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Olanda Smith (left) and Dinah McCaryer were the first to marry in Jefferson County on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, after a federal judge overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Several other counties refused to issue marriage licenses that day. Hal Yeager/AP hide caption

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Same-Sex-Marriage Flashpoint: Alabama Considers Quitting The Marriage Business

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During the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival last April, Mr. Okra drove his iconic produce truck and called out to customers. Erika Goldring/Getty Images hide caption

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Listen to Mr. Okra’s Call

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Ben Raines, an environmental reporter for AL.com, holds pieces of wood he collected from a cypress forest discovered in the depths of the Gulf of Mexico. A scientist says having an intact forest from the ice age is rare. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Scientists: Long-Buried Ice Age Forest Offers Climate Change Clues

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Sanitation Workers Took Trucks Off The Road To Honor 2 Killed 50 Years Ago In Memphis

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Convicted killer Edgar Ray Killen points to a family member during a recess in an appeal hearing for his bond in Philadelphia, Mississippi, September 9, 2005. Kyle Carter/Reuters hide caption

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The New Orleans Saints kneel before the playing of the national anthem before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Oct. 22. Dylan Buell/Getty Images hide caption

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Louisiana Lawmaker Threatens Saints' Tax Breaks After Anthem Protests

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In Louisiana, NFL Anthem Protests Threaten Saints' Tax Breaks

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After Special Election, Alabama Will Send Democrat To Senate For First Time In 25 Years

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Remarkable Win Sends Democratic Candidate To U.S. Senate

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All Eyes Are On Alabama's Special U.S. Senate Election

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Before Voting Begins, A Look At Alabama's Special Senate Election

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Reaction To Trump's Appearance At Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

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Harold Dahmer, whose father Vernon Dahmer was killed in 1966 by the Ku Klux Klan, smiles when he sees a photograph of his younger self on display at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Tells A Difficult Story

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