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BC-Deep South News Digest SUNDAY

August 26, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):



ATHENS, Ga. — The University of Georgia has unveiled a design of a memorial for slaves and former slaves buried at the site of a campus building. Beginning in late 2015, workers discovered more than 100 unmarked graves — likely those of slaves and former slaves. The discoveries were made during a construction and expansion project at the 1930s-era Baldwin Hall. SENT: 300 words. Information from The Athens Banner-Herald.


ATLANTA — Police say they are pursuing more charges against a man who rushed onstage during a Beyonce and Jay-Z concert in Atlanta. Atlanta Police officer Lisa Bender told The Associated Press that 26-year-old Anthony Charles Thomas Maxwell ran on stage, approached Jay-Z and made contact with him as the “On the Run II” concert was ending Saturday night. Police say Maxwell was quickly stopped by security people and backup dancers with the rapper. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 130 words, photo.



SAVANNAH, Ga. — Built in the late 19th century, the two historic buildings along West Anderson Street have stood vacant since before the current owner, developer Michael Brown, purchased them from the Historic Savannah Foundation in 2002. The boarded-up two-story structure at 414 W. Anderson, which has been steadily deteriorating over the years, collapsed in September 2017 — toppled over, Brown said, as a result of Hurricanes Irma that month and Matthew the preceding year. The neighboring structure at 418 W. Anderson, which has also been cited for property maintenance violations over the years, was expected to follow suit, according to engineering reports Brown had commissioned. By Eric Curl. The Savannah Morning News.


— FATAL PLANE CRASH — Four people have been killed and another was seriously injured after a small plane crashed at an airport in Georgia

— GEORGIA ISLAND-HURRICANES — The island that’s home to Georgia’s largest public beach is setting aside $300,000 to buy sandbags the next time a hurricane or other big storm threatens the coast.



MIAMI — Kevin Gausman makes his fifth start since being acquired by the Braves when they close out a four-game series at Miami. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game scheduled to begin 1:10 p.m. ET.


ATLANTA — Tiffany Hayes and the Atlanta Dream host Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics in the first game of a WNBA semifinal. The Dream have won 15 of 17 and were the second-best team in the regular season. Washington, the third-best club, has just one loss in its last 10 after advancing with a second-round win over Los Angeles. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 3 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



GREENVILLE, S.C.— Conservative Christian Bob Jones University in South Carolina is reducing its workforce by 50 people to make up for a more than $4 million shortfall. Faculty members losing their positions have been notified their contracts will not be renewed at the end of this academic year in May, university spokesman Randy Page said. SENT: 290 words.


— NUCLEAR REACTORS-SOUTH CAROLINA — A Virginia-based power company looking to merge with an embattled South Carolina utility is kicking off a series of meetings offering an opportunity to learn more about their aims and goals.

— PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST DELAYED — The University of South Carolina has refused to turn over public records to a newspaper for more than four months.

— GIRL KILLED — Authorities say a 12-year-old girl has been killed in a shooting in South Carolina.

— INTERSTATE 95-TREES — A project has started to remove trees from a deadly stretch of Interstate 95 in South Carolina.



COLUMBIA, S.C. — Less than a week from the Gamecocks opening football game, South Carolina is replacing the field at Williams-Brice Stadium after hosting a concert earlier this week by megastars Jay-Z and Beyonce. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 550 words.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)


— HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL — Officials say an Alabama man was fined $1,500 for touching a Hawaiian monk seal as well as harassing a sea turtle on Kauai, and then posting the videos on social media

— ELECTRIC BUSES-BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham’s public transportation agency is getting federal money to help it go electric.



AUBURN, Ala. — Football season is kicking off. Naturally, this means student-athletes are being summoned to weight rooms and practice fields to prepare for major showdowns in stadiums filled with roaring fans. By Keith Huffman. The Opelika-Auburn News.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Percy Sledge and Tammy Wynette will soon be sharing a roof with Gucci Mane. The Alabama Music Hall of Fame is set to reveal its first-ever hip-hop exhibit, with a 2 p.m. Aug. 28 event at the museum, located at 617 U.S. 72 W. in Tuscumbia. By Matt Wake. al.com

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



BATON ROUGE — Louisiana lawmakers in 2015 pushed for an annual survey of public college students about issues of violence, part of a package of bills intended to improve the way campuses handle sexual assault allegations and prevention work. After three years of surveys, it’s hard to suggest they’ve gained much insight into campus safety. So few students have participated year after year that surveyors have consistently warned that the information isn’t applicable to the broader student population across Louisiana’s college campuses. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: 700 words.


The #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct has prompted many state legislatures to reconsider their internal policies and state laws on the issue. Although about half of House and Senate legislative chambers nationwide have taken no substantive action this year, the measures adopted in other states have addressed a variety of issues, including training, investigations and public disclosure of sexual harassment complaints. SENT: 828 words.

— With BC-US--Sexual Misconduct-State Legislatures.



NEW ORLEANS — August is about as far in the calendar as one can get from Mardi Gras — either the last one or the next one. But south Louisiana’s annual late winter bacchanal is never far from the minds of boosters of Jefferson Parish, where flagging parade attendance, shrinking krewes and questions about the celebration’s future have driven officials and krewe captains to consider ways to revive a once-vibrant Metairie tradition. By Faimon A. Roberts III. The Advocate.


LAFAYETTE, La. — On Aug. 18, 2018, at 4 a.m. Jason Cohen showed up at the starting line of a 100-mile foot race that covers literal mountains. But running an “ultramarathon” almost 2 miles above sea level wasn’t the craziest part, nor was the 30-hour window he has to complete the race. By Leigh Guidry. Daily Advertiser.


— ROCKEFELLER GATOR HUNT — A large Louisiana wildlife refuge will be closed three mornings in September for an alligator harvest.

— LOUISIANA TOURISM — Louisiana has released a new package of TV ads seeking to attract visitors with the “Feed Your Soul” slogan launched earlier this year by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.

— XAVIER-NEW CENTER — Xavier University in New Orleans has announced a new endeavor to promote studies of racial inequities and inter-relations among different groups in society.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)



JACKSON, Miss. — An appeal of a court decision upholding the legality of Mississippi’s method of funding charter schools is moving ahead, and some outside groups are filing briefs supporting the Southern Poverty Law Center’s effort to overturn the law. By Jeff Amy. UPCOMING: 600 words.



TUPELO, Miss. — Some friendships begin in unusual ways and some take up multiple chapters of our lives, such as the one between April Cardenas and Danielle Wilson. The two met through Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America 15 years ago. By Cristina Carreon. Daily Journal.


JACKSON, Miss. — When Liz became pregnant unexpectedly, she turned to Google. After finding a listing for what she thought was an abortion clinic, she scheduled an appointment and made the hour drive from Columbus to Tupelo. She drove to the center with the intent of having an abortion. Once she arrived, the 33-year-old married mother of three took a pregnancy test and confirmed what she already knew: She was pregnant. But then her appointment took an unexpected turn. Instead of being able to talk about terminating her pregnancy, Liz was given a baby’s bib with a Bible verse on it and sent home. By Sarah Fowler. The Clarion Ledger.


— GARBAGE COLLECTION DISPUTE — Residents in a south Mississippi county are complaining after the county stopped collecting garbage at duplexes and apartments.


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