After the collapse of a salt mine in south Louisiana last year, a 9-acre sinkhole has flooded the area. It also caused gas and oil leaks, and local residents are fed up. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Massive Sinkhole In Louisiana Baffles Officials
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Alabama Offers New Enticement To Lure Airbus
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In Gulf Oil Spill Trial, Testimony Cites Series Of Missteps
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Witnesses To Take The Stand In BP Trial
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Trial Against BP To Begin Over 2010 Rig Explosion
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A young demonstrator is attacked by a police dog in Birmingham, Ala., in May 1963. Scenes like these helped usher in the nation's landmark civil rights law, the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday over a key provision of the law. Bill Hudson/AP hide caption

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Alabama Divided As Court Prepares To Hear Voting Rights Challenge
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Civil Penalties At Stake In Trial Against BP
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International ships call at the busy Port of New Orleans. It's a major shipping convergence point on the Mississippi River. Ships come upriver from the Gulf of Mexico with imports from abroad, and barges come downriver, bringing U.S. goods for export. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Drought Causes Ripple Effect Along Mighty Mississippi River
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Immigration Reform Plan Gets Mixed Reviews Across Country
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Myrlie Evers-Williams To Deliver Inaugural Invocation
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A clerk prices cigarettes at Discount Smoke Shop in Ballwin, Mo. The Food and Drug Administration, which must approve all new tobacco products or any changes to existing brands, has not cleared any products since assuming that responsibility in 2009. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Cigarette Makers Frustrated As Product Approvals Stall
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Maria Lola Melisio, 18, entered the U.S. illegally with her mother when she was 7. Now she's an undocumented resident living in Alabama, which has one of the country's toughest immigration laws. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Federal-State Tug Of War: Drawing The Lines In Immigration Overhaul
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Contract Ban, Civil Litigation Add To BP's Woes
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