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AP-Deep South News Coverage Advisory

February 6, 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 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

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Hundreds of Girl Scouts are expected to gather at the Georgia Capitol on Tuesday. In addition to offering cookies, these young scouts want to convince legislators to strip the name of segregationist former Gov. Eugene Talmadge from a Savannah bridge. They hope the bridge will be renamed in honor of Girl Scout’s founder Juliette Gordon Low. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. By R.J. Rico.


CAYCE, S.C. — The engineer killed in a train crash in South Carolina visited a counselor to help him cope after being rattled in a previous wreck less than a year before, his mother said. Michael Kempf ’s train hit a vehicle at a rail crossing in the first crash, Catherine Kempf, 86, said in a telephone interview Monday from the Savannah, Georgia, home she shared with her son and his wife. Catherine Kempf said she didn’t remember specifics about the collision on her son’s normal route in the Carolinas, but she said the wreck left him upset because he knew “he had people’s lives in his hands,” she told The Associated Press. By Meg Kinnard and Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 693 words, photos.

— WITH: Train Crash-South Carolina-The Latest.


— MOTEL KIDNAPPING — Police in Georgia say the apparent armed kidnapping of a woman from an Atlanta-area motel was actually a plot targeting her male companion

— FALSE TSUNAMI WARNING — The National Weather Service says there’s no tsunami warning for the East Coast, despite a warning received by some people

ALABAMA (All Times Central)



MILLBROOK, Ala. — Authorities in Alabama say a man wanted for a child porn video being shared around the world has been arrested. WSFA-TV reports that 44-year-old Germaine Moore turned himself into Millbrook Police around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. He is charged with sexual assault of a child, distribution of video depicting the assault and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. SENT: 180 words, photo.


Three transgender individuals are filing a lawsuit against the state of Alabama after they were denied the ability to change their gender designation on state IDs. developing from morning press call with ACLU.


— MISSING STUDENT-BODY PULLED — A Tennessee sheriff says a body has been recovered from a creek, near the car of a missing college student from Alabama

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)


— FOUR ARRESTED-DEATH — Four people have been arrested in the death of a Louisiana man whose body was found Sunday

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)



JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi utility regulators are likely Tuesday to approve a settlement on how much Mississippi Power Co. customers should pay for a troubled $7.5 billion power plant. Once touted as a model for the future of coal, regulators forced the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. to pull the plug on construction in 2017, with shareholders absorbing about $6 billion in losses. The move means residential customers could soon pay about $2 less per month than they’re currently paying for the part of the power plant that burns natural gas. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 130 words, will be updated after 10 a.m. hearing.


— DEPUTY HIT — A man is accused of hitting a Mississippi deputy with his Jeep Wrangler and preventing two people from calling police by holding them at gunpoint

— TRAIN VICTIM — Mississippi police have identified the man killed by a train over the weekend

— FATAL SHOOTING-MISSISSIPPI — Officials have confirmed the identity of the victim in a shooting in Mississippi


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