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BC-Deep South News Digest

May 20, 2019

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TRANSPLANT RULES

ATLANTA _ Organ transplant officials are rolling back a new nationwide policy over how to allocate scarce livers amid a legal fight in federal court, an attorney for the nonprofit that manages the U.S. transplant system said Monday. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 450 words.

ABORTION-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. _ A federal judge hears arguments Tuesday as the state’s only abortion clinic seeks to block a new law from taking effect July 1. The law would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 750 words. AP Photos.

ABORTION-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Hundreds of demonstrators marched to the Alabama Capitol on Sunday to protest the state’s newly approved abortion ban, chanting “my body, my choice!” and “vote them out!” The demonstration came days after Gov. Kay Ivey signed the most stringent abortion law in the nation— making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases unless necessary for the mother’s health. The law provides no exception for rape and incest. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 670, with AP photos.

TRUMP-POLICING POLLUTERS

BOKOSHE, Okla. _ The Trump administration is delegating more environmental enforcement to states, and that has residents of Bokoshe, Oklahoma worried. For years, powdery ash blowing from trucks and the ash dump on the edge of town would make it difficult to breathe. Over three decades, the ash dump grew into a hill five stories high. Townspeople regard the Environmental Protection Agency as the only source of serious environmental enforcement. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1300 words, with AP photos.

IN BRIEF:

GANGSTER DISCIPLES_ Federal prosecutors in Atlanta say a jury has convicted five Gangster Disciples members, including a former police officer, on charges including racketeering conspiracy involving murder.

SEXUAL EXTORTION _ A grand jury is set to hear the case of a Georgia man accused of threatening to share explicit photos of several Alabama women if the women didn’t meet him for sex.

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE _ The Westboro Baptist Church protested outside of the country’s only all-male historically black college over the school’s new admission policy that accepts transgender men.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

FIVE CHILDREN KILLED

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ The mother of five slain children fell into heaving sobs during the death penalty trial of her ex-husband. By Jeffrey Collins. UPCOMING: 750 words by 6:30 p.m. AP photos.

TAX EXEMPTIONS-PANTHERS

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina is getting ready to offer the Carolina Panthers around $120 million in tax breaks to move practice fields and the team’s headquarters to the state from North Carolina. Both the South Carolina House and Senate approved the final version of the tax break bill Monday after minor differences between the two chambers were worked out. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 500 words. AP photos.

IN BRIEF:

OBIT-YOUNG _ The South Carolina House has draped the desk of a member who died over the weekend in a black drape with a yellow rose. Rep. Ronnie Young died Sunday.

CHILD KILLED _ Authorities say a shooting that killed an 8-year-old boy in his South Carolina home was part of a robbery arranged by someone living in the house.

DAUGHTER KILLED _ Authorities in South Carolina say a Greenville man who mistook his daughter for a potential intruder and killed her has been arrested on drug charges.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

OFFICER SHOT-ALABAMA

AUBRN, Ala. _ Authorities have filed charges including capital murder against a man who opened fire on police responding to a domestic disturbance report in Alabama, killing one officer and wounding two others. They say 29-year-old Grady Wayne Wilkes was arrested Monday in the death of Officer William Buechner, a 13-year veteran of the Auburn Police. Officers Webb Sistrunk and Evan Elliott are expected to recover. By Blake Paterson. SENT: 430 words. AP photos.

With OFFICER SHOT-ALABAMA-THE LATEST

ABORTION-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama’s governor says the state’s new abortion ban she recently signed into law reflects how much state residents value the “sanctity of life.” Gov. Kay Ivey last week approved the most stringent abortion law in the nation- making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases unless necessary for the mother’s health. She said Monday that she doesn’t expect any fallout on tourism and business recruitment from protesters calling for boycotts. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 460 words. AP photos.

ABORTION-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. _ A federal judge hears arguments Tuesday as the state’s only abortion clinic seeks to block a new law from taking effect July 1. The law would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 750 words. AP photos.

IN BRIEF:

SEXUAL EXTORTION _ A grand jury is set to hear the case of a Georgia man accused of threatening to share explicit photos of several Alabama women if the women didn’t meet him for sex.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

MEDICAID-DISABLED CHILDREN

BATON ROUGE, La. _ House lawmakers unanimously agreed Monday to expand Louisiana’s Medicaid program to include more children with developmental disabilities whose parents make too much money to qualify under current eligibility rules. SENT: 200 words.

LOUISIANA TAXES

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana House Republicans pushed ahead Monday with a proposal to undo the seven-year sales tax passed last year to stabilize state finances, while elsewhere, efforts to boost the state’s gasoline tax and to centralize sales tax collections fizzled after meeting opposition. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 580 words.

DISABLED WOMAN CAGED

NEW ORLEANS _ A husband and wife charged with violently abusing a young autistic woman in Louisiana and forcing her to live in an outdoor cage pleaded guilty Monday to multiple crimes in federal court. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 370 words.

IN BRIEF:

JUDGES-PAY RAISE _ Louisiana’s senators have agreed to a plan that could give the state’s judges annual pay hikes of 2.5% for the next five years.

LOUISIANA SMOKING AGE _ A bid to increase Louisiana’s legal smoking age from 18 to 21 narrowly escaped the House budget committee, but only after lawmakers added a long list of exemptions to the proposal.

SEVERE WEATHER _ Louisiana’s governor has toured a community where a possible weekend tornado damaged or destroyed at least 50 homes and businesses.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI FLOODING

JACKSON, Miss. _ A community at the southern end of the Mississippi Delta is losing its fight against a rising flood. By Jeff Amy. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.

ABORTION-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. _ A federal judge hears arguments Tuesday as the state’s only abortion clinic seeks to block a new law from taking effect July 1. The law would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 750 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

LAWMAKER-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE _ A second-term state lawmaker from south Mississippi is facing a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence.

GRADUATION PARTY SHOOTING _ A Mississippi Delta student celebrating her high school graduation remains hospitalized after a drive-by shooting at a graduation party.

MENTAL PATIENT’S GUNS _ A Mississippi man has been sentenced to time served for illegally using drugs while possessing guns that had been seized when he was committed to a mental health hospital.

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