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Scattered Across Ala. City: Broken Homes, Memories

Residents of Tuscaloosa, which was devastated by tornadoes, salvaged what they could as President Obama and the first lady visited.

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Haley Barbour (right) with President Ronald Reagan aboard Air Force One. Barbour, the consummate insider, served as White House political director during the Reagan administration. Courtesy of the Office of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour hide caption

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Monsignor Frederic Brunet blesses the boat the Maycie Brooke before climbing aboard the vessel to begin the boat blessing parade, in Chauvin, La. William Widmer for NPR hide caption

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Oil spill claims czar Kenneth Feinberg speaks about the claims process Feb. 18 at the Mississippi College Law Review Symposium in Jackson, Miss. Feinberg faces criticism from Gulf Coast residents about the slow pace and low amount of payments. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Johnny Mack Young, Lawrence Parker and Frederick Jackson attend graduation ceremonies at William E. Donaldson prison in Bessemer, Ala., after completing Vipassana meditation classes. The courses are held four times a year in the prison gymnasium. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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Aaron Neville revisits the house where he spent his teen years in uptown New Orleans. Debbie Elliot/NPR hide caption

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Aaron Neville Has 'Been Changed'

Aaron Neville has been making records for 50 years. His newest recording, I Know I've Been Changed, is a selection of gospel favorites from his childhood.

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Members of the Vietnamese community listen in Kenner, La., as independent claims administrator Ken Feinberg and Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu conduct a town hall meeting for residents economically affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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Aaron Hofer, 27, of Bayou La Batre, Ala., has been largely out of work since the BP oil spill. The Iraq veteran and fourth-generation shrimper says if it wasn't for his children, he probably would have already committed suicide. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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