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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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Why Is Tobacco Still The Leading Preventable Cause Of Death?

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Alynda Lee Segarra is the lead singer and songwriter of the New Orleans folk ensemble Hurray for the Riff Raff. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Singing To The Strength Of New Orleans

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Fate Of Former New Orleans Mayor Now In Jury's Hands

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Family Feud Renews Over MLK's Prized Possessions

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Pitmaster Rodney Scott seasons a roasting hog behind a barbecue restaurant in Birmingham, Ala. Scott has been touring the South with a makeshift barbecue pit to raise money to rebuild his family's cookhouse after it burned down in November. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour

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Deep South, Meet Deep Freeze

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Bribery Trial To Begin For Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin

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Gwendolyn Elizabeth Boyd, Alabama State University's first female president. Debbie Elliot/NPR hide caption

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No 'Cohabitation' For Alabama State's First Female President

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Students in Central High School walk through the hallways between classes. Debbie Elliot/NPR hide caption

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Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress

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Eight of the nine black students who integrated Little Rock Central High School walk from school to their waiting Army station wagon on Oct. 2, 1957. Ferd Kaufman/AP hide caption

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Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock

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Centennial Baptist Church in Helena, Ark. Dave Anderson hide caption

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A Black Church's Dilemma: Preserve A Building, Or Our Identity?

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For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Oily Gunk

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