Albert N. Gore Jr., a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, speaks at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., on Aug. 2. Gore is running against incumbent Republican Roger Wicker. He says there should have been younger people interested in taking on Wicker — "but they didn't want to fight." Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Franky Hatton and Cletis pose in front of the gravestones of Hatton's champion coon hounds at Coon Dog Cemetery near Cherokee, Ala. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Water gets churned up at the end of a dredging pipeline connected to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredge on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., on Monday. The river has seen water levels from Illinois to Louisiana plummet because of drought conditions in the past three months. When there's less flow coming downstream, saltwater from the Gulf wedges its way in. Adrian Sainz/AP hide caption

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Justice Bernette Johnson is at the center of a legal battle over whether she will be the next chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Louisiana Supreme Court/AP hide caption

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Sgt. Miro Brekalo talks with residents in New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood, as other officers walk their beat. Their goal isn't only to stop crime; it's also to connect with citizens who are often reluctant to report crimes. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Candy Chang, co-founder of the website Neighborland, writes on an art installation in New Orleans in April. As part of a public street art project that later became Neighborland, Chang put nametag-like stickers on empty New Orleans storefronts for residents to write ideas for improving the city. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Abortion opponents demonstrate outside Mississippi's only abortion clinic in Jackson. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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David DiBenedetto, the editor-in-chief of Garden & Gun, holds an editorial meeting in the magazine's Charleston, S.C., offices. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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A New Orleans newspaper stand holds copies of Wednesday's Times-Picayune, which announced layoffs for 200 employees. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a rally in Pensacola, Fla., in January. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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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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