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The Associated Press recommends the following stories of Southern interest for use over the weekend of Feb. 16-18.

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ALABAMA

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FUNERAL PROCESSIONS-COURTESY

FLORENCE, Ala. — Jim Mullins said when he was a child, he knew when a funeral procession was passing by because of the flags attached to the cars. "They don't do that anymore," Mullins said. "There's no way to identify a funeral procession." AAA recently released a report detailing a growing disregard for funeral processions, especially in metropolitan areas. The report revealed at least two people were killed and 23 injured nationwide in funeral procession crashes in 2011. By Russ Corey. TimesDaily.

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DUAL ENROLLMENT

GADSDEN, Ala. — Not many 20-year-olds have a college alumni license plate holder. Jenna Mullins does. Jenna, a 2010 graduate of Hokes Bluff High School and Gadsden State Community College, graduated in December from Auburn University. She graduated from high school and the two-year college the same year, thanks to the dual enrollment program. By Lisa Rogers. The Gadsden Times.

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FOOD TRUCKS-AUBURN

AUBURN, Ala. — While some people may be wary of eating food cooked and served out of a truck, the students at Auburn University definitely aren't. In the last year, Auburn has acquired seven food trucks, all of which have become some of the most popular dining locations on campus. The mobile mania is now known as the Tiger Traxx campaign. "It started out just as an idea and there was a demand among the students for several new variety options on campus. We found one of the best ways was food trucks," said Gina Wells, marketing specialist for Tiger Dining at Auburn University. "They are very flexible, we can move them around and they offer more variety for students." By Kristen Oliver. Opelika-Auburn News.

MIRACLE LEAGUE

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Miracle League of Tuscaloosa, which uses a specially designed field, is a prime example of how sports can be tailored to the needs of disabled athletes. Joanna McKinley, treasurer of the organization, said the baseball field, which is at Sokol Park North, is about the size of a Little League facility. It's covered with a soft, synthetic surface that is wheelchair-accessible. "All of our players have some kind of challenge," McKinley said. "We have people playing from 2 years old to about 37. There are no limits to ability or age. We make accommodations so that anybody can play." By Andrew Carroll. The Tuscaloosa News.

FLORIDA

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LINCOLN IMPERSONATOR

PALM CITY, Fla. — Most days of the year, the Rev. Richard W. Anderson goes by "Pastor Anderson" of Palm City Presbyterian Church. Occasionally, he goes by "President Lincoln." As in Abraham Lincoln. By Zaimarie De Guzman, Fort Pierce Tribune.

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SPACE DEGREE

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is going where no school has gone before, focusing a new bachelor's program on producing a skilled workforce for the final frontier: space. School officials announced the first-of-its kind program for a Commercial Space Operations bachelor degree Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C., at the Federal Aviation Administration's 16th annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference. By Deborah Circelli, The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

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FLORIDA SOUTHERN CATS

LAKELAND, Fla. — Treasured for its storied collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, esplanades and soaring fountain, Florida Southern College is making room for six more structures inspired by the famed architect. By Eric Pera, The Lakeland Ledger.

GEORGIA

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BASSMASTERS

CARROLLTON, Ga. — Carl Quertermus never envisioned a neighborly chat about lakes and lures would eventually lead to one of the longest-running outdoor sporting outfits in the state. By Corey Cusick, The Times-Georgian.

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CHEERLEADING WITH AUTISM

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Friends of Adejah Nesbitt, 15, describe her as a loud, outgoing teenager who wants to dance and have fun. So when the sophomore decided she wanted to be a part of the T.W. Josey Comprehensive High School cheerleading team, nothing was going to hold her back - especially not her autism. By Tracey McManus, The Augusta Chronicle.

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DERBY DEMONS

MACON, Ga. — At first glance, the pack of roller-skating women huddled together on the rink appears calm. The women have names on the backs of their tank tops like Smash Monki, Ctrl-Alt-Defeat, Nellie Shovett, Deja Bruise, Paul Maul and Amber Waves of Slain. Then the whistle blows. By Harold Goodridge, The Telegraph (Macon).

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WARM WEATHER CONFUSION

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Warm winter weather may mean more days at the beach for residents and tourists, but it is causing some confusion for reptiles and amphibians in the Golden Isles. By Michael Hall, The Brunswick News.

KENTUCKY

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CENTURY LEARNING

RICHMOND, Ky. — If you walk into Farristown Middle School on any given day, you might find students sticking an excessive amount of duct tape to the walls. In the next room, students may be huddled around an iPad. Outside, they might be searching for dead birds and live spiders. By Crystal Wylie, The Richmond Register.

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CHAMPION SWIMMER

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — As the smell of chlorine wafts from the Campbellsville University pool, Jenna Rueff removes her swim cap and wipes water from her face. Then she puts her hands on the back of her head, parts her thick, dark brown hair and reveals a three-inch scar that runs toward her spinal cord. This scar is a daily reminder of why she is thankful to be swimming again — a reminder of the day doctors removed part of her skull and hoped for the best. Last winter, when Rueff was a senior at Male High School, she was diagnosed with a Chiari malformation, a rare defect caused when the brain dips into the spinal canal because the skull is misshapen or too small. The malformation can disrupt balance and cause severe headaches and back pain. By Adam Himmelsbach, The Courier-Journal.

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RESTORED WINDOWS

HENDERSON, Ky. — For several months last year, glass workers Patricia Russelburg and Carole Smith held the pieces of a rather intricate "jigsaw puzzle" in their hands. By Donna Stinnett, The Gleaner.

LOUISIANA

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LAFAYETTE-NEW HOMES

LAFAYETTE, La. — The signs along Kaliste Saloom Road highlight what real estate experts already know: Lafayette is in the middle of a new home boom. "We're definitely on the big uptick," said Bryan McLain, founder and CEO of McLain Homes. "We think 2013 could actually beat 2012. We're very fortunate to be a developer and builder in Lafayette." By Tina Marie Macias, The Advertiser.

HOUSE PAINTING LESSONS

BATON ROUGE, La. — When teacher and house painter Jerry Douzat's children were small, Douzat took them on painting jobs. It let him spend time with his children, and he thought the work was good for them. By Ed Cullen, The Advocate.

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DRUM CAPTAIN

NEW ORLEANS — As a toddler watching Mardi Gras parades, Devon Julian would pretend he was marching in the band, drumming the air. Eventually, he told his grandmother he wanted to go to St. Augustine High School. "I said, son, I don't think so, too much money," she said. By Kathleen Flynn, The Times-Picayune.

RAMBLIN' READERS

BATON ROUGE, La. — Members of the Ramblin' Readers book club combine their study of books with their interests in food, art and travel. These retired, or almost retired, educators devote every six months to books with a designated theme or location, reading one such book a month. At the end of the six months, they take a trip together to experience the culture described in the books they have studied. By Catherine Threlkeld, The Advocate.

MID-ATLANTIC

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OFFICE BUILDING AUCTION

WILMINGTON, Del. — In an age when single-family homes regularly sell above the million-dollar mark, this might sound like a bargain: an eight-story office tower in Wilmington's central business district, going up for auction March 5 with an opening bid of just $1,250,000. By Eric Ruth, The News Journal of Wilmington

WWII VETS

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — With each passing day, the population of living World War II veterans continues to dwindle across the nation, and with them go stories about one of the most earthshaking periods in history. By C.j. Lovelace, The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown.

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TRAVELING PRESIDENT

WESTMINISTER, Md. — When McDaniel College president Roger Casey ate his Christmas dinner in December, he dined outdoors near a pool at a Oman hotel overlooking the Strait of Hormuz. By Brandon Oland, The Carroll County Times.

VETERINARIAN-WHEELCHAIR

URBANA, Md. — Dr. Nancy Little used a wheelchair during the build out on her veterinary business. She was about ready to get back on her feet after breaking one leg and spraining the other one. But having foresight, the veterinarian had the architect design wider doors, a wheelchair-accessible shower, and placement of the examining tables and equipment so it could be used by someone in a wheelchair. By Ed Waters Jr., The News-Post of Frederick.

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CIVIL WAR-BLACK PHYSICIANS

FREDERICK, Md. — Dr. Robert Slawson and his wife, Mavis, attended a lecture in 2004 about African-American physicians in the Civil War. That experience prompted the retired oncologist to write a book dedicated to black men and women who practiced medicine during the war. By Ike Wilson, The News-Post of Frederick.

HOMEBREW CLUB

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Oh, how you want to sample the beer you've lovingly created from a combination of water, grain, hops and yeast — but you have to wait until it's ready. By Joshua McKerrow, The Capital of Annapolis

MISSISSIPPI

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HOG WILD

COLUMBUS, Miss. — Mississippi's rapidly growing wild hog population is cutting its own destructive swath through the state, and along the way exacting a heavy toll on the state's ecosystem. By Jeff Clark, The Commercial Dispatch.

VICKSBURG WARREN SCHOOLS-DROPOUTS

VICKSBURG, Miss. — At the time, dropping out of Vicksburg Junior High School seemed like the only decision for Sengrid Griffin. Now 44, the Vicksburg native said she went back and forth between suspensions, truancy and eventually, just quit.By Matt Stuart, Vicksburg Post.

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NEILSON'S DEPARTMENT STORE

OXFORD, Miss. — It's not the typical small town shopping experience, beginning with the very first moment standing at the storefront. By Rebecca Rolwing, Oxford Eagle.

ROCK HOUNDS

TUPELO, Miss. — These fossils of ancient sea life date back to the Mississippian period, between 323 and 363 million years ago. By M. Scott Morris, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

NORTH CAROLINA

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ROADS SCHOLAR

ELIZABETH CITY — John Patterson Jr. parked the 1994 city-owned Ford pickup, got out and stood over an 8-foot square patch in the asphalt at the intersection of Church and Shirley streets. Wearing a safety vest over a camouflage sweatshirt, he looked down where a traffic cone guarded the latest repair. His tan ball cap with the Elizabeth City logo shaded his eyes. By Jeff Hampton, The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk.

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CHANGING HIS TUNE

HENDERSON — A piano teacher's passion for imparting the gift of music to as many children as possible is where Jake Hargrove got his start on a keyboarding journey that continues nearly 40 years later. From a 30-year concentration in piano, Hargrove, the music minister for Greater Refuge Apostolic Church, transitioned in the direction of organ playing, starting with years of informal learning at first and then through the past two years of formal training. By Martin Fisher, The Daily Dispatch of Henderson.

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OFFICIAL LOVE

GASTONIA — Jesse Caldwell's eyes sparkle when he talks about the love of his life. The Superior Court judge relishes his professionalism and devotion to community service, but when sitting next to his fiancée, he resembles a love-struck teenager. Jesse proposed to his future wife in late December. They plan to tie the knot next month. But despite the short engagement, the couple has a relationship that spans nearly four decades. By Diane Turbyfill, Gaston Gazette.

SOUTH CAROLINA

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COLLAPSED COFFEE POT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — The Coffee Pot diner has served as a beacon for motorists on U.S. Highway 301 since the 1950s. By Gene Zaleski, The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg.

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POSTHUMOUS HONOR

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Frank Pruitt never knew he had earned France's highest military honor. The letter notifying the lifelong Spartanburg resident that he would receive the French Legion of Honor for his efforts in liberating France during World War II was written on Dec. 10, 2012. It was the day he died. By Kim Kimzey, (Spartanburg) Herald Journal.

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SPECIAL PLAY GROUP

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — With 19 babies younger than 2 crowded into the living room, kitchen and dining room of Fatina Clark's West Columbia home, the noise reverberates off the walls. By Joey Holleman, The State of Columbia.

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TRACKING DOWN HISTORY

ANDERSON, S.C. — The Old Reformer Cannon which sits at the entrance of the Anderson County Museum arrived in Anderson before the county existed. Tradition states that it may have been brought to the Americas in 1764, by German immigrants settling in Charleston. In 1876, the cannon made an appearance during the South Carolina gubernatorial campaign. By Charmaine Smith-Miles, Anderson Independent-Mail.

TENNESSEE

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PRAYER BOX

ASCASSAS, Tenn. — L Slowing down in order to turn, a car pulls into the driveway of Lascassas Church of Christ, then stops next to a blue and white container that resembles a mailbox. On the driveway side, a flip-top plastic box houses slips of paper that can be used to write down requests for the Neighborhood Prayer Box. By Nancy De Gennaro, Daily News Journal.

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JUVENILE JUSTICE

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — One at a time. That is the most noticeable change so far at Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court as a result of a landmark settlement in November with the U.S. Justice Department. The children before the court come before the court magistrates one at a time. No more groups of juvenile defendants waiting for their case to come up as other cases are being heard. By Bill Dries, Memphis Daily News.

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ELEVATOR PASSION

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Trevor Birchett's hobby began as so many hobbies do these days — on Facebook. He was hanging out with friends after school one day when they saw a video about elevators come on the news feed. They laughed it off as silly, but Birchett was intrigued. By Samantha Bryson, The Commercial Appeal.

VIRGINIA

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FREDERICKSBURG BOOM

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — When Bill Hayes moved into Idlewild in 2007, he noticed a handful of moms gathering with their children in the Fredericksburg community's clubhouse. By Robyn Sidersky, The Free Lance-Star.

ORCHID GROWER

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — During the stark chill of short days, orchids flutter in on tropical breezes, brightening hardware stores, grocery aisles and garden centers. They arrive in time for Valentine's Day and stay around through Easter, Passover and Mother's Day. By Krys Stefansky, The Virginian-Pilot.

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SCI-FI CONVENTION

ROANOKE, Va. — Next time you stumble upon a chapter of the "Star Wars" saga on TV, maybe try to cut the bad guys a little slack if you can. By Neil Harvey, The Roanoke Times.

BABIES-HEART DEFECTS

RICHMOND, Va. — Sabrina Moran knew before giving birth that her daughter, Becca, had a serious heart defect. "We found out at my 20-week ultrasound. We went in to see if it was a boy or girl and ended up being in there a whole lot longer than we expected," Moran said. By Tammie Smith, Richmond Times-Dispatch.

WEST VIRGINIA

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WVU TECH RENOVATIONS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Officials at West Virginia University Institute of Technology are optimistic campus renovations will help attract more students to the Montgomery school. By Dave Boucher, Charleston Daily Mail.

CHILD ABUSE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — One in four girls and one in six boys in the state of West Virginia will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday, yet only one in 10 of those victims will come forward and report the abuse. By Edward Marshall, The Journal.

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HATS OF HOPE

WINFIELD, W.Va. — When Hannah Williams created the "Hats of Hope" knitting club at Winfield High School two years ago, she had no idea the impact it would have on its participants. By Kate White, The Charleston Gazette

SIGN LOVER

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Jack Clouse has always been fascinated with traffic signs. Amid posters of the solar system and soccer and baseball players, a wall in the 11-year-old's bedroom is dedicated to his impressive sign collection. His centerpiece is a traffic signal that he picked up at the local Habitat ReStore. He also has used his artistic ability to draw dozens of three-dimensional sketches of railroad crossings and traffic signs and patterns. Not a bad start for someone who wants to be a signal foreman for CSX Transportation when he grows up. By Bryan Chambers, The Herald-Dispatch.

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