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Mississippi Sinking?

April 28, 2005 - U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has slipped a provision into a military spending bill that would grant his state authority to sell or lease mineral rights in the Gulf Islands National Seashore, an offshore national park.

The Telecom Industry Strikes Back

April 26, 2005 - Last month, Facing South commented on the rise of "wired communities" across the country, as communities set up free or reduced rate city-wide broadband services, including Wi-Fi. We also warned that the telecommunications industry wasn't exactly pleased about the trend.

Change of Heart

April 26, 2005 - Facing South told you last week about South Carolina State Rep. John Graham Altman's bizarre outburst at a reporter when she asked him why his committee had passed a bill making cockfighting a felony while tabling a bill that would do the same for domestic violence.

Protecting Marriage the Old-Fashioned Way

April 26, 2005 - The Texas House today passed a constitutional amendment banning both same-sex marriages and civil unions. The bill was approved by a 101 to 29 vote, barely exceeding the 100 votes necessary to amend the state constitution. The bill next goes to the state senate. If it garners a two-thirds vote there, the amendment will need to be approved by Texas voters.

Mother Tongue

April 19, 2005 - A Mexican woman in Lebanon, Tenn., could lose custody of her 11-year-old daughter permanently because she (the mother) doesn't speak English.

Chipping Away

April 19, 2005 - The Florida state legislature is trying to limit access to abortion under the guise of making it safer. According to the St.