Debbie Elliott http://ktep.org en As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay http://ktep.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 38749 at http://ktep.org As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay Alabama Tax Program Grows Out Of A Grandfather's Lasting Legacy http://ktep.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 38735 at http://ktep.org Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Brings 'Bad Juju' And Pain 25 Years Later http://ktep.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 37453 at http://ktep.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://ktep.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 35852 at http://ktep.org E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make 'Vaping' Cool For Kids Gay-Marriage Battle Moves South, And Religious Right Fights Back http://ktep.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 35208 at http://ktep.org Gay-Marriage Battle Moves South, And Religious Right Fights Back Singing To The Strength Of New Orleans http://ktep.org/post/singing-strength-new-orleans <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsfNmg9dGpM</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:13:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 34625 at http://ktep.org Singing To The Strength Of New Orleans Fate Of Former New Orleans Mayor Now In Jury's Hands http://ktep.org/post/fate-former-new-orleans-mayor-now-jurys-hands Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The fate of the former mayor of New Orleans is now in the hands of a jury. Ray Nagin is accused of using his public position for personal financial gain. Nagin is a Democrat. He became known worldwide as the face of city government when Hurricane Katrina struck. He held office for two terms. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 34539 at http://ktep.org When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour http://ktep.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 23:12:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 34156 at http://ktep.org When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour Deep South, Meet Deep Freeze http://ktep.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 33690 at http://ktep.org Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress http://ktep.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 01:03:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 32717 at http://ktep.org Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock http://ktep.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 32652 at http://ktep.org Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock A Black Church's Dilemma: Preserve A Building, Or Our Identity? http://ktep.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 32615 at http://ktep.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://ktep.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 31366 at http://ktep.org For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Oily Gunk Scientists Charge BP Oil Spill 'Gravely' Injured Dolphins http://ktep.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 31212 at http://ktep.org Rev. T.J. Jemison Remembered As Civil Rights Movement Pioneer http://ktep.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 23:30:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 29574 at http://ktep.org Rev. T.J. Jemison Remembered As Civil Rights Movement Pioneer A Clash Of Styles As GOP Factions Fight For Alabama District http://ktep.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 28149 at http://ktep.org A Clash Of Styles As GOP Factions Fight For Alabama District A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students http://ktep.org/post/young-torchbearer-lights-way-new-orleans-music-students In New Orleans, it's cool to be in the high school band — especially when Trombone Shorty shows up in the band room.<p>The brass player and bandleader recently paid a visit to New Orleans' Warren Easton High School to work with band members. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:03:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 26789 at http://ktep.org A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students 50 Years After The Bombing, Birmingham Still Subtly Divided http://ktep.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 11:51:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 25096 at http://ktep.org 50 Years After The Bombing, Birmingham Still Subtly Divided Congress Honors Victims Of Infamous Alabama Church Bombing http://ktep.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 24719 at http://ktep.org Congress Honors Victims Of Infamous Alabama Church Bombing A Children's Author Wrangles A Cowboy Soundtrack http://ktep.org/post/childrens-author-wrangles-cowboy-soundtrack <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4gugQo0EpA</p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 09:36:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 24587 at http://ktep.org A Children's Author Wrangles A Cowboy Soundtrack Gulf States Set Plan For Spending Coastal Restoration Funds http://ktep.org/post/gulf-states-set-plan-spending-coastal-restoration-funds Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>You are listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.<p>States that border the Gulf of Mexico are awaiting some big money. They could garner billions of dollars from fines and penalties stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill back in 2010. The states have been anticipating that income and debating how to spend it. Now, they have a plan.<p>From New Orleans, here's NPR's Debbie Elliott.<p>UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: So I'd like to call for a vote by acclamation. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:51:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 24036 at http://ktep.org Post-Katrina New Orleans A Story Of Modern Pioneering http://ktep.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 23971 at http://ktep.org Post-Katrina New Orleans A Story Of Modern Pioneering Suit In Alabama Seeks To Stop School Choice Law http://ktep.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 21:35:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 23336 at http://ktep.org Suit In Alabama Seeks To Stop School Choice Law The Vintage Cadillac With The Memphis Soundtrack http://ktep.org/post/pink-cadillac-memphis-soundtrack In the town where I grew up — Memphis, Tenn. — Tad Pierson has made a career out of his love for cars and American music by working as a tour guide. We meet in the grand lobby of the Peabody Hotel, the downtown landmark famous for its ducks and Southern elegance. But it's also considered the starting point of the Mississippi Delta, a region steeped in the blues.<p>Parked along the curb outside is not just any '55 Cadillac. It's pink and authentic, with fading leather bench seats and no air conditioning. So we head out, windows down on a thick, steamy August morning. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 06:03:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 22974 at http://ktep.org The Vintage Cadillac With The Memphis Soundtrack Remembering Birmingham's 'Dynamite Hill' Neighborhood http://ktep.org/post/remembering-birminghams-dynamite-hill-neighborhood <em>Long before the Civil Rights marches of 1963 thrust Birmingham, Ala. into the national spotlight, black families along one residential street were steadily chipping away at Jim Crow segregation laws — and paying a price for it. As part of our series looking back at the seminal events that changed the nation 50 years ago, NPR's Debbie Elliott paid a visit to Birmingham's Dynamite Hill.</em><p>In many ways, the story of modern Birmingham starts on Center Street, a leafy hill lined with neat brick ranch-style houses. In the 1940s, Center Street was the city's color line. Sat, 06 Jul 2013 08:48:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 20379 at http://ktep.org Remembering Birmingham's 'Dynamite Hill' Neighborhood Racial Slur Puts Paula Deen's Empire At Risk http://ktep.org/post/racial-slur-puts-paula-deens-empire-risk The world's largest retailer Wal-Mart is joining the list of companies severing ties with southern food star Paula Deen. The Savannah, Georgia-based cook and restaurateur has been on the front burner since an admission she used a racial slur in the past. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:04:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 19742 at http://ktep.org In Alabama, Voting Decision Seen As Sign Of Progress, Setback http://ktep.org/post/alabama-voting-decision-seen-sign-progress-setback The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act came in a case from the very state that helped shape the statute: Alabama.<p>The court's opinion in <em>Shelby County v. Holder</em> notes that history did not stop in 1965 — the year state troopers fired tear gas and beat back voting-rights protesters on Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:27:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 19675 at http://ktep.org In Alabama, Voting Decision Seen As Sign Of Progress, Setback Spoken Dish Asks Southerners: What Is Your Food Identity? http://ktep.org/post/spoken-dish-asks-southerners-what-your-food-identity Does cast-iron skillet cornbread, hot and crispy from the oven, transport you back to your grandma's kitchen? Do you cook with certain ingredients as a link to your roots in the South? If so, "<a href="http://www.aspokendish.com/index.html">A Spoken Dish</a>" wants to hear your story.<p>The Southern Foodways Alliance is teaming up with Whole Foods Market and Georgia Organics in this video storytelling project as a way to celebrate and document food memories and rituals of the American South.<p>The goal is "to document the palate of a changing South," says A Spoken Dish producer Kate Medley. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:45:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 19109 at http://ktep.org Spoken Dish Asks Southerners: What Is Your Food Identity? Fifty Years After Medgar Evers' Killing, The Scars Remain http://ktep.org/post/fifty-years-after-medgar-evers-killing-scars-remain For Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain NAACP leader Medgar Evers, the memories of 1963 are still raw.<p>Her family lived in terror behind the locked doors of their Jackson, Miss., home — a modest, three-bedroom, ranch-style house in one of the first new subdivisions built for African-Americans in Mississippi's segregated capital city. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 18278 at http://ktep.org Fifty Years After Medgar Evers' Killing, The Scars Remain Gulf Coast States Get Creative With BP Oil Spill Money http://ktep.org/post/gulf-coast-states-get-creative-bp-oil-spill-money Gulf Coast states are lining up to spend $1 billion from BP on coastal restoration. The money is part of BP's legal responsibility to restore the Gulf of Mexico's natural resources in the aftermath of the worst oil disaster in U.S. history.<p>But the nature of some of the state projects, including boat ramps and a beachfront hotel, is raising questions about just what counts as coastal restoration.<p>Earlier this month, Alabama's Gov. Robert Bentley stood on a sugar white state park beach to announce plans for an $85 million lodge and conference center. Tue, 28 May 2013 22:38:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 17776 at http://ktep.org Gulf Coast States Get Creative With BP Oil Spill Money