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Southword: A Black Church's Dilemma

As part of our ongoing Southword partnership with NPR, we visited the crumbling Centennial Baptist Church in Helena, AR, which has deep roots in the African-American community. But poverty and other concerns in this Delta town have made raising restoration funds difficult — and the effort to keep the church in black hands has sparked tensions with local preservationists.
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Southword: Coming Home—And Out—In Arkansas

As part of our ongoing Southword partnership with NPR, we traveled home to Arkansas with Chad Griffin, the new president of the Human Rights Campaign, a powerful gay rights group in Washington, D.C.
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Southword: Meet Al Black

As part of our ongoing Southword partnership with NPR, we traveled with Jacki Lyden to Fort Pierce, Florida, to explore the stranger-than-fiction history of a group of black artists called "The Highwaymen."
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Southword: The Slammer

The tabloid — with names such as "Cellmates," "Jailbirds," "Just Busted" — shows mug shots of those arrested every week in different cities around the country. In Arkansas, The Slammer sells 7,000 copies a week. But law enforcement says it doesn't help solve cases — it's just voyeuristic.

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Southword: Candidates 'Call It' At The Beacon

 

South Carolina's "first in the South" primary has a track record of picking the Republican presidential nominee. So you can bet the GOP contenders visit early and often, and a stop at The Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg is practically mandatory.

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