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

Maria Lola Melisio, 18, entered the U.S. illegally with her mother when she was 7. Now she's an undocumented resident living in Alabama, which has one of the country's toughest immigration laws. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Federal-State Tug Of War: Drawing The Lines In Immigration Overhaul

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Contract Ban, Civil Litigation Add To BP's Woes

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Democratic Candidates Do Well In Sunshine State

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Ohio And Florida: Checking In With Two Key States

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Alabama's Constitution still includes language referring to poll taxes and segregated schools. Voters are poised to decide on an amendment to excise the outdated lines, but some African-American leaders in the state are opposing the change. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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Ala. Racist Language Measure Draws Unexpected Foes

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Romney Visits Florida On First Day Of Early Voting

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Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, known as the "Ten Commandments Judge," makes an appearance at a Tea Party rally in Mobile. The Republican is running for chief justice again despite being removed from the office nearly 10 years ago for defying a federal court order to remove a massive Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama judicial building. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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The 'Ten Commandments Judge' Wants His Seat Back

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Fla. Slammed With Political Ads But Do Locals Listen?

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Ryan Needs To Conquer Wonk Reputation In Debate

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James Meredith at the University of Mississippi in 2006, as the school dedicated a bronze statue in his likeness on campus. Robert Jordan/AP hide caption

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Ole Miss Students Look Back At Integration

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James Meredith was the first African-American student at the University of Mississippi. The school had originally rejected his application, and a legal battle ensued. In 1962, segregationists protesting his admittance to Ole Miss led to bloody riots on campus. Bettmann/Corbis/AP hide caption

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Integrating Ole Miss: A Transformative, Deadly Riot

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Romney Tries To Win Ohio's Working-Class Voters

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Obama, Romney Campaign In Must-Win Ohio

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Is GOP Excitement Waning For V.P. Nominee Ryan?

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