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BC-Deep South News Digest

February 16, 2019

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:

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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GEORGIA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY

ATLANTA _ The Georgia legislature is beginning to pick up its pace as the 2019 session approaches the half-way mark. Friday marked legislative day 16 of 40. The past week saw the governor sign his first bill, a measure that clarifies when vehicles can pass a school bus. A new bill in the House would allow for some cultivation of medical marijuana, while the Senate moved to crack down on drones near prisons. By Sanya Mansoor. SENT: 600 words.

AP Photos NYMV101-1107180842.

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP

Five Democratic senators vying for their party’s nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 are fanning out across the country Saturday to campaign and meet voters. Kamala Harris of California plans to spend her second straight day in the pivotal early-voting state of South Carolina, holding a town hall meeting in Columbia, the capital. Also visiting the state is Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who’s set to meet voters in Greenville before heading to Georgia — an unusual early stop for a White House hopeful but one that signals Democratic hopes to make inroads in the South. By Elana Schor. SENT: 213 words.

AP Photos NHCK108-0215191112.

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EXCHANGE-GRAMMY-MACON STUDENT

MACON, Ga. _ His parents brought him to the United States from the Philippines when he was a year old, and he spent most of his life in Macon. Now, he works at an immigration law firm in Atlanta and just won a Grammy. Raymond Partolan, 25, was featured on “American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom,” which won three Grammys the night of Feb. 10. By Jenna Eason. The Macon Telegraph.

IN BRIEF:

_ CONGRESS-GEORGIA HISTORIC SITES _ A bill working its way through Congress would expand three national historic sites in Georgia.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--ALL-STAR GAME PREVIEW

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Team LeBron and Team Giannis prepare to square off in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, the one where captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo picked teams for the league’s midseason pick-up contest. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKN--ALL-STAR-SILVER

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ NBA Commissioner Adam Silver delivers his annual state of the NBA address. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

BKN--ALL-STAR WEEKEND

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ John Collins has a favorite dunker. Not surprisingly, it’s his Atlanta teammate Vince Carter. Collins will represent the Hawks in the dunk contest, one of the events during All-Star Saturday Night. The 3-point contest and skills competition are also on the evening docket. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated.

AP Photos NCMS123-0215192324

Also:

_ BKN--All-Star-The Latest. Updates throughout Saturday from All-Star events in Charlotte, North Carolina.

BBN--SPRING TRAINING-BRAVES

KISSIMMEE, Fla. _ The Atlanta Braves begin their final spring at Disney World amid high expectations, coming off an NL East title and their first playoff appearance since 2013. By Dick Scanlon. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m. EST.

BKC--T25-LSU-GEORGIA

ATHENS, Ga. _ Tremont Waters and No. 19 LSU go for their 14th win in 15 games as the Tigers visit Georgia. The Bulldogs have lost five in a row. By George Henry. UPCOMING. 600 words with photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.

FBC--T25-FLORIDA ST-GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA _ No. 17 Florida State, one of the ACC’s hottest teams, will put its six-game winning streak on the line when it visits Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are mired in a six-game losing streak. By Matt Winkeljohn. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

PREPARING FOR FLOODS

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ When he took the job 15 years ago, Horry County Emergency Manager Randy Webster figured his biggest disasters would be wind and surge rolling over his county’s beaches, South Carolina’s top tourist destination. Instead, his worries have shifted inland, where rivers overflowing their banks have caused two massive floods in three years. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 1,015 words.

AP Photos SCSR103-0201190806, SCSR104-0201190819, SCSR105-0206191345, SCSR106-0201191002, SCSR101-0201191239, SCSR102-0201190743.

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP

Five Democratic senators vying for their party’s nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 are fanning out across the country Saturday to campaign and meet voters. Kamala Harris of California plans to spend her second straight day in the pivotal early-voting state of South Carolina, holding a town hall meeting in Columbia, the capital. Also visiting the state is Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who’s set to meet voters in Greenville before heading to Georgia — an unusual early stop for a White House hopeful but one that signals Democratic hopes to make inroads in the South. By Elana Schor. SENT: 213 words.

AP Photos NHCK108-0215191112.

With: ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP-THE LATEST

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-TEACHER GROUP

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Whenever Blythewood High School teacher Lisa Ellis reboots her computer, a quote from English novelist George Eliot flashes on the screen: “What do we live for if not to make life better for others.” On a Sunday night last May, that quote led Ellis _ frustrated by the lack of respect for teachers and, she says, classroom mandates handed down without much thought _ to create a Facebook group for about 20 of her teacher friends, asking them to describe their classroom experiences. By Maayan Schechter. The State.

IN BRIEF:

_ LAND DONATION _ South Carolina has added land along the South Saluda River it plans to let people use for fishing, hunting and hiking.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--ALL-STAR GAME PREVIEW

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Team LeBron and Team Giannis prepare to square off in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, the one where captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo picked teams for the league’s midseason pick-up contest. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKN--ALL-STAR-SILVER

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ NBA Commissioner Adam Silver delivers his annual state of the NBA address. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

BKN--ALL-STAR WEEKEND

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ John Collins has a favorite dunker. Not surprisingly, it’s his Atlanta teammate Vince Carter. Collins will represent the Hawks in the dunk contest, one of the events during All-Star Saturday Night. The 3-point contest and skills competition are also on the evening docket. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated.

AP Photos NCMS123-0215192324

Also:

_ BKN--All-Star-The Latest. Updates throughout Saturday from All-Star events in Charlotte, North Carolina.

BKC--T25-CLEMSON-LOUISVILLE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ No. 16 Louisville hosts Clemson in ACC play, aiming to regroup from its late collapse against No. 2 Duke. The visiting Tigers also look to bounce back after Miami ended their four-game winning streak. By freelancer Steve Bittenbender. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at noon ET.

BKC--TEXAS A&M-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Texas A&M looks to win its third straight game while South Carolina hopes to bounce back from a loss to No. 1 Tennessee when the teams meet Saturday. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, from 1 p.m. start.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

POLICE SHOOTING-ALABAMA

AUBURN, Ala. _ A police officer in Alabama shot multiple times after responding to reports of an armed robbery is recovering, while two suspects are believed to have died in a fire following a shootout. The Opelika-Auburn News reports the incident began about 5:30 p.m. Friday. An Auburn officer stopped a vehicle that fit the description of one driven by the suspects. As the officer approached, police say the man opened fire, striking the officer at least four times. SENT: 146 words. Will be updated.

FATHER-DAUGHTER-SENATE

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ For nearly 40 years state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma was a fixture of the Alabama Statehouse. Sanders, 76, did not seek re-election last year after nine terms in office. When lawmakers convene next month, Senate District 23 will be represented by another member of the Sanders family. His daughter, Sen. Malika Sanders-Fortier, won election to her father’s longtime Senate seat. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 554 words.

AP Photos RPKC101-0215192233.

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EXCHANGE-HAMILTON PERFORMER

Nikisha Williams was familiar with the soundtrack to “Hamilton,” but hadn’t yet seen the record-breaking musical until she landed a job performing in the show as a member of one of its two touring companies in October. Written and composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show, which tells the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton and his role in the Revolutionary War, won 11 Tonys plus a Grammy and a Pulitzer. Nikisha is still pinching herself. By Michelle Matthews. al.com.

IN BRIEF:

_ OLD SCHOOL-TRANSFORMATION _ The city of Huntsville plans to spend more than $5 million to transform an old high school gymnasium into a community center.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--AUBURN-VANDERBILT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Jared Harper scored 16 points, and Auburn beat Vanderbilt 64-53 Saturday for the Tigers’ first win at Memorial Gym since 2000. Auburn (17-8, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) had lost 13 of the last 14 against Vanderbilt inside the league’s oldest gym and had won only twice here since 1990. The Tigers survived a first half with their worst shooting performance in nearly a year to snap a nine-game skid to Vanderbilt along with their two-game skid this season. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 494 words.

AP Photos TNMH112-0216191213, TNMH102-0216191102, TNMH111-0216191211, TNMH113-0216191220, TNMH110-0216191208, TNMH109-0216191310, TNMH105-0216191125, TNMH104-0216191115.

BKC--FLORIDA-ALABAMA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ Florida visits Alabama at Coleman Coliseum, where the Crimson Tide has gone 9-2 this season. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 550 words. Game starts 1 p.m. CT.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA SUGAR

NEW ORLEANS _ Sugar cane is on the rise in Louisiana, with a good crop and decent prices encouraging more farmers to plant the tall tropical grass. Stable sugar prices and a resilient crop are big reasons, LSU AgCenter sugar cane expert Kenneth Gravois said Wednesday. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 584 words.

AP Photos NYDD201-1107181645, NYDD203-1107181644, NYDD202-0118191642, NYDD204-0118191642.

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EXCHANGE-COAST-FISHERMAN

BATON ROUGE, La. _ It was a made-to-order two days for fishing along Louisiana’s coast. The cerulean skies and deeper blue water against bottle green vegetation amplified these anglers’ main motivation for being out there _ an effort to save this exquisite-yet-endangered coastline. “We’re losing this land at such an alarming rate that I don’t know that we will be able to sustain this fishery for more than another 50 years,” says Lucas Bissett, of Low Tide Charters, as a drone flies overhead capturing sweeping footage of the encroaching Gulf of Mexico waters. By Judy Bergeron. The Advocate.

EXCHANGE-COMMUNITY COFFEE

NEW ORLEANS _ The desire to serve a good cup of coffee was the seed that sprouted Community Coffee Co. 100 years ago, and it is what keeps the Saurage family’s hand firmly on the plow. In the early 1900s, Henry Norman “Cap” Saurage began journeying to New Orleans to buy fresh coffee beans to grind and percolate at his Full Weight Grocery in a little community north of Baton Rouge. In 1919, he began buying beans and roasting and bagging them at his house for a new company he named Community Coffee. By Ann Maloney. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune.

IN BRIEF:

_ JEFFERSON PARISH SCHOOLS _ Jefferson Parish has extended the contract for the superintendent of its public schools through 2022.

_ EX-DEPUTY CHIEF SENTENCED _ A former member of a Louisiana police department has been sentenced to nine years in prison for using excessive force on someone he arrested.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--ALL-STAR GAME PREVIEW

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Team LeBron and Team Giannis prepare to square off in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, the one where captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo picked teams for the league’s midseason pick-up contest. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKN--ALL-STAR-SILVER

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ NBA Commissioner Adam Silver delivers his annual state of the NBA address. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

BKN--ALL-STAR SATURDAY

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Players test their skills in various competitions Saturday night, including the 3-point and dunk contest. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Developing from events beginning at 8 p.m.

Also:

_ BKN--All-Star-The Latest. Updates throughout Saturday from All-Star events in Charlotte, North Carolina.

BKC--T25-LSU-GEORGIA

ATHENS, Ga. _ Tremont Waters and No. 19 LSU go for their 14th win in 15 games as the Tigers visit Georgia. The Bulldogs have lost five in a row. By George Henry. UPCOMING. 600 words with photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

VOTING RIGHTS-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. _ A federal judge says a handful of former Mississippi convicts who are suing to have their voting rights restored can represent everyone who falls into that category. The ruling this week by U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan certifying the lawsuit as a class action raises the stakes considerably. A victory by the plaintiffs could restore voting rights to tens of thousands of Mississippians, not just the handful who sued. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 543 words.

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EXCHANGE-DEER HUNTER-LATE MOTHER

MENDENHALL, Miss. _ When a Florence hunter harvested a trophy buck last month, he broke down and cried. It wasn’t because the buck scored 147 inches. It was because he felt his late mother’s presence. By Brian Broom. The Clarion Ledger.

EXCHANGE-COLUMBUS HISTORIAN-1969

COLUMBUS, Miss. _ Marc Harris grew up in upstate New York and although he didn’t attend Woodstock, he remains fascinated by the event, which proved to be an iconic moment at the end of a turbulent decade. “If it had gone as planned, none of us would be talking about it today,” the Columbus historian said during his visit to the Columbus Rotary Club Tuesday. “It was supposed to be a concert for 50,000 people and it was only one of several big concerts that year. It didn’t turn out the way it was expected to turn out.” By Slim Smith. The Dispatch.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSISSIPPI-CIVIL RIGHTS STATUE _ Artists are working on a statute of a Mississippi civil rights leader who was killed in 1966 when Ku Klux Klansmen firebombed his family’s home.

_ CITY OFFICIAL-POLICE APOLOGY _ A southwest Mississippi city official is apologizing to his city’s police department after saying that people were “being slaughtered and murdered by policemen every day.”

_ URBAN HUNTING _ It could soon be legal to hunt with a gun in parts of a northeast Mississippi city.

_ SCHOOL DISTRICT MERGER-SUPERINTENDENT _ An insider is being promoted to lead a soon-to-be-merged Mississippi Delta school district.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--T25-MISSOURI-MISSISSIPPI

OXFORD, Miss. _ Mississippi hosts Missouri in a Southeastern Conference game on Saturday. The Rebels have won three straight, including an impressive road victory over Auburn on Wednesday. UPCOMING: 600 words from 2:30 p.m. CT tipoff.

BKC--MISSISSIPPI ST-ARKANSAS. Upcoming: 500 words. Game starts at 8:30 p.m.

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