February 25, 2013 The Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case challenging a Voting Rights Act provision that requires some states to receive federal approval for elections rule changes. Shelby County says the system is outdated, but some black officials argue it's still necessary to ensure diverse voices in government.
February 12, 2013 Chasing chickens, catching MoonPies or towing your fishing boat as a parade float — those are just a few of the lesser-known traditions of Mardi Gras you'll find in towns across the Southeast.
January 11, 2013 The Food and Drug Administration must review all new tobacco brands, and changes to existing ones, under a 2009 law giving the agency jurisdiction over tobacco. But the FDA has yet to approve any products under the new system, leaving some cigarette makers frustrated with the pace.
December 17, 2012 In recent years, states have passed a patchwork of immigration laws, at times running afoul of the U.S. Constitution. Advocates for the tough measures say state and local governments should still have a role, even as the debate shifts to the federal level.
November 15, 2012 Some who live along the Gulf Coast say the $4.5 billion in criminal and civil penalties aren't enough. Local authorities will continue to press their cases.