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AP-Deep South News Coverage Advisory

August 24, 2018

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s news coverage is shaping up today in the Deep South. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to:

The Atlanta AP Bureau at 404-522-8971 or apatlanta@ap.org

The South Carolina AP Bureau at 803-799-5510 or apcolumbia@ap.org

The Montgomery AP Bureau at 334-262-5947 or apalabama@ap.org

The New Orleans AP Bureau at 504-523-3931 or nrle@ap.org

The Jackson AP Bureau at 601-948-5897 or jkme@ap.org

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

Deep South Editor Jim Van Anglen can be reached at 1-800-821-3737 or jvananglen@ap.org. Administrative Correspondent Rebecca Santana can be reached at 504-523-3931 or rsantana@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

GEORGIA (All times Eastern):

TOP STORIES:

POLLING PLACES-PROPOSED CLOSURES

CUTHBERT, Ga. — Election officials have scrapped a widely condemned proposal to eliminate most of the polling places in a majority black Georgia county. The elections board said it voted Friday against the plan that would close seven of nine voting locations in the rural county. County officials say an independent consultant had recommended the consolidation to save money. That consultant has been fired. Developing.

WITH:

— POLLING PLACES-PROPOSED CLOSURES-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

TAX OVERHAUL-HIGH TAX STATES

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has laid down rules aimed at preventing residents in high-tax states from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. The action under the new Republican tax law pits the government against high-tax, heavily Democratic states in an election-year showdown. By Marcy Gordon and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,056.

Eds.: The story mentions that several states — Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Montana and South Carolina — allow taxpayers who donate to private-school funds to get a 100 percent credit against their state taxes, according to data compiled by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

TAX OVERHAUL-HIGH TAX STATES

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has laid down rules aimed at preventing residents in high-tax states from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. The action under the new Republican tax law pits the government against high-tax, heavily Democratic states in an election-year showdown. By Marcy Gordon and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,056.

Eds.: The story mentions that several states — Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Montana and South Carolina — allow taxpayers who donate to private-school funds to get a 100 percent credit against their state taxes, according to data compiled by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

IN BRIEF:

— BABY DROWNS-UNRELATED CHARGES — A baby found unresponsive in a bathtub in South Carolina has died more than a week later, and his mother and stepfather have been arrested on separate charges.

— COLD CASE KILLER-LAWSUIT — A woman who was chained in a shipping container by a man who killed seven people in South Carolina has won more than $6 million from his estate.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TAX OVERHAUL-HIGH TAX STATES

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has laid down rules aimed at preventing residents in high-tax states from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. The action under the new Republican tax law pits the government against high-tax, heavily Democratic states in an election-year showdown. By Marcy Gordon and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,056.

Eds.: The story mentions that several states — Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Montana and South Carolina — allow taxpayers who donate to private-school funds to get a 100 percent credit against their state taxes, according to data compiled by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

LOUISIANA MANATEES

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana is warning boaters to watch out for manatees, threatened marine mammals which have migrated from Florida across the Gulf Coast. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said West Indian manatees have been seen across coastal Louisiana, so the department has posted caution signs at boat launches throughout the area. Manatees are native to Florida. During the summer, they sometimes swim toward Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. SENT: 236 words.

IN BRIEF:

— HOT CAR-CHILD DEATH — Authorities say a 2-year-old Alabama girl died in south Huntsville after being left in a hot car.

— HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL-SHOTS FIRED — Gunfire in the vicinity of Alabama State University’s stadium brought a high school football game to an early close.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

VOTING MACHINES

BATON ROUGE, La. — One of the losing bidders for Louisiana’s voting machine replacement work wants a re-do, saying the bid process was “irresponsibly rushed and fundamentally flawed.” Election Systems and Software filed a formal protest late Thursday with the state’s procurement office, objecting to the choice of another vendor for the lucrative contract. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 575 words.

LOUISIANA MANATEES

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana is warning boaters to watch out for manatees, threatened marine mammals which have migrated from Florida across the Gulf Coast. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said West Indian manatees have been seen across coastal Louisiana, so the department has posted caution signs at boat launches throughout the area. Manatees are native to Florida. During the summer, they sometimes swim toward Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. SENT: 236 words.

IN BRIEF:

— COLD CASE RAPES — The New Orleans district attorney’s office says a man awaiting trial in a 1994 kidnapping and rape has now been indicted in a second 1994 case.

— COLD CASE-RAPE ARREST — A man has been arrested in Louisiana and charged in a 1987 sexual battery case after DNA evidence from the Florida assault was re-tested.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA MANATEES

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana is warning boaters to watch out for manatees, threatened marine mammals which have migrated from Florida across the Gulf Coast. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said West Indian manatees have been seen across coastal Louisiana, so the department has posted caution signs at boat launches throughout the area. Manatees are native to Florida. During the summer, they sometimes swim toward Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. SENT: 236 words.

IN BRIEF:

— BONANZA CLOSING — The second to last Bonanza Steakhouse restaurant left below the Mason-Dixon Line is closing its doors after 45 years.

— AIRPORT PURCHASE — Mississippi’s senators say the City of Olive Branch has received a $14.9 million federal grant to help with the purchase of the Olive Branch Airport.

— NISSAN PLANT — Nissan has announced a $170 million investment at two assembly plants in Tennessee and Mississippi to produce the 2019 Altima sedan.

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