Oil spill claims czar Kenneth Feinberg speaks about the claims process Feb. 18 at the Mississippi College Law Review Symposium in Jackson, Miss. Feinberg faces criticism from Gulf Coast residents about the slow pace and low amount of payments. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Johnny Mack Young, Lawrence Parker and Frederick Jackson attend graduation ceremonies at William E. Donaldson prison in Bessemer, Ala., after completing Vipassana meditation classes. The courses are held four times a year in the prison gymnasium. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum says Congress is unfairly coercing states to expand Medicaid roles. Steve Cannon/AP hide caption

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Members of the Vietnamese community listen in Kenner, La., as independent claims administrator Ken Feinberg and Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu conduct a town hall meeting for residents economically affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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Aaron Hofer, 27, of Bayou La Batre, Ala., has been largely out of work since the BP oil spill. The Iraq veteran and fourth-generation shrimper says if it wasn't for his children, he probably would have already committed suicide. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Homemaker Lena Hofer, 25, recently went to the community center in Bayou La Batre, Ala., for free food and household goods -- and was reluctantly turned away by volunteers when Feed the Children ran out of supplies. "It's really hard when they send you away after you [ask for food], especially when you need it like I do," she says. "I'm about to cry." Marisa Penaloza/NPR hide caption

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Republican Tim Scott celebrates his victory in a South Carolina House race at an election night party. Scott is the first African-American Republican elected to Congress from the state since Reconstruction. Alice Keeney/AP hide caption

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Waves breaking on the shore in Orange Beach, Ala., leave behind an oily residue. Mayor Tony Kennon expects BP to restore the town's beaches to sugar white condition. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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