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BC-Deep South News Digest

July 5, 2018

Good afternoon! 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 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):



ATLANTA — After being criticized by opponents for not endorsing the early candidacy of President Donald Trump, the two Republicans vying to become Georgia governor are now battling over who is the true Trump supporter. Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle beat out three other opponents in the May 22 primary after a five-man race in which they were slammed by opponents for being late to the Trump train. By Ben Nadler. SENT: 708 words.

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WASHINGTON — Long before Viktor Vekselberg was tied to a scandal over the president and a porn star, the Russian oligarch had been positioning himself to extend his influence in the United States. Working closely with an American cousin who heads the New York investment management firm Columbus Nova, Vekselberg backed a $1.6 million lobbying campaign to aid Russian interests in Washington. His cousin Andrew Intrater served as CEO of a Vekselberg company on that project, and the two men have collaborated on numerous other investments involving Vekselberg’s extensive holdings. By Garance Burke and Stephen Braun. SENT: 2,410 words.

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— POLICE SHOOTING-GEORGIA — Authorities in Georgia say a sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man who opened fire first.



MILWAUKEE — National League divisional leaders Milwaukee and Atlanta open a four-game series in what could be an early preview of the playoffs. The Braves’ Max Fried (1-2) faces the Brewers’ Jhoulys Chacin (6-3). Upcoming: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m. CT.


The Salt Lake City and Sacramento summer leagues wrap up Thursday night. Games include Lakers-Warriors, Heat-Kings, Grizzlies-Spurs and Hawks-Jazz. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Games start at 7 p.m. EST


ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm has a broken bone in his left hand but isn’t expected to miss any summer workouts. School athletics spokesman Leland Barrow said Thursday that Fromm has a “small fracture” in his non-throwing hand, though he is already throwing the football. SENT: 129 words.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)



ATLANTA — Despite rescue efforts by police and several bystanders, some of them in tears, a dog finally freed from a hot car in Alabama took its last breath on the pavement. Stacy Guthrie shot video of the drama as it unfolded in a Walmart parking lot on Wednesday, in the Birmingham suburb of Trussville. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 260 words.



DOTHAN, Ala. — Agronomist William Birdsong cannot recall a growing season where farmers in southeastern Alabama have worked as hard as they have in this one - and it’s all due to inconsistent weather. Some areas have received plenty of rain, while others need some good showers soon, said Birdsong, who works with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service. A colder start to the year also delayed the beginning of planting season. By Jeremy Wise, The Dothan Eagle. SENT: 460 words.


— TROPICAL WEATHER —The second tropical depression of the 2018 hurricane season formed has formed over the Atlantic Ocean.

— LANDFILL-BODY — Authorities are trying to answer questions surrounding the death of a woman whose body was found at a landfill in northwest Alabama.

— STATE PARK-APPARENT DROWNING — The body of a man who disappeared while swimming in a lake at Alabama’s largest state park has been located.

— FATAL BOATING ACCIDENT — Two people were killed and at least three others were injured after two boats collided on the Black Warrior River in west-central Alabama on July Fourth.

— CHILD DROWNS — A 2-year-old boy has drowned in a pond on his grandparents’ property in Mississippi.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s Southern University System is raising fees on students by hundreds of dollars a semester, starting next month, to generate $4.2 million for campuses. The system governing board approved the fee hikes Thursday. On Southern’s main campus in Baton Rouge, full-time undergraduate students will pay an additional $217 per semester. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 142 words. Will be updated.


NEW ORLEANS — A man sentenced in January for drunkenly plowing his truck into a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade crowd is to be released later this month, despite a five-year sentence. Neilson Rizzuto, 26, benefits from a 2017 Louisiana prison reform law that allows release of well-behaved inmates who have served 35 percent of their sentences for nonviolent crimes, authorities said. SENT: 302 words.

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Years of secrecy by America’s police departments about their use of computer programs predicting where crimes will occur, and who will commit them, are under fire in legal cases nationwide. The largest departments — New York, Chicago and Los Angeles — are all being sued for not releasing information about their “predictive policing” programs, which use algorithms to crunch data and create lists of people and neighborhoods for officers to target. Some smaller departments also have been brought to court and before public records agencies. By Dave Collins. SENT: 1,019 words.

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— TROPICAL WEATHER — The second tropical depression of the 2018 hurricane season formed has formed over the Atlantic Ocean.

— ELEPHANT TURNS 70 — The oldest elephant at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is turning 70. She lived at a Louisiana zoo for 22 years before coming to Tennessee.

— TEENAGER KILLED — Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has been killed in a shooting in New Orleans.

— NEIGHBORHOOD BEAR — A black bear had made a weekend visit to residents of a neighborhood in Louisiana.



BOSTON — The Boston Celtics have signed first-round draft pick Robert Williams. The team announced the signing Thursday. Terms were not disclosed. Williams, a forward-center out of Texas A&M, was selected 27th overall last month with the Celtics’ lone draft pick. SENT: 129 words.

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The Salt Lake City and Sacramento summer leagues wrap up Thursday night. Games include Lakers-Warriors, Heat-Kings, Grizzlies-Spurs and Hawks-Jazz. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Games start at 7 p.m. EST

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)



MOORHEAD, Miss. — Officials say a father kidnapped his young daughter, then shot the girl and himself to death on a Mississippi Delta roadside as police closed in. Holmes County Sheriff Willie March tells local media that deputies got a call that 23-year-old Lavonte Lloyd kidnapped the child Thursday morning from her mother’s home in Cruger and then fled in a pickup truck. He was chased across Leflore County and into Sunflower County before his truck ran into a ditch near Moorhead. March says that’s when the man shot and killed the girl and himself. SENT: 108 words. May be updated.


JACINTO, Miss. — A Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi says she wants to strengthen the nation’s border with Mexico. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith told WCBI-TV that she has visited with farmers living along the border, and they face threats from Mexican drug cartels. SENT: 275 words.


OXFORD, Miss. — A north Mississippi city is considering changes to a proposed ordinance meant to increase security and reduce underage drinking. Oxford aldermen began reviewing an ordinance requiring more security downtown after someone fired a gun outside a concert at The Lyric concert hall in April. SENT: 298 words.


— TROPICAL WEATHER — The second tropical depression of the 2018 hurricane season formed has formed over the Atlantic Ocean.

— CHOCTAW MURDER-BURNING — Two men are pleading guilty to beating a Choctaw man to death and burning his body.

— STORE THREATS — A man has been charged with threatening a north Mississippi appliance store after his appearance caused managers to herd employees and customers to the back of the store and then onto the roof.

— MAYOR-SALARY CUTS — Aldermen in a northeast Mississippi city are cutting a mayor’s salary, saying he’s been absent from city business and not meeting with residents.

— MAYORAL CONTEST-MISSISSIPPI — A judge says he’ll rule this month on a year-old election dispute in a Mississippi college town.

— GULFPORT SHOOTING — Police in south Mississippi are investigating a shooting that left a man in critical condition.


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