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BC-Deep South News Advisory

August 7, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A plea for help and the search for a missing boy drew sheriff’s deputies to a desolate New Mexico compound, walled off by stacks of old tires, wooden pallets and other debris. Just past the crude “no trespassing” sign, the officers found 16 people — including 11 children — living in squalid conditions. Children ages 1 to 15 were rescued Friday from the compound that had been under investigation for months. However, the boy reported missing from Georgia was not among them and authorities haven’t released many details about their search for him. By Mary Hudetz and Kate Brumback. SENT: 500 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— BACHELOR PARTY DROWNING — A bachelor party contest to see who could stay underwater the longest in Lake Sinclair ended in death when police say one competitor didn’t resurface.

— INTERSTATE LANES-DELAYS — A wall that collapsed along part of a highway being built in the Atlanta area has exposed other issues.

— US ATTORNEY-NEW HIRES — The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia has added eight new federal prosecutors to his Atlanta office.

— ATLANTA BELTLINE EXPANSION — Officials say the city of Atlanta has spent more than $6 million to buy a stretch of old railroad that will provide land for the Beltline project.

— CHURCH STEEPLE TOPPLED — Workers are assessing the damage after a storm tore the steeple off the roof of a church outside Augusta, Georgia.

— NEVADA EXECUTION — Fifteen states are siding with Nevada as it fights drug companies battling the use of their products in an inmate’s execution. They are Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

IN BRIEF:

— NEWBORN-TRASH BAG — A South Carolina woman who police say gave birth in a car and left the newborn in a trash bag has been arrested.

— DEPUTY-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — Authorities in South Carolina say a sheriff’s deputy charged with domestic violence has been fired.

— CHURCH STEEPLE TOPPLED — Workers are assessing the damage after a storm tore the steeple off the roof of a church in Langley.

— NAVY SHIP-CHARLESTON — The U.S. Navy says that a littoral combat ship named Charleston has completed its last major in-water systems check and is headed toward active duty.

— STOLEN GUNS — More than 100,000 rounds of ammunition and five assault-style guns were stolen from a South Carolina gun show location.

— NEVADA EXECUTION — Fifteen states are siding with Nevada as it fights drug companies battling the use of their products in an inmate’s execution. They are Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

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UNIVERISTY OF SOUTH ALABAMA-STADIUM

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile City Council still seems poised to vote Aug. 14 on a proposal to help fund an on-campus stadium at the University of South Alabama. By Lawrence Specker, Al.com. SENT: 787 words.

IN BRIEF:

— WOMAN FATALLY SHOT — The boyfriend of an Alabama woman has been charged in her death.

— NEVADA EXECUTION — Fifteen states are siding with Nevada as it fights drug companies battling the use of their products in an inmate’s execution. They are Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA MEDICAID CONTRACTS-AUDIT

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana state senators Tuesday scrutinize recent reviews of Medicaid spending after the legislative auditor described program oversight as “willy-nilly, loosey-goosey.” The Senate’s health care committee wants further information about the issue. Developing.

LOUISIANA SCHOOLS-GRADES

BATON ROUGE, La. — As Louisiana’s public schools begin to reopen, local superintendents are telling parents to brace for a drop in upcoming school letter grades. Louisiana has a new, tougher rating system that will force ratings lower, prompting some education officials to worry that will spark outcry. Cade Brumley, superintendent of the Jefferson Parish School District, the largest in the state, told The Advocate that she’s talking to community groups about the change. SENT: 402 words.

IN BRIEF:

— SEALIFT CONTRACT — A New Orleans company has a five-year Military Sealift Command contract worth up to $49 million.

— NEVADA EXECUTION — Fifteen states are siding with Nevada as it fights drug companies battling the use of their products in an inmate’s execution. They are Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

BUS-TRAIN CRASH-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — Federal regulators plan to discuss why a train hit a bus stuck on a Mississippi railroad crossing in March 2017, and what can be done to prevent another accident like the one that killed four Texas tourists. The National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C., to discuss findings on the crash in the Gulf Coast city of Biloxi. Developing.

ELECTRIC RATES-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi utility regulators are poised to approve a plan that would allow an electric utility to raise rates on customers for the next 18 months. Votes are expected Tuesday on the plan. Developing.

SCHOOL BONDS

JACKSON, Miss. — A day before more than 20,000 students return to school in Mississippi’s second-largest district, residents will decide whether to approve a $65 million bond referendum. Supporters say reauthorizing property taxes that are otherwise set to expire will help repair aging schools in Jackson. SENT: 407 words.

IN BRIEF:

— SCHOOL NURSES — Mississippi school districts whose school nurses were provided by a discontinued medical center service are hiring nurses to close.

— HEALTH CARE FRAUD-MISSISSIPPI — A former Hattiesburg oral surgeon has pleaded guilty to participating in a pharmacy scheme that prosecutors say bilked more than $400 million from insurers.

— INMATE DEATHS-MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi prison officials are investigating the causes of what they say are five unrelated inmate deaths.

— PASCAGOULA FINANCES — A Mississippi city trying to dig out of a deep budget gap is considering selling some of its parks for residential or commercial development instead.

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The Atlanta AP Bureau: apatlanta@ap.org

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The Jackson AP Bureau: jkme@ap.org

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