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Judd Mann stands in front of Little Rock’s Chick-Fil-A on Markham Street Wednesday. He did not return Friday for National Same-Sex Kiss Day after getting his fill on hump day. (photo by Mickey Osborn)

MONTICELLO — If you didn’t pay attention to the last week’s chicken controversy, you obviously did not have time on your hands. Congratulations from everyone else tarred-and-feathered from the culture wars this last week.

Yet not everybody appreciates the further awakening of a food consciousness nearly as much as this woman:

“Food choices are intrinsically inseparable from politics; from values; from ethics. What we eat always reflects what we value, both as individuals and as members of a specific human society. Complex webs of cultural and political factors shape what foods we have the ability – and the desire – to choose.

… “But even beyond the obvious human rights issues underlying the Chick-fil-A conflict, there’s something else remarkable going on here that has zero to do with chicken, religion, or sex.”

I won’t completely ruin it for you, but I’d suggest stopping by Eat-Drink-Better to read the rest of this post from Tanya Sitton. If you recognize the name, that would be my wife. And the guy in the picture? That’s our good friend, Judd Mann, Chick-fil-A protestor and human rights advocate.

I leave you with a thought previously posted to my facebook account:

I would like everyone to treat everyone else fairly. I realize this wish is naive; so I will quit being angry at its futility.

I just expected more.

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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

HIGHER ED (TOP)

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

HIGHER ED (TOP)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Around the South: Rx Pricing, Keystone Pipeline, West Nile Virus

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Keystone XL Pipeline Cleared to the Gulf Coast

Florida GOP Endorsed Voter Suppression?

Rx Pricing Dispute: Florida Receives $11.4 Million | Arkansas, $1 Million: $4.3 Million Total | Tennessee, $2 Million

West Nile Virus: 17 States Confirm | South Carolina’s First Case | 19 New Louisiana Infections | Mississippi’s First Death | Found in Georgia Mosquitoes | West Virginia Mosquitoes Too | Virginia Ag Officials Urge Horse Vaccines

SOCIETY

Senior Hunger a Sad Fact in Southern States

Mississippi Church Won’t Allow Wedding

Episcopal Church Ordains Virginia’s First Female Bishop

Remembering the 29: West Virginia Dedicates Miners’ Memorial

Culture War Flares over Chicken Sandwich

Mrs. Zimmerman Pleads Not Guilty to Perjury

HIV Activists Call for More Help for Women

Air Force Chaplain Leaves Southern Baptists over Homosexuality Views

South Carolina Immigration Rights’ Groups Condemn ICE Fingerprint Program

Federal Antitrust Action Filed Against Blue Cross/Blue Shield

EDUCATION (TOP)

Maryland’s Unconstitutional School Discipline Quotas

Why Mississippi Students Start Behind and Stay Behind

Mississippi Governor Calls for Teacher Merit Pay

Tennessee Board Orders Nashville School District to Allow Charter

9 Louisiana Schools Double Enrollment Via Vouchers | Teachers Union Threatens Lawsuit

HIGHER ED (TOP)

Two Southern Universities Among List of World’s Top 25

North Carolina Faculty Seek Review of Academics, Athletics

Obama’s Education Initiative Will Help Save HBCUs

Arkansas Board Recommends Funding Increase

An Education Without Walls or Diplomas

DEFENSE (TOP)

Army Eyes Mental, Physical Health of Force

Court-Martial Witness: Soldier Shared Suicidal Thoughts Before Act

Bike Accident Kills Soldier on North Carolina Naval Base

Communities Mourn Loss of Soldiers

Named for 9/11 Site, USS Somerset Christened in Louisiana

ENVIRONMENT/OUTDOORS (TOP)

Virginia Imposes Statewide Ban on Emerald Ash Borer

FEMA Approves Virginia Request for Derecho Aid

ADEQ Will Investigate Complaint against Central Arkansas Water

Missouri Well Drillers Investigated for Alleged Price Gouging

Drought Pummels West Tennessee Farmers

Luxury Living Outdoors, the ‘Glamping’ Way

Program a Treat for Missouri Outdoors’ Enthusiasts

HEALTH (TOP)

Mississippi Firm Recalls Sausage Products for Listeria Contamination Threat

Funding Cuts Hit Huey P. Long Hospital | Dems Claim GOP Threatens Louisiana’s Health

What Mississippi Can Learn from Iran

Lyme Disease Often Undiagnosed in Kentucky

Tennessee Licenses 255 Pain Clinics in Wake of Pill Mill Crackdown

SCIENCE/TECH (TOP)

Big Drought Means Smaller ‘Dead Zone’ in Gulf

Study Group Warns Against Virginia Uranium Mining

NASA’s SLS Rocket Passes Major Review Hurdle

Space Coast Seeks to Reinvent Itself

Kentucky Cable Customers to Lose NFL Network

ECONOMY (TOP)

Five Missouri Walmarts Evacuated after Bomb Threats

Georgia Bank Failure Brings National Total to 39

Applications Open for Expected 1,600 Jobs at South Carolina Tire Plant

Corn Producers Expect Bumper South Carolina Crop

2 Quit Duke Energy Board, Call for New CEO

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

Feds Back Justice’s Bid for Louisiana’s Next Supreme Court Chief

Virginia Next Southern State to Add One-Drug Lethal Injection Protocol

4,000+ Florida Officials’ Failure to File Disclosures Increases State Scrutiny

Court Rejects Kentucky Lawyer’s Reprimand on Free Speech Grounds

Haley’s Daughter Takes State Job; Questions of Nepotism

Florida Ethics Commission Dismisses Case Against Rubio

IRS Investigates Florida State Senator

Alabama AG Attempts to Strengthen Illegal Gambling Machine Penalties Again

NTSB Told Kentucky about Faulty Bridge Lights a Month Prior to Accident, Collapse

Health Officials Amend Alabama’s Controlled List with Drug Linked to Death of King of Pop

ELECTIONS (TOP)

Ron Paul to Challenge All Louisiana Delegates

Alabama Seeks Voting Rights Act Clearance of Redistricting Plan

West Tennessee Voters Given Incorrect Early Ballot

Secretary of State Defends Mississippi Voter ID Law

Planning Key to Democratic National Convention’s Success — North Carolina Police Chief

Democrats Criticize Virginia’s Special Elections Date

FALSE: Tennessee Representative Voted to Fund Obamacare

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Inmates Refuse Meals for Second Week at North Carolina Prison

$75 Million Lawsuit Claims Mississippi Casino Allowed Man to Drink Himself to Death

Florida Masseuse Sentenced to 22 Years for Dismembering Former Officer, Veteran

Missouri Man Gets 5 Years for $6.7 Million Bank Fraud

Maryland AG Seeks Stay Pending Appeal of Gun-Permit Ruling

Maryland Police Arrest ‘Gentle Giant’ for ‘Joker’ Reference, Find Gun Stash

Police Arrest Kentucky Mother Accused of Trading Baby for Truck

Feds Arrest Fugitive Florida Night Club Owner for Alcohol Scam

Man Shoots Florida Waitress with Flare for Refusing to Comp Beer

5 Southeast Georgia Residents Arrested for Drug Operation