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

Theresa Burroughs, 80, stands by a photograph of her as a young woman getting arrested for trying to register to vote. The right is sacred to her today. "Every time there's a vote, I go," she said. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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In Alabama's Rural Black Belt, An Uphill Climb For Bernie Sanders

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Louisiana is in line for the biggest share of fines and settlements because it had the most damage in the spill. The restoration effort in the Caminada Headlands is one of the largest coastal restoration projects ever in the state. CWPPRA/Flickr hide caption

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Is The BP Oil Spill Settlement Money Being Well-Spent?

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Mardi Gras Spectators in Mobile, Ala., in 2010. Buyenlarge/Getty Images hide caption

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For Mardi Gras, Les Bon Temps Rouler In Mobile, Ala., Too

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Need A Public Defender In New Orleans? Get In Line

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'Act Of God' Blamed By Energy Company For Decade-Old Oil Spill

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White House Offers Incentives To States Holding Out On Expanding Medicaid

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Mayor Joe Riley of Charleston, S.C. is the longest-serving mayor in the country. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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One Of America's Longest-Serving Mayors Steps Down

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For Alabama Governor, Suit Over Refugee Program Is About Fixing Process

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Alabama Chief Justice Orders Judges To Stop Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

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Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, Ala., produced iron for decades. The site closed in the 1970s and is now a national historic landmark. Nicolas Henderson/Flickr hide caption

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Concerned Workers Face Dwindling Industry And Layoffs With A Steely Resolve

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Phila Hach (standing, center) and her husband, Adolf Hach, are seen here with Minnie Pearl (right) of Grand Ole Opry fame, and an unidentified woman. "What the Grand Ole Opry did for country music, she has done for Southern food," one food writer wrote about Hach. Courtesy of the Hach Family hide caption

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Phila Hach, Who Spread The Gospel Of Southern Cuisine, Dies At 89

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Montgomery, Ala., Celebrates 60th Anniversary Of Bus Boycott

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Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat touched off the Montgomery bus boycott and the beginning of the civil rights movement, is fingerprinted by police Lt. D.H. Lackey in Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 22, 1956, when she was among several others charged with violating segregation laws. Gene Herrick/AP hide caption

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In Montgomery, Rosa Parks' Story Offers A History Lesson For Police

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