Homemaker Lena Hofer, 25, recently went to the community center in Bayou La Batre, Ala., for free food and household goods -- and was reluctantly turned away by volunteers when Feed the Children ran out of supplies. "It's really hard when they send you away after you [ask for food], especially when you need it like I do," she says. "I'm about to cry." Marisa Penaloza/NPR hide caption

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BP Oil Well Capped, But Trauma Still Flowing

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Gulf Coast Residents Face Claims Deadline

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Ex-Trooper Pleads Guilty In Civil Rights-Era Slaying

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Republican Tim Scott celebrates his victory in a South Carolina House race at an election night party. Scott is the first African-American Republican elected to Congress from the state since Reconstruction. Alice Keeney/AP hide caption

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GOP Hopes Increased Diversity Attracts New Voters

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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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