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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The New Mexico Department of Corrections has announced that it is ending overnight family visits for inmates.

The agency said Wednesday inmates will no longer be allowed conjugal visits beginning May 1.

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Officials say the policy change comes after two years of "careful consideration."

The policy recently drew scrutiny after it was revealed last year that convicted killer and rapist Michael Guzman fathered multiple children while serving a life sentence.

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  • CORRECTS DATE TO APRIL 7 Firefighters rescue a family from their home, surrounded by floodwaters, in a mobile home park in Pelham, Ala., on Monday, April 7, 2014. Overnight storms dumped torrential rains in central Alabama, causing flooding across a wide area. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)The Associated Press

  • Spectators walk off the course after play was suspended because of severe weather during the first day of practice for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 7, 2014, in Augusta, Ga.

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JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday that supporters say will assure unfettered practice of religion without government interference but that opponents worry could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.

The bill, called the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, will become law July 1. It also will add "In God We Trust" to the state seal.

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An early version of the bill, considered weeks ago, was similar to one Arizona's Republican governor, Jan Brewer, vetoed after business groups said it could hurt that state's economy.

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JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a death row inmate who prosecutors say recruited her son in a plot to kill her husband, a rare order for a prisoner awaiting execution.

Michelle Byrom, now 57 years old, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 2000 in the killing of her husband, Edward "Eddie" Byrom Sr. She also was accused of recruiting her son in the plot. Byrom Sr.

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JACKSON, Miss. – A death row inmate who prosecutors say recruited her son in a plot to kill her husband will get a new trial, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Monday in a rare order for a prisoner awaiting execution.

Michelle Byrom, now 57, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 2000 in Tishomingo County in the killing of her husband, Edward "Eddie" Byrom Sr., and for recruiting her son in the plot. Byrom Sr.

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DARRINGTON, Wash. – Out here, below the snowcapped mountain slopes and along the rivers, folks know the risks.

While nothing as bad as last weekend's devastating mudslide had ever happened around here before, they've always known about the dangers of the earth collapsing, and how easily streams can flood when it rains.

And yet this is where they choose to live.

Many came to work in the timber and mining industries and stayed for the scenery, the isolation and the sense of community.

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This is one horror film plot that may be all too real: Billions of voracious ants are about to descend on the Houston area, destroying entire homes and anything else that gets in their way.

Rasberry Crazy Ants, even more destructive and mobile than their angry cousins, fire ants, are just weeks away from descending on the largest city in Texas. Since 2008, the ants, which entomologists believe came to Texas from South America aboard a cargo ship in the 1930s, have expanded their presence to 27 counties from just eight.

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Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) officialsurged BP Plc to drill deeper into the Gulf of Mexico well thatcaused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history even afterBP warned that doing so would be unsafe.

A BP executive and a geologist working on the Macondo wellrejected Anadarko’s urging to deepen the well, according to e-mails sent the week before the April 2010 deep-sea blowout.

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LEXINGTON, Miss. – A 78-year-old Mississippi man has died two weeks after he woke up in a body bag at a funeral home after being mistakenly pronounced deceased, a coroner said.

Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard said Walter Williams died at his home in Lexington around 1 a.m. Thursday. The cause was not released.

Williams' story went viral after he was pronounced dead Feb. 26. Workers at Porter and Sons Funeral Home were getting ready to embalm him when Williams started to move.

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JACKSON, Miss. – A Mississippi hospital and two of its employees are the remaining defendants in a federal lawsuit that alleges they took a newborn baby from her immigrant mother while she was illegally in the country in 2008, according to lawyers in the case.

Lawyers for the mother and the state attorney's office said Thursday that a settlement has been reached with the Mississippi Department of Human Services and two MDHS workers.

"We are finalizing the paperwork," said Michelle Lapointe, staff attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is representing the mother.

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