Debbie Elliott

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Alabama Joins 36 States In Allowing Same-Sex Marriage

Monday, February 09, 2015

Same-sex couples in the conservative state married for the first time on Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block a federal judge's ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.


Ala. Chief Justice Stirs Controversy Before Gay Marriage Becomes Legal

Friday, February 06, 2015

On Monday, Alabama is set to join more than three dozen states with gay marriage. But the state's chief justice tells probate judges they're not bound to follow a federal court's order.


Judge Throws Out Convictions Of Civil Rights Pioneers, 'Friendship 9'

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's been 54 years since students from Friendship College were arrested for a sit-in at McCrory's Five and Dime in Rock Hill, South Carolina. On Wednesday, a Rock Hill judge exonerated them.


BP Back In Court For Final Phase Of Gulf Oil Spill Trial

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The third and final phase of the civil trial against BP opened on Tuesday. The last segment will determine the amount of fines BP will pay in the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


U.S. District Judge To Calculate BP's Fine For Gulf Oil Spill

Monday, January 19, 2015

Oil giant BP is back in court this week for the third and final phase of a civil trial over the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history. BP faces up to $18 billion in fines for the spill.


Saturday's Runoff Will Decide If Sen. Landrieu Still Represents Louisiana

Friday, December 05, 2014

Democrat Mary Landrieu is in the last day of a bitter campaign to try to keep her Senate seat. Voters will choose between Landrieu, who has served three terms, and Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.


Hagel: More Reported Sexual Assaults Are Good For The Military

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Pentagon says reports of sexual assault in the military are up. But some argue that's a sign of progress: more people who've suffered a sexual assault have felt they could report the incident, rather than keep it quiet.


Louisiana's Edwin Edwards May Be On His Last Political Stand

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The 87-year-old former Democratic governor and convicted felon is in a congressional runoff with Republican Garrett Graves and voters will decide between the two on Saturday.


A Musical Tribute For A Waiter Who Spoke Out Against Racism

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Editor's note: This story contains racial slurs.

A new musical work pays tribute to an unlikely and little-known civil rights activist: Booker T. Wright. You won't find his name in history textbooks. But his story is a testament to the everyday experiences of blacks in the Jim Crow South.

Wright ...


Plan To Use Gulf Oil Spill Funds For Beach Hotel Sparks Lawsuit

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Environmentalists are suing to stop Alabama from using nearly $60 million in BP oil spill recovery funds to build a new hotel on the beach. The project is one of dozens underway across the region.


Election Day Was Harsh For Senate's Southern Democrats

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The Democratic Party's last hope rests with Mary Landrieu, who is locked in a runoff with GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy. She survived rematches in 1996 and again in 2008.


Senate Control Could Ride On The South's Tight Races

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Some of Tuesday's most hotly contested Senate races are in the South. Control of the Senate could hinge on the outcome of races in Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia and North Carolina.


The Most Reliable Guide To Campaign 2014? History

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Forget the contradictory polls and the pundit spin. Look to history as a more reliable guide to what will happen on Election Day.


La. Has Become Redder Since Sen. Mary Landrieu Took Office

Monday, November 03, 2014

The battle for control of the Senate is coming down to fewer than a dozen states around the nation, with Republicans hoping that leads in pre-election polls last through Tuesday. One ...


Spine-Tingling With A Twang: Great Alabama Ghost Stories

Friday, October 31, 2014

There's nothing like a good ghost story on Halloween — and some of the best tales were told by the late storyteller and NPR commentator Kathryn Tucker Windham.


Alabama's Darius Foster Wants To Bring Back 'Fight For The People' GOP

Friday, October 24, 2014

In Alabama, the GOP is fielding a record number of black candidates this year, including Foster. It's part of a a Republican effort to make inroads with African-Americans in the Deep South.


In Increasingly Red Louisiana, Democrat Landrieu Struggles To Hold On

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The senator's opponents are tying her to President Obama's unpopular health care and other policies, while she tries to focus on how she's different. Her race will help decide control of the Senate.


Reviving A Southern Industry, From Cotton Field To Clothing Rack

Friday, October 10, 2014

Garment-making once thrived in the South. Two acclaimed designers are trying to bring it back with a field-to-garment concept, creating a clothing line from their own organic cotton grown in Alabama.


As Populations Shift, Democrats Hope To Paint The Sun Belt Blue

Friday, October 03, 2014

Democrats see an opportunity in the South's changing demographics — particularly in states with growing Hispanic communities, lots of unregistered black voters and migration from other states.


Ex-Con, Future Congressman? Former Gov. Edwin Edwards Campaigns Again

Friday, September 26, 2014

The 87-year-old Louisiana Democrat, famous for his charm, his philandering and his shaky ethical standards, is out of federal prison — and making a bid for Congress in a heavily Republican district.