Waves breaking on the shore in Orange Beach, Ala., leave behind an oily residue. Mayor Tony Kennon expects BP to restore the town's beaches to sugar white condition. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Reminders Of BP's Oil Spill Linger Along Gulf Coast
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Centrist Blue Dogs In The Midterm Cross Hairs
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Darryl and Kristina Pendergrass and their sons, William, 3, and Ian, 20 months. The family gets by on Daryl's $43,000-a-year salary as a biologist with the Alabama Department of Public Health. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Ala. Family Of Four Struggles In Economic Climate
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Two years ago, college students on the NAACP's "Vote Hard" bus tour encouraged people to vote in Selma, Ala., in the presidential race. African-American voters went to the polls in droves. Now, the Democratic National Committee is trying to do the same for the midterm elections. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Get Ye To The Polls! Democrats Rally Blacks To Vote
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A Portion Of BP's Fines Will Go To Gulf Restoration
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Bayou Bienvenue in New Orleans is an example of south Louisiana’s wetland loss. Fifty years ago, this was a productive freshwater marsh with cypress and tupelo trees. Today, stumps are all that remain, as saltwater has encroached inland. Debbie Elliot/NPR hide caption

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La. Looks To New Plan To Restore Fragile Coast
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Lawsuit On Health Overhaul Likely To Go To Trial
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Judge Hears States' Health Care Challenge
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Claims Czar's Slow Pace Frustrates Gulf Businesses
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BP Report An Exercise In Finger-Pointing
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Jody Blount of Krebs Architecture and Engineering readies to take a sediment sample on the shores of Weeks Bay on the Alabama Gulf Coast. The city of Orange Beach has hired independent scientists to monitor the air, water and soil in the wake of the massive oil spill. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Gulf Coast Communities Investigate Oily Sea Mist
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Another Rig Explodes Off Louisiana Coast
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BP Assures Governors It Will Restore The Gulf
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Sharon Hanshaw, a beautician turned global climate activist living in Biloxi, Miss., has traveled the world to tell the story of how her neighborhood has struggled to recover from Hurricane Katrina. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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A Hard Fight For A Political Voice In Biloxi, Miss.
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