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Are conservative think tanks breaking lobbying laws?

Sue Sturgis
The State Policy Network -- a national alliance of right-wing think tanks funded by businessmen including the Kochs of Koch Industries, the Waltons of Wal-Mart, and Art Pope of Variety Stores -- is driving a corporate agenda in state legislatures. So why they aren't reporting their lobbying activities?

A 'crimmigration' conference, Walmart on the dole in Mississippi, and Kellogg locks out Memphis workers

Joe Atkins
A look at what's happening in labor around the South, from a conference on the tragic consequences of U.S. drug policy, to corporate welfare in Mississippi, to a union's struggle with a cereal giant in Tennessee.

Fresh scrutiny of Stand Your Ground laws after acquittal in Trayvon Martin killing

Sue Sturgis
Civil rights and gun safety leaders are calling for the repeal of what some decry as racially biased "shoot-first" laws, which are especially popular in the South. Some are putting renewed pressure on the corporate members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the business advocacy group that promoted such laws in the states.