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BC-Deep South News Digest

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



MCDONOUGH, Ga. _ Authorities say a police officer is in critical condition after being shot in a dental clinic southeast of Atlanta during an encounter with a suspect who was killed. Henry County Deputy Police Chief Mike Ireland says the wounded officer was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta after the Thursday morning shooting. Henry County police said in a midmorning update that the suspect was killed. SENT: 180 words.


_ OFFICER SHOT-GEORGIA-THE LATEST _ The latest developments.


_ BODY SLAMMED BABY _ Police in Georgia say a day care worker has body-slammed a toddler, bloodying the 16-month-old’s lip and shirt.

_ COMPANY LAYOFFS _ A Georgia biopharma company under scrutiny by the federal government says it will be laying off 240 people.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)


_ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-SAME SEX _ Prosecutors in a South Carolina county are deciding whether they’ll seek direct indictments in domestic violence cases involving same-sex couples that were dismissed by judges.

_ COUNTRY MUSIC SCAM _ A South Carolina woman has lost $160,000 in a Twitter scam involving someone posing as a country music star.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _The Roman Catholic church has released the names of nearly 30 men “credibly accused” of sexual misconduct in south Alabama dating back to the 1950s. Statements released Thursday along with a letter from Archbishop Thomas Rodi Jr. show that 17 of the men are dead. A dozen others have been prohibited from ministry. The archdiocese office in Mobile released the names as the Catholic grapples with allegations of sexual abuse. Developing.


WASHINGTON _ The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments about an exception to the Constitution’s ban on being tried for the same offense. The outcome could have a spillover effect on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The justices are taking up an appeal Thursday from federal prison inmate Terance Gamble. He was prosecuted separately by Alabama and the federal government for having a gun after an earlier robbery conviction. The high court is considering whether to overturn a court-created exception to the Constitution’s double-jeopardy bar that allows state and federal prosecutions for the same crime. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 725 words.


_ INJURED WORKER-AWARD _ A man permanently injured at an Alabama manufacturing plant in 2015 has been awarded $774,000.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



BATON ROUGE, La. _ U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham jumped into the Louisiana governor’s race Thursday, becoming the second Republican to announce he’ll challenge Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards in the 2019 election and ensuring a fractured GOP field. The congressman’s decision comes a month after he won re-election to a third term in the U.S. House and only days after U.S. Sen. John Kennedy declared he wouldn’t run against Edwards. Abraham hopes his quick decision upon Kennedy’s exit will keep other possible Republican contenders away from the race and rally GOP support for him. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 656 words, photo.


_ LOUISIANA APARTMENT KILLING _ Authorities say a 17-year-old who is a suspect in a Louisiana killing has been arrested in southwest Missouri.

_ FORMER GOV-CANCER _ Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco says there’s “no escape” from the cancer that has spread throughout her body. AP Photos.

_ EX-DA-APPEAL _ Attorneys for a longtime New Orleans-area district attorney have asked a federal appeals court to reconsider its recent decision to uphold his conviction on multiple criminal counts.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)



HONOLULU _ More than 75 years after nearly 2,400 members of the U.S. military were killed in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor some who died on Dec. 7, 1941, are finally being laid to rest in cemeteries across the United States. After DNA allowed the men to be identified and returned home, some have been re-buried this year and others will be interred on the 77th anniversary of the attack. Among them: Durell Wade, who was born in 1917 in the Hardin Town community of rural Calhoun County, Mississippi. SENT: 1,255 words, photos.


_ INFLAMMATORY RHETORIC WARNING _ A black Tupelo, Mississippi, worker has been rebuked by the city’s mayor for implying in an online post that a recently-elected U.S. senator is racist.

_ CITY BUDGET DEFICIT _ A Mississippi city is suspending its chief financial officer after officials said they were surprised to learn of a budget deficit.


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The Jackson AP Bureau: jkme@ap.org

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