Debbie Elliott http://wkms.org en Corruption Convictions Spell 10 Year Sentence For Former NOLA Mayor http://wkms.org/post/corruption-convictions-spell-10-year-sentence-former-nola-mayor Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>A federal judge has sentenced former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to 10 years in prison for corruption conviction. The sentence was lighter than what prosecutors were seeking for the former two-term Democrat. NPR's Debbie Elliott covered Nagin's trial earlier this year, and she joins us now to talk about today's sentencing. Debbie, first remind us of what Ray Nagin was convicted of back in February.<p>DEBBIE ELLIOT, BYLINE: Well, a New Orleans jury found him guilty of 20 of the 21 federal corruption counts he was facing. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 41946 at http://wkms.org Mississippi Marks 50 Years Since History-Changing 'Freedom Summer' http://wkms.org/post/mississippi-marks-50-years-history-changing-freedom-summer A new exhibit at the Mississippi state archives takes you back in time. The facade of a front porch, complete with screen door, invites you to imagine what it was like for some 900 activists, mostly white college students, who in 1964 came to the nation's most closed society.<p>Robert Moses was an organizer of what was at the time formally known as the Mississippi Summer Project.<p>"That's sort of what was nice about it. There was no pretension that we were going to change history," Moses says. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 41086 at http://wkms.org Mississippi Marks 50 Years Since History-Changing 'Freedom Summer' In Mississippi, A Senate Race Derailed By A Blogger's Photos http://wkms.org/post/mississippi-senate-race-derailed-bloggers-photos Mississippi's Republican Senate primary has taken a bizarre and nasty turn as Tuesday's election draws near. The heated race is considered one of the Tea Party's best opportunities to unseat a longtime GOP incumbent, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.<p>His challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, is struggling to stay on message after some of his supporters <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/22/314934401/three-more-men-charged-in-conspiracy-case-roiling-miss-senate-race">were arrested</a> in a scheme to exploit Cochran's bedridden wife. Fri, 30 May 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 40959 at http://wkms.org In Mississippi, A Senate Race Derailed By A Blogger's Photos Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco http://wkms.org/post/too-young-smoke-not-pick-tobacco Kids under 18 can't buy cigarettes in the U.S., but they can legally work in tobacco fields when they're as young as 12.<p>One of those kids is Eddie Ramirez, 15, who works the fields in the summer.<p>"It just sticks to my hand," he says of the plant. "It's really sticky, you know, and really yellow." It's nearly impossible to wash off, he says.<p>A <a href="http://www.hrw.org/node/125316" target="_blank">new report from Human Rights Watch</a> says the practice of children farming tobacco is hazardous and should be stopped. Wed, 14 May 2014 14:18:46 +0000 Debbie Elliott 40550 at http://wkms.org Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour http://wkms.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 23:05:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 38488 at http://wkms.org When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress http://wkms.org/post/nearly-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 01:31:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 38008 at http://wkms.org Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress Rev. T.J. Jemison Remembered As Civil Rights Movement Pioneer http://wkms.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 23:08:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 36812 at http://wkms.org Rev. T.J. Jemison Remembered As Civil Rights Movement Pioneer A Clash Of Styles As GOP Factions Fight For Alabama District http://wkms.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 36186 at http://wkms.org A Clash Of Styles As GOP Factions Fight For Alabama District A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students http://wkms.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 35609 at http://wkms.org A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students Congress Honors Victims Of Infamous Alabama Church Bombing http://wkms.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 34732 at http://wkms.org Congress Honors Victims Of Infamous Alabama Church Bombing