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

BP Settlement Lacks Enthusiasm Along Gulf Coast

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the Mississippi Farmers Market in Jackson, Miss., on Friday. The former Massachusetts governor has skeptics in the Deep South. Rogelio Solis/AP hide caption

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To Woo South, Romney Needs More Than A Twang

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A cross with the words "Promises Made"-- referring to statements from BP and government officials — stands in front of a pile of crosses symbolizing things that were impacted by the spill, in a front yard in Grand Isle, La. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Settlement Only The First Step In BP's Legal Woes

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Appeals Court Defers On Ala., Ga. Immigration Laws

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Georgia, Ala. Immigration Laws Challenged In Court

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Docks on the Bon Secour River sit idle nearly two years after the BP oil spill. The small fishing village of Bon Secour, Ala., is still suffering the lingering effects of the spill, despite government monitoring and assurances that Gulf seafood is not contaminated. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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BP's Oil Slick Set To Spill Into Courtroom

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Does The GOP Have A National Security Candidate?

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Santorum Keeps Campaign Focused On Social Issues

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Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, accompanied by his wife, Callista, meets with parishioners during an event Saturday at the Jones Memorial AME Zion Church. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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'Food Stamp President': Race Code, Or Just Politics?

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There's talk of reviving the shuttered paper mill in Brownstown, Ind., but for now, most rural residents have to travel bigger cities for work. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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America's Heartland Awaits Its Candidate

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Connecting With S.C. Voters, Candidates Try BBQ

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Gingrich Backs Off On Private Equity Jabs At Romney

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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney boards his campaign plane in Bedford, Mass., on Wednesday, heading for South Carolina. Romney brings momentum from Iowa and New Hampshire, but South Carolina is new terrain — a place where Romney is going to have to appeal to religious conservatives and Tea Party voters. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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'Battle Royale' Begins For South Carolina Voters

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GOP Focus Shifts To The Palmetto State

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In Katrina's Wake, New Orleans Enjoys Startup Boom

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