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AP-Deep South News Digest

August 7, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

IMMIGRATION-BOARD TERMS

DECATUR, Ga. — The chairman and another member of Georgia’s Immigration Enforcement Review Board have resigned after an Atlanta suburb raised questions about whether terms have expired for some of its members. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the resignations come amid an ongoing legal battle involving the city of Decatur and its policy of limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities. SENT: 151 words. Will be updated.

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A plea for help and the search for a missing boy drew sheriff’s deputies to a desolate New Mexico compound, walled off by stacks of old tires, wooden pallets and other debris. Just past the crude “no trespassing” sign, the officers found 16 people — including 11 children — living in squalid conditions. Children ages 1 to 15 were rescued Friday from the compound that had been under investigation for months. However, the boy reported missing from Georgia was not among them and authorities haven’t released many details about their search for him. By Mary Hudetz and Kate Brumback. SENT: 500 words.

AP Photos NMSAN201-0805181112, NMSAN202-0806181457, OC104-0806181355, OC105-0806181400, OC101-0806181237, LA606-0804181740, OC102-0806181247, OC103-0806181249, LA112-0806181043, LA102-0803181940, LA103-0803180106.

CHARLOTTESVILLE-ONE YEAR LATER

UNDATED — Sometimes Alfred Wilson still has to take a moment to collect himself after he pulls open files at the law firm where he works and sees Heather Heyer’s handwriting. “I get choked up and have to gather myself before I talk to the client,” said Wilson, who hired Heyer, the 32-year-old paralegal killed nearly a year ago in a car attack during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. By Sarah Rankin. SENT: 1,103 words.

AP Photos VASH502-0806180903, VASH508-0806180940, VASH507-0806181034, VASH505-0806180905, VASH506-0806181011, VASH501-0806180858.

IN BRIEF:

— TROPICAL WEATHER — Subtropical Storm Debby has formed far out over the north Atlantic but is expected to be a short-lived storm.

— BACHELOR PARTY DROWNING — A bachelor party contest to see who could stay underwater the longest in Lake Sinclair ended in death when police say one competitor didn’t resurface.

— INTERSTATE LANES-DELAYS — A wall that collapsed along part of a highway being built in the Atlanta area has exposed other issues.

— US ATTORNEY-NEW HIRES — The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia has added eight new federal prosecutors to his Atlanta office.

— GEORGIA PAROLE BOARD — The newest member of Georgia’s parole board has been sworn in.

— ATLANTA BELTLINE EXPANSION — Officials say the city of Atlanta has spent more than $6 million to buy a stretch of old railroad that will provide land for the Beltline project.

— CHURCH STEEPLE TOPPLED — Workers are assessing the damage after a storm tore the steeple off the roof of a church outside Augusta, Georgia.

— NEVADA EXECUTION — Fifteen states are siding with Nevada as it fights drug companies battling the use of their products in an inmate’s execution. They are Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--BRAVES-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON — The surging Washington Nationals meet the Atlanta Braves in a split doubleheader between two teams chasing first-place Philadelphia in the NL East. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. First game starts at 1:05 p.m. ET, second game at 7:05 p.m.

FBN--FALCONS-JULIO THE MENTOR

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Julio Jones is more than one of the NFL’s best receivers. He’s also a mentor to first-round pick and fellow Alabama alum Calvin Ridley, showing the talented youngster what it takes to make it in the league. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT.

FBN--JETS-TEDDY’S READY

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Teddy Bridgewater can’t wait to play in the New York Jets’ preseason opener against Atlanta. The quarterback hasn’t seen extended time in NFL game in nearly two years because of a serious knee injury that nearly cost him his career. Bridgewater is now feeling good physically and is excited to continue his comeback. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.

FBC--GEORGIA-RECRUITING ROLL

ATHENS, Ga. — The momentum from Georgia’s successful 2017 season carried into recruiting for 2018, when coach Kirby Smart had the nation’s top-ranked signing class, and 2019, with more commitments from top-rated players. Smart says today’s top recruits aren’t worried about competing for starting jobs, they just want a chance to win championships. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 550 words, file photo by 4 p.m.

BKL--ACES-DREAM

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Dream host the Las Vegas Aces in a WNBA game at McCamish Pavilion. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. EDT.

BKL--AROUND THE WNBA

NEW YORK — While most WNBA teams are battling for playoff spots in one of the league’s most competitive postseason races, New York, Indiana, Chicago and Las Vegas are jockeying for the draft lottery position. The league changed the lottery system in 2015 to include teams’ record over a two-year span to avoid teams tanking to get the top draft pick. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 738 words.

AP Photos NY165-0508182139, NY166-0412182311.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

CHARLOTTESVILLE-ONE YEAR LATER

UNDATED — Sometimes Alfred Wilson still has to take a moment to collect himself after he pulls open files at the law firm where he works and sees Heather Heyer’s handwriting. “I get choked up and have to gather myself before I talk to the client,” said Wilson, who hired Heyer, the 32-year-old paralegal killed nearly a year ago in a car attack during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. By Sarah Rankin. SENT: 1,103 words.

AP Photos VASH502-0806180903, VASH508-0806180940, VASH507-0806181034, VASH505-0806180905, VASH506-0806181011, VASH501-0806180858.

NUCLEAR REACTORS-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Lower rates are now in effect for South Carolina utility customers who for years have been saddled with billions of dollars in debt for a now-defunct nuclear construction project. Starting Tuesday, customers of South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. also begin seeing an average credit of more than $100 for a retroactive rate cut passed by state lawmakers earlier this year. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 134 words. Will be updated.

SOUTH CAROLINA LAYOFFS-TARIFFS

COLUMBIA, S.C. — President Donald Trump’s tariffs against China are causing a South Carolina television maker to lay off nearly all of its employees because of the sudden increase in the price of components for its products. Element TV Company will let 126 workers go, most of them on Oct. 5, leaving behind a skeleton crew of eight employees to watch the Fairfield County plant in hopes it can reopen in three to six months, the company said in a letter to state employment officials Monday. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 427 words.

IN BRIEF:

— NEWBORN-TRASH BAG — A South Carolina woman who police say gave birth in a car and left the newborn in a trash bag has been arrested.

— DEPUTY-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — Authorities in South Carolina say a sheriff’s deputy charged with domestic violence has been fired.

— CHURCH STEEPLE TOPPLED — Workers are assessing the damage after a storm tore the steeple off the roof of a church in Langley. AP Photo.

— NAVY SHIP-CHARLESTON — The U.S. Navy says that a littoral combat ship named Charleston has completed its last major in-water systems check and is headed toward active duty.

— STOLEN GUNS — More than 100,000 rounds of ammunition and five assault-style guns were stolen from a South Carolina gun show location.

— NEVADA EXECUTION — Fifteen states are siding with Nevada as it fights drug companies battling the use of their products in an inmate’s execution. They are Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--PANTHERS-CAM’S BACKUP

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — For the first time since Cam Newton joined the NFL in 2011, the Panthers enter the preseason unsure of who’ll be his primary backup at QB. The team elected not to re-sign longtime backup Derek Anderson , leaving youngsters Garrett Gilbert and Taylor Heinicke to battle for the job. The competition starts in earnest Thursday night when the Panthers visit the Buffalo Bills. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 550 words by 5 p.m.

FBN--PANTHERS-SILATOLU

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says offensive lineman Amini Silatolu will be transported back to Charlotte, North Carolina for observations on what he called a “sore leg.” Silatolu was carted to the locker room Tuesday. SENT: 167 words.

CAR--NASCAR-FRANCE ARREST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR needed 99 races to get the feel-good moment of Chase Elliott finally winning a big league event. The series didn’t even get a full day to celebrate. Chairman Brian France was arrested hours after Elliott’s victory on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone . NASCAR’s leader has taken a leave of absence and spoiled Elliott’s breakthrough victory. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

CAR-NASCAR--BUSCH

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Kyle Busch doesn’t have a lot to prove over the last month or so of the NASCAR regular season. The former champion would just love to enter the playoffs as the hottest driver on the circuit. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m. SOU EDITING

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

BEACH WEDDING-RESCUE

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — A bridegroom has been credited with saving a struggling swimmer just moments after his beach wedding on the Gulf Coast last week. Zac and Cindy Edwards had just gotten married at Orange Beach, Alabama, and were taking wedding photos when a woman came up and said someone was struggling in the surf, WALA-TV reported. SENT: 250 words.

CHARLOTTESVILLE-ONE YEAR LATER

UNDATED — Sometimes Alfred Wilson still has to take a moment to collect himself after he pulls open files at the law firm where he works and sees Heather Heyer’s handwriting. “I get choked up and have to gather myself before I talk to the client,” said Wilson, who hired Heyer, the 32-year-old paralegal killed nearly a year ago in a car attack during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. By Sarah Rankin. SENT: 1,103 words.

AP Photos VASH502-0806180903, VASH508-0806180940, VASH507-0806181034, VASH505-0806180905, VASH506-0806181011, VASH501-0806180858.

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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA-STADIUM

MOBILE, Ala. — After a “task force” meeting on Monday, the Mobile City Council still seems poised to vote Aug. 14 on a proposal to help fund a USA Stadium. But in a fresh twist, that vote now seems to be linked to a companion measure that hasn’t seen daylight yet. Going in, the task force — essentially an ad hoc committee chaired by Councilman Fred Richardson — was portrayed as a chance for council members to air out any concerns, complaints or possible changes in the terms of a letter of intent proposed in late June by Mayor Sandy Stimpson. Under the terms of that agreement, the city pledges to commit $10 million to the University of South Alabama over the course of 20 years, to help pay off the debt it plans to incur in building an on-campus stadium. By Lawrence Specker, Al.com. SENT: 787 words.

IN BRIEF:

— WOMAN FATALLY SHOT — The boyfriend of an Alabama woman has been charged in her death.

— TROPICAL WEATHER — Subtropical Storm Debby has formed far out over the north Atlantic but is expected to be a short-lived storm.

— ENGAGEMENT RING FOUND — A Tennessee man’s plan to propose to his girlfriend on a Florida beach almost slipped away when he lost the ring in the Gulf of Mexico. The News Herald reports it washed up under the feet of Sandy Osborn who was visiting Panama City Beach from Florence, Alabama.

— NEVADA EXECUTION — Fifteen states are siding with Nevada as it fights drug companies battling the use of their products in an inmate’s execution. They are Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

SPORTS:

FBC--ALABAMA-QB SAGA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Jalen Hurts is the strong-armed running threat who has mostly won during his Alabama career. Tua Tagovailoa is the prized, left-handed recruit who rallied the Crimson Tide to a national championship. By John Zenor. SENT: 843 words.

AP Photos ALBD120-0804181503, ALBD121-0804181500, ALBD119-0804181500, ALBD118-0804181458.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MEDICAID CONTRACTS

BATON ROUGE, La. — Some state senators are downplaying a legislative audit that criticized Louisiana’s health department as sloppy in monitoring billions of dollars sent to private companies that manage Medicaid patient care. Democratic members of the Senate health care committee said Tuesday the audit identified problems that need to be corrected. But they said it doesn’t indicate rampant fraud in Medicaid payments the managed-care companies make to health providers. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 142 words. Will be updated.

LOUISIANA SCHOOLS-GRADES

BATON ROUGE, La. — As Louisiana’s public schools begin to reopen, local superintendents are telling parents to brace for a drop in upcoming school letter grades. Louisiana has a new, tougher rating system that will force ratings lower, prompting some education officials to worry that will spark outcry. SENT: 402 words.

CHARLOTTESVILLE-ONE YEAR LATER

Sometimes Alfred Wilson still has to take a moment to collect himself after he pulls open files at the law firm where he works and sees Heather Heyer’s handwriting. “I get choked up and have to gather myself before I talk to the client,” said Wilson, who hired Heyer, the 32-year-old paralegal killed nearly a year ago in a car attack during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. By Sarah Rankin. SENT: 1,103 words.

AP Photos VASH502-0806180903, VASH508-0806180940, VASH507-0806181034, VASH505-0806180905, VASH506-0806181011, VASH501-0806180858.

IN BRIEF:

— FLOODING-NEW ORLEANS — Outside consultants fault New Orleans officials’ long-term neglect of the city’s failing drainage system for widespread flooding last summer.

— SEALIFT CONTRACT — A New Orleans company has a five-year Military Sealift Command contract worth up to $49 million.

— TROPICAL WEATHER — Subtropical Storm Debby has formed far out over the north Atlantic but is expected to be a short-lived storm.

— NEVADA EXECUTION — Fifteen states are siding with Nevada as it fights drug companies battling the use of their products in an inmate’s execution. They are Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--PICK SIX-IMPACT TRANSFER

This year’s class of Division I transfers with the potential to impact their new teams right away this season might be headlined by Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson. LSU’s Joe Burrow and North Carolina’s Antonio Williams, a pair of former Ohio State players, also hope to shine with new teams. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 750 words, photos.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

BUS-TRAIN CRASH-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — A train crash into a tour bus that killed four in Mississippi last year stemmed from the railroad and the city failing to improve an unsafe rail crossing, federal safety regulators concluded Tuesday. The March 2017 crash also injured 38 Texas tourists when their bus got stuck on a steep Biloxi rail crossing and was hit by a CSX Corp. freight train. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 675 words.

AP Photos MSGUL501-0308171517, MSGUL502-0307172127, MSGUL503-0307172110.

ELECTRIC RATES-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Power Co. customers will see electricity rates go up about 9 percent starting in September. The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved general rate increases as well as specific increases tied to environmental compliance costs. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. will collect about $77 million more through the end of 2019, in a settlement meant to cover 2018 and 2019. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 137 words. Will be updated.

SCHOOL BONDS

JACKSON, Miss. — A day before more than 20,000 students return to school in Mississippi’s second-largest district, residents will decide whether to approve a $65 million bond referendum. Supporters say reauthorizing property taxes that are otherwise set to expire will help repair aging schools in Jackson. SENT: 407 words.

BEACH WEDDING-RESCUE

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — A bridegroom has been credited with saving a struggling swimmer just moments after his beach wedding on the Gulf Coast last week. Zac and Cindy Edwards had just gotten married at Orange Beach, Alabama, and were taking wedding photos when a woman came up and said someone was struggling in the surf, WALA-TV reported. SENT: 247 words.

CHARLOTTESVILLE-ONE YEAR LATER

Sometimes Alfred Wilson still has to take a moment to collect himself after he pulls open files at the law firm where he works and sees Heather Heyer’s handwriting. “I get choked up and have to gather myself before I talk to the client,” said Wilson, who hired Heyer, the 32-year-old paralegal killed nearly a year ago in a car attack during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. By Sarah Rankin. SENT: 1,103 words.

AP Photos VASH502-0806180903, VASH508-0806180940, VASH507-0806181034, VASH505-0806180905, VASH506-0806181011, VASH501-0806180858.

IN BRIEF:

— MISSING TEEN-CHAT APP — A northwest Mississippi teenager has resurfaced in Illinois, four days after he went missing.

— SCHOOL NURSES — Mississippi school districts whose school nurses were provided by a discontinued medical center service are hiring nurses to close.

— HEALTH CARE FRAUD-MISSISSIPPI — A former Hattiesburg oral surgeon has pleaded guilty to participating in a pharmacy scheme that prosecutors say bilked more than $400 million from insurers.

— INMATE DEATHS-MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi prison officials are investigating the causes of what they say are five unrelated inmate deaths.

— PASCAGOULA FINANCES — A Mississippi city trying to dig out of a deep budget gap is considering selling some of its parks for residential or commercial development instead.

— TROPICAL WEATHER — Subtropical Storm Debby has formed far out over the north Atlantic but is expected to be a short-lived storm.

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