Debbie Elliott en Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's 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 60153 at Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past Corruption Convictions Spell 10 Year Sentence For 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 59451 at 'Teenie' Hodges, A Sculptor Of Al Green's Sultry Sound, Passes Away Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. A key architect of Memphis soul died this week. Guitarist and songwriter Mabon "Teenie" Hodges helped create the smooth, sultry R&B sound made famous by singer Al Green.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HERE I AM BABY")<p>AL GREEN: (Singing) Here I am baby.<p>BLOCK: NPR's Debbie Elliott has this remembrance.<p>DEBBIE ELLIOTT, BYLINE: Teenie Hodges grew up playing in his father's blues band as a teenager in the 1950s. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 58720 at Longtime Sen. Cochran Ekes Out A 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 58627 at Twisty Miss. Primary May Mean End Of Road For 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 58362 at