Debbie Elliott http://kbia.org en As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay http://kbia.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 51396 at http://kbia.org As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay Paula Deen's Restaurant, Site Of Seafood And Slurs, Shuts Down http://kbia.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 20:17:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 50798 at http://kbia.org Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Brings 'Bad Juju' And Pain 25 Years Later http://kbia.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 21:38:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 50300 at http://kbia.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://kbia.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 48966 at http://kbia.org E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make 'Vaping' Cool For Kids Face Of Katrina Recovery Found Guilty Of Corruption Charges http://kbia.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 21:29:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 48070 at http://kbia.org When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour http://kbia.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 47660 at http://kbia.org When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour Deep South, Meet Deep Freeze http://kbia.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 21:41:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 47302 at http://kbia.org Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress http://kbia.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 00:51:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 46611 at http://kbia.org Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock http://kbia.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 46561 at http://kbia.org Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock A Black Church's Dilemma: Preserve A Building, Or Our Identity? http://kbia.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 46533 at http://kbia.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://kbia.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 14:04:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 45636 at http://kbia.org For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Oily Gunk Rev. T.J. Jemison Remembered As Civil Rights Movement Pioneer http://kbia.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 44256 at http://kbia.org Rev. T.J. Jemison Remembered As Civil Rights Movement Pioneer A Clash Of Styles As GOP Factions Fight For Alabama District http://kbia.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 43059 at http://kbia.org A Clash Of Styles As GOP Factions Fight For Alabama District A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students http://kbia.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 41925 at http://kbia.org A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students 50 Years After The Bombing, Birmingham Still Subtly Divided http://kbia.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 40542 at http://kbia.org 50 Years After The Bombing, Birmingham Still Subtly Divided Congress Honors Victims Of Infamous Alabama Church Bombing http://kbia.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 40224 at http://kbia.org Congress Honors Victims Of Infamous Alabama Church Bombing A Children's Author Wrangles A Cowboy Soundtrack http://kbia.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 40116 at http://kbia.org A Children's Author Wrangles A Cowboy Soundtrack Post-Katrina New Orleans A Story Of Modern Pioneering http://kbia.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 39604 at http://kbia.org Post-Katrina New Orleans A Story Of Modern Pioneering Suit In Alabama Seeks To Stop School Choice Law http://kbia.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 39082 at http://kbia.org Suit In Alabama Seeks To Stop School Choice Law The Vintage Cadillac With The Memphis Soundtrack http://kbia.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 38788 at http://kbia.org The Vintage Cadillac With The Memphis Soundtrack Remembering Birmingham's 'Dynamite Hill' Neighborhood http://kbia.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 36560 at http://kbia.org Remembering Birmingham's 'Dynamite Hill' Neighborhood Spoken Dish Asks Southerners: What Is Your Food Identity? http://kbia.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 15:57:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 35595 at http://kbia.org Spoken Dish Asks Southerners: What Is Your Food Identity? Fifty Years After Medgar Evers' Killing, The Scars Remain http://kbia.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 10:11:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 34888 at http://kbia.org Fifty Years After Medgar Evers' Killing, The Scars Remain Gulf Coast States Get Creative With BP Oil Spill Money http://kbia.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 34483 at http://kbia.org Gulf Coast States Get Creative With BP Oil Spill Money Shell Digs Deep To Tap Into Lucrative Oil, Gas Reserves http://kbia.org/post/shell-digs-deep-tap-lucrative-oil-gas-reserves Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>One reason the world is not yet running out of oil and gas is that energy companies keep finding ways to extract those resources from more and more difficult places, including far under the ocean. Royal Dutch Shell announced plans, yesterday, for the world's deepest offshore floating oil and gas facility.<p>NPR's Debbie Elliott reports.<p>DEBBIE ELLIOTT, BYLINE: Shell calls its ultra-deepwater project a milestone. Thu, 09 May 2013 09:56:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 33425 at http://kbia.org A Grieving Brother Finds Solace In His Sister's 'Small Town' http://kbia.org/post/grieving-brother-finds-solace-his-sisters-small-town When he was a teenager, journalist Rod Dreher couldn't wait to escape Louisiana. Now he has found his way home again in grief — after his sister's death from lung cancer. It was "in light" of that tragedy, Dreher says, that he discovered the value of community. It's the subject of his new book, <em>The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life</em>.<p>Dreher's new home is on a historic block in St. Francisville, La., population 1,700. The houses have welcoming, wide front porches. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 07:28:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 32819 at http://kbia.org A Grieving Brother Finds Solace In His Sister's 'Small Town' Massive Sinkhole In Louisiana Baffles Officials http://kbia.org/post/massive-sinkhole-louisiana-baffles-officials Louisiana officials are grappling with a giant sinkhole that's threatening a neighborhood. A salt mine collapsed last year, creating a series of problems regulators say they've never seen before, including tremors and oil and gas leaks and a sinkhole that now covers 9 acres.<p>Residents have been evacuated for more than seven months now and are losing patience.<p>Ernie Boudreaux lives in a trailer on Jambalaya Street in Bayou Corne, La. Strange things have been happening to his home, he says.<p>"It cracks. You can hear it. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 20:58:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 30741 at http://kbia.org Massive Sinkhole In Louisiana Baffles Officials Alabama Divided As Court Prepares To Hear Voting Rights Challenge http://kbia.org/post/alabama-divided-court-prepares-hear-voting-rights-challenge This week, the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a challenge to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 29468 at http://kbia.org Alabama Divided As Court Prepares To Hear Voting Rights Challenge Mardi Gras Merriment Beyond Bourbon Street Festivities http://kbia.org/post/mardi-gras-merriment-beyond-bourbon-street-festivities It's Fat Tuesday, the final day of indulgence before the fasting and penance of Lent begins. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:53:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 28761 at http://kbia.org Mardi Gras Merriment Beyond Bourbon Street Festivities Drought Causes Ripple Effect Along Mighty Mississippi River http://kbia.org/post/drought-causes-ripple-effect-along-mighty-mississippi-river The persistent drought is raising questions about how the Mississippi River is managed — both upstream and down.<p>While cargo traffic upriver has gotten lots of attention, the drought is creating a different set of problems downriver at the mouth of the Mississippi, where saltwater has encroached.<p>An old-fashioned staff river gauge behind the New Orleans district office of the U.S. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:43:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 28055 at http://kbia.org Drought Causes Ripple Effect Along Mighty Mississippi River