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AP-Deep South News Digest

August 25, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

STATE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION-GEORGIA

ATLANTA — On Saturday, Georgia Democrats will hear from their party’s gubernatorial nominee, Stacey Abrams, who seeking to become the first black female governor in US history. Abrams will be joined at the state Democratic Party Convention in Atlanta by several Democratic candidates down the ticket. By Ben Nadler. UPCOMING: 500 words. AP Photo pursuing.

GEORGIA SWAMP GATORS

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Researchers are using tracking devices with the aim of better understanding how female alligators slide through a south Georgia swamp. Tracking devices have been fitted on gators named Sweet Audrey Laine and Cypress. The goal is to learn more about how female alligators use the Okefenokee Swamp ecosystem — and how their home ranges vary throughout the year. SENT: 392 words.

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED

SANTA FE, N.M. — Prosecutors on Friday charged the father and stepmother of a 3-year-old boy whose body was found at a ramshackle compound in northern New Mexico with child abuse charges that can carry a penalty of life in prison. Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and his partner Jany Leveille are accused of failing to provide medication to a son of Wahhaj’s who had a severe medical condition that was well known to the family, according to charges of child abuse resulting in death and conspiracy to commit child abuse filed by the district attorney’s office in Taos. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 607 words.

AP Photos NMALJ401-0814180214, NMALJ402-0813181445.

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EXCHANGE-FORMER RESEARCH CHIMPS-NEW LIFE

MORGANTON, Ga. — On a sunny Tuesday in May, 11-year-old Hercules made a brave move and ventured outside alone. He moved slowly at first, looking at the ground and shaking his head before walking across 2 acres of forest to observe the sights and sounds around him. Not far behind him was Leo, also 11, who ran forward before stopping, sitting down and staring up at the sky. Hercules and Leo are former research chimpanzees, and it was the first time in their lives they had ever been outside. By Nedra Rhone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

IN BRIEF:

— HISTORIC TRAIN DEPOT — Georgia train depot built before Civil War is on the market for a suggested price of $500,000.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--BRAVES-MARLINS

MIAMI — Anibal Sanchez is scheduled to start for the first-place Atlanta Braves against the last-place Miami Marlins on Saturday night. By Christopher Stock. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game scheduled to begin 7:10 p.m. ET.

FBN--FALCONS-JAGUARS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Atlanta Falcons will rest star receiver Julio Jones and running back Devonta Freeman for their exhibition game at Jacksonville, a preseason matchup that could look like a dress rehearsal for both teams. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game begins at 7 p.m.

MYSTICS-DREAM

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Dream are back in the WNBA playoffs, led by the coach of the year but missing the face of the franchise. When the Dream face the Washington Mystics in a best-of-five semifinal series that begins Sunday in Atlanta, they’ll be without star Angel McCoughtry. The 31-year-old went down late in the season with a knee injury. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 722 words.

AP Photos NY117-0812180653, NY116-0824180007.

BKL--STORM-DREAM WAITING GAME

NEW YORK — Dan Hughes found himself in a new situation this postseason. The veteran WNBA coach had a week to get ready for the playoffs after No. 1 Seattle earned a double bye to the semifinals. Atlanta got the other bye, a first for both franchises. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 600 words.

AP Photos NY901-0710181924, CTNLD902-0718180012.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

911 FAILURE

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — A county in South Carolina did not have a plan on how to handle 911 calls after a lightning strike destroyed a router preventing emergency calls from cellphones. The outage for mobile phones in Beaufort County lasted for 16 hours after the lightning fried a router on Aug. 19, according to a statement from CenturyLink, which provides the 911 service. Landline emergency calls still went through.

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EXCHANGE-NONAGENARIAN TRAFFIC DIRECTOR

Estella Williams, 91, puts her custom orange reflector vest on her shoulders and strolls out into the middle of a five-lane highway. Right outside of Westside High School, Williams directs traffic in the mornings and afternoons on Pearman Dairy Road, streaming with semi-trucks and speeders. By Mike Ellis. Anderson Independent-Mail.

IN BRIEF:

— SENATOR HOSPITALIZED — South Carolina state Senator Greg Hembree is home after more than three weeks in the hospital after a blood vessel broke in his brain.

— POLICE SHOOTING-CROSSBOW — Authorities have identified a man who was shot and killed after police in South Carolina said he pointed a crossbow at officers.

— PRISON GUARD ARRESTED — Authorities say a South Carolina prison guard has been charged with assault after pushing over a restrained inmate.

— UNREPORTED SALES — Authorities say the owner of a popular South Carolina restaurant didn’t report more than $2.7 million in sales to the state Department of Revenue.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

EXECUTION BY NITROGEN GAS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Some say inhaling nitrogen gas would be like dying on a plane that depressurizes in flight, swiftly killing all aboard. Now more than a quarter of Alabama’s death row inmates have signed statements saying they would prefer that gas over lethal injection or the electric chair when facing execution. No inmate in the U.S. has been put to death with nitrogen gas before, and critics suspect at least some inmates are simply hoping to delay a date with the death chamber through the inevitable legal challenges ahead. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 871 words.

AP Photos NY611-0803182034.

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EXCHANGE-SCHOOL COUNSELOR

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — None of Thomas Tullis’ three daughters attend Bellingrath Middle School, but that doesn’t stop him from walking the halls looking for his children. “There goes one of my sons there,” he said, pointing as a student skips to the bathroom ahead of him. By Andrew J. Yawn. Montgomery Advertiser.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL PLANE CRASH-REPORT — A preliminary report about a plane crash that killed two people on the Alabama coast this month says everything seemed normal until the aircraft went down.

— DISBARRED ATTORNEY-NEW CHARGES — A longtime attorney in Alabama who has been disbarred is accused of attempting to practice law without a license.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-LOUISVILLE-ALABAMA-RECEIVERS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Success for the quarterbacks in the matchup between top-ranked Alabama and Louisville will likely depend on the receivers they’ll be throwing to. The wide receivers could be the most closely watched players when the teams meet Sept. 1 in Orlando, Florida. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 680 words.

AP Photos KYTE109-0811181147, TNCHA901-0109180223, KYTE111-0811181139, NYSH513-0816181056.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

PEARL RIVER LOGJAM

The government will soon begin clearing a logjam that keeps threatened fish from swimming up the Pearl River and has also gathered debris including refrigerators, televisions, tires, mattresses, boats, and even a houseboat. Clearing the jam will also reduce riverbank erosion that threatens to fill in deep-river habitat where threatened Gulf sturgeon can stay cool during the summer, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet said. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 573 words.

AP Photos MSMW201-0606181224, MSMW202-0606181222.

HARVEY-FLOOD CONTROL-BOND ELECTION

HOUSTON — Voters in Houston and its surrounding county were marking Saturday’s anniversary of Hurricane Harvey coming ashore by deciding whether to approve the issuance of $2.5 billion in bonds to fund flood-control projects that might mitigate the damage caused by future storms. Harvey, which made landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm on Aug. 25, 2017, killed 68 people and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage in Texas. Thirty-six of the deaths were in the low-lying Houston area, where days of torrential rainfall and decades of unchecked development contributed to the flooding of more than 150,000 homes and 300,000 vehicles. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 652 words.

AP Photos TXBS305-0827171402, TXBS306-0828171544, TXBS309-0827171348.

FORGIVEN AND FREE

MINDEN, La. — Someone who stole pencils and markers from a Louisiana office more than 40 years ago has sent an anonymous tenfold donation of office supplies to make up. A Folgers Coffee box overflowing with new pens, pencils and highlighters arrived Wednesday at the LSU AgCenter extension office in Minden, The Times of Shreveport reported Friday. SENT: 301 words.

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RURAL WATER WOES

ALEXANDRIA, La. — Seven of the 10 most distressed water systems in the state are in Central Louisiana, according to the governor’s Rural Water Infrastructure Committee. The committee is tasked with helping at-risk water systems to address their issues before they reach a crisis point. One of its first priorities was developing a list of the state’s water systems most in need of immediate action. By Jeff Matthews, The Town Talk.

EXCHANGE-SHIPPING CONTAINER-MEDICAL CLINICS

LAKE CHARLES, La. — Motorists traveling along Country Club Road in Lake Charles, Louisiana, who have seen the “Doc in a Box” banner and two seagoing containers in front of St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church have to be wondering what it’s all about. The Rev. Dr. John Robert Black, senior pastor, said the containers would eventually become medical facilities in Cambodia as part of what he calls “the most exciting mission project I’ve ever been part of.” He said he hopes the containers are a visible example of the mission of Christ. By Jim Beam, American Press.

EXCHANGE-FORMER RESEARCH CHIMPS-NEW LIFE

MORGANTON, Ga. — On a sunny Tuesday in May, 11-year-old Hercules made a brave move and ventured outside alone. He moved slowly at first, looking at the ground and shaking his head before walking across 2 acres of forest to observe the sights and sounds around him. Not far behind him was Leo, also 11, who ran forward before stopping, sitting down and staring up at the sky. Hercules and Leo are former research chimpanzees, and it was the first time in their lives they had ever been outside. By Nedra Rhone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

IN BRIEF:

— HOLLYWOOD SOUTH — Lawyers for a movie producer and a lawyer convicted of fraud involving Louisiana’s “Hollywood South” film tax credit program are considering whether to ask a federal appeals court to take another look at the case.

— CHILD SUPPORT-LICENSE SUSPENSIONS — Louisiana is offering a break to people who owe child support and have seen their driver’s licenses suspended for the back-owed debts.

— FATAL SHOOTING-TEEN — Authorities say a 17-year-old Louisiana boy accused of killing a 15-year-old admitted to the slaying on a social media app.

— LIBRARY-OPIOID OVERDOSE PREVENTION — New Orleans’ health department and library system are offering a new course to teach people what they can do to help control the opioid crisis.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--SAINTS-CHARGERS

CARSON, Calif. — Drew Brees and Philip Rivers should get limited action against each other when the New Orleans Saints face the Los Angeles Chargers in a preseason game. The teams scrimmaged against each other for two days this week. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Starts 5 p.m. PDT.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

PEARL RIVER LOGJAM

The government will soon begin clearing a logjam that keeps threatened fish from swimming up the Pearl River and has also gathered debris including refrigerators, televisions, tires, mattresses, boats, and even a houseboat. Clearing the jam will also reduce riverbank erosion that threatens to fill in deep-river habitat where threatened Gulf sturgeon can stay cool during the summer, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet said. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 573 words.

AP Photos MSMW201-0606181224, MSMW202-0606181222.

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EXCHANGE-TREES SURVIVED KATRINA

PEARLINGTON, Miss. — Not all state highways are created equal. Mississippi 604 is a two-lane narrow highway with no shoulders, but the people who live along it think it is very special. Those who drive it do, too, because of the canopy of old oaks, especially on the southern end off U.S. 90. By Karen Nelson. The Sun Herald.

EXCHANGE-WELL RECOVERY

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — Philadelphia native Willard Cumberland returned with his son and grandson to search for a woman who saved his life when he was a child. Cumberland was born in 1932 and lived near Cumberland Street. When he was three years old he fell down a well. His life was saved when Iris Jones, who was four years old at the time, saw him in the well and was able to pull him out. By Will Wells. The Neshoba Democrat.

IN BRIEF:

— VETERANS MEMORIAL-MERIDIAN — A Mississippi city wants to honor military veterans by displaying a plane once used by the Air National Guard.

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