Debbie Elliott

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'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

It's the end of an era in Charleston, S.C. One of the longest-serving mayors in the country, Joe Riley, is retiring after 40 years in office. His tenure has seen the transformation of downtown Charleston from a decaying urban center to a top cultural destination.

On a tour of downtown, ...


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. S...


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

A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee has anchored a New Orleans traffic circle for more than 130 years. But Lee Circle could soon be history.

The New Orleans City Council voted 6-1 Thursday to remove four prominent Confederate monuments as a public nuisance.

The decision came after heated ...


Brawl Ends Birmingham City Council Meeting

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Police in Birmingham, Ala., are investigating a fight that broke out during a City Council meeting Tuesday.

A routine meeting whose agenda included installing new fire hydrants and authorizing routine contracts erupted in fisticuffs between Birmingham Mayor William Bell and council member Marcus Lundy. Each has accused the other of ...


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

State Rep. John Bel Edwards beat Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter in Saturday's election, marking a change in the political landscape in the conservative South.

Edwards will be the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, where Republicans dominate politically.

You could almost have predicted the outcome of the 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 state of Alabama is agreeing to make it easier for people to register to vote when they get a driver's license after the U.S. Justice Department pushed for compliance with the federal motor-voter law.

The two sides reached a settlement to resolve problems with voter-registration procedures at state motor-vehicle ...


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

#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. On Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you four ...


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.


6 Decades Later, Acquittal Of Emmett Till's Killers Troubles Town

Friday, September 25, 2015

The murder of the 14-year-old black boy and subsequent trial before an all-white jury was an early landmark in the civil rights movement.


The South Rises In Influence To Pick Republican Nominee

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Candidates are expected to stop early and often in early primary state South Carolina. Now they're dipping deeper into the region after several states teamed to make their primaries March 1.