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Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

SPORTCHECK: Not properly enforced!
New Straits TimesFebruary 1, 2012

"Not just athletes, but officials who are investigated and found guilty of supplying or administering the drugs can also face bans from their sports," Dr Jegathesan clarified. "To legislate a law, it would mean we are taking it a step further.more »

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Affirmative Action
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Supreme Court At Mid-Term: Hints Of Health Reform Decision
Huffington PostFebruary 3, 2012

In his six years on the bench, Roberts has led the Court, often with 5-4 decisions, in a more conservative direction on business, civil rights, and constitutional law." Roberts is not oblivious to the fact that such decisions impact how the public ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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California DISCLOSE Act, Bill Putting More Sunlight Into Campaign Finance ...
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

In the weeks preceding the vote, the California Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to every Assembly member framing the legislation as an affront to the First Amendment because, "[it] would inhibit protected free speech in the political process by ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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City's nondiscrimination law may widen to include gender and sexual orientation
Springfield News-LeaderFebruary 6, 2012

Currently, under the city's ordinance, discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability and sex is forbidden when it comes to housing, employment or public accommodations. In housing, discrimination based on ...more »

Native Americans
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A View From The Mesa: Unifying community costs everything, nothing
Daily PilotFebruary 10, 2012

By Crissy Brooks About 30 leaders from different states, races and Christian denominations spent one day touring different sites of significance from the Civil Rights movement with a family that was heavily involved with integration in the 1960s and ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Why Is Vanderbilt Turning Hostile to Religion on Its Campus?
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

In the fall of 2010, Vanderbilt University began investigating the constitutions of every religious organization on its Nashville, Tenn., campus after a discrimination complaint was filed against a Christian fraternity. During the investigation ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Virginia growers continue push for eminent domain reform
Southeast Farm PressFebruary 2, 2012

Farmers said their visits to members of the General Assembly during Virginia Farm Bureau Federation's annual Legislative Day were a critical step in securing a constitutional amendment to protect private property from eminent domain abuse.more »

Sexual Harassment
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City Waits to be Served Papers
WJTVFebruary 4, 2012

The former Chief of Staff, Kenya Burks, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the ctiy. In her complaint, she admits she had a sexual relationship with Mayor Paul Winfield. But when she called off the relationship, she says Winfield became ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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ACLU sues to force release of drone attack records
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, charged the Justice and Defense departments and the CIA with illegally failing to respond to requests made in October under the Freedom of Information Act. It cited ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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CR's Friendly Market raided, owner and employee arrested
CBS 21February 1, 2012

Officers executing the search warrants seized computers, electronic storage media, business records, video recording devices, illegal drugs, monies and funds received or dispersed relating to the unlawful conduct and all equipment used in connection ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Gov. Bill Haslam to address Tennessee's freedom from No Child Left Behind at ...
The TennesseanFebruary 9, 2012

Bill Haslam will address Tennessee's freedom from No Child Left Behind at a luncheon in Nashville today, according to his office. The Tennessee Press Association luncheon will be held at the downtown Doubletree Hotel. Ten states, including Tennessee, ...more »

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