Debbie Elliott http://kplu.org en Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Brings 'Bad Juju' And Pain 25 Years Later http://kplu.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 23:01:36 +0000 Debbie Elliott 15356 at http://kplu.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://kplu.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 17:15:45 +0000 Debbie Elliott 14350 at http://kplu.org E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make 'Vaping' Cool For Kids Gay-Marriage Battle Moves South, And Religious Right Fights Back http://kplu.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 23:02:02 +0000 Debbie Elliott 13894 at http://kplu.org Gay-Marriage Battle Moves South, And Religious Right Fights Back When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour http://kplu.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 23:17:47 +0000 Debbie Elliott 13243 at http://kplu.org When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour No 'Cohabitation' For Alabama State's First Female President http://kplu.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. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:16:20 +0000 Debbie Elliott 12693 at http://kplu.org No 'Cohabitation' For Alabama State's First Female President For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Oily Gunk http://kplu.org/post/bp-cleanup-2013-meant-46-million-pounds-oily-gunk <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 23:27:44 +0000 Debbie Elliott 11990 at http://kplu.org For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Oily Gunk Settlement Only The First Step In BP's Legal Woes http://kplu.org/post/settlement-only-first-step-bps-legal-woes Oil giant BP has agreed to settle thousands of lawsuits stemming from its <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/135517095/the-bp-oil-spill-one-year-later">well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico</a>.<p>The deal was announced late Friday and prompted a federal judge in New Orleans to postpone a Monday trial, but the proposed settlement solves only one piece of BP's legal exposure from the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.<p>The settlement would cover only private plaintiffs — individuals and businesses with either economic losses or medical claims resulting from the oil spill. Sat, 03 Mar 2012 21:59:59 +0000 Debbie Elliott 4318 at http://kplu.org Settlement Only The First Step In BP's Legal Woes