Georgia parks officials say they've ordered that Bibles be removed from guest rooms at state lodges and cabins across the state.
WAGA-TV reports that the order came after a resident expressed concerns.
A Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman said that after the resident expressed concerns, management directed the staff to remove the Bibles from cabins and lodge rooms until managers can fully investigate the issue and make an informed decision.
The station reports that the DNR has not set a timetable for a final decision on allowing Bibles in state park guest rooms.
The Penobscot County Sheriff's Department is looking for a missing 15-year-old girl from Glenburn.
Authorities said Tuesday that Nichole Cable was last seen by her parents at about 9 p.m. Sunday.
Deputies will not say if her disappearance is suspicious or if she is in danger, but they want to hear from anyone who has information about her whereabouts.
Cable has light brown hair and blue eyes and weighs 90 pounds. She is a student at Old Town High School.
Her mother, Kristine Willey, told WABI-TV that she was scheduled to meet someone she had met on Facebook.
The Washington Monument is now covered in scaffolding from top to bottom.
The completion of the scaffolding on Monday is a milestone in the $15 million project to repair the monument, which was damaged in a 2011 earthquake. It's been closed ever since and is not expected to reopen until next year.
The scaffolding around the 555-foot obelisk took about three months to construct.
Perini Management Services Inc. of Framingham, Mass., has the contract to repair the monument. Perini project manager Robert Collie says that formal repair of damaged stones will begin in about three weeks. No stones have to be replaced, but about 50 will need to be patched.
Repair crews are also sealing cracks with epoxy and reinforcing them with steel anchors.
A bill to allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into Texas college buildings and classrooms got a significant boost in the state Senate on Tuesday, but it remains unclear if it has enough momentum to become law.
Even if it does, the bill has been scaled back to the point that even key supporters question whether most campuses will move to keep guns out.
The issue has failed in previous sessions and appeared destined for a similar fate until just a few weeks ago.
But the House passed a version that lifts the statewide ban on guns at school while still allowing individual campuses to ban weapons. A Senate panel endorsed the same bill on Tuesday sending it to the full Senate for consideration.
The change to give schools more control over their campuses was designed to soften opposition from higher education officials, notably the University of Texas System, and law enforcement agencies that worry allowing guns will lead to more campus violence and suicide.
Supporters of the bill say the compromise measure, while not what they wanted, is one they can live with and hope the bill will break through the Senate before the session ends May 27.
"I will take what I can get," said Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels. "Swing for the fences, but be happy with first base."
The House voted to approve the bill on May 6, prompting Sen. John Whitmire, chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, to schedule Tuesday's public hearing just a couple of weeks after he declared the issue dead this session. The committee passed the bill on to the entire Senate with a 4-2 vote.
The bill's fate in the full chamber remains unknown and supporters were cautious about predicting it will pass.
Republicans hold a 19-12 majority and approved a broader version of the bill in 2011. But Senate rules still require at least 21 members to vote to bring a bill up for debate. Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin, leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus, said the bill may not have the support to pass the Senate.
"There's still significant heartburn," even with the changes, Watson said.
Texas has more than 500,000 concealed handgun license holders who must be 21 years old and pass a training course. They can carry their weapons in most public places, including the state Capitol, but state law also carves out several "no gun" zones, including campuses of higher education.
Several instances of shootings at college campuses, such as the one at Virginia Tech in 2007, prompted a wave of efforts in Texas and nationwide to allow guns. Supporters, including the Texas Rifle Association, call it a gun rights issue and say they should be allowed to defend themselves and others in case of a campus shooter. They also note Texas Department of Public Safety statistics that show concealed handgun license holders in 2011 had a drastically lower rate of committing crimes than the general population.
In March, University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa wrote a letter to Gov. Rick Perry saying students, parents and faculty worry letting guns into classrooms will make campus less safe. Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, chief author of the bill in the Senate, said it's likely many campuses will continue to ban weapons.
The bill would require public universities to renew their gun policies every year after taking input from faculty, staff and students. Private universities would be allowed to opt in to allowing weapons on campus.
"There will be some that still won't allow them," Birdwell said. "But at least we've begun the conversation instead of getting nowhere with it."
Birdwell said if he can get the bill passed, campus-carry supporters may try to eventually eliminate the campus ban on guns altogether.
"There may be a comfort level after two or four years of this being in place, universities will say there's not a problem here," Birdwell said. "But that's for next session or the session after that."
The lawyer for a New Jersey man whose 4-year-old son shot and killed a 6-year-old playmate says his client is cooperating.
Robert Ebberup released a statement Wednesday in which he criticized the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office for arresting his client in front of his family while they ate dinner.
The lawyer says Anthony Senatore would have voluntarily turned himself in to face charges of child endangerment and enabling access by a minor to a loaded firearm.
Authorities say Senatore's son took a loaded .22-caliber rifle from a bedroom on April 8 and fatally wounded neighbor Brandon Holt while they were playing outdoors.
Officials say four shotguns were found close to ammunition and accessible to Senatore's three children in their Toms River home.
He's due in court Thursday.
WHY IS O.J. SIMPSON IN COURT?
The 65-year-old former football star and actor is serving nine to 33 years in a Nevada prison after a jury found him guilty in 2008 of leading the gunpoint robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. Simpson wants a new trial because he says his longtime lawyer from Miami, Yale Galanter, failed to disclose that he knew about the plan in advance, told Simpson it was legal and provided bad advice at trial.
WHAT ARE THE RULES?
The proceeding, called a writ of habeas corpus, is not a trial. Clark County District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell started hearing testimony Monday on 19 separate claims of ineffective representation of counsel and conflict of interest. Simpson has to prove his lawyers botched his trial and the outcome could have been different. Bell may not make an immediate decision after the hearing expected to last until Friday.
WHAT ABOUT SIMPSON'S EARLIER APPEALS?
The Nevada Supreme Court denied Simpson's appeal in 2010. Simpson now maintains that by Galanter handling his appeal and oral arguments, the lawyer blocked Simpson from claiming Galanter had conflicted interests.
WILL SIMPSON TESTIFY?
Simpson is expected to testify Wednesday morning. He didn't even take the stand during his infamous 1995 trial in Los Angeles in which he was acquitted of killing ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman. It would be his first public account of the Las Vegas caper that led to his arrest. He still maintains he didn't know that two of the five men with him that night at the Palace Station hotel brought guns.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OTHERS?
Four co-defendants pleaded guilty to felonies, testified for the prosecution and got off with probation. Clarence "C.J." Stewart was convicted with Simpson and served more than two years in prison before the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that Simpson's fame tainted Stewart's conviction. Stewart was granted a new trial but avoided retrial by pleading guilty to two felonies and was freed. He's now living in Louisiana.