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

Nick Van Sickels (right) with his husband, Andrew Bond, and their daughter, Jules. The couple was legally married in Washington, D.C., but because same-sex marriage is banned in Louisiana, Bond has no parental rights. Janet McConnaughey/AP hide caption

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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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Why Is Tobacco Still The Leading Preventable Cause Of Death?

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

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Jonathan Henderson of the Gulf Restoration Network holds a jar of tar balls. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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

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Scientists Charge BP Oil Spill 'Gravely' Injured Dolphins

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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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