Debbie Elliott After a stint on Capitol Hill, NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott is back covering the news in her native South.

The Rev. T.J. Jemison escorts Mary Briscoe (left) and Sandra Ann Jones from jail in Baton Rouge, La., on April 4, 1960. The two had been in jail as a result of lunch counter sit-ins. AP hide caption

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Rev. T.J. Jemison Remembered As Civil Rights Movement Pioneer

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Republican candidates Bradley Byrne and Dean Young are running in a special runoff election Tuesday to fill Alabama's 1st congressional district seat. Phillip Rawls and Campaign of Dean Young/AP hide caption

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A Clash Of Styles As GOP Factions Fight For Alabama District

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Investigators work outside the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., following an explosion that killed four young girls. Three Ku Klux Klansmen were convicted in the bombing years later. AP hide caption

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50 Years After The Bombing, Birmingham Still Subtly Divided

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One man was convicted in the bombing in 1977, but more than two decades would pass before any other suspects were tried for murder. AP hide caption

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Congress Honors Victims Of Infamous Alabama Church Bombing

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Gulf States Set Plan For Spending Coastal Restoration Funds

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Ronald Lewis, a resident of the Lower 9th Ward, says eight years after Hurricane Katrina, rebuilding his neighborhood is a story still in progress. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Post-Katrina New Orleans A Story Of Modern Pioneering

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Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen discusses a federal lawsuit against the Alabama Accountability Act on Monday. Cohen says all students in Alabama can't take advantage of the law. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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Suit In Alabama Seeks To Stop School Choice Law

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Racial Slur Puts Paula Deen's Empire At Risk

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Paula Deen Makes Tearful Appearance On 'Today' Show

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Shelby County, Ala., attorney Butch Ellis talks to reporters outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in February, when oral arguments were heard in the Voting Rights Act case. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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In Alabama, Voting Decision Seen As Sign Of Progress, Setback

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50 Years After His Death, Medgar Evers' Work Not Complete

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Medgar Evers' widow, Myrlie, comforts the couple's 9-year-old son, Darrel, at her husband's funeral in Jackson, Miss., on June 15, 1963. AP hide caption

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Fifty Years After Medgar Evers' Killing, The Scars Remain

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Tourists watch as workers clean oil from the sand along a strip of oil that washed up on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala., in 2010 after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off the Louisiana coast. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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Gulf Coast States Get Creative With BP Oil Spill Money

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Shell Digs Deep To Tap Into Lucrative Oil, Gas Reserves

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