Debbie Elliott http://wgcu.org en 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 Rev. T.J. Jemison Remembered As Civil Rights Movement Pioneer http://wgcu.org/post/rev-tj-jemison-remembered-civil-rights-movement-pioneer The state of Louisiana is paying tribute Friday to the Rev. T.J. Jemison, a strong and steady voice against unequal treatment for blacks in the Jim Crow South.<p>Jemison's body lay in repose at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge, where Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said he will be remembered as one of the greats of the civil rights movement.<p>"He had such a heart and courage for justice," Landrieu said. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 4813 at http://wgcu.org Rev. T.J. Jemison Remembered As Civil Rights Movement Pioneer A Clash Of Styles As GOP Factions Fight For Alabama District http://wgcu.org/post/clash-styles-gop-factions-fight-alabama-district Voters in Alabama's 1st congressional district are getting a glimpse of the factions vying for control of the Republican Party as two GOP candidates face off in a special election Tuesday.<p>Former state Sen. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:08:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 4067 at http://wgcu.org A Clash Of Styles As GOP Factions Fight For Alabama District 50 Years After The Bombing, Birmingham Still Subtly Divided http://wgcu.org/post/50-years-later-birmingham-still-subtly-divided Fifty years ago Sunday, a Ku Klux Klan bomb at a Baptist church in Birmingham, Ala., killed four black girls and sent shock waves throughout the country.<p>In Birmingham, the tragedy laid bare a deep rift.<p>Carolyn McKinstry, standing on the sidewalk outside 16th Street Baptist Church, remembers arriving for worship 50 years ago.<p>"It was Youth Day," she says. "We were excited because that meant we got to do everything. We sang, we ushered, we did everything."<p>Some of her Sunday school classmates had gone to the ladies' room to freshen up.<p>"They were combing hair. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 11:48:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 2519 at http://wgcu.org 50 Years After The Bombing, Birmingham Still Subtly Divided Congress Honors Victims Of Infamous Alabama Church Bombing http://wgcu.org/post/congress-honors-victims-infamous-alabama-church-bombing On Tuesday, Congress will bestow its highest civilian honor — posthumously — on the young victims of a deadly Alabama church bombing from the civil rights era.<p>The Congressional Gold Medals for Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley come 50 years after the black girls were killed by a Ku Klux Klan bomb.<p>Just as the federal recognition is long in coming, so was justice.<p>The plot to bomb the 16th Street Baptist Church can be traced to a once-remote spot along Alabama's scenic Cahaba River. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:04:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 2322 at http://wgcu.org Congress Honors Victims Of Infamous Alabama Church Bombing Post-Katrina New Orleans A Story Of Modern Pioneering http://wgcu.org/post/post-katrina-new-orleans-story-modern-pioneering <em>It's been eight years to the day since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. To mark the anniversary, NPR revisits neighborhood activist and curator Ronald Lewis, a New Orleans resident whom</em><em> </em>Morning Edition<em> </em><em>host Steve Inskeep regularly checked in with in the months after the storm.</em><p>"Unbelievable." That's how then-displaced Lower 9th Ward resident Ronald Lewis described his neighborhood in the days after Hurricane Katrina. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:34:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 1954 at http://wgcu.org Post-Katrina New Orleans A Story Of Modern Pioneering Suit In Alabama Seeks To Stop School Choice Law http://wgcu.org/post/suit-alabama-seeks-stop-school-choice-law Parents in some rural Alabama counties are asking a federal court to block a new state law that gives tax breaks to families who transfer out of failing schools. They argue that their children aren't getting a fair shot at a quality education.<p>The law, passed in a controversial last-minute move by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature this year, provides a $3,500 tax credit for private school tuition or to offset the cost of transferring to a nonfailing public school. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:28:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 1633 at http://wgcu.org Suit In Alabama Seeks To Stop School Choice Law