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

Tourists watch as workers clean oil from the sand along a strip of oil that washed up on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala., in 2010 after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off the Louisiana coast. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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Gulf Coast States Get Creative With BP Oil Spill Money

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Shell Digs Deep To Tap Into Lucrative Oil, Gas Reserves

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Birmingham Students Reenact Historic March, 50 Years Later

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FBI Outlines Evidence In Ricin Case

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Brother and sister Rod Dreher and Ruthie Leming grew up in a small town in rural Louisiana. Dreher left the tightknit community to pursue a journalism career but returned home after Leming died of lung cancer in 2010. Courtesy Rod Dreher hide caption

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A Grieving Brother Finds Solace In His Sister's 'Small Town'

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Ricin Case: Charges Dropped Against Miss. Man

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Surviving Doolittle Raiders To Hold Their Last Meeting

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After the collapse of a salt mine in south Louisiana last year, a 9-acre sinkhole has flooded the area. It also caused gas and oil leaks, and local residents are fed up. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Massive Sinkhole In Louisiana Baffles Officials

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Alabama Offers New Enticement To Lure Airbus

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In Gulf Oil Spill Trial, Testimony Cites Series Of Missteps

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Witnesses To Take The Stand In BP Trial

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Trial Against BP To Begin Over 2010 Rig Explosion

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A young demonstrator is attacked by a police dog in Birmingham, Ala., in May 1963. Scenes like these helped usher in the nation's landmark civil rights law, the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday over a key provision of the law. Bill Hudson/AP hide caption

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Alabama Divided As Court Prepares To Hear Voting Rights Challenge

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Civil Penalties At Stake In Trial Against BP

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