June 29, 2012 Mississippi's only clinic that performs abortions is facing possible closure. A new state law requires doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals by July 1. But doctors at the Jackson Women's Health Organization have not yet been accepted. The clinic is now suing to stop the law, arguing it amounts to an unconstitutional ban on abortions.
June 17, 2012 Up-and-coming Garden & Gun showcases fine Southern living in a way backers say had been lacking. The magazine also holds events so readers can live out the "G&G experience," which critics say is more elitist than representative of the South as a whole.
June 14, 2012 The city is rallying around its famous newspaper, the Times-Picayune, as it goes through layoffs and publication cutbacks. The public outcry is escalating, with the upper echelon of the city's political, business and cultural leaders pleading with the paper's owners to reconsider.
June 11, 2012 Food truck culture is developing its own lingo, with words like "ventrification" and "nonstaurant." And, just like the lingo started by restaurant workers and truckers, these words may be coming to a slang dictionary near you soon.
May 8, 2012 Many in this bastion of conservative voters still see GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney as "not my first choice." Still, the prospect of another term for President Obama is likely to motivate conservatives to fall in line behind Romney, observers say.
April 20, 2012 It's been two years since the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 rig workers and unleashing the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The oil has long stopped flowing and BP has spent billions of dollars cleaning up beaches and waterways — but the disaster isn't necessarily over.
April 10, 2012 A federal appeals court considers Tuesday how far the government can go in forcing a business — in this case cigarette makers — to warn consumers about its product. The FDA wants large, graphic warning labels on cigarettes to scare smokers, but tobacco companies say that violates their right to free speech.
March 11, 2012 Mitt Romney picked up some support in Saturday's contests, but there may be trouble lurking for him in the near future as the GOP race moves to the Deep South. Tuesday's primaries are in Alabama and Mississippi, and the reddest of states are proving to be a tough sell for the former Massachusetts governor.
March 3, 2012 After a deal was announced late Friday, a federal judge in New Orleans postponed a trial set for next week. The proposed settlement covers only private plaintiffs; BP still faces lawsuits from other companies involved in the disaster, and from the federal and state governments.