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Future Of Privately-Run Willacy County Prison Up In The Air

Willacy County officials are considering their options in the wake of the Obama administration’s decision to phase out the federal government’s use of for-profit companies to operate its prisons. Willacy County is home to one of five privately-contracted prisons in Texas, although it is currently closed. The Willacy County Correctional Center, the so-called tent-city prison, […]

NATIONAL

UPDATE: Number Of FEMA Aid-Seekers Edges Up After Floods

(AP) – The number of people registering for federal disaster aid after Louisiana’s heavy flooding continues to rise.  The state said Wednesday that the number of registrants with the Federal Emergency Management Agency has reached 119,000. More than $132 million has been approved by the federal agency in grants for temporary rental assistance, home repairs […]

WORLD

2 Days After Cash Delivery, US Paid $1.3 Billion To Iran

(AP) – The U.S. says it paid $1.3 billion to Iran in January from a little-known fund for resolving international disputes, two days after allowing a planeload of cash to fly to Tehran.  State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau says the U.S. can’t say more about the Jan. 19 payments because of diplomatic sensitivities. They involved […]