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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

First Drip (7/8/14): The South reeling from Supreme Court's election-law changes, more

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Medical examiners have confirmed that the remains of a woman found last week in southwest Charlotte are those of missing school teacher Bianca Tanner. Police charged Tanner's boyfriend, Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., with murder last week. In his first court appearance Smith was ordered to be held without bond.

Communities, particularly those in the South, are feelings the effects of a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that changed how election laws are approved - in that they no longer need a nod from the federal government. "Voting rights advocates fear that these local changes — combined with a number of new state laws restricting ballot access and requiring voters to show picture IDs — amount to a concerted effort to reduce voting by minority groups. Conservatives say that the laws ensure against voter fraud, and in some cases are more cost-efficient."

The Obama administration says a child sex-trafficking law former President Bush approved near the end of his second term is holding it back from quickly deporting the unaccompanied minors who have descended upon the U.S. from Central America in the thousands over the last few months. The law gives minors protections that include access to an immigration hearing and possibly a counselor. The law also says the child should be "turned over to the care of the Department of Health and Human Services, and the agency was directed to place the minor 'in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child' and to explore reuniting those children with family members."

Apparently calories aren't the cause of America's obesity epidemic - it's a lack of exercise. A Stanford University study found that over the last 20 years, caloric intake in America has remained the same. What's changed, however, is that we're exercising less.

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