Debbie Elliott After a stint on Capitol Hill, NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott is back covering the news in her native South.
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Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala speaks with reporters about her decision to not pursue the death penalty during her administration. Renata Sago/WMFE hide caption

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Cases Pulled For Refusing The Death Penalty; Attorney Sues To Get Them Back

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Anders Osborne at his home studio. The New Orleans bluesman is launching a program to help musicians and others in the industry stay sober in a work environment where that can be difficult. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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'Send Me A Friend': Anders Osborne Helps Musicians Stay Sober On Tour

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Republican Kay Ivey Takes Oath As Alabama's New Governor

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Ala. Gov. Bentley Agrees To Plea Deal And Resigns Amid Scandal

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Alabama Governor Resigns Over Alleged Affair And Cover-Up

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Alabama Governor Refuses To Step Down, Faces Impeachment Hearings

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley gives the annual State of the State address in February. A judge today delayed the start of impeachment proceedings against the governor. Brynn Anderson/AP hide caption

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While facing a number of issues surrounding lethal injection as a execution method, some states like Mississippi are creating back-up plans of alternative methods. These methods include using a gas chamber, an electric chair or a firing squad to carry out executions. Nevada Department of Corrections via AP hide caption

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States Find Other Execution Methods After Difficulties With Lethal Injection

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Orange County State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced last month that she would no longer seek the death penalty in Orange and Osceola counties. On Monday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott reassigned 22 murder cases from Ayala. Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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The Flame Refluxer is essentially a big copper blanket: think Brillo pad of wool sandwiched between mesh. Using it while burning off oil yields less air pollution and residue that harms marine life. Courtesy of Worcester Polytechnic Institute hide caption

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Researchers Test Hotter, Faster And Cleaner Way To Fight Oil Spills

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Frederick Bell of Larose, La., says he's received no guidance from a public defender on how to fight drug charges from October. Bell is part of a class action lawsuit against Louisiana's public defender board that charges the public defense system is unconstitutional. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Public Defenders Hard To Come By In Louisiana

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Appeals Court To Hear Case Involving Mississippi's Controversial Flag

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Keitra Bates stands in front of the building she plans to turn into Marddy's shared kitchen and marketplace. Debbie Elliot/NPR hide caption

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Preserving The Flavor Of An Atlanta Neighborhood

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's position against the enforcement of Trump's immigration policies could jeopardize some federal funding. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Louisiana Immigrant Rights Groups Organize Against Trump Policies

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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange Chosen To Replace Jeff Sessions

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