Debbie Elliott http://wamc.org en As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay http://wamc.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 88283 at http://wamc.org As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay Paula Deen's Restaurant, Site Of Seafood And Slurs, Shuts Down http://wamc.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 87492 at http://wamc.org Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Brings 'Bad Juju' And Pain 25 Years Later http://wamc.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 86776 at http://wamc.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://wamc.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 84964 at http://wamc.org E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make 'Vaping' Cool For Kids Gay-Marriage Battle Moves South, And Religious Right Fights Back http://wamc.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. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:12:01 +0000 Debbie Elliott 84305 at http://wamc.org Gay-Marriage Battle Moves South, And Religious Right Fights Back Face Of Katrina Recovery Found Guilty Of Corruption Charges http://wamc.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 21:00:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 83751 at http://wamc.org Family Feud Renews Over MLK's Prized Possessions http://wamc.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 21:42:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 83347 at http://wamc.org When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour http://wamc.org/post/when-his-pit-burned-down-southern-barbecue-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 22:51:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 83209 at http://wamc.org When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour Deep South, Meet Deep Freeze http://wamc.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 82764 at http://wamc.org No 'Cohabitation' For Alabama State's First Female President http://wamc.org/post/no-cohabitation-alabama-states-first-female-president Alabama State University will soon have its first female president. But trustees at the historically black college put a stipulation in her <a href="http://npr.org/assets/news/2013/BoydContract.pdf" target="_blank">contract</a> that critics say is a setback for equality.<p>Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd will become the president of her alma mater next month. Her contract requires the 58-year-old engineer to move into the president's home on the Alabama State University campus in Montgomery.<p>Another clause states "for so long as Dr. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:08:12 +0000 Debbie Elliott 82117 at http://wamc.org No 'Cohabitation' For Alabama State's First Female President