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AP-Deep South News Digest

November 30, 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 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ELECTION-2018-ABSENTEE BALLOT-LAWSUIT

ATLANTA — The Georgia Democratic Party says election officials in some counties waited too long to send out absentee ballots for the upcoming runoff election and is asking a judge to extend the deadline for accepting them. Results of the general election were certified Nov. 17, but a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by the Democratic Party says at least 65 counties didn’t send out absentee ballots for the Dec. 4 runoff until this week. By Kate Brumback.

MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA

ATLANTA — A man arrested in Georgia in a Thanksgiving night shooting at a shopping mall near Birmingham has agreed to return to Alabama to face charges. Erron Martez Dequan Brown appeared emotionless during a brief hearing Friday before a magistrate judge in Atlanta. Authorities arrested Brown on an attempted murder charge on Thursday. Protesters have held demonstrations since the mall gunfire because police shot and killed another armed black man who was initially believed to be the shooter. By Kate Brumback. UPCOMING: 200 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— DEEP SOUTH-WEATHER — Christmas is going to have to wait for some parts of the Deep South because of a threat of severe weather.

— STOLEN GUNS — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are offering a $5,000 reward for information about guns stolen from a Georgia store.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--HAWKS-THUNDER

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder have won 13 of 16 heading into Friday’s game against Atlanta. The Hawks feature former University of Oklahoma star Trae Young, who is returning to his home state for the first time as a pro. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. Central.

FBC--T25-SEC CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

ATLANTA — As soon as Alabama and Georgia walked off the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium almost 11 months ago — the Crimson Tide in triumph, the Bulldogs in despair — a rematch seemed inevitable. Now, it’s here. At the very same place where Bama pulled off its fifth national title of the Nick Saban era, the Tide will face Georgia in another game with huge ramifications: a Southeastern Conference championship is on the line, as well as a trip to the College Football Playoff. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m. EST.

FBC--T25-ACC CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pitt senior fullback George Aston has felt the slights throughout his career, so its no surprise to him that so few people give the Panthers any chance to topple mighty No. 2 Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday night. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

CHURCH VOLUNTEER CHARGED

Ninety days of security video showed a South Carolina church volunteer arrested this week repeatedly abusing young children in a bathroom, according to a lawyer who expressed fear on Friday that there might be more victims. Jacop Robert Lee Hazlett, 28, was jailed on a preliminary charge of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old boy during services last Sunday. A lawsuit filed on Wednesday accuses him of attacking at least 13 other children as well. A police investigation continues. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 450 words, photo.

JUDICIAL NOMINATION-TIM SCOTT OPPOSITION

COLUMBIA, S.C. — U.S. Sen. Tim Scott’s opposition to one of President Donald Trump’s nominees bucked GOP leadership this week. But those who know the South Carolina Republican well say the decision by the first black Republican elected to the chamber since Reconstruction is representative of Scott’s commitment to oppose intolerance and equalize the playing field of opportunity for all people, regardless of background. By Meg Kinnard. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

— DEEP SOUTH-WEATHER — Christmas is going to have to wait for some parts of the Deep South because of a threat of severe weather.

— CHURCH VOLUNTEER CHARGED — A lawsuit alleges a South Carolina church volunteer charged with sexually assaulting a 3-year-old boy also sexually assaulted at least 13 other children.

— TREASURE HUNTER FUGITIVE — An Ohio jury found that a treasure hunter cheated investors out of gold found in a shipwreck off the South Carolina coast.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--PANTHERS-MCCAFFREY’S DURABILITY

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Christian McCaffrey keeps hearing he’s too small to be an NFL running back. He’s proving people wrong. McCaffrey is coming off a franchise-record 237 yards from scrimmage last week against Seattle and is showing he’s durable enough to be an every down back. By Steve Reed. 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC--T25-SEC CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

ATLANTA — As soon as Alabama and Georgia walked off the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium almost 11 months ago — the Crimson Tide in triumph, the Bulldogs in despair — a rematch seemed inevitable. Now, it’s here. At the very same place where Bama pulled off its fifth national title of the Nick Saban era, the Tide will face Georgia in another game with huge ramifications: a Southeastern Conference championship is on the line, as well as a trip to the College Football Playoff. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m. EST.

FBC--T25-PAUL NEWBERRY-WHAT IF ’BAMA LOSES?

ATLANTA — If Alabama wins the Southeastern Conference championships, there’s little suspense. Nick Saban’s team heads to the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 seed and an overwhelming favorite to capture its sixth national title in a decade. But what happens if the Crimson Tide loses to No. 4 Georgia? That’s where things get very, very interesting. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m. EST.

FBC--T25-ACC CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pitt senior fullback George Aston has felt the slights throughout his career, so its no surprise to him that so few people give the Panthers any chance to topple mighty No. 2 Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday night. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.

FBC--AKRON-SOUTH CAROLINA PREVIEW

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Then Auburn coach Terry Bowden saw just what he needed in graduate assistant Will Muschamp 23 years ago. So it’s no surprise to now Akron head coach Bowden that Muschamp has excelled running a program. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 650 words. With AP Photos.

BKC--COASTAL CAROLINA-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina looks to bounce back after its home loss to Wofford when it faces Coastal Carolina on Friday night. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA

ATLANTA — A man arrested in Georgia in a Thanksgiving night shooting at a shopping mall near Birmingham has agreed to return to Alabama to face charges. Erron Martez Dequan Brown appeared emotionless during a brief hearing Friday before a magistrate judge in Atlanta. Authorities arrested Brown on an attempted murder charge on Thursday. Protesters have held demonstrations since the mall gunfire because police shot and killed another armed black man who was initially believed to be the shooter. By Kate Brumback. UPCOMING: 200 words, photo.

WWII-TUSKEGEE AIRMAN IDENTIFIED

NEW YORK — The Pentagon says the remains of a New York pilot killed during World War II are the first of the 27 Tuskegee Airmen listed as missing in action to be identified. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Thursday that remains accounted for earlier this year are those of Lawrence Dickson of Manhattan. Dickson was a 24-year-old captain in the 100th Fighter Squadron when his fighter plane crashed along the Italy-Austria border in December 1944. By Chris Carola. SENT: 480 words. Story moving on national lines.

IN BRIEF:

— IVEY APPOINTMENT — Former congressman Jo Bonner is joining Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s administration.

— DEEP SOUTH-WEATHER — Christmas is going to have to wait for some parts of the Deep South because of a threat of severe weather.

— MATRICIDE-PAROLE — An Alabama man convicted of killing his mother has once again been denied parole.

— ELECTRONIC MONITORING — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a pair of foundations are funding a suite of projects around the country designed to improve electronic fisheries monitoring.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-SEC CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

ATLANTA — As soon as Alabama and Georgia walked off the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium almost 11 months ago — the Crimson Tide in triumph, the Bulldogs in despair — a rematch seemed inevitable. Now, it’s here. At the very same place where Bama pulled off its fifth national title of the Nick Saban era, the Tide will face Georgia in another game with huge ramifications: a Southeastern Conference championship is on the line, as well as a trip to the College Football Playoff. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--T25-PAUL NEWBERRY-WHAT IF ’BAMA LOSES?

ATLANTA — If Alabama wins the Southeastern Conference championships, there’s little suspense. Nick Saban’s team heads to the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 seed and an overwhelming favorite to capture its sixth national title in a decade. But what happens if the Crimson Tide loses to No. 4 Georgia? That’s where things get very, very interesting. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

VOTING MACHINES

BATON ROUGE Louisiana’s work to replace voting machines it bought 13 years ago has remained stalled for months, amid bid-rigging allegations, a voided contract award and claims of political meddling. Interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin has no immediate timeline for restarting the replacement effort as he waits to learn if the cancelled contract award will prompt litigation. And that means there’s no schedule for when Louisiana will buy or lease new voting machines, with a major election year approaching. By Melinda Deslatte. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

— PUPPY SALE AMBUSH — Police in Louisiana say one or more people ambushed and shot a 5-year-old boy and a man and woman who said they’d come to sell a puppy.

— LOUISIANA GAS TAX — A conservative group that helped squelch a 2017 proposal to raise Louisiana’s gas tax is launching an early ad campaign aimed at derailing any similar tax proposal next year.

— MOVIE BET KILLING — A New Orleans man has been convicted of killing one woman and shooting another in the chest during an argument about a bet over a movie’s ending.

— ELECTION 2018-LOUISIANA — Early voting for Louisiana’s Dec. 8 election is wrapping up Saturday, with a runoff for the secretary of state’s job at the top of the ballot.

— DEEP SOUTH-WEATHER — Christmas is going to have to wait for some parts of the Deep South because of a threat of severe weather.

— RENTING SANTA’S LAP — A south Louisiana fundraiser is renting Santa’s lap instead of selling photos of kids with the jolly old elf

— NEGLECT DEATH-SPECIAL NEEDS — Authorities in Louisiana have released the identity of a woman with special needs who was found dead last week.

— COLD CASE RAPE CHARGES — A man already facing charges in rapes that occurred in the 1990s in New Orleans now faces a third charges.

— ELECTRONIC MONITORING — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a pair of foundations are funding a suite of projects around the country designed to improve electronic fisheries monitoring.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--PELICANS-HEAT

MIAMI — The Miami Heat will try to snap a six-game home slide Friday when they take on Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans, who are just 2-9 on the road. Game begins 8:10 p.m. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos

FBC--T25-SEC CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

ATLANTA — As soon as Alabama and Georgia walked off the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium almost 11 months ago — the Crimson Tide in triumph, the Bulldogs in despair — a rematch seemed inevitable. Now, it’s here. At the very same place where Bama pulled off its fifth national title of the Nick Saban era, the Tide will face Georgia in another game with huge ramifications: a Southeastern Conference championship is on the line, as well as a trip to the College Football Playoff. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

IN BRIEF:

— BODY IN WELL — Three people in Mississippi are charged with capital murder after a man’s body was found in a well.

— DEEP SOUTH-WEATHER — Christmas is going to have to wait for some parts of the Deep South because of a threat of severe weather.

— CHILDREN’S HOME-ABUSE — Three women who once lived in a Mississippi children’s home accused a former home worker of sexually abusing them.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--MISSISSIPPI ST-DAYTON

DAYTON, Ohio — No. 25 Mississippi State (5-1) faces Dayton (4-2), which hasn’t beaten a ranked team on its home court in seven years. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game time 7 p.m.

FBC--T25-SEC CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

ATLANTA — As soon as Alabama and Georgia walked off the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium almost 11 months ago — the Crimson Tide in triumph, the Bulldogs in despair — a rematch seemed inevitable. Now, it’s here. At the very same place where Bama pulled off its fifth national title of the Nick Saban era, the Tide will face Georgia in another game with huge ramifications: a Southeastern Conference championship is on the line, as well as a trip to the College Football Playoff. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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