Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, who is seeking his seventh term, is in a heated primary race with a Tea Party-backed challenger. Supporters of his opponent are accused of conspiring to photograph Cochran's bedridden wife. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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In Mississippi, A Senate Race Derailed By A Blogger's Photos

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Eddie Ramirez, 15, outside his mobile home in Snow Hill, N.C. He's been working in tobacco fields during the summer for several years. Will Michaels for NPR hide caption

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Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco

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Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel speaks to supporters in Jackson on Thursday. He is challenging Republican Sen. Thad Cochran in Cochran's bid for a seventh term. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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In Mississippi, A Tea Party Challenger Takes On A GOP Institution

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Torrential Rains Latest Severe Weather To Strike The South

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Dozens Dead And Communities Reeling As Storms Roil Deep South

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Jackson Women's Health Organization, located in an art deco section of Jackson, Miss., minutes from the state Capitol building, has long been a flashpoint in the abortion debate. Debbie Elliot/NPR hide caption

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Mississippi's Lone Abortion Clinic Fights To Remain Open

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Man-made canals built for the oil and gas industry cut through wetland. The industry argues those canals aren't to blame for coastal erosion. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay

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Alabama Tax Program Grows Out Of A Grandfather's Lasting Legacy

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Paula Deen's Restaurant, Site Of Seafood And Slurs, Shuts Down

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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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Nick Van Sickels (right) with his husband, Andrew Bond, and their daughter, Jules. The couple was legally married in Washington, D.C., but because same-sex marriage is banned in Louisiana, Bond has no parental rights. Janet McConnaughey/AP hide caption

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Gay-Marriage Battle Moves South, And Religious Right Fights Back

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Former New Orleans Mayor Found Guilty Of Corruption

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Face Of Katrina Recovery Found Guilty Of Corruption Charges

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