Debbie Elliott http://wvasfm.org en Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past http://wvasfm.org/post/writer-plumbs-nature-evil-hometowns-violent-civil-rights-past Mississippi's past looms large in Greg Iles' best-selling thrillers. His latest book, <em>Natchez Burning,</em> is the first in a trilogy that<em> </em>takes readers back 50 years to chilling civil rights-era murders and conspiracies all set in Iles' hometown — the antebellum river city of Natchez, Miss.<p>Iles' hero, Penn Cage, is a former prosecutor and widowed single father who has returned to his childhood home. Once there, he finds himself confronting killers, corruption and dark secrets.<p>"Penn Cage I think of as annoyingly righteous sometimes," Iles says. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:15:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 51749 at http://wvasfm.org Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past Corruption Convictions Spell 10 Year Sentence For Former NOLA Mayor http://wvasfm.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 51135 at http://wvasfm.org Longtime Sen. Cochran Ekes Out A Win Against Tea Party Challenger http://wvasfm.org/post/longtime-sen-cochran-ekes-out-win-against-tea-party-challenger 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. Tea Party candidates were rebuffed in primaries across the country yesterday. Just ahead, we'll get some analysis of what that may mean. To begin we're going to hear about it particularly stinging defeat in Mississippi. That's where longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran won a hard-fought runoff with State Sen. Chris McDaniel. The race was considered a key test of Tea Party strength in the conservative Deep South. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 50364 at http://wvasfm.org Sen. Cochran Beats Tea Party Challenger In Miss. Runoff http://wvasfm.org/post/sen-cochran-beats-tea-party-challenger-miss-runoff Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning I'm David Greene form member station WLRN in Miami.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. A longtime senator from Mississippi has beaten back a Tea Party challenger in a hard-fought and much watched Republican runoff. The race between the six-term incumbent, Thad Cochran and state Senator, Chris McDaniel was considered a test of Tea Party strength against the GOP establishment in a reliably conservative state. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:21:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 50319 at http://wvasfm.org Twisty Miss. Primary May Mean End Of Road For Longtime Senator http://wvasfm.org/post/twisty-miss-primary-may-mean-end-road-longtime-senator Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel. Next week, voters in Mississippi once again go to the polls; this time in the runoff for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. Six-term incumbent Thad Cochran remains locked in a tight race against challenger Chris McDaniel, a Tea-Party-backed State Senator. It is seen as a referendum on whether the GOP establishment can beat back Tea Party fervor. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 50095 at http://wvasfm.org Still Learning From The 'Pearl Harbor' Of The Civil Rights Movement http://wvasfm.org/post/still-learning-pearl-harbor-civil-rights-movement This weekend marks 50 years since three young civil rights workers went missing in Philadelphia, Miss., drawing the nation's attention to the brutal resistance to equal rights in the South at the time.<p>Justice came slowly, but the murders did help spur change. Today, young people are still learning about the activists' legacy, hoping to inspire further action.<p><strong>Attack At The Church</strong><p>Freedom Summer drew hundreds of young Americans to Mississippi in 1964. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:59:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 49980 at http://wvasfm.org Still Learning From The 'Pearl Harbor' Of The Civil Rights Movement In Mississippi, A Heated Senate Primary Spills Into Runoff http://wvasfm.org/post/mississippi-heated-senate-primary-spills-runoff Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>A bitterly fought Republican Senate primary in Mississippi is heading for overtime. After yesterday's voting, longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is trailing his Tea Party backed challenger, State Sen. Chris McDaniel. The race appears headed for a runoff in three weeks. NPR's Debbie Elliott has been covering the contest and joins us now from Jackson, Mississippi. Hi, Debbie.<p>DEBBIE ELLIOTT, BYLINE: Hi, Robert.<p>SIEGEL: This Senate primary was considered the biggest stand-off between the Tea Party and the GOP establishment. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 49201 at http://wvasfm.org In Mississippi, A Senate Race Derailed By A Blogger's Photos http://wvasfm.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 48975 at http://wvasfm.org In Mississippi, A Senate Race Derailed By A Blogger's Photos Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco http://wvasfm.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 07:47:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 47998 at http://wvasfm.org Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco In Mississippi, A Tea Party Challenger Takes On A GOP Institution http://wvasfm.org/post/mississippi-tea-party-challenger-takes-gop-institution The Tea Party Express bus tour made a recent swing through Mississippi, stopping on the lush grounds of the state Capitol in Jackson.<p>It's a strategic stop to rally support for a state senator who is giving longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran the re-election battle of his career. The Senate primary here is the latest episode in the national GOP power struggle between establishment forces and Tea Party upstarts.<p>"The conservative movement is starting its life again," challenger Chris McDaniel says to the small crowd gathered under sprawling oaks and magnolias. Tue, 13 May 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 47932 at http://wvasfm.org In Mississippi, A Tea Party Challenger Takes On A GOP Institution