Debbie Elliott http://wgcu.org en Corruption Convictions Spell 10 Year Sentence For Former NOLA Mayor http://wgcu.org/post/corruption-convictions-spell-10-year-sentence-former-nola-mayor Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>A federal judge has sentenced former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to 10 years in prison for corruption conviction. The sentence was lighter than what prosecutors were seeking for the former two-term Democrat. NPR's Debbie Elliott covered Nagin's trial earlier this year, and she joins us now to talk about today's sentencing. Debbie, first remind us of what Ray Nagin was convicted of back in February.<p>DEBBIE ELLIOT, BYLINE: Well, a New Orleans jury found him guilty of 20 of the 21 federal corruption counts he was facing. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 12189 at http://wgcu.org Longtime Sen. Cochran Ekes Out A Win Against Tea Party Challenger http://wgcu.org/post/longtime-sen-cochran-ekes-out-win-against-tea-party-challenger Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Tea Party candidates were rebuffed in primaries across the country yesterday. Just ahead, we'll get some analysis of what that may mean. To begin we're going to hear about it particularly stinging defeat in Mississippi. That's where longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran won a hard-fought runoff with State Sen. Chris McDaniel. The race was considered a key test of Tea Party strength in the conservative Deep South. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 11736 at http://wgcu.org Twisty Miss. Primary May Mean End Of Road For Longtime Senator http://wgcu.org/post/twisty-miss-primary-may-mean-end-road-longtime-senator Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel. Next week, voters in Mississippi once again go to the polls; this time in the runoff for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. Six-term incumbent Thad Cochran remains locked in a tight race against challenger Chris McDaniel, a Tea-Party-backed State Senator. It is seen as a referendum on whether the GOP establishment can beat back Tea Party fervor. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 11562 at http://wgcu.org Still Learning From The 'Pearl Harbor' Of The Civil Rights Movement http://wgcu.org/post/still-learning-pearl-harbor-civil-rights-movement This weekend marks 50 years since three young civil rights workers went missing in Philadelphia, Miss., drawing the nation's attention to the brutal resistance to equal rights in the South at the time.<p>Justice came slowly, but the murders did help spur change. Today, young people are still learning about the activists' legacy, hoping to inspire further action.<p><strong>Attack At The Church</strong><p>Freedom Summer drew hundreds of young Americans to Mississippi in 1964. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:59:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 11500 at http://wgcu.org Still Learning From The 'Pearl Harbor' Of The Civil Rights Movement In Mississippi, A Heated Senate Primary Spills Into Runoff http://wgcu.org/post/mississippi-heated-senate-primary-spills-runoff Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>A bitterly fought Republican Senate primary in Mississippi is heading for overtime. After yesterday's voting, longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is trailing his Tea Party backed challenger, State Sen. Chris McDaniel. The race appears headed for a runoff in three weeks. NPR's Debbie Elliott has been covering the contest and joins us now from Jackson, Mississippi. Hi, Debbie.<p>DEBBIE ELLIOTT, BYLINE: Hi, Robert.<p>SIEGEL: This Senate primary was considered the biggest stand-off between the Tea Party and the GOP establishment. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 11021 at http://wgcu.org Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco http://wgcu.org/post/too-young-smoke-not-pick-tobacco Kids under 18 can't buy cigarettes in the U.S., but they can legally work in tobacco fields when they're as young as 12.<p>One of those kids is Eddie Ramirez, 15, who works the fields in the summer.<p>"It just sticks to my hand," he says of the plant. "It's really sticky, you know, and really yellow." It's nearly impossible to wash off, he says.<p>A <a href="http://www.hrw.org/node/125316" target="_blank">new report from Human Rights Watch</a> says the practice of children farming tobacco is hazardous and should be stopped. Wed, 14 May 2014 07:47:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 10298 at http://wgcu.org Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco In Mississippi, A Tea Party Challenger Takes On A GOP Institution http://wgcu.org/post/mississippi-tea-party-challenger-takes-gop-institution The Tea Party Express bus tour made a recent swing through Mississippi, stopping on the lush grounds of the state Capitol in Jackson.<p>It's a strategic stop to rally support for a state senator who is giving longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran the re-election battle of his career. The Senate primary here is the latest episode in the national GOP power struggle between establishment forces and Tea Party upstarts.<p>"The conservative movement is starting its life again," challenger Chris McDaniel says to the small crowd gathered under sprawling oaks and magnolias. Tue, 13 May 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 10258 at http://wgcu.org In Mississippi, A Tea Party Challenger Takes On A GOP Institution Dozens Dead And Communities Reeling As Storms Roil Deep South http://wgcu.org/post/dozens-dead-and-communities-reeling-storms-roil-deep-south Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This South is coping with a third day of severe weather. More than 30 people in the region have been killed. NPR's Debbie Elliott reports the damage is widespread, reaching from Oklahoma to the Carolinas.<p>DEBBIE ELLIOTT, BYLINE: Hundreds have lost their homes as the storms and tornadoes cut a deadly path through at least six states. Near Birmingham, Alabama, the worst came in the night, when a tornado tore the roof off some buildings at Timberline West Apartments in Bessemer. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 9824 at http://wgcu.org Mississippi's Lone Abortion Clinic Fights To Remain Open http://wgcu.org/post/mississippis-lone-abortion-clinic-fights-its-survival Mississippi's only abortion clinic is fighting to remain open in the face of ever-tightening state regulations. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans hears arguments Monday in a dispute over a state law that requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges.<p>The bright pink Jackson Women's Health Organization, located in an art deco section of Jackson minutes from the Mississippi state Capitol, has long been a flashpoint in the abortion debate. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:15:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 9761 at http://wgcu.org Mississippi's Lone Abortion Clinic Fights To Remain Open As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay http://wgcu.org/post/la-coast-recedes-battle-rages-over-who-should-pay Louisiana's coast is disappearing at the rate of about a football field an hour. Since the 1930s, the Gulf of Mexico has swallowed up an area the size of Delaware.<p>You can see the water encroaching in Delacroix in St. Bernard Parish, less than an hour southeast of New Orleans. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 9353 at http://wgcu.org As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay Paula Deen's Restaurant, Site Of Seafood And Slurs, Shuts Down http://wgcu.org/post/paula-deens-restaurant-site-seafood-and-slurs-shuts-down Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Another chapter today in the saga of Southern food celebrity Paula Deen. Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House has closed its doors. That's the Savannah, Georgia, restaurant she owns along with her brother. It was the center of a controversy last year that cost Deen part of her lucrative food empire after she admitted under oath that she had used a racial slur. NPR's Debbie Elliott reports.<p>DEBBIE ELLIOTT, BYLINE: The restaurant's website says thank you for 10 great years. Uncle Bubba's is now closed. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 8993 at http://wgcu.org Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Brings 'Bad Juju' And Pain 25 Years Later http://wgcu.org/post/exxon-valdez-oil-spill-brings-bad-juju-and-pain-25-years-later At Ross Mullins' home in Cordova, Alaska, you have to slam the front door extra hard to make it close. The former commercial fisherman lives in a small wood-frame house that's in need of repair. Some of the windows are cracked and he leaves the water faucets dripping to protect uninsulated pipes from the harsh Alaskan winter.<p>When the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground and started leaking oil 25 years ago, the disaster drastically changed the fishing industry in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 8694 at http://wgcu.org Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Brings 'Bad Juju' And Pain 25 Years Later E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make 'Vaping' Cool For Kids http://wgcu.org/post/e-cigarette-critics-worry-new-ads-will-make-vaping-cool-kids Electronic cigarette makers are getting bold with their advertising, using provocative new print ads and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUJ5W2pz1XI" target="_blank">celebrity endorsements</a> on TV. But public health advocates say these images are luring kids to hook them on nicotine.<p>The latest ad for blu eCigs, for example, which ran in the <em>Sports Illustrated</em> swimsuit edition, features an itsy bitsy bikini bottom emblazoned with the company name and includes the tagline "Slim. Charged. Ready to go." You don't see the model's face. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 7864 at http://wgcu.org E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make 'Vaping' Cool For Kids Face Of Katrina Recovery Found Guilty Of Corruption Charges http://wgcu.org/post/face-katrina-recovery-found-guilty-corruption-charges Wednesday in New Orleans, a federal jury convicted former Mayor Ray Nagin on 20 of 21 corruption counts. The two-term mayor was in office when Hurricane Katrina struck and was the public face of the city during the city's rebuilding. Federal prosecutors say that it was during this time he took bribes to steer rebuilding contracts to businessmen. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 7303 at http://wgcu.org Family Feud Renews Over MLK's Prized Possessions http://wgcu.org/post/family-feud-renews-over-mlks-prized-possessions Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The children of Martin Luther King, Jr. are embroiled in yet another legal battle. As NPR's Debbie Elliot reports, the fight this time is over control of the late civil rights leader's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize.<p>DEBBIE ELLIOT, BYLINE: Bernice King stood today in the pulpit of Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.<p>BERNICE KING: Where my father delivered many poignant sermons. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 7102 at http://wgcu.org When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour http://wgcu.org/post/when-his-pit-burned-down-southern-bbq-master-took-hogs-tour In the tiny town of Hemingway, S.C., the Scott family has been selling barbecue out of its roadside general store for nearly a half-century. The smoky, vinegary pork has reached legendary status around the South.<p>So when the Scotts' wooden cookhouse went up in flames late last year, barbecue brethren cooked up a plan to get them back in business. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 7027 at http://wgcu.org When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour Deep South, Meet Deep Freeze http://wgcu.org/post/deep-south-meet-deep-freeze Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The Deep South is in a deep freeze. Snow, sleet and freezing rain have gripped a region more accustomed to sun and surf. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:08:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 6798 at http://wgcu.org Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock http://wgcu.org/post/decades-later-desegregation-still-docket-little-rock In Little Rock, Ark., on Monday, a federal judge is considering a deal that would end one of the longest-running and most notorious school desegregation cases in the country. The state, its largest school districts and lawyers representing black students have agreed to settle a complex lawsuit over unequal education.<p>Little Rock has long been the symbol of the South's violent reaction to <em>Brown v. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:07:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 6281 at http://wgcu.org Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock A Black Church's Dilemma: Preserve A Building, Or Our Identity? http://wgcu.org/post/black-churchs-dilemma-preserve-building-or-our-identity <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRzq9XiRZuY</p> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 10:20:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 6257 at http://wgcu.org A Black Church's Dilemma: Preserve A Building, Or Our Identity? For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Oily Gunk http://wgcu.org/post/bp-cleanup-2013-meant-46-million-pounds-gulf-coast-oil <em>As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. They're numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we live in. </em><p>On a breezy December morning, a work crew is scouring the surf line on Grand Isle, La., scooping up tiny tar balls and collecting them in a basket.<p>Foreman LeRoy Irving keeps track of what the 14-person team has collected in a half-day. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 15:15:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 5689 at http://wgcu.org For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Oily Gunk