Debbie Elliott http://kuow.org en As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay http://kuow.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 32628 at http://kuow.org As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay Paula Deen's Restaurant, Site Of Seafood And Slurs, Shuts Down http://kuow.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 31942 at http://kuow.org Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Brings 'Bad Juju' And Pain 25 Years Later http://kuow.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 22:02:38 +0000 Debbie Elliott 31342 at http://kuow.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://kuow.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 29722 at http://kuow.org E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make 'Vaping' Cool For Kids Gay-Marriage Battle Moves South, And Religious Right Fights Back http://kuow.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 23:58:43 +0000 Debbie Elliott 29153 at http://kuow.org Gay-Marriage Battle Moves South, And Religious Right Fights Back When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour http://kuow.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 28220 at http://kuow.org When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour Deep South, Meet Deep Freeze http://kuow.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 27801 at http://kuow.org Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress http://kuow.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 01:10:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 27010 at http://kuow.org Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock http://kuow.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 26953 at http://kuow.org Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock A Black Church's Dilemma: Preserve A Building, Or Our Identity? http://kuow.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 26924 at http://kuow.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://kuow.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 25892 at http://kuow.org For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Oily Gunk Rev. T.J. Jemison Remembered As Civil Rights Movement Pioneer http://kuow.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 24335 at http://kuow.org Rev. T.J. Jemison Remembered As Civil Rights Movement Pioneer A Clash Of Styles As GOP Factions Fight For Alabama District http://kuow.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 23053 at http://kuow.org A Clash Of Styles As GOP Factions Fight For Alabama District A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students http://kuow.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 21853 at http://kuow.org A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students 50 Years After The Bombing, Birmingham Still Subtly Divided http://kuow.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 20368 at http://kuow.org 50 Years After The Bombing, Birmingham Still Subtly Divided