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MURFREESBORO -- People in Rutherford County are taking action. They are speaking out against gun violence.
The issue is in the spotlight across the nation.
The pictures are both comforting and painful. Rebekah Majors-Manley gets emotional as she remember her sister, Lisa Gayle Miller Hicks.
"My sister was killed in a domestic violence relationship," says Rebekah Majors-Manley.
Majors-Manley has turned her grief into action. She's now fighting against gun violence, and joined several others in Murfreesboro to take a stand.
"I'm standing up to ask for universal background checks as a first step," says Majors-Manley.
The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut has made gun rights a prominent issue.
FOX 17 News has been there for several pro-gun rallies. Hundreds have shown up to support the second amendment.
"That is how we keep our freedoms in this county against what could be considered an overbearing government," says gun rights advocate Hannah Horseman.
Now a smaller group gathers in Murfreesboro.
David Colin is a veteran who says background checks can save lives.
"It's not an issue of whether or not you have a gun, but how to keep the guns from being used in a violent manner," says David Colin.
The group arrived at Congressman Scott DesJarlais' office. They dropped off letters about gun violence.
Majors-Manley says she too is a gun owner, but when she thinks of her sister, she believes universal background checks should be required.
"We can change a little to protect our children and other people in our society," says Majors-Manley.
The Murfreesboro group will continue their activism.
They held a candlelight vigil Friday night for victims of gun violence, and they're holding another one next month.
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Friday, February 22 2013, 07:56 PM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.