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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

8-Year-Old Pulled Out Alive From Quake Rubble

(AP) – An 8-year-old girl has been pulled alive from the rubble in Pescara del Tronto, one of the three towns most severely demolished by the earthquake in central Italy.  After nightfall Wednesday, two women ran up the street yelling “She’s alive!”  Chief firefighter Danilo Dionesei confirmed the girl was pulled out alive and was […]