Debbie Elliott

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Tennessee Community Pushes To Reopen 'Civil Rights Hero' Cold Case

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Beyond preserving his legacy, city leaders are calling to investigate the 1940 death of Elbert Williams, who is believed to be the first NAACP official killed for seeking voting rights for blacks.


A Few Miles From Mobile, A Wealth Of History, Nature — And Danger

Monday, July 06, 2015

Just outside this coastal city, five rivers converge in what feels like an alien world — what one conservationist calls "America's Amazon. It is the wildest, most diverse place ... in the country."


BP Agrees To Fork Over Nearly $19B For Role In Gulf Oil Spill

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The oil giant BP has reached an $18.7 billion settlement with Gulf states and the federal government over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico — the worst in U.S. history.


Some Counties Stall On Same-Sex Marriage Licenses After Ruling

Monday, June 29, 2015

Same-sex marriage may be legal according to the Supreme Court, but some counties have yet to issue marriage licenses in the wake of Friday's ruling.


Emanuel AME Church Reopens, Charleston Worshippers Pay Their Respects

Monday, June 22, 2015

The historic church, known as Mother Emanuel, was open for the first time since a gunman killed nine people there Wednesday night — in what authorities describe as a racially-motivated attack.


'Hate Won't Win': Shock and Mourning In Charleston

Saturday, June 20, 2015

After an emotional day in Charleston, the city remembers victims of a mass shooting with an evening prayer vigil. It comes after a dramatic hearing where the suspect made a first court appearance.


Charleston, S.C., Residents Gather Outside Church To Mourn Victims

Friday, June 19, 2015

Charleston, S.C., is reeling in the aftermath of Wednesday night's mass shooting at a historic black church. At the church Friday, residents are coming to pay their respects.


Nashville's Living History Museum Expands

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Ryman Auditorium, home to the Grand Ole Opry and the birthplace of bluegrass, reopens this week with exhibits that tell lesser-known stories about the "mother church of country music."


Mississippi's Beloved Blues-Playing Son Comes Home

Sunday, May 31, 2015

B.B. King was buried Saturday at his museum in Indianola, Miss. Fans and friends came for a public viewing and memorial service to remember King's journey from the son of poor sharecroppers to an acclaimed musician.


Alabama Considers Legalized Gambling To Close Budget Deficit

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

In conservative Alabama, legislative leaders propose bills to open up gambling and start a state lottery as a way to shore-up sagging state coffers. The governor, instead, proposes higher taxes.


As States Ready Disaster Plans, Feds Urge Them To Consider Climate Change

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Several U.S. senators are accusing the Federal Emergency Management Agency of injecting "unnecessary, ideological-based red tape" into the disaster-preparedness process.

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#NPRReads: Gambling In The Bible Belt

Friday, May 08, 2015

Also in this week's #NPRReads, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's elementary school teacher recalls the Boston bomber, a profile of Ohio's governor, Judaism in South Dakota and putting a face on the refugee crisis.


A Town Divided Over The Next Chapter Of An Iconic Harper Lee Book

Monday, May 04, 2015

There's plenty of speculation about whether the octogenarian author really intended to release the manuscript, discovered by her lawyer last year.


5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Experts Debate Damage To Ecosystem

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

An effort is underway to figure out how the BP oil spill harmed the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. The damage may not be as dire as feared, but researchers say it's too soon to know the long-term impacts.


5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Effects Linger And Recovery Is Slow

Monday, April 20, 2015

The 2010 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig set off an environmental and economic catastrophe. Towns and ecosystems along the Gulf Coast are still struggling to rebound.


E-Cigarettes Grow In Popularity Among Teen Students, Survey Says

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual youth tobacco survey. Among the findings: The use of electronic cigarettes has tripled among U.S. teenagers in the last year.


Southern Baptists Don't Shy Away From Talking About Their Racist Past

Friday, March 27, 2015

The denomination held a summit in Nashville, Tenn., this week to consider how the Gospel speaks to race relations. It wasn't easy, and moving from words to actions may be a challenge.


Investigation Continues Into Crash Of Blackhawk Military Helicopter In Fla.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Authorities in the Florida Panhandle are trying to find out why a military Black Hawk helicopter crashed overnight. All 11 people on board are believed to have died.


50 Years Later, Thousands Commemorate Selma's 'Bloody Sunday'

Monday, March 09, 2015

On Sunday, tens of thousands of people from around the country packed onto the Edmund Pettus Bridge in a peaceful pilgrimage to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.


Obama Evokes The 'Eternal Struggle' In Selma

Sunday, March 08, 2015

President Obama was in Selma, Ala., for the anniversary of the voting rights march Saturday. Thousands came out to celebrate the moment.