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BC-Deep South News Digest

August 9, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):

TOP STORIES:

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED

TAOS, N.M. — They arrived at the start of winter to set up makeshift living quarters on the high-desert plains of northern New Mexico, amid a tiny community of off-the-grid homes on 10-acre lots. By late spring, the extended Muslim family was the target of investigations and surveillance involving the FBI, the local sheriff and authorities in Georgia. The Taos County sheriff said they were searching for a 3-year-old boy who had abruptly disappeared in December with his father from Jonesboro, Georgia. By Morgan Lee and Mary Hudetz. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-TUSKEGEE

TUSKEGEE, Ala. — A statue honoring white Confederate soldiers has stood for more than a century in Tuskegee, Alabama, a black-majority city with deep ties to African-American history and culture. The story of how such a monument could be erected and still remain in place a century later offers lessons in just how hard it can be to confront a shared history that still divides a nation. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 1,570 words, photos, video. Eds.: An abridged version, Confederate Monument-Tuskegee-ABR, also moved.

ALCOHOL SALES-SUNDAY BRUNCH

ATLANTA — Residents in several places across Georgia are set to vote in November on whether they’d like a mimosa with their Sunday brunch. The question they will be posed with is whether restaurants should be allowed to sell alcohol beginning at 11 a.m. on Sundays, instead of the current 12:30 p.m. Local governments had until Wednesday to put that question on the ballot for November’s election, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. SENT: 270 words.

IN BRIEF:

— PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE-ATLANTA SCHOOL — Students at an Atlanta school will no longer say the Pledge of Allegiance to start their school day.

— CONFEDERATE AVENUE-POSSIBLY RENAMED — A Georgia official is asking for an Atlanta street titled Confederate Avenue to be renamed.

— LIBRARY CLOSING — The last open library in a Georgia county will close unless officials approve a new property tax rate.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-TUSKEGEE

TUSKEGEE, Ala. — A statue honoring white Confederate soldiers has stood for more than a century in Tuskegee, Alabama, a black-majority city with deep ties to African-American history and culture. The story of how such a monument could be erected and still remain in place a century later offers lessons in just how hard it can be to confront a shared history that still divides a nation. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 1,570 words, photos, video. Eds.: An abridged version, Confederate Monument-Tuskegee-ABR, also moved.

IN BRIEF:

— FIRE DEATH — Authorities say a 101-year-old woman who lived alone has died in a fire in her South Carolina home.

— SENATOR HOSPITALIZED — A state senator from South Carolina who suffered a brain aneurysm last month is in a medically induced coma because of a staph infection.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-TUSKEGEE

TUSKEGEE, Ala. — A statue honoring white Confederate soldiers has stood for more than a century in Tuskegee, Alabama, a black-majority city with deep ties to African-American history and culture. The story of how such a monument could be erected and still remain in place a century later offers lessons in just how hard it can be to confront a shared history that still divides a nation. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 1,570 words, photos, video. Eds.: An abridged version, Confederate Monument-Tuskegee-ABR, also moved.

IN BRIEF:

— LOCKER ROOM ASSAULT — An Alabama school system has placed a prep football coach on leave after players were videotaped beating a teammate in a locker room.

— UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA RENOVATIONS — The University of Alabama is set to finish several renovations before classes start this month.

— FATAL WRECK — A 4-year-old Alabama girl injured in a crash over the weekend has died.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA ELECTIONS

BATON ROUGE — Campaign finance reports are due from candidates to be Louisiana’s next secretary of state, the first time many of the contenders will outline how much money they’ve raised for the below-the-radar November election. Developing.

UNDERWATER-HISTORY HARVESTS

LAFAYETTE, La. — Students taking a public history course at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette have created a podcast series about the floods of August 2016, and are holding events this weekend to collect more oral histories. The floods affected 56 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, killed 13 people and did more than $8.7 million in damage across 20 of the worst-hit parishes. SENT: 275 words.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-TUSKEGEE

TUSKEGEE, Ala. — A statue honoring white Confederate soldiers has stood for more than a century in Tuskegee, Alabama, a black-majority city with deep ties to African-American history and culture. The story of how such a monument could be erected and still remain in place a century later offers lessons in just how hard it can be to confront a shared history that still divides a nation. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 1,570 words, photos, video. Eds.: An abridged version, Confederate Monument-Tuskegee-ABR, also moved.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-TUSKEGEE

TUSKEGEE, Ala. — A statue honoring white Confederate soldiers has stood for more than a century in Tuskegee, Alabama, a black-majority city with deep ties to African-American history and culture. The story of how such a monument could be erected and still remain in place a century later offers lessons in just how hard it can be to confront a shared history that still divides a nation. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 1,570 words, photos, video. Eds.: An abridged version, Confederate Monument-Tuskegee-ABR, also moved.

IN BRIEF:

— NALOXONE-LIVES SAVED — Officials say the lives of 58 people have been saved by first responders using the opioid-overdose antidote in Mississippi.

— HUMANE SOCIETY CLOSURE — A Mississippi city official says that people not spaying or neutering their pets has caused a local animal shelter to spread itself thin and close.

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