary Forecast Sees 25% Turnout

GOP Convention Organizers Plan for Florida Heat, Hurricanes

Romney Uses 3 Arkansans as ‘Finance State Co-Chairs’

Secret Service Grabs Florida Man for Obama Threat

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Around the South: Hunger Strike, Drought, Chick-Fil-A, Sex Offenders

Drought: Arkansas’ ‘Famed’ Cattle Industry Decimated | Missouri Still ‘Exceptional’ | Wet July Good for Mississippi Farmers | Mississippi River Low Mark Concerns Shippers

North Carolina Prison Hunger Strike Continues

‘Adults’ Instigate Kids Beating Missouri Lesbian

SOCIETY

Chick-Fil-A Controversy: Alabama | Arkansas | Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maryland | Mississippi | Missouri | North Carolina | South Carolina | Tennessee | Virginia | West Virginia

Poll: Maryland Voters Back Pro Gay Marriage Law

Underage Tobacco Sales Continue to Fall

Groups Demand Police Brutality Probe in West Virginia

Louisiana Emergency Workers Prepare for Hurricane Threat

Zimmerman Judge Will Not Step Down

Louisiana Sex Offenders Must Post Criminal Status on Social Network Profiles

Chihuahua Leads Searchers to 2 Lost Georgia Girls

Bull Damages Deputy’s Patrol Car

Louisiana Tech Mascot Dead, Worker Cover-up

EDUCATION (TOP)

North Carolina Hits 80% Graduation Rate

Alabama Seeks No Child Left Behind Waiver

South Carolina Students Make Education Gains

North Carolina Board of Education Considers Expanding Charter Schools

U.S. DOE Provides Advance-Placement Test Fees for Low-Income West Virginia Students

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Better Student Preparation Needed for University Maths

The College-Cost Calamity

Data Questioned in Forbes Rankings

‘Frackedemia’ Led By Industry Insider | Gas Drilling Research Lacks Funds

Alabama University Finds New Threat to Gulf Fisheries from BP Oil Spill

DEFENSE (TOP)

Congress Passes Military Funeral Restrictions

House Bill to Help Families Sick from Camp LeJeune’s Water Contamination

Alabama National Guard Participates in Military Exchange with Germans, Brits

Army Sergeant Returns from Afghanistan to Family’s Delight

Defense Budget Sequester Would Affect the Tar Heel State

ENVIRONMENT/OUTDOORS (TOP)

Loggers, Suppliers Threaten Louisiana Cypress Groves

Coal Wins, Earth Loses

Ameren Seeks Coal Ash Landfill in Missouri

North Carolina Agency Offers Input on Alcoa’s PCB Plan

Florida AG Questions BP Oil Settlement

North Carolina Sea-Level Bill to Become Law

HEALTH (TOP)

Pregnant Woman Injured in Ambulance Accident Awarded $117 Million

Missouri Lifts Cap on Pain Awards for Medical Malpractice

Maryland Woman Recovers after Arrow Injury to Head

Tuberculosis Cases Increase in Alabama

Leave Mississippi for Hawaii, CDC Sort of Says

SCIENCE/TECH (TOP)

Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Caution Required but Not Reckless Statements

Additional Support for ‘God Particle’

Only 2 of 9 Virginia Tornado Sirens Work

Arkansas Telecommunications Firm Lays Off Nearly 400 in Management

Tennessee Technology Center Boasts 82% Job Placement

ECONOMY (TOP)

Nissan Workers Seek Fair Shake in Mississippi Plant

Court Dismisses ABF Freight Lawsuit Against Teamsters

Maryland Makes Jobs Headway

Mississippi Court Denies Southern Co. Interim Coal-Unit Hike Rate

West Virginia Housing Program Revived by Gas Industry

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

Unemployed South Carolinians Sent Postcards to Haley

PSC Considers Allowing West Virginia Aluminum Plant to Return to Ohio Power

State Supreme Court Denies Mississippi Power Petition

Kentucky Driver’s Licenses Receive Security Overhaul

Georgia Awards $100 Million for Water Projects

Ex-Alabama Governor’s Lawyer Pushes for Halt to Prison Sentence

Democrats Skip Kentucky’s Top Political Event

Tennessee Representative Regrets Forwarding Email Rumor of Obama Enacting Martial Law

Small Returns for Florida’s State Pension

Alabama Public TV COO Resigns in Wake of Top APT Executives’ Firings

ELECTIONS (TOP)

Tennessee Candidates Engage in Anti-Islam Contest | Voters Head to Polls

Thousands of Florida’s Ex-Felons May Not Know They Can Vote

Federal Judge Takes West Virginian PAC Free-Speech Suit Under Advisement

Maryland Groups Go to Court to Halt Redistricting Referendum

Virginia Garners Attention as Battleground State

What the Georgia Vote Means for Future of Transportation

PUBLIC SAFETY (TOP)

Handcuffed Arkansas Man Shot, Killed in Police Car; Called Suicide

Mississippi Man Declared Dead Faces Death Penalty for 2 Killings

Security Breach at Tennessee Nuclear Complex

Florida Killer to Meet Police in Massachusetts Cold Case

Prosecutors Charge Maryland’s ‘Joker’

Missouri Priest Pleads Guilty in Child Pornography Case

Long-time Missouri Teacher Admits Sexual Contact with Girls

Virginia Figure Skating Coach Gets Prison for Child Porn

Woman Runs Babysitting Service While Living with Sex-Offender Boyfriend

Crimes Against Elderly Increase in Tennessee

Man Pours Bleach into Dialysis Machine Water at South Carolina Clinic

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Around the South: Voting Rights, Auto Insurance, Religion & Race

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Feds: Florida’s Purge Violates Voting Rights Act

Georgia City Considers Cremating Poor

Mississippi Town Where Church Blocked Wedding Rallies for Tolerance

Black Eye for Southern Baptists’ First Black President | Ethics Official Announces Retirement Following Rebuke for Racial Remarks

High Auto Insurance Costs: Louisiana, 2nd | Kentucky, 3rd | Arkansas, 6th | Georgia, 17th | Missouri, 23rd

SOCIETY

Remembering the 1927 Lynching in Little Rock

Grassroots-Organizing Efforts Seek Social Justice in Tennessee

Federal Appeals Court Reverses Worker’s Same-Sex Harassment Award

New Maryland Signs Emphasize Cyclists Right to the Road

Union Organizers Invoke Civil Rights at Nissan’s Mississippi Plant

New York City Sells Ammo Casings to Georgia Store

Public Voting Starts for Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts

North Carolina Assumes Finances of Tiny, Historic Town

Arkansas 12-Year-Old Wins $40,000 on Jeopardy

Tennessee Walking-Horse Inspection Dispute Grows

EDUCATION (TOP)

Florida Education Chief Resigns Amid Controversy

Failing Louisiana School Will Not Transfer White Students Due to 1960s Court Ruling

New Georgia City Provides Classroom Inspiration

Birmingham Board of Education President’s Residence Questioned

Culturally Relevant Education Enables Brighter Future for Hispanics

HIGHER ED (TOP)

University of Virginia Highest-Ranked Public Institution in Forbes’ List

Online-only University Skews West Virginia’s Higher Education Enrollment Numbers

American Higher Education Must Reinvent Itself

Louisiana Tech Dodges Layoffs

Police: University of Kentucky Employee Doubles as Serial Bank Robber

DEFENSE (TOP)

Senate Panel Backs Air National Guard

Florida Marine Killed in Afghanistan Due Home in a Month

Missing Soldier’s Remains Returned to Georgia

Army Sergeant Gets 30 Days for Hazing that Led to Suicide

Haley Takes to Facebook as Husband Trains for Afghanistan

ENVIRONMENT/OUTDOORS (TOP)

Federal Judge Strikes Water Rules in West Virginia

Mississippi Farm, Restaurant Join to Promote Farm-to-Table Movement

Missouri Conservation Dept. Bans Crawdad Sales to Thwart Spread of Invasive Species

Louisiana Shrimpers Battle Federal Government over Turtle Rules

Officials Investigate Dead Geese at North Carolina Golf Course

Equine Encephalitis Detected in Alabama Horses

Ponds, Streams Quickly Lose Water in High Arkansas Temperatures

HEALTH (TOP)

No-Cost Contraception Starts Today

Good News, Bad News in Kentucky’s Health Care Future

Missouri Lifts Lawsuit Cap: Plaintiffs Now Can Win Unlimited Settlements

West Tennessee Healthcare Votes to Build Cancer Center

South Carolina Hospital Warns of Rare Brain Disease

SCIENCE/TECH (TOP)

‘Sponger’ Dolphins Like to Keep Each Other Company

Maryland Senator to Take Part in Climate-Change Hearing

North Carolina Cannot Outlaw Global Climate Change

Claims of Flawed Weather Data Don’t Change Global Warming — Scientists

Arkansas High Performance Computing Center Appoints New Director

ECONOMY (TOP)

Nearly 5,000 North Carolina Construction Jobs Lost in June

Tennessee VW Plant Focuses on Quality | Likes Hiring ex-McDonald’s Workers

Former Alabama First Lady to Run Black Belt Bamboo Company

Mississippi Gasification Pursues Plant to Produce Methanol, Gasoline

Glass Half-Full for Virginia’s Craft Beer Industry

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More than 500 Laws Take Effect in Louisiana

Alabama Texting Ban Begins Today

State Supreme Court Denies Mississippi Power Petition

Maryland Summer-Storm Utility Outages Averaged 37.5 Hours

Virginia Announces Final Deal on I-95 Express Lanes

Another Red-Light Camera Program Falls in North Carolina

The Republican Future in Arkansas

Some Alabama Democrats Oppose Gay Marriage Endorsement | NW Alabama Runs Red, Except for President

Tennessee Republican Mass-Emails Obama ‘Staged Assassination’ Rumor

Kentucky Republican Issues Surprise Resignation

ELECTIONS (TOP)

Missouri’s Proposed Amendment 2 Strikes at Separation of Church, State

Arkansas Lawmakers Take a Look at the Petition Process

Virginia’s Petition Law Tossed

Maryland Signatories Subjected to Spotlight

Virginia Senate Race Focuses on Energy

Mississippi Candidate: Mayors Blocking Chik-Fil-A ‘Need to be Introduced to the Second Amendment’

PUBLIC SAFETY (TOP)

Attorney: Kentucky Death Row Inmate Missing Part of Brain

Tennessee Man Sentenced for Avoiding Tobacco Tax

North Carolina Woman Receives 12 Years for Kidnapping Infant

Detectives Search Florida Home of Convicted Killer for Clues in Massachusetts Cold Case

Cold-case Experts Reviews 2009 Florida Death

Maryland’s ‘Joker’ Faces Charges

NAACP: Mississippi Hit-and-Run Possibly a Hate Crime

Maryland Man Throws Cat, Punches Woman over Lack of Internet

Formerly Exonerated Florida Man Accused in Recent Shooting

Romney’s Picture on Girlfriend’s Computer Sends Tennessee Man into Jealous Rage

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Around the South: Voter’s Rights, Religion & Race, Georgia Elections

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Southern Christian Leadership Conference: Florida Deliberately Curtails Vote

Southern Baptists: Mississippi Church Wrong to Reject Black Couple’s Wedding

Kentucky Man Fulfills Brother’s Dying Wish by Giving $500 Tips

High Auto Insurance Costs: Florida, 10th | South Carolina, 12th | Alabama, 20th | North Carolina, 50th

SOCIETY

First Hindu Temple Opens in Arkansas

Tennessee Natives Married as Teens, Divorced as Adults, Will Remarry as Seniors

ACLU Tries to Track License Plate Readers | North Carolina | Virginia

Maryland Food Bank Needs Extra Volunteers to Handle Increased Donations

Alabama OKs Sales of ‘Dirty Bastard’ Beer

Like Most States, Louisiana Witnesses Increased Interest in Firearms

Maryland Vineyard Excels in Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition

Virginia Wines Stand Out in San Francisco Competition

Preserving the American South’s Slow-Cooked, Wood Barbecue

Southern Organic Food Something Different in Miami’s Sunset Harbor

EDUCATION (TOP)

Georgia Builds System to Track Students from Preschool to PhD

Louisiana’s Pretend Voucher Accountability Plan

Number of ‘Unacceptable’ Louisiana Schools Up 33%

Tennessee Education Chief Praises Oak Ridge Test Scores

New Superintendent Meets a Fractured Community

HIGHER ED (TOP)

Economic, Education Study: South is Down

Report Slams For-Profit Universities for Expensive Tuition, High Drop-Out Rate

Tennessee College Plug-In Hybrid Concept Seeks Commercial Backing

University of Kentucky Lends $87 Million to Cover UK Healthcare Cash Shortfalls

Louisiana Tech Mascot Mysteriously Disappears

DEFENSE (TOP)

U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan Reach 1,935 Since 2001

Army Sergeant Acquitted of Negligent Homicide in Hazing Case

Soldier Killed Himself Not Knowing About Planned Transfer

Disabled Maryland Vet Leads Journey Up Mt. McKinley

South Carolina’s First Gent Goes Off to War

ENVIRONMENT/OUTDOORS (TOP)

Protestors Shut Down West Virginia Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine

Feds Propose Limits on Maryland Wind Farm to Save Bats

Minor Earthquake Rattles Virginia

Mississippi River Receives Boost from Northern Reservoirs

Hundreds of Acres Burn in Mark Twain National Forest | Missouri Dept. of Conservation Encourages Watering Trees

Virginia Dept. of Conservation and Recreation Offers $162 Million in Stormwater Grants

Experts: Kentucky Bear Population Continues Rapid Growth

HEALTH (TOP)

HIV Funding Provides Care to 122 Patients on Alabama Waiting List

Florida Announces New Tuberculosis Plan

4 Human, 3 Animal Cases of West Nile Reported in South Carolina

Behind the Cover Story: Improving Mississippi Health the Iran Way

Sensors Won’t Save Babies Left in Hot Cars

SCIENCE/TECH (TOP)

Don’t Miss August’s Blue Moon

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Victim Using 3 New Prosthetics in Georgia Rehab

Virginia Researchers Keep Eye on Red Algae Blooms in Chesapeake Bay

Maryland Senators Concerned About Verizon-Cable Deal

Smartphone Privacy App Creator Adds Arkansas Jobs

ECONOMY (TOP)

Innovation, Jobs in Central Virginia

350 Jobs Coming to Louisiana Site

Over 2,300 Alabama Firms Given Special Electric Rates

Dredging Restarts at Louisiana Port as Drought Stalls Crop Movement

Maryland’s Economy on the Wrong Track

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Virginia Ends FY12 with $129 Million Revenue Surplus

Tea Partiers Put Tennessee Establishment GOP on the Ropes | Democrats Look to Rebuild

Mississippi GOP, Democrat Leaders Want Civility | Louisiana: Dems in Registration Only

Northern Virginia Government Contractors Rally Against Sequestration

Poor Performance Puts Maryland Pension System in Further Debt

New Alabama Law Prohibits Distracted Driving, Readers React

Maryland Panel to Consider License for Baltimore Casino Proposal

Florida Water Pollution Rules Now in Election-Year Limbo

Kentucky Urged to Improve Livestock Care Rules

Alabama Ranks High for Average Local Sales Tax | Mississippi 3rd

ELECTIONS (TOP)

Democrats Gay Marriage Stance Leads Mississippians to Switch Parties

Florida 101: 10 Things to Know About the 2012 Election

Georgia Voters Head to Primaries

Republicans Seek Chance to Oust House Democrat in Georgia

Georgia Voters Deciding Transportation Tax Referendum

Democrats Pick First Hispanic Keynote Speaker for National Convention

High Noon for Louisiana GOP, Paul Supporters Contesting Republican Delegates

PUBLIC SAFETY (TOP)

Privatization of Virginia Sex Offender Program Opposed

FBI Releases Video of Missing Georgia Bank Director

Chief Justice Signals Supreme Court Will Rule on Maryland DNA Ban

AG: Tennessee Public Officials Ineligible for Alternative Sentencing

Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to 6 Bank Robberies

Mother of Strangled Virginia Inmate Sues, Claims Guards Helped Killer

Virginia Beach Man Pleads Guilty to Shining Laser at Jet

Mom Feared Arkansas Slayings Suspect

Missouri Man Reading, Hears Gunshot, Finds Wife and Kids Murdered

NTSB to Discuss Virginia Bus Crash That Killed 4

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Around the South: Mountaintop Removal Protest, Farming, Walmart Bomb Threats

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Walmart Bomb Threats Rattle Missouri

Members Defend Mississippi Church that Blocked Black Couple’s Wedding

Girl’s Lemonade Stand Inspires Louisiana Humane Society

Farming: North Carolina Farmers Expect Best Corn Crop in Years | Labor Shortage Could Loom for North Carolina | Kentucky Farmers Face Paltry Yields, Hay Shortages | Department of Transportation Eases Rules on Missouri Livestock Producers

SOCIETY

Georgia Scraps over Creation of New, Mostly White Cities

North Alabama Group to Properly Dispose of American Flags for Residents

North Carolina Gay, Lesbian Film Festival Features Global Films

Rafters Rescued in Darkness on Georgia River

Autopsy Pending for Drowned North Carolinian Lawyer

Pregnant DC Woman Drowns Off North Carolina Coast

Residents Clear Out for North Carolina Road-Widening Project

Maryland Lottery Reports Record-Breaking Fiscal Year

Wilmington, NC Thrives in Present Amid Echoes of the Past

EDUCATION (TOP)

Is Algebra Necessary?

New Kentucky Panel Focuses on Teacher Effectiveness

Georgia Planning System to Track Students’ Academic Career

Most Mississippi Schools Choose Abstinence-based Sex Education

Scores a Tribute to Principal, Community

HIGHER ED (TOP)

Lessons from the University of Virginia

Volunteers Needed for University of Louisiana-Monroe’s Dementia Study

Virginia Tech Tackles Electric Racing Challenge

North Carolina Athletic Advisers Steered Athletes to No-show Classes

Georgia Southern Abuzz about AD’s Resignation

DEFENSE (TOP)

South Carolina Law Hopes to Ensure Vets Receive Military Funeral

Afghanistan IED Injures Georgia Soldier

New Orleans’ Woman Rises to General in Louisiana National Guard

Georgia Whistleblower Settles Case against Alabama Defense Subcontractor

Tennessee, Ohio Civil Support Teams Begin Disaster Training Exercise

ENVIRONMENT/OUTDOORS (TOP)

Protestors Shut Down Obama-Backed Strip Mine

Virginia Hopes to Halt Spread of Emerald Ash Borer

Got Shale? What Maryland Should Expect Without Permanent Fracking Ban

Irrigation Alters Georgia’s Agricultural Geometry

Virginia Taps Federal Funds for Derecho; Maryland, DC Apply

Mississippi River’s Low Water Levels Impact the Economy

Georgia Man Who Lost Hand Charged with Feeding Gator

HEALTH (TOP)

Florida Whole Foods’ Recall over Listeria Prepared Foods

North Carolina Cantaloupes Recalled Amid Listeria Fears

The Last Clinic in Mississippi

Abortion Clinics Wonder if They Must Pay for New Virginia Requirements

Tennessee Dept. of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Eyes Accreditation

SCIENCE/TECH (TOP)

Virginia Rocket Launch Tests Spacecraft Deceleration Device

West Virginia Science Camp Inspires STEM Career Pursuit

Marine Science Students Explore Gulf Coast Research Lab

Census Charts Louisiana’s Access to High-Speed Internet

Distracted Pedestrians Stumble into Danger

ECONOMY (TOP)

Coal Industry Sheds Jobs, Leaves E. Kentucky Economy in Tatters

Coastal Restoration Fuels Emerging Geosynthetics Industry

NTSB Investigates Boeing Dreamliner Problem

Charter Fishing Makes a Comeback

Tax Hike for Arkansas’ Natural-Gas Producers on Hold

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Missouri’s Proposed Prayer Amendment Receives Mixed Reviews

Tennessee Raises Medicaid Coverage Requirements

For Democrats, Virginia Stands for Abortion

New Alabama Bill Prohibits Welfare Money Use on Liquor, Tattoos

Missouri Proposal to Ban Crawdad-as-Bait Sales Sparks Debate

Law Aims to Crack Down on Alabama Metal Theft

Maryland Special Session to Address Gambling Questions

Florida’s Turnpikes, 8 Service Plazas Receive $162 Million Makeover

Florida Lawmakers Get Rich in Office

Florida GOP ‘a Bunch of Right-Wing Crazies’ — Former Chair

ELECTIONS (TOP)

Big Money Expected for North Carolina Supreme Court Race

Virginia Voters Ask Whom to Blame for Defense Cut Risk

Mississippi Receives Low Marks on Electoral System

Energy Group Involved in Missouri Elections

Many Atlantans Oppose Using Hotel Tax for New Stadium

Mostly Right: Virginia GOP U.S. Senator Voted 4 Times to Raise Salary

PANTS ON FIRE: Memphis Candidate Claims to have ‘Revolutionized Modern Medicine’

PUBLIC SAFETY (TOP)

60% of Prison Doctors Disciplined by Louisiana Medical Board

Missing Arkansas Girl Found in Tennessee

Family Speaks Out on Murder, Kidnapping

Arkansas Slaying Suspect Claimed Mental Illness in 2007

Maryland ‘Joker’ Worked at Facility Linked to U.S. House Mail

Maryland Police Thwart Possible Aurora Copycat

Louisiana State Police Target Dirty Tags

Georgia Man Accused of Forcing 7-Year-Old Boy to Smoke Marijuana

Search Fails to Find Missing North Carolina Man

Florida Man Opens Fire on Family, Wounds 3