Pictured here on April 13, 2011, Barataria Bay — part of Louisiana's Barataria Basin — was one of the hardest hit areas in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Today, obvious signs of the spill have faded, but communities are still reeling from its effects. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the Mississippi Farmers Market in Jackson, Miss., on Friday. The former Massachusetts governor has skeptics in the Deep South. Rogelio Solis/AP hide caption

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A cross with the words "Promises Made"-- referring to statements from BP and government officials — stands in front of a pile of crosses symbolizing things that were impacted by the spill, in a front yard in Grand Isle, La. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Docks on the Bon Secour River sit idle nearly two years after the BP oil spill. The small fishing village of Bon Secour, Ala., is still suffering the lingering effects of the spill, despite government monitoring and assurances that Gulf seafood is not contaminated. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, accompanied by his wife, Callista, meets with parishioners during an event Saturday at the Jones Memorial AME Zion Church. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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There's talk of reviving the shuttered paper mill in Brownstown, Ind., but for now, most rural residents have to travel bigger cities for work. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney boards his campaign plane in Bedford, Mass., on Wednesday, heading for South Carolina. Romney brings momentum from Iowa and New Hampshire, but South Carolina is new terrain — a place where Romney is going to have to appeal to religious conservatives and Tea Party voters. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Each week, Little Rock, Ark., residents snap up some 7,000 copies of The Slammer. Dave Anderson hide caption

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Timmons browses the racks of his now-closed business. The record store will have a final clearance sale on Nov. 29. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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In 1962, President John Kennedy (center) and Vice President Lyndon Johnson visited Dr. Wernher von Braun (left), who designed the Saturn rocket in Huntsville, Ala. AP hide caption

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Norris and Janis Galatas at their home in Collinsville, Miss., with their horse, Cinnamon. The couple is struggling to make their mortgage payments.

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