Debbie Elliott http://www.kunc.org en Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past http://www.kunc.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 09:27:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 58964 at http://www.kunc.org Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past Mississippi Marks 50 Years Since History-Changing 'Freedom Summer' http://www.kunc.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 57432 at http://www.kunc.org Mississippi Marks 50 Years Since History-Changing 'Freedom Summer' In Mississippi, A Heated Senate Primary Spills Into Runoff http://www.kunc.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 57380 at http://www.kunc.org In Mississippi, A Senate Race Derailed By A Blogger's Photos http://www.kunc.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 57203 at http://www.kunc.org In Mississippi, A Senate Race Derailed By A Blogger's Photos Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco http://www.kunc.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 12:20:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 56507 at http://www.kunc.org Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco