Debbie Elliott After a stint on Capitol Hill, NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott is back covering the news in her native South.

Scott Pegau, a scientist at the Prince William Sound Science Center, studies the effects of spilled oil on the environment in Cordova, Alaska. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Brings 'Bad Juju' And Pain 25 Years Later

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Orca Inlet, Cordova's fishing harbor, on a blustery day this month. Commercial fishing is the small Alaskan town's primary industry. Marisa Peñaloza/NPR hide caption

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25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone'

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E-cigarettes was a $2 billion industry last year and it's expected to hit $5 billion this year. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make 'Vaping' Cool For Kids

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Students in Central High School walk through the hallways between classes. Debbie Elliot/NPR hide caption

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Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress

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Eight of the nine black students who integrated Little Rock Central High School walk from school to their waiting Army station wagon on Oct. 2, 1957. Ferd Kaufman/AP hide caption

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Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock

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Jonathan Henderson of the Gulf Restoration Network holds a jar of tar balls. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Oily Gunk

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Investigators work outside the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., following an explosion that killed four young girls. Three Ku Klux Klansmen were convicted in the bombing years later. AP hide caption

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50 Years After The Bombing, Birmingham Still Subtly Divided

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Gulf States Set Plan For Spending Coastal Restoration Funds

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Paula Deen Makes Tearful Appearance On 'Today' Show

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Birmingham Students Reenact Historic March, 50 Years Later

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FBI Outlines Evidence In Ricin Case

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Surviving Doolittle Raiders To Hold Their Last Meeting

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In Gulf Oil Spill Trial, Testimony Cites Series Of Missteps

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Trial Against BP To Begin Over 2010 Rig Explosion

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