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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Drilling Advocate Frustrated By Handling Of Oil Spill

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Federal Investigators Hold Hearings Into Oil Spill

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Coastal Businesses Feel The Pain Of Gulf Oil Leak

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A boat with an oil boom tries to contain the spill, approximately 7 miles from where the oil rig sank last week. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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How An Oil Spill Spread Into A National Crisis

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Archbishop of Mobile Thomas Rodi blesses the fleet in Bayou La Batre Sunday. He asked God to bless those who are working to contain and to stop the oil leak. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Gulf Town Asks God To Protect Its Livelihoods

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Containment booms designed to be a protective barrier circle Dauphin Island at the mouth of Mobile Bay in Alabama. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Waiting For The Oil Spill's First Casualties

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Civil Rights Group Struggles To Remain Relevant

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When Students Ignited A Change In Racial Politics

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Susan Spicer, pictured here in December 2009, is the chef and owner of Bayona restaurant in New Orleans. She says Janette Desautel, the Treme character played by Kim Dickens (below), is based on her — just "younger, saltier and a little prettier than me." Cheryl Gerber/AP hide caption

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New Orleans Locals Put Their Stamp On HBO's 'Treme'

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Undecided Lawmakers Targeted For Their Health Vote

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Construction workers convert Sunday school rooms into exam rooms at the New Orleans Faith Health Alliance, a fledgling health clinic for uninsured workers at First Grace United Methodist Church in New Orleans' Mid-City neighborhood. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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As Focus Shifts To Jobs, The Uninsured Seek Solutions

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Fans celebrate the New Orleans Saints' win against the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, Sunday in New Orleans. The Saints defeated the Colts 31-17. Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images hide caption

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New Orleans Celebrates Saints Win As New Beginning

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In New Orleans, Rise Of Saints Symbolic Of City

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