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

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards is launching a return to politics by running for Congress. His campaign comes 50 years after he first served as a state senator, and three years after he was released from federal prison, where he was serving time on corruption charges. Edwards — nicknamed the "Silver Fox" €”— says public life is his calling. "It's in my blood," he tells NPR. Travis Spradling/SP hide caption

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Ex-Con, Future Congressman? Former Gov. Edwin Edwards Campaigns Again

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Neonta Williams (left) shares family letters dating back to 1901 with preservationist Kimberly Peach during the Smithsonian's Save our African American Treasures program at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Peach advises her to use archive-quality polyester sleeves to protect the fragile papers, rather than store them in a zip-lock bag. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Preserving Black History, Americans Care For National Treasures At Home

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Federal Judge Rules BP Primary Culprit In Gulf Oil Spill

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Federal Judge Decides BP Acted With Gross Negligence In Gulf Oil Spill

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Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana's Ban On Gay Marriage

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Federal Court Deals A Victory For Opponents Of Same-Sex Marriage

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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Restrictions

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Fannie Lou Hamer, a leader of the Freedom Democratic party, speaks before the credentials committee of the Democratic national convention in Atlantic City, N.J., on Aug. 22, 1964. AP hide caption

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Freedom Strategy Put To The Test At Democratic National Convention

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Human Rights Campaign, a national gay-rights group, launched a grass-roots effort to make the Deep South's culture more accepting of gays and lesbians. Brad Clark discusses the group's work in Mississippi. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Gay-Rights Movement Tackles Cultural Battle In The Deep South

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In Virginia, Gay Marriages May Begin Next Week

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama Abortion Law

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Corruption Convictions Spell 10 Year Sentence For Former NOLA Mayor

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'Teenie' Hodges, A Sculptor Of Al Green's Sultry Sound, Passes Away

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Longtime Sen. Cochran Ekes Out A Win Against Tea Party Challenger

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Sen. Cochran Beats Tea Party Challenger In Miss. Runoff

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