Debbie Elliott http://nhpr.org en As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay http://nhpr.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 46834 at http://nhpr.org As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay Alabama Tax Program Grows Out Of A Grandfather's Lasting Legacy http://nhpr.org/post/alabama-tax-program-grows-out-grandfathers-lasting-legacy Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Alabama consistently ranks near the bottom in most social measures. And as a result, college graduates tend to flee the state for better opportunities elsewhere. Now, a college professor is trying to stop the migration. Stephen Black's inspiration is his grandfather, the late Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 46820 at http://nhpr.org Paula Deen's Restaurant, Site Of Seafood And Slurs, Shuts Down http://nhpr.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 46229 at http://nhpr.org E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make 'Vaping' Cool For Kids http://nhpr.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 44416 at http://nhpr.org E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make 'Vaping' Cool For Kids Gay-Marriage Battle Moves South, And Religious Right Fights Back http://nhpr.org/post/gay-marriage-battle-moves-south-and-religious-right-fights-back The legal battle over gay marriage is moving to the Deep South. Buoyed by federal court victories in Oklahoma, Kentucky and Virginia, gay-rights activists are taking on traditional marriage laws in the very states where those laws enjoy overwhelming public support.<p>Take Alabama, where Paul Hard is suing the state for violating his constitutional rights to equal protection and due process following the death of his partner, David Fancher, whom he legally married in Massachusetts. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:46:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 43906 at http://nhpr.org Gay-Marriage Battle Moves South, And Religious Right Fights Back Former New Orleans Mayor Found Guilty Of Corruption http://nhpr.org/post/former-new-orleans-mayor-found-guilty-corruption Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The former mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, is guilty of bribery and other federal corruption charges. A jury convicted the Democrat yesterday on 20 of 21 counts for steering city contracts to businessmen who showered him with money and lavish gifts. NPR's Debbie Elliot reports.<p>DEBBIE ELLIOT, BYLINE: Ray Nagin's conviction marks the end of a chapter for a city long awaiting this moment. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:09:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 43482 at http://nhpr.org Why Is Tobacco Still The Leading Preventable Cause Of Death? http://nhpr.org/post/why-tobacco-still-leading-preventable-cause-death Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Fifty years after the landmark surgeon general's report that smoking causes cancer, former U.S. surgeons general are emphasizing that the key in the fight against tobacco is kids. They gathered for a youth tobacco summit in New Orleans yesterday.<p>NPR's Debbie Elliott reports.<p>DEBBIE ELLIOTT, BYLINE: Former Surgeon General Regina Benjamin says no one wanted to believe Dr. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:05:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 43420 at http://nhpr.org When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour http://nhpr.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. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:02:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 43008 at http://nhpr.org When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour Deep South, Meet Deep Freeze http://nhpr.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 21:52:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 42592 at http://nhpr.org Bribery Trial To Begin For Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin http://nhpr.org/post/bribery-trial-begin-ex-new-orleans-mayor-ray-nagin A high-stakes public corruption trial starts in New Orleans on Monday. Former Mayor Ray Nagin faces federal criminal charges in what prosecutors describe as a series of schemes to profit from his position. He's accused of taking more than $200,000 worth of bribes from businessmen who won lucrative city contracts when he was in office. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 42484 at http://nhpr.org Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress http://nhpr.org/post/six-decades-later-integration-remains-work-progress A federal judge in Little Rock, Ark., approved a settlement today that ends decades of litigation over school desegregation there.<strong> </strong><p>The city was one of the first tests of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic <em>Brown v. Board of Education</em>, when President Eisenhower sent federal troops to integrate Central High School in 1957.<p>Just about anyone you speak to about the Little Rock desegregation case says it's time for the contentious and ongoing litigation to be over. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 01:15:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 41781 at http://nhpr.org Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock http://nhpr.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 41710 at http://nhpr.org Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock A Black Church's Dilemma: Preserve A Building, Or Our Identity? http://nhpr.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 41684 at http://nhpr.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://nhpr.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 10:14:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 40569 at http://nhpr.org For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Oily Gunk Scientists Charge BP Oil Spill 'Gravely' Injured Dolphins http://nhpr.org/post/scientists-charge-bp-oil-spill-gravely-injured-dolphins Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The BP oil spill turned out to be less disastrous than people feared at the beginning, but it still was a disaster, and the effects are still being felt. Dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico are getting very sick, we're told, from exposure to oil. For the first time, a government study confirms a host of problems in dolphins who live in one of Louisiana's bays worst affected. Here's NPR's Debbie Elliot.<p>DEBBIE ELLIOT, BYLINE: In 2011, the year following the disaster, scientists examined bottlenose dolphins in Barataria Bay. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:29:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 40432 at http://nhpr.org