Debbie Elliott

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For Mardi Gras, Les Bon Temps Rouler In Mobile, Ala., Too

Monday, February 08, 2016

Most people think of New Orleans on Mardi Gras. But the pre-Lenten celebration has roots in another Gulf Coast city. Mobile, Ala., proudly bills itself as the "mother of mystics."


Need A Public Defender In New Orleans? Get In Line

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Court-appointed lawyers say they are too understaffed and underfunded to handle the city's indigent caseload, so there's now a waiting list for felony suspects who can't afford their own lawyer.


'Act Of God' Blamed By Energy Company For Decade-Old Oil Spill

Thursday, January 21, 2016

An oil and gas company has spoken publicly for the first time on a decade-long oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Damage from Hurricane Ivan in 2004 toppled a production platform off the Louisiana coast.


White House Offers Incentives To States Holding Out On Expanding Medicaid

Friday, January 15, 2016

Many Republican-led states rejected expanding Medicaid under Obamacare. But some GOP governors are reconsidering. That means more poor Americans could be eligible for coverage in 2016.


One Of America's Longest-Serving Mayors Steps Down

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Joe Riley has been mayor of Charleston, S.C. for 40 years. His tenure has seen the transformation of downtown Charleston, and recently, the alleged racially-motivated murders at Emmanuel AME Church.


For Alabama Governor, Suit Over Refugee Program Is About Fixing Process

Friday, January 08, 2016

Gov. Robert Bentley (R) says the Obama administration is blatantly excluding the states and not providing critical information about refugees needed to protect the health and safety of citizens.


Alabama Chief Justice Orders Judges To Stop Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

The chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court has once again ordered the state's probate judges not to issue same-sex marriage licenses. The move comes despite a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court last year legalizing gay marriage.


Concerned Workers Face Dwindling Industry And Layoffs With A Steely Resolve

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Steelworkers in Birmingham, Ala., are trying to figure out a new future now that U.S. Steel, one of the last major steel-making operations in the South, has closed.


New Orleans Shifts Away From Symbols Of Old South

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The City Council votes to remove four prominent Confederate monuments. The decision comes after four decades of work by activists — and months of heated debate.


Brawl Ends Birmingham City Council Meeting

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A routine City Council meeting ended with the mayor and a councilman going to the hospital after fisticuffs. It's the latest escalation of a contentious relationship between the mayor and the council.


Phila Hach, Who Spread The Gospel Of Southern Cuisine, Dies At 89

Friday, December 04, 2015

"What the Grand Ole Opry did for country music, she has done for Southern food," one writer says of Hach, host of the South's first TV cooking show and a cookbook author and caterer for world leaders.


Montgomery, Ala., Celebrates 60th Anniversary Of Bus Boycott

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

The 60th anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott is Tuesday. The city remembers the day with a reenactment of Dec. 1, 1955 when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give her bus seat to a white passenger.


In Montgomery, Rosa Parks' Story Offers A History Lesson For Police

Monday, November 30, 2015

Sixty years ago Tuesday, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus. Recruits in Montgomery, Ala., are learning about Parks in a course aimed at eliminating bias in policing.


Louisiana Democrat Governor Victory Disrupts Partisan Politics Tradition

Sunday, November 22, 2015

After scandal plagued Republican rival Sen. David Vitter and supporters crossed party lines, Democrat John Bel Edwards has emerged as the winner of Louisiana's bitter governor's race.


Louisiana's Bitter Gubernatorial Race Enters Its Final Week

Monday, November 16, 2015

Presumed frontrunner, GOP Sen. David Vitter, is being forced to address a prostitution scandal in his past. Polls show the Democrat, state Rep. John Bel Edwards has an upset opportunity.


Avoiding A Lawsuit, Alabama Agrees To Comply With Voting Law

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Justice Department found widespread noncompliance with a law requiring states to let people register to vote or update registration information when applying for or renewing a driver's license.


60 Years After The Boycott, Progress Stalls For Montgomery Buses

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The deep-rooted history and current disrepair of the aging Alabama bus fleet continue to affect its predominantly black riders.


#NPRreads: White Privilege, FBI Director's Remarks On Policing, And Oyster Farming

Friday, October 30, 2015

Also this week: a story from an NPR Music reporter about the "lost art of listening."


David Vitter, Running For Governor, Accused Of Being 'Wrong On Fornication'

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Vitter was re-elected easily, even after he was caught up in the "D.C. Madam" prostitution scandal. But now that he's running for governor, it's coming back to haunt him.


Civil Rights Luminaries Remember Julian Bond As A Dogged Advocate

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Friends, family and colleagues recounted the human rights contributions of the late Julian Bond at a memorial service Tuesday for the former NAACP chairman. Bond died in August after a brief illness.