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Around the South: Medicaid, Culture Wars, Second Amendment

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Florida Weapon Permits Near Record

Medicaid: Arkansas Board of Health Endorses Expansion | GOP Legislators Want to Delay Arkansas Decision | Florida Pharmacists Sue for Access | Fewer Cheaters Caught Than Expected in North Carolina | 2 Million North Carolina Adults to Benefit

SOCIETY

Power Restoration Begins in Georgia

Gay Eagle Scout Told to Pack, Leave

Florida Lt. Governor Apologizes About Lesbian Remark

ABC Praised Dixie Chicks’ Free Speech, Slams Chick-Fil-A for ‘Firestorm’

Can a Chick-Fil-A Meal Make a Political Statement?

South Carolina Court Agrees Native American Child Should Return

Ruling Could Change Maryland’s Concealed-Carry Law

Killing America’s Telecom Utilities

Abandoned in Tennessee Bar, Illinois Teen Heads Home

Pastor: Why We Severed Ties with the Southern Baptist Convention

EDUCATION (TOP)

Alabama Education Association Vows Legal Fight over Birmingham Layoffs

Vouching for Failure in Louisiana Schools

Florida School Lunches to Feature Fruit, Vegetables

School Districts Show Significant Improvement on 2012 Tennessee Assessments

Georgians Return to School, New Common Core Standards

HIGHER ED (TOP)

Southern University Officer Resigns Following Assault Arrest

Professors: Rethink Closing the Missouri Press

Governor’s Higher Education Panel Discusses Florida Reforms

Higher Education Invests in Tennesseeans

DREAM Act Invests in Maryland’s Future

DEFENSE (TOP)

Riders Meet Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers

Fort Benning Soldiers Excited to Defend Olympic Medals

South Carolina Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

101st Airborne Soldiers to Test Female-Specific Body Armor

Army Reserve Builds Bridges by Moonlight

ENVIRONMENT/OUTDOORS (TOP)

Wildfire Forces Evacuation of Ola, Arkansas

Drop Diminishes ‘Mighty Mississippi,’ Puts Heat on Congress

Drought Plagues Tennessee Farmers

Drought Expands, Missouri Announces More Help for Farmers

Tennessee Aquarium Cares for Nursery Full of Tiny Turtles

Police Catch Large Crocodile Roaming Florida Neighborhood

Florida Archers Ready for Season’s Opening

HEALTH (TOP)

AIDS Epidemic Rages in Deep South

AIDS Research Renews Hope for ‘Functional Cure’

8 More Die from Maryland Heatwave

2 Kentucky Mothers Give Faces to Campaign Against Pill Abuse

Missouri Receives $13 Million Health Care Grant

SCIENCE/TECH (TOP)

Vouchers for Creationism in Louisiana?

Gulf Coast Research Day Features Cancer Causes, Trends, Success Stories

NOAA Ship Leaves Pascagoula on 300th Research Cruise

Tennessee Teachers Attend Summer Science Camp

Accelerate Arkansas Pushes Knowledge-Based Economy

ECONOMY (TOP)

Bypassing College Dreams: A Different Road to Work

Northshore Officials Look to Keep Southeast Louisiana Hospital Open

Regulators Question State Farm’s 57% Rate Hike for Florida Landlords

Watchdog Group: Reconsider Approval of Duke-Progress Merger

Southern Community Fires Top Executives Prior to Bank Merger

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

Report: ALEC Funds Florida Lawmakers

Louisiana Legislators Solicit Corporate Cash to Attend ALEC Utah Meeting

Arkansas House Passes Anti-Regulation Bill

Alabama Asks Court to Back Redistricting Plan

Nixon Adds $5 Million to Help Missouri Farmers with Wells

Louisiana Senators Oppose New Chemical Plant Security Regulations

Forestry Commission Requests More Money, Firefighters for Arkansas Agency

Birmingham Pastors’ Petitions Object to Alabama Public Television’s History Series

Crossing the Line Between Concern, Bigotry

ELECTIONS (TOP)

ALEC Under Fire

Secretary of State Knocks Mississippi Voter ID Critique

Louisiana Election Officials Dispute National Report

Probe of Bogus Ballot-Question Signatures Interests Arkansas Secretary of State

Early Voting in Tennessee Marks New Record

Missouri Candidate Reveals More Billboard Aid

Georgia Voters to Decide on Jobs, Future

PUBLIC SAFETY (TOP)

Eastern Kentucky Man Challenges Hate Crime Law

Arkansan Convicted in Police Officer’s Murder

Mississippi High Court Tosses Family’s Suit against Jackson

Arkansas Jury Frees West Memphis Investigator in Witness Tampering Case

Grand Jury Indicts 8 in Alleged Eastern Arkansas Heroin Ring

Doctor Impersonator Charged in Florida Buttocks-Injection Death

Convenience Store Clerk Charged with Taking Virginian’s Lottery Winnings

Cost-Saving Measures Make Minimal Impact in Kentucky Prisons

3 Arkansas Teens Accused of Murdering Alaskan Teen Face Adult Charges

Death Penalty Possible in Louisiana Case

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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

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

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Around the South: Abortion Clinic, Culture Wars, Clemency Request

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Judge Allows Only Mississippi Abortion Clinic to Stay Open

3 Men Receive 5 Years for Videotaped Beating of Gay Man in Atlanta

Zimmerman Claims Judge Biased, Wants Him Replaced

Georgia Death Row Inmate Seeks Reprieve Due to Mental Disability

SOCIETY

Tennessee Man Charged $85,000 for Tank of Gas

Missouri Man Still Working at 90

Oxford American Locks Out Employees at Campus Office

Woman Appeals to Reopen Alabama Abortion Clinic

Louisiana Child Abuse Hotline Logged More Than 114,000 Calls in First Year

LGBT Studies Program Stirs Controversy at University of Louisiana

Historic, Deteriorating Mississippi Bridge Blocked for Crossing

Southern Made: For the Bath

EDUCATION/SCIENCE (TOP)

Education Group: Let Feds Take Back Georgia’s ‘Race to the Top’ Millions

Tennessee Senate to Hold Hearings on Grade Changes Made at Tennessee State University

Louisiana Voucher Scheme Fails to Attract Many Students

Mississippi State Hires Beekeeping Expert

Tennessee Law Boosts Science Standards

Most Louisiana Schools Need Technology Upgrade

Navy Doctor Fined for Letting His Children Handle Brain

ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH (TOP)

Trade Dries Up Along with Mississippi River

Feds, Judge Give Everglades a Boost

Drought Stress on Tennessee Trees Deeper Than is Evident

Texas, Southern States Soaked by Storms

Federal Disaster Aid Likely Available to Parts of Central Virginia

Million Member Coalition Forms Behind Renewable Energy Agenda

Official: Georgia Holds Off on Medicaid Changes

Louisiana Cuts Medicaid Program to the Bone

Florida Health Officials Deny Cover-up in Tuberculosis Outbreak

6 More Cases of West Nile Virus Detected in Louisiana

Mississippi Insurance Chief to Build Health Exchange Despite Critics

Florida Hospital Starts Lung Transplant Program

PUBLIC SAFETY/DEFENSE (TOP)

Plot to Kill Obama Results in 15 Years in Federal Prison

Ex-Death Row Inmate Avoids Arkansas’ Death Penalty

South Carolina Sniper Plot: Men Arrested for Shooting at Random Citizens

West Virginia Woman Denies Abuse Charges Against Husband

Arkansas Inmates Treated for Drinking Bleach

Florida Supreme Court Upholds State’s Drug Laws

Judge in Alabama Halts Private Probation

Judge Overturns Louisiana Town’s Fortunetelling Ban

Prosecutor: Florida Teen Attacker Not Insane

Ex-Adoptive Tennessee Mother Must Pay Child Support

Georgia Man Faces Child Sex Abuse Charges in Alabama

Suspect in Arkansas Death Killed at Same Home

Missouri Correctional Officer Charged in Murder-for-Hire Scheme

Man Sucks Woman’s Toe at Georgia Walmart

Church Bus Crashes in Georgia with Minor Injuries

Flying Truck Parts Kill Boy on Atlanta Highway

North Carolina Authorities Suspend Search for Ohio Woman

BUSINESS (TOP)

Regulators Close Small Missouri Bank

Southeast Arkansas Gets 4-lane U.S. 65 after 24 Years

Georgia Power Warns of Bill Payment Scam

Louisiana Day Cares Violating Wage Laws

Tennessee Economy Among Most Improved in Annual CNBC Survey

Florida’s Business-Friendly Cred Marred by Tax Giveaways

Starbucks Breaks Ground for Georgia Plant

North Carolina Seeks Additional Data in Duke Energy Probe

Sweet Louisiana Oil Premium Widens to Largest Margin Since April

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

Arkansas’ Medical Marijuana Issue Needs Additional Signatures to Make Ballot

Drought Threatens to Darken Obama’s Reelection Prospects

Florida Voters Support Obama’s Immigration Policy

Presidential Politics Dominate Governors’ Conference

Medicaid Expansion Divides Governors Meeting

Mississippi Senators Sponsor Stolen Valor Act

Georgia Lawmakers Consider Lowering Alcohol Limit for Boaters

Virginia Governor: IRS Will Wield More Power Over Citizens

Georgia Lobbyist Influence Fought by Tea Party-Progressive Alliance

NRA Spends to Affect Tennessee House election

NRA Finds Some GOP Lawmakers Resistant to Gun Laws

Missouri Governor Signs Changes to Election Laws

Tennessee Ranks Among Highest States for Felon Disenfranchisement

Estimated 350,000 Virginia Felons Cannot Vote

Yellow Light Times Getting Standardized Across Missouri

Florida Voters May Get Say on Big, New Casinos

COMMENTARY (TOP)

Florida Takes Prudent Path After Health Care Ruling

Florida Should Not Opt Out

Carolina on My Mind — Even Way Up in Nantucket

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Around the South: Abortion Clinic, Capital Punishment, Culture Wars

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TOP STORIES

More Abortion Restrictions Anticipated in Mississippi

Abortion Outposts in Arkansas, Dakotas Wary of Mississippi Fight

Georgia Death Row Inmate Seeks Reprieve Due to Mental Disability

Missouri Prosecutors Stay Quiet on Death Penalty Study

SOCIETY

E. Tennessee Hindi Community Supports Crash-Victim’s Family

Louisiana Child Abuse Hotline Praised

Lack of Government Subsidies Closing Some Mississippi Child-Care Centers

Lesbian Couple Ordered to Leave Kentucky Park after Kissing

Lesbian Demands Commitment Ceremony at Mississippi Museum

Animal Shelter Overwhelmed by Puppy Mill Adoptions

Arkansas Town Decides Not to Ban Pit Bulls

Alley Cat Allies Denounce Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

Ameren Missouri Launches Campaign to Honor Everyday Heroes

Young Couple Buys Missouri Castle for $395K

Virginian, New Yorker Marry at World’s Most Expensive Pet Wedding

Blues Crawl in Southern Pines Set for 2-Day Celebration

Historic Arkansas Museum’s Barbie Doll Exhibit Begins

Georgia Mountain Festivals Offer Access to Countrified Culture

EDUCATION/SCIENCE (TOP)

Are Virginia Schools Too Easy on Students?

Southeast Home School Expo Provides Activities for Children, Speakers for Parents

Louisiana Technology Footprint Provides Glimpse of Schools’ Digital Readiness

Tennessee Valley Schools Receive Free Weather Alerts

ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH (TOP)

Voracious Ash-Boring Beetle Invades Virginia Forests

2 Florida Teens Attacked by Alligators in Less Than a Week

Oklahoma, Arkansas Fear Repeat of 2011 Drought

No Federal Aid for Georgians Hit by St. Mary’s River Flood

Endangered Birds Nest Along Arkansas River

Florida Woman Stuck in Watery Ditch for Three Days

Obamacare’s Southern Exposure: Reform is a Hard Sell in Kentucky

Lines Drawn in Florida over Opting Out of Medicaid Plan

‘Devastating’ Louisiana Medicaid Cuts Anticipated

Louisiana Group Petitions Jindal to Sign Obamacare

Mississippi Trial Over Obamacare Set for October

Missouri Governor Vetoes Measure on Birth Control

UAMS Opens Dental Education Center in Little Rock

PUBLIC SAFETY/DEFENSE (TOP)

Bank Executives Indicted in Virginia Bank Failure

Florida’s Drug Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Arkansas’ Expungement Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Florida Police Use Taser to Subdue Jaywalker

Accused of Stealing iPhone from Wreck, Louisiana Police Officer Resigns

2 South Carolina Men Arrested for Random Shootings, Held Without Bond

Georgia Girl, 15, Tells of Abuse, Being Locked in Chicken Coop

West Virginia Man Arraigned for Allegedly Torturing Wife for Several Years

Florida Teen Who Allegedly Killed Parents Before Hosting Party Vows ‘I’ll Get Out’ of Jail

Police Arrest Suspect in Rape of North Carolina Woman in Her Bronx Hotel Room

No Charges for Mother Abandoning Severely Disabled Daughter at Bar

Expert: Florida Teen Attacker Mentally Ill, Not Responsible

Georgia Woman Gets 3 Years for Botched Buttocks Injections

South Carolina Sheriff Denied Workers Comp after Shooting

Missouri Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Air Force Gets Earful over Guard Cuts

BUSINESS (TOP)

Ailing Florida Hotel Reopens as ‘Clothing Optional’ Resort

Georgia No Longer No. 1 in Foreclosures

LCD Flat-Screen Makers to Pay $571 Million for Price-Fixing

Shell OKs Halved Louisiana-to-Texas Crude Oil Pipeline

Georgia’s New Nuclear Power Plant Loan Unlikely to Close until Late 2012

Delays, Cost Increases at Nations New Nuclear Facilities

Georgia Starbucks Factory Jolts U.S. Manufacturing

Virginia Drops to Third Among Best States for Business

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

Drone Fears Unite Virginia ACLU, Conservative Delegate

Florida Leads Nation with 10 Percent of Adults Not Allowed to Vote

Tennessee Voter ID Law Could Disenfranchise Thousands

350K Virginia Felons Without Voting Rights

House Version of Agriculture Bill Favors Arkansas Rice Farmers

Ramsey: Tennessee Gun Group Pushing Its Luck

Waltons Back Wet-Dry Issue on Northwest Arkansas Ballot

Missouri Governor Vetoes Liquor Bill

Olympic Uniform Issue Unites Arkansas Congressmen

New Tennessee Laws Target Synthetic Drugs

Louisiana Bicentennial Officials Confront Scheduling Challenges

Arkansas Lottery Raised Record $97 Million for State Scholarships in FY ’12

Arkansas Executives, Lawmakers on Romney Finance Team

Florida’s Lt. Gov. Caught in Alleged Lesbian Sex Scandal

COMMENTARY (TOP)

Assault and Abuse Survivors Just Distractions in South Carolina

Animal Cruelty: Louisiana Truckstop Proud of Its Caged Tiger

The Importance of Virginia

Missouri Governor Should Use, Not Hoard, Political Capital

Culinary Carolina: ‘Meat and Three’ and So Much More

Tennessee Well Positioned in Global Economy

‘Beasts of a Southern Wild’ like a beautiful, quirky dream